Venus conjunct Pluto provides an excellent opportunity to work on relationship issues, particularly with twin supportive sextiles to Chiron and Mars. But beware the ongoing Pluto-Uranus square which could high jack all your good intentions and have you reacting with counter-productive volatility and rebellion!
Effective from 4 February, Venus conjunct Pluto is exact on Saturday 6 February. We will then have just four days to make the most of this energy, which will provide powerful focus and intention for working on the dynamics of our closest connections with others.
Paying close attention to the needs to other, particularly through active listening, will be very helpful in working with the energy of Venus conjunct Pluto. As these two planets are currently located in the objective focused sign of Capricorn it’s easy to lose sight of or dismiss another person’s perspective because we are so focused on what we perceive to be the problem or goal to be achieved.
One of my favourite books on relating is The Art of Loving by Erich Fromm. Fromm writes “Love isn’t something natural. Rather it requires discipline, concentration, patience, faith, and the overcoming of narcissism. It isn’t a feeling, it is a practice.” In Venus conjunct Pluto we can find this discipline and concentration, albeit for just a little while.
To assist us in making the most of Venus conjunct Pluto are two sextiles from the pair, to Chiron in compassionate and empathetic Pisces and Mars in Pluto’s rulership of Scorpio. Together these two will allow us to act on our deeply felt intuitions in a gentle way that can bring healing to any relationship where conflict, power struggle or underlying resentments are causing damage.
Be careful though. Venus conjunct Pluto is also forming a square to Uranus and if you are tuned in to this energy you may find yourself reacting angrily and rebelliously to perceived rejection or betrayal, especially where you feel that the power balance is not fair between you. This feeling of powerlessness and vulnerability can trigger over-the-top reactions that only make things worse in the long run.
How will Venus conjunct Pluto affect you?
Those who have natal planets or points between 13 and 19 degrees of Capricorn will feel Venus conjunct Pluto most strongly. For example I have the Sun, Moon and Venus all clustered together on these degrees. Transiting Venus conjunct Pluto will therefore trigger all three of these planets, as well as the aspects they form to other planets and points in my chart.
If you have planets or points between 13 and 19 degrees of the other Cardinal signs (Aries, Cancer or Libra) Venus conjunct Pluto will create a square or opposition in your chart, and you are likely to feel this transit as stressful rather than easy. On the other hand, those who have planets between 13 and 19 degrees of the other Earth signs (Taurus or Virgo) will experience Venus conjunct Pluto as easier, because the transit will form a trine aspect in their natal chart.
It’s also useful to examine your chart to see through which house Venus and Pluto are transiting as this will give you clues as to which area of your life is likely to be most affected. Just find 16 degrees Capricorn on your natal chart and look to see which house it falls in.
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Meanwhile, in another part of the cosmos
Jupiter is currently conjunct the North Node which can bring opportunities to fulfill your destiny so keep your eyes open! On the other hand remember that both Jupiter and the North Node are currently in the sign of Virgo and this is an archetype that’s all about hard-work, practicality and details. You need to be able to hold the bigger picture in mind while at the same time ensuring that every small task is done well.
Mercury is creeping up to form a trine with Jupiter on 6 February, an energy that will open your mind to new possibilities and approaches. Mercury is currently in Capricorn, having just moved out of conjunction with Pluto, and Jupiter in Virgo will combine very nicely for planning and goal setting, as well as being able to identify the necessary steps towards these goals.
Saturn is now within orb of a trine to Uranus, although this aspect will not be exact until the end of the year due to Saturn turning retrograde in March. Nevertheless we can still make use of this energy over the coming six weeks to develop some of our more outlandish ideas into concrete reality. Saturn will also provide a valuable stabilising influence for Uranus, helping us make the most of Venus conjunct Pluto.
Working positively with Venus conjunct Pluto
Venus conjunct Pluto has the potential to play out either positively or negatively depending on how it interacts with your natal chart. Its impact will also have a lot to do with how conscious you are over the coming week and how clear you are of your intentions for healing and change in your relationships. Does Venus conjunct Pluto trigger your chart? How do you intend to utilise this energy?