If this Christmas is feeling a little heavy, here's why. (Plus good news - the vibe is lifting as early as next week!)
Read on to find out why this holiday weekend feels so intense and the underworld mythology that helps us understand these energies.
Just yesterday, on December 24th, after an intense week of buildup, we made it through the third and final Saturn-Uranus square of 2021.
The first one was February 17th, and the second was June 14th, and if you haven't heard about it, it is that feeling of restlessness while being restricted and held back. Uranus wants change, innovation, and liberation, and can achieve that via disruption and upheaval, while Saturn in square to it throws on the brakes.
All of this year, this energy has been coming up strong and then backing off, and mid-December through yesterday was its final surge.
It's beginning to dissipate now, but will be lingering all the way through the 31st, as these are slow moving planets. Now it's just a matter of holding the line and riding out these last few days of feeling frustrated with as much patience and grace as possible.
If today (Saturday, December 25th) felt intense, like you were obsessed with having something that felt out of reach (fueled by yesterday's Saturn-Uranus stand off amplifying the feeling of not being able to get what you want), and it also pinged some deep-seated self-worth and insecurity issues that brought up power dynamics, you were feeling today's Venus-Pluto conjunction.
This is a fresh start, but it isn't that simple - it is more like we are giving birth to something brand new - and as you might imagine, birthing isn't always a comfortable process.
But it is more than that. Make no mistake, these two together today have us swirling in ancient mythology of two different tales of the underworld.
First, a little bit about Venus conjunct Pluto in Capricorn.
Venus is resources and relationships, and how we attract our desires into our lives by aligning with them. At the heart of everything Venus is our value of ourselves - our self-worth. Pluto is the Roman version of the Greek Hades, ruler of the underworld, and associated with power, death, rebirth, transformation, regeneration, sex, wealth, intensity, and the shadow self.
When any two planets come together in conjunction, it is a blending of their energies through the energetic prism of the sign they are in, and the beginning of a new cycle. So, this is an intense and deep-diving beginning involving love and money, hinging on our values and self-worth, and since it is happening in Capricorn, it is the start of something built to last.
However, it isn't just one conjunction, it is a series of three in a row, because on December 19th, after her initial December 11th hook up with Pluto, Venus stationed retrograde.
Today's (December 25th) is the second. The third and final of this series of conjunctions won't be until early March, and will have a third planet in the mix, as Mars is escorting Venus in both Capricorn and Aquarius from mid-February through mid-March.
The first conjunction on December 11th was the initiation of this birth, the initial spark of desire. Today's conjunction, the second in the series of three with Venus freshly retrograde, is a follow-up and review (and why it may feel more challenging). The third conjunction in early March will be the resolution and big finale - the actual "birth" of the new.
The story goes that as Demeter was trying to rescue her daughter, a deal was made that Persephone would be returned as long as she had not eaten anything in the Underworld, but not knowing that she ended up eating several pomegranate seeds. Thus she becomes bride of Hades and Queen of the Underworld. Her mother, the harvest goddess went into mourning, and winter came. To satisfy both Hades and Demeter, the arrangement was made that Persephone would spend six months out of the year in the underworld (winter) and six with Demeter (summer).
In the meantime, Persephone went through her own transformation, accepting her fate and stepping into her new role as the most powerful goddess, Queen of the Underworld, and became known for helping lost souls upon their arrival to the Underworld.
This myth has many themes, but one of them is about accepting "what is" and facing the shadows to uncover our greatest powers. This is one reason Pluto is associated with both power and wealth - the greatest treasures are found where humans are most afraid of going.
The Sumerian Myth of Inanna's Descent
As Venus and Pluto come together now in Capricorn, there is a second underworld myth swirling about with this interplay of energy, associated with Venus retrograde: the Sumerian myth of Inanna's Descent.
The Sumerian goddess Inanna was associated with the planet Venus, and it was specifically the myth of her descent to the Underworld to face her shadow, die to the old consciousness, and be reborn whole unto herself, that was associated with Venus' retrograde.
In the myth, Inanna, Queen of Heaven and Earth, puts her ear to the Great Below and becomes conscious of her shadow, her sister and Queen of the Underworld, Ereshkigal. Inanna sets out on her journey and descends through the Seven Gates of the Underworld. At each gate she is instructed to remove one of her seven royal garments to gain passage, one for each chakra, and she enters to meet her sister naked and bowed low. Her sister, her shadow, enraged, kills her immediately and hangs her body on meat hooks.
After three days, Inanna is rescued by the God of Wisdom, Enki, and brought back to life, reborn to a new consciousness. She has become aware of and faced her shadow, and is now "whole unto herself."
This myth is about our journey to "whole" ourselves, to meet the parts we have disowned and tried to bury, and reintegrate them.
This is the myth of Venus retrograde, which is on from December 19th until she emerges reborn on January 29th, and in helpful aspect to bringer of changes, Uranus.
With all of that swirling round us in the ethers, it is no wonder this weekend may be feeling edgy and intense.
There's a lot of growth happening, and something new being birthed, but with Venus and Pluto we are also being given a portal to our own Shadowlands on this holiday weekend, which is bound to be uncomfortable.
The good news is, the Venus-Pluto conjunction is done as of early next week, and Saturn-Uranus is already dissipating (although we may feel it lingering through the 31st).
Although we are going to be on the Venus retrograde journey until late January, next week is going to be feeling much better.
Look for a vibe lift midweek as Jupiter leaves Aquarius (for good) and heads into it's home turf of Pisces.
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