New Moons are always a time of new beginnings, of fresh energy, a time of focusing our attention and intentions. The New Year symbolically also shares the same connotation. So this is something worth noticing, because it does not happen frequently, a New Moon on New Year’s Day. Our felt experience of the energy created by the configuration of the planets on January 1st will set the tone for the rest of 2014.
Here is some New Year’s Astrology from some amazing sites! Venus retrograde is also explained here.
First from Dipali Desai and her Celestial Space Astrology:
“The earth element is strongly featured for the first New Moon of the New Year. The New Moon is in Capricorn at 11 degrees which suggests having a fresh fertile soil within the subconscious so thenew ‘symbolic seeds’ are planted for the year ahead.
“But first one has to prepare the soil through clearing it out and adding new nutrients to it. Remember, there is no rush with Capricorn, patience and timing is utmost important…”
“Capricorn is an earth element, cardinal mode of energy, so it is highly dynamic and has the potential to be excellent at management, organization and delegation…
“The New Moon in Capricorn’s themes are letting go and paving the way for rebirth and aligning with quality and integrity…”
“The climb to the top of the symbolic mountain may feel rough, yet imagine the new possibilities and view when you arrive at the peak. With persistence and gentle discipline, all things may be achieved.
“The New Moon in Capricorn has an intense energy due to the fact that it is connected to (by conjunction) to transiting Pluto in Capricorn (Uranus in Aries), Mercury in Capricorn and Mars in Libra. Transformation of stuck energy so things realign and move is part of this astrological configuration.
“The first round of energy with this aspect suggests ‘major detox and cleanse’ and then comes the rebirth and new beginnings. The energy is dynamic yet very focused like a laser beam.
“As a Soul, you are success itself. The ego/mind or human self, it may get caught up in the extremes of the physical world of ‘success or failure.’ Know that there is a way beyond this dualistic perception and way of living. Living life from a perspective of Soul, helps you to know you bring the quality of success to whatever you choose to do.
“Consider that at times the most trying, testing, difficult situation may be a form of Spiritual initiation or rite of passage in some way to master something and raise consciousness. The overall astrological aspects suggest this is what is happening, each individual is testing themselves to rise to a higher level through a challenge in some form.
“…Some people right now leading up to the New Moon in Capricorn, are feeling the strong driving push for purging, cleansing and letting go. It is downright uncomfortable and possibly full of grief, intense emotions or even deep fears coming up. This is par for the course now. Go with it, be with it, accept it. Get some rest if you feel exhausted. It will shift soon enough.
“Pay attention to about 3 days before hand, especially New Years Eve it is wise to have awareness, be alert and make conservative choices and actions. People may express pent-up aggression, anger, possible erratic driving on the roads or while travel, arguments or disagreements may occur.
“Energies want to clear out. Be responsible for what is your emotion and reaction and allow others to do the same. There is nothing to fear, but better be on the side of caution and wise decision-making than have regrets. It is your choice how you work with the symbolism and energy or if you buckle down into fear-based energy.”
“…With Venus Retrograde in Capricorn, some things may not be as defined or tangible as you may like them to be — especially around relationships, love and even money. Be patient. As it’s a phase of reorganizing, how something is defined will come in due time.”
“The New Moon in Capricorn urges each to be realistic with your approach to whatever is happening. Align with that which is healthy, loving, empowering and of quality.
“Whatever you produce or manifest, let it be with integrityand deliver quality product. This is being the living embodiment of the highest potential of the New Moon in Capricorn.”
© Copyright 2013-2014 ~ Dipali Desai. All Rights Reserved
From Cafe Astrology:
Venus is retrograde from December 21st to January 31st, 2014. Venus’s shadow period begins November 20th, 2013 and ends March 4th, 2014. Note that the shadow period begins before Venus turns retrograde, when Venus first passes over the degree that Venus later returns to in retrograde motion. The shadow period ends when Venus again passes over the degree at which it first turned retrograde.As the planet of love and values, Venus retrograde periods are times when we re-assess what—and who—we value. It is a period that many astrologers consider inopportune for getting married or starting a new relationship. Major financial undertakings are not advised during this period either. Venus retrograde cycles are good times for creating budgets and financial plans, and for re-thinking our personal relationships. Taking action in the areas of finance and love, however, is not advised until Venus turns direct again.Because Venus rules beauty and aesthetics, Venus Retrograde is a less than ideal time for beautification processes (new hairdos, enhancements, purchasing a new wardrobe, cosmetic surgery, and so forth), renovations, re-decorating, and the like. Because Venus is associated with social events, parties may not go as planned. On the subject of love, past lovers may re-appear and some relationships may end. With Venus retrograde in Capricorn, our fear of rejection may be strong. We might also be re-assessing whether a relationship is contributing to, or taking away from, our ambitions and goals. How people are getting along on the job can come into strong focus. Capricorn rules protocol and our sense of decorum. We might feel especially annoyed or turned off by those who are stepping over the line.Old friends and lovers may re-appear, perhaps complicating current relationships. We may be called upon to deal with relationship issues from the past during this Venus retrograde cycle. Events occur that seem fated or pre-destined. It can be a real challenge getting close to a lover during this period of time. Unorthodox, experimental, and non-intimate relationships may be favored.Affection is difficult to express in a natural or spontaneous manner. We might find others are lacking in sincerity or