Venus, the planet of love and possessions, stations retrograde at 28 degrees of Capricorn on December 21, 2013. It remains retrograde through January 31, 2014, when it stations direct at 13 degrees of Capricorn. When a planet retrogrades, it appears to to move backwards. Whenever any planet retrogrades, it is an excellent time to revise, reconsider, reevaluate, reassess, reflect, and return.
Venus is retrograde the least out of all of the planets, which makes it meaningful when it does happen. Venus, the planet of relationships and what we value, stations retrograde every 584 days for 40 days and 40 nights. When Venus is retrograde, it is a good time to reevaluate and reassess what you want in relationships, the things and people you value, and the things or people you no longer want in your life.
When Venus is retrograde, it is better to reflect than to take action. If there are existing issues in your relationship, those issues will surface during the retrograde. Wait until after Venus turns direct on January 31, 2014, before you make a final decision regarding your relationship.
Venus in retrograde is not a good time to make expensive purchases, as you might discover later that the the item was not as valuable as you had thought. However, it is an excellent time for redecorating, rearranging space and furniture, and decluttering your home. It is a great time to eliminate items you no longer need or want. If you want to sell them, wait until Venus goes direct to get a better deal. It is also not a good time to sign contracts or make legal commitments.
Some astrologers say that it is not a good time to get into a relationship during Venus retrograde, as there is something "backwards" to the partnership; the person may not be as he or she originally appeared. I think that if you meet someone during Venus retrograde, take things slowly. The relationship could have a very karmic aspect to it, and that should not be ignored.
When Venus is in retrograde, people often hear from old lovers or friends. It could be a time for revisiting an old relationship; however, be prepared that you might see why the relationship ended in the first place. Regardless, it could be a good time for getting closure on unresolved issues in relationships and mourning the loss of people and things.