The Pluto conjunct Venus transit is a once in a lifetime process of transformation in relationships! It heralds intense and sometimes obsessive love affairs, many of which are one-sided. It can bring controlling, obsessive people into your life or it can transform you through a passionate encounter that may become a lifelong partnership. It all depends on which other planets that are brought into the mix, by natal aspect, house or sign rulership.
Pluto is a very slow moving planet taking roughly 240 years to complete a cycle. Therefore you will have only one Pluto conjunct Venus transit in your lifetime and some people will not have one at all. However, because of the retrograde motion of Pluto the transit may become exact several time over a two to three year period so that its intense energy ebbs and flows a little. This give you some breathing space from all the sometimes arduous but always transformative personal work that is likely to be occurring through your relationships and in the area of your life ruled by the house that Venus occupies.
These little waves form part of the structure of the transformation itself, and many astrologers have noticed that the transits of the outer planets do their work in this three stage process. At the time of the first exact pass of the transit a major change is initiated and is usually resisted by the native, on the second pass there is a level of acceptance and surrender, and on the third pass the native is able to integrate the change into their life and great transformation occurs. This is very likely to be the pattern with the Pluto conjunct Venus transit.
My experience of the Pluto conjunct Venus transit
At present I am coming up to the first pass of the transit, although Pluto has already come close to my Venus before going retrograde so I have already been feeling it’s affects for some time! So far I have immigrated from my home in New Zealand to cold, overcrowded Europe and married my Belgium lover, all in the space of a year. The relationship we share is intense to say the least. Every day I am confronted with new aspects of my being that I have had to let go of: my family, my career, my language. Yet deep inside me I know that this is the right path.
As with all transits, my Pluto conjunct Venus transit is individualised by the natal sign and house placings, as well as the natal aspects. In my case natal Venus is conjunct the Sun and Moon which means Pluto is set to transit these two key personal planets as well. Venus is located in the 8th house (ruled by Pluto) and has a close square to natal Pluto, accentuates the influence of Pluto dramatically and bringing out some of the darker aspects of the planet of sex and death. Finally my Capricorn Venus finds all this intensity and loss of control extremely difficult and tries desperately to impose some kind of order, security and stability. But Capricorns structures won’t hold back Pluto! Breaking down structures is Pluto’s specialty.
Pluto’s other specialty is death and when applied to Venus we’re talking about the loss of innocence, the death of the naive irresponsible girl and the birth of a woman, empowered to transform her relationships and take responsibility for her role in their success or demise. New Capricorn values are likely to come to the fore, including self-control, determination and commitment.
Navigating a Pluto conjunct Venus transit, as with any of the outer planet transits, all comes down to letting go. If you try to hold on to the parts of yourself that are being challenged, or resist the changes that will inevitably occur, you will find it both exhausting and painful. However if you are able to relax and surrender to the evolutionary process you will emerge filled with new power and insight. For as Lynn Koiner points out in her article Survival Tips for the Pluto Transit, “Pluto transits occur when one is about to make a great new leap forward, to leave the past behind and embrace a new beginning. This is what Pluto wants us to do— empower ourselves by letting go of the past and taking a transformative leap forward in our lives.”
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Image Death Becomes Her by Zephyri.