The Sun forms a conjunction with Venus retrograde tomorrow (6:24 a.m. CST) at 21 degrees Capricorn, and both bodies will exactly sextile Saturn in Scorpio.
The Sun and Venus form two conjunctions in their cycle - an interior conjunction while Venus is retrograde and an exterior conjunction while Venus is direct. This is the interior conjunction, and it marks the halfway point of the "relationship restructuring" process with Venus retrograde in Capricorn.
In general, a Sun-Venus conjunction is considered a beneficial aspect, with the Venusian love rays getting a nice boost from the presence of the Sun. The people who will be having trouble with this one are those who have been letting things slide with their Saturn in Scorpio lessons, avoiding uncomfortable emotions and suppressed psychological realities within their relationships - personal or professional.
Getting to the bottom of these things is necessary so that the energy can move and relationship progress can be made.
At this halfway Venus retrograde vantage point, the Sun is shining a light on some realizations we've had regarding relationships, career advancement, and money matters since November 2013. With 20 days of Venus retrograde under our belts, we now have an understanding of what needs to change, what needs to be restructured, and what needs to come under new rules altogether. We're setting ourselves up for long-term relationship success here, making some long-range plans and decisions, but that long-term success also requires that we end some detrimental relating patterns, especially how we use power and control in hidden ways in relationship. This includes allowing ourselves to be put in subjugated positions in relationship.
At the Sun-Venus interior conjunction, we're getting a glimpse of the overall relational game plan as it unfolds from here, as well as the strategic moves we need to make in order to get where we ultimately need to be - personally and professionally.
Venus Rx in Capricorn will form the first of two squares to Mars in Libra on January 16, indicating that our needs (advancement, concrete progress, career success) and our wants (relationships, sociability, loveliness) are at frictional odds, to a certain extent.
Venus Rx in Capricorn is requiring a business-like stiff upper lip in relationships, as well as a "nose to the grindstone" ethic in money and career matters. We have to do what we have to do, even if some in our social spheres don't like it. There is relational and sexual restraint required here, reinforced by transiting Saturn in Scorpio. There are trade-offs to be considered and implemented. There are standards to be met. There is strategy to be employed.
We are building a framework that will allow for our successful development over the following eight-year Venus cycle. This takes some diligence, some time, some effort, and some good, old-fashioned hard work.
All this hard work and "stiff upper lip-ping" for relationship planet Venus comes into frictional contact with our desire (Mars) for a social life, a relationship, or some enjoyment of the good life together (Libra). A new work-relationship balance is being eked out here, and this does have its frictional points.
At the same time, people who have been doing the hard slog Scorpio work - processing all the crap and the bullshit and the underhandedness in relationships for the collective - could be getting a helping hand from the universe now. The Sun-Venus conjunction in Capricorn sextile Saturn in Scorpio looks to be rewarding for those who have done the brutal, harsh, and hellish emotional/psychological work, who have looked at all the uncomfortable issues, and who have not shied away from the core matters.
Those who did not have the luxury of turning a blind eye to the more harsh dynamics of human relations can now be validated, sustained, and put in stronger and more concrete position under the influence of these productive aspects.
For more on Venus retrograde, Mars retrograde, and the Venus-Mars squares: Venus and Mars Retrograde: Cardinal Relationship Shifts and a Fight for Right Human Relations in 2014 - 6,900+ words for $15 or free this year to patrons