We’re already deep into cuffing season, but get ready to pull a Tom Holland and Zendaya and really settle in: Venus heading into Capricorn from Dec. 9 until Jan. 2, so things are getting serious.
According to astrology, Venus has a big impact on our love lives and relationships. But the planet’s influence doesn’t stop there: Venus is also said to rule money, beauty, and creativity, too. The Capricorn zodiac sign, meanwhile, “is ruled by Saturn, the planet of hard work, boundaries, limitations, and commitment,” says astrologer Maressa Brown, author of the forthcoming book “Raising a Baby by the Stars: A New Parent’s Guide to Astrology.” So what does it mean to have this romantic planet moving into such a goal-oriented, ambitious space?
Capricorn really prioritizes moving the ball forward and looking towards an ambitious goal, Brown tells POPSUGAR, so when Venus is in Capricorn, that go-getter mentality gets applied to those Venusian themes of relationships, financial security, and beauty. “Venus in Capricorn is usually a more serious Venusian transit,” adds astrologer Liz Simmons. You may start to consider longer-term trajectories in love, money, and beauty, take on a more responsible and mature outlook, and feel the desire to get grounded and express yourself in a more serious way in each of these areas of your life.
When it comes to love, “Venus in Capricorn may encourage a more traditional approach to commitment,” Simmons tells POPSUGAR, “suggesting that we may feel more inclined to settle down with someone rather than keeping it light, fun, and flirty.” If you’re single, you might feel drawn towards dating with intention, looking for a committed partnership instead of keeping things casual. “Couples may use Venus in Capricorn to talk about long-term shared goals and commitments, particularly anything that could reinforce the notion of building a life together,” Simmons adds. (This all makes sense, especially considering the situationship is dead.)
Word of advice? When you’re heads-down and focused on relationship and dating goals, you might feel inclined to hold things back or shy away from tough conversations if you think it might rock the boat. “Talking through feelings that are a little bit messy isn’t necessarily Capricorn’s instinct,” Brown notes, but it’s important to prioritize those conversations, even if it feels like the opposite direction you want to go. Having those tough conversations now, as you’re looking to get settled, “will get you ultimately across that finish line in an even healthier and more connected way,” Brown says.
Venus’s other areas of influence are likely to be affected in a similar way. As far as money, “Venus in Capricorn’s conservative mindset might be ideal for saving instead of spending,” Simmons says, so you might find yourself less inclined to splurge and more interested in investing or spending more mindfully. As for style and beauty, Venus in Capricorn might have you seeking out darker colors and simple, neutral aesthetics, including lots of black and gray.
Venus’s transit through Capricorn also offers some key dates to note:
- Dec. 22: Venus in Capricorn will trine Uranus in Taurus. (Note: a trine is the “most harmonious angle that can happen between two planets,” Brown says.) This will be particularly helpful for earth signs, as both Capricorn and Taurus are earth signs and might be helpful for breakthroughs in relationships, beauty, and money. You might lean into creative brainstorms and feel ready to get out of an artistic or relationship-oriented rut, Brown says.
- Dec. 28: Venus in Capricorn will sextile Neptune in Pisces, “indicating a flow between the planet of love and the planet of illusion,” Simmons explains. This transit is likely to be hopeful, spiritual, and mystical, she says, “but it might also lead to confusion, escapism, and diffusion. It would be best to remain grounded yet idealistic during the sextile.”
- Dec. 29 and 30: Get ready — this is when Venus in Capricorn pairs up with Mercury retrograde. Given that Mercury is the planet of communication, “don’t be surprised if wires get crossed” in conversations around relationships, money, or beauty, Brown says, though she adds that this might be a good time to tie up loose ends and deal with past events that are affecting you. And since Mercury retrograde is notorious for causing mishaps, “it might be best to hold back from agreeing to new commitments if you can,” Simmons adds. “More information about whether or not an opportunity for love or money is the right one for you will surely come out throughout this conjunction as well as Mercury retrograde.”
- Jan. 1: Venus pairs up with Pluto in Capricorn, which can be an intense experience, Brown says. “Pluto is the planet of transformation and power, control,” she says. “So you could get really obsessive about something related to beauty, relationships, or money.”
All in all, Venus in Capricorn is a great time to commit to something in Venus’s area of expertise, whether that’s fully defining your relationship or planning out your financial future. “Venus in Capricorn can help you set and stick with goals regarding love, money, and beauty,” Simmons says. “My best advice is to think about the Venusian themes like a five-year plan since this is the perfect time to strategize for success in love, money, and beauty.”