I have a random request: Can you do an article about Venus-Pluto? (Question brought to by my upcoming transit Venus conjunct natal Pluto. But we also have that wild Thanksgiving T-square with Jupiter-Pluto-Uranus which has Venus conjunct Pluto exact. So it could be of general interest too right?) But it seems like it always brings so much angst…and not much else. ~ bomega
This was a question asked by a reader in the comments section just before Mercury retrograde in Virgo, which is why I didn’t respond right away. We do have a Venus-Pluto conjunction coming up in time for Thanksgiving, and it’s Scorpio season, so why not take a look at Plutonic love?
First off, at the neutral level Venus represents values, particularly values in love and money. Pluto at the neutral level represents extremes, depth, intensity and purification/transformation. Venus aspecting Pluto, whether in a chart or by transit, at the neutral level will always represent a challenge to values in love or money that brings out extremes -for better or worse- and that challenge us to examine the true depth of our values and whether or not they are in need of an overhaul.
It is true that one of the more negative manifestations of Venus-Pluto is angst, sometimes to the point of unhealthy, almost obsessive dwelling on the things we love or the lack of love, whichever the case may be. The Plutonic tendency of going to extremes can manifest as much here as in any other area of life. Common to the more negative dwellings: Why does love always hurt so much? Why is the depth of my love never reciprocated? Will I ever be truly loved? Venus works within relationships, and often you’ll see people with this in their chart who received some type of early reinforcement that in order to be loved, one must give some of their power away. Love experienced as quid pro quo.
Even people who do not have this in their natal chart and therefore do not have a strong early experience of this have still experienced these situations as perpetuated by their society, and this unbalanced or corrupt view of love becomes highlighted by transits or progressions involving Venus and Pluto. Either way, part of the “angst” experienced by Venus-Pluto stems from that deep pain of rejection when your love isn’t good enough “as is” and seems to come at cost.
You’ll see a funny manifestation of this relationship to a “broken” sort of love in the Venus-Pluto person’s attraction to “broken” things in their aesthetics, which are usually quite pronounced; even their ideas of art must be something beyond merely “pretty” and have depth and substance.
There’s a common perception that Venus aspecting Pluto is highly sexual. That’s a case by case basis thing. What’s more important is the quality of the partner and the relationship, which is the higher purpose of this aspect. Venus-Pluto (and often Venus in Scorpio) wants quality, that quality being purity. It can elevate love and sex to a spiritual level, which leads to a deep pain when this isn’t found in everyday life.
From my perspective, Venus aspecting Pluto in a chart or by transit is trying to reclaim the whole of love, not just the lopsided superficial side that will not stand the true tests of darkness. Consider it a health checkup to your values in love and elsewhere. This is an aspect of true intimacy in the dictionary definition of it: closeness of observation with no separation. Romantic as that sounds, such closeness with our private interior lives can be scary, as we can’t hide from ourselves or others in that space. Unhealthy perceptions or experiences of love will create a type of emotional bondage; healthy love leads to emotional emancipation