genuineness in their expressions of social niceties. (We may be inclined to do the same!).Some of the more negative associations of Venus in Capricorn may be particularly prominent and/or hard to take, and these include materialism and coolness with expressing affections. Those who have Capricorn strong in their charts may be more introspective, distant, or hard to reach during this cycle. They may not be in as favorable light just for the time being.Relationships that have been especially challenging may come to an end during this cycle. However, strong relationships will survive it, even if there are a few bumps and bruises along the way. For singles, this is a good time for “eyes wide open” or experimental dating. It is not a time when people recognize the need for another person to “complete” them. Some people may be questioning whether they are with partners who actually fulfill them. This period is good for re-evaluating our relationship needs; but, again, major love decisions are best saved for after the cycle ends on January 31st, and perhaps beyond the shadow phase as well (after March 4th). Our perceptions may be skewed and we can come out of the retrograde cycle with regret if we have acted hastily, as the tendency to change our minds later is strong.On the subject of money, finances, and possessions, do try to hold off on major purchases or financial decisions during this Venus retrograde cycle. For example, the purchase of a new house, car, or other big-ticket item could backfire in some manner later on. They may become money pits or cause problems for you; or you may change your mind later and regret your purchase.There’s nothing truly to fear about Venus retrograde, but it’s always wise to take special care during this cycle. It’s not the best period for entering into a new relationship, because our sensors when it comes to love are not up to par. However, it’s not unheard of to begin a relationship under the influence of a retrograde Venus, and it survives.Venus rules our values, and when she is retrograde, we don’t seem to be in touch with exactly what and who we value. After the retrograde cycle is over, we may look back and wonder what we were thinking. So, do what you can to avoid major decision making during Venus’ retrograde cycle. A change of heart is likely later. And, the people we meet now may appear more fabulous than they turn out to be. It’s also possible that some people we meet now may appear less attractive than they turn out to be! Whatever the case may be, try to hold off until July before making big decisions, particularly life-altering ones.Still, we are not especially warm and affectionate during this cycle. It’s hard to trust others just now, and, perhaps more so, it’s difficult to trust our own instincts when it comes to judging others or our relationships. We tend to suspect insincerity in others. People appear to be more selfish, withdrawn, and self-protective. It’s hard to make headway in a direct manner in our love relationships for the time being. If you are hoping to fix a relationship or if you are trying to schedule a reunion, it may not be the best time to do so.Then there is a feeling of the inevitable during a Venus retrograde. What happened in the past, including past love affairs, can flood our consciousness now. Sometimes, a past lover reappears in his or her physical form. Dealing with endings is actually favored during this cycle.Think back to what may have happened during the last few Venus retrograde cycles (May 15th to June 27th, 2012, October 8, 2010, to November 18, 2010, March 6, 2009, to April 17th, 2009, July 27, 2007 to September 8, 2007, December 24th, 2005 to February 3rd, 2006, April through July 2004, September through December 2002, March through May 2001). Although each retrograde cycle is different, similar issues may arise. In fact, some of the issues we faced then may need to be dealt with now.Note that the last time Venus was retrograde in the sign of Capricorn was from January 1-February 3, 2006. It’s very possible that we will deal with similar or even the same issues during the 2013-2014 Venus retrograde cycle as we did during that cycle in 2006.When Mercury aligns with retrograde Venus on January 7th, there can be a lot of conversation about relationships, especially past ones. If new light is shed on an old problem, it may not hold weight over the long term, or could ultimately frustrate us. At the time that Venus forms an inferior conjunction with the Sun (January 11th), relationship issues are magnified. Fateful events can occur now. When Venus squares Mars on January 14-15, we can be especially temperamental. We can find people coming on strongly or aggressively particularly distasteful. This is not the time to make a scene!Particularly around the days of Venus’ stations on December 21st and January 31st, 2014, hold your tongue. If you are itching to argue with a lover, try to hold off. It is likely that you will have a change of heart once the station passes, and you can do a lot of damage in the meantime.Note also that Venus is in the retrograde “zone” from November 20th, 2013 to March 4th, 2014. From January 31st to March 4th, Venus continues to traverse the degrees she covered during her retrograde period. Although Venus officially turns direct on January 31st, issues are not expected to be entirely resolved until after March 4th.Where is Venus Retrograde transiting by house in your natal chart? Does it conjunct a natal planet, your Ascendant, or Midheaven? Read interpretations of Venus Retrograde in Transit for a more personalized meaning of the transit cycle.
Some people are more sensitive to Venus retrograde cycles than others. For example, I know of one woman, with no knowledge of these cycles, who broke up with partners in three Venus Retrograde cycles!Venus-ruled Taurus and Libra natives are likely to be particularly sensitive to the effects of Venus Retrograde. Also, people who have Taurus and/or Libra associated with love or financial areas of their chart tend to be more affected than others. This includes Aries Ascendant natives (because Libra is on the house of partnerships and, often, Taurus is on the cusp of their income house, the second) and Scorpio Ascendant natives (because Taurus is on the cusp of their house of partnerships). Taurus or Libra on the fifth house of romance is another indicator (more frequently occurring with Capricorn Ascendant and Gemini Ascendant natives), and those people who have Venus in Taurus or Libra are also quite sensitive to the cycle.