The transit to watch out for this week is the brief but potent Venus square Pluto, which could really pack a punch in the relationship department, particularly if your natal planets or points are triggered. Exact on 21 November Venus square Pluto is active from 18 to 24 November.
Venus is in her rulership in Libra, a placement that bodes well for relationships, but during Venus square Pluto you may find it difficult to back down from things you feel strongly about. This may put you at odds with others as you may put your views across so forcefully that you come across as pushy or controlling. Naturally you may encounter resistance or resentment from those around you.
On the other hand you may come into contact with someone who is determined to push you into something you’re not comfortable with. In such a case avoid going into battle during the entire Venus square Pluto transit. Withdraw and take some time to consider your position before acting. You may find that everyone is more reasonable once the transit is over.
During Venus square Pluto there may be a strong desire to be in control and to gain success in your endeavours. You may even find yourself sacrificing the needs of others in order to achieve your goals. Bear in mind that when this transit ends you will come to realise how important the contributions of others are to the process and may regret alienating the very people who would be your allies.
Extremes are very likely during Venus square Pluto so watch your step and remain conscious. Just because it seems like a good idea in the heat of the moment doesn’t mean it’s normal or ok behaviour. Observe yourself and if you see yourself falling into the trap of trying to manipulate someone to get your way then ask yourself whether the issue at hand is more important than the relationship. Then act accordingly.
You’ll probably feel intensely passionate about others during Venus square Pluto, on the one hand fixating on someone you’re into to the point of obsession while on the other experiencing a powerful dislike or even hate. It’s all or nothing with Venus square Pluto. It will probably be difficult to remain neutral so if you’re personally affected avoid getting involved in other people’s disputes, especially when one of the parties is a person close to you.
Venus is Pluto can also bring up issues around power and control in your relationships. Power struggles, passive aggression and manipulative behaviours that have simmered beneath the surface may come bubbling up, creating conflict and tension between you and a loved one. Be aware of the fact that your ability to compromise and to see the other person’s point of view lie at the heart of resolving these issues.
The key to Venus square Pluto is to stand firm on the things that really matter while letting go of the little things that really don’t. You can use this energy to reconfigure relationships that have become unbalanced in the power department, but don’t let the potential of Venus square Pluto to create conflict turn your relationships into a war zone.
How will Venus square Pluto affect you?
Those with planets or points between 10 and 16 degrees of the Cardinal signs (Aries, Cancer, Libra and Capricorn) will be most affected by Venus square Pluto. Pay attention also to which houses these planets will be transiting in your chart, as this will tell you where the action will be playing out most in your life.
Unfortunately for me Venus square Pluto will be activating my chart very strongly. Transiting Pluto is currently conjunct my natal Venus in Capricorn and square my natal Pluto in Libra. Now Venus is coming in to conjunct natal Pluto, emphasising the existing natal square but in reverse! You can see this formation clearly in the chart below.
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Meanwhile in another part of the cosmos…
With Mars in Libra since 13 November you’ll probably notice that the attention to detail of Virgo has been replaced by a more laissez faire approach to life. Mars in Libra reminds me of a big lazy cat lying in the Sun who is only motivated to move by a love interest. Conflict will seem very unappealing during the next six weeks as Mars in Libra likes to keep the peace and this will be very helpful for defusing the tension of Venus square Pluto.
Mercury and the Sun are closing in on one another and will form a conjunction in Scorpio on 17 November. This combination tends us toward deep thinking and a desire to uncover things that have been buried or hidden. Given that this transit occurs the day before Venus square Pluto comes into affect you may notice that Sun conjunct Mercury is the catalyst for much of the drama that plays out in your relationships over the following days.
Mercury then overtakes the Sun, crossing over into Sagittarius on 20 November with the Sun entering Sagittarius on 22 November. This will lighten the mood and open our minds to the possibility of new adventures and ideas. Mercury in Sagittarius has a strong desire to learn while the Sun in the sign of the explorer seeks out any form of self expansion and growth. Take advantage of this energy by keeping your eyes open for opportunities to stretch yourself and push your boundaries.
On 19 November Neptune finally stations direct after over five months in retrograde motion. During this retrograde period many people probably found themselves more inward going than usual. There may have been a heightened sensitivity to the voice of the intuition with insights coming through to show us where we have been in denial or dishonest with ourselves. Now with Neptune direct it is time to put these insights into action.
Venus square Pluto and your relationships…
Venus square Pluto has the potential to create tension between ourselves and our loved ones, with power clashes and conflict very likely. Mars in Libra will help with this but you may have to take active steps to work with this energy in a positive way. Are you personally affected by Venus square Pluto? How do you see this energy playing out for you?
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