What's that feeling coming up now, that's been growing over the past days?
What’s that feeling of a deep gnawing in the belly, of some vague sense of dissatisfaction, accompanied by a gravitational pull towards something, somewhere, unknown?
That feeling is Venus' first conjunction to Pluto, at 25 degrees Capricorn (the no-nonsense Saturn-ruled earth sign), exact today, December 11th.
(Part two of this will be on December 25th, at 26 degrees Capricorn, after Venus has stationed retrograde.)
Where Venus is transiting in current astrology in our charts will tell us where blessings will come from during that period, and the energetic prism through which our love expression and values will flow.
When Venus retrogrades, as it is about to from December 19th to January 29th, we have an opportunity to journey to meet our shadow, and ultimately be reborn to a new consciousness.
It's a self-worth journey to be sure, one that can help us reclaim the thrones of our hearts with more compassion and wisdom, and rule our realms from a place of more authentic inner authority, wiser, more integrated and whole.
Pluto is the Roman version of the Greek Hades, ruler of the underworld. Pluto is about stripping and exposing, and the process of death and rebirth, transformation, and regeneration. In traditional astrology, Mars is the ruler of both Aries and Scorpio, but in modern astrology, after Pluto’s discovery, it was assigned to Scorpio, the sign associated with the phoenix–the one who burns and then regenerates from its own ashes. This controversial heavenly body is small but mighty and has a strong association with power in our lives.
Pluto is closely tied to our subconscious, especially the insecurities and fears that drive us from beneath the surface. Strong Pluto can bring up a combo of deep desires within us as well as insecurities. These together with a "must have at any cost" mentality can set the stage for situations where we suddenly find our shadow is running the show. Power plays, manipulation, and coerciveness can begin to dominate our experiences under these conditions.
This is why, when Pluto is at play, it is always a good idea to stay as aware as possible of the motives driving our behavior and the behavior of those with whom we are interacting.
Strong Pluto can have everyone so focused on achieving their own agenda that we lose the bigger perspective. Situations can quickly turn into lose-lose propositions. Staying aware of when to disengage and just walk away is key. It can be tricky to harness the power of this energy and stay on top of it.
Imagine you’ve been in the wilderness for weeks without enough food and you are cooking a delicious, big meal, in a cast iron skillet over an open fire. You have been waiting so long and have been hungry for days on end. You can smell the food cooking and it is almost ready. Suddenly, you notice that the handle of the cast iron skillet has heated up from the pan being over the open flames, and it is becoming too hot to hold. If you let go of the skillet, you lose your meal, the only food you have, but if you keep holding on, you lose your hand.
This is how intense Pluto energy can feel in our lives. It can feel like our survival is in the balance, and like no matter what we choose, we will be losing. That’s why when working with this energy, the power of being able to disengage and let go is so important. When this type of energy is up, clinging and refusing to let go is one of the worst things we can do.
Pluto is also the type of gnawing desire and hunger that draws us out a little farther and a little farther, until there is no return, and we find ourselves in the shadowlands and with no choice but to go into the fire of the phoenix and come out the other side reborn from our own ashes.
This is why we want to pay special attention now to any inner discomfort right now, our behavior, and our motives driving it. Not only is Pluto conjunct Venus, for the first out of two times, but Venus is stationing retrograde December 19th, so this conjunction is our portal to the underworld to which Venus is about to journey. It is our “set up” for what we will be reviewing during Venus’ retrograde.
The desire now or even desire to alleviate discomfort, is what is going to spark that trip.
Venus conjunct Pluto isn't “bad,” but it is intense, and it is opening us up to Venus' impending retrograde journey. Desire runs deep now and will be absolutely transformational for us (especially if you have anything around 25 degrees any of the cardinal signs - Capricorn, Cancer, Libra, Aries).
Also, because it is a conjunction, it is a beginning. Venus conjunct Pluto can be felt almost all of this month (December 2021), but this is actually two separate conjunctions, the first exact 12/11 with Venus direct, and the second exact 12/25, with Venus retrograde. That makes for a very long Venus-Pluto conjunction - an almost unheard of entire month of these two planets being within very close proximity of each other. That only intensifies the gravity of this new beginning.
Because Venus is stationing retrograde during this conjunction, there is a likelihood of something (or someone) coming into our lives now with this first conjunction that then seems to back off or dissipate as Venus goes retrograde and backs away from Pluto.
Not to worry; Venus comes back into conjunction for a third and final time on March 3rd and with this, whatever we have sparked this month is back to stay. Consider this our introduction to the situation, and Venus retrograde 12/19 to 1/29 our opportunity to do the inner work necessary to get ourselves truly ready to step into the new that's coming and run with it.
All's well that ends well, and Venus stations direct on January 29th in a much friendlier atmosphere, with the north node of destiny and increase in her own sign of Taurus (that means Venus is our “guiding light” for the next 18 months), and in trine to freshly-direct Uranus, planet of revelation, insight, and lasting change.
Venus conjunct Mars in Capricorn from mid-February through mid-March is going to be helping solidify this new beginning in our lives as well.
Something solid is being born and this Venus-Pluto conjunction is only the very beginning!
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