Venus, your ruling planet, will be in retrograde motion all month, diminishing the flames of passion for the most part. Still, this doesn't automatically mean that your love life will be non-existent, or wrought with agony. As a matter of fact, Venus Retrograde cycles are a special opportunity to "get it right" when it comes to your love life. If you're single, this will be a month where reflection on your values and requirements in love will be extra important. If you're attached, you may focus more on the responsibility of love and what it truly means for you and your mate to share this awesome commitment.
Because Venus will backpedal in the area of your chart that rules spirituality, morals and the bigger picture, you may discover that finding a soul mate who shares your religious, cultural or moral beliefs is more important than ever. If you're in a relationship with someone who doesn't support your views, there may be tension. You'll be more likely to wrestle with yourself about where this relationship is going and whether or not it has true long term potential if you share such different core principles. Things may come to a head near January 16 or again on January 25 when communication planet Mercury will square off with Saturn, the planet of commitment and structure, now in your partnership sector. Ideas or decisions that are not supported might lead you to question everything you thought you knew about your union.
Still, Venus Direct starts January 31, and it will be a potent, auspicious position to help you achieve a realistic perspective about love, partnership and the bigger picture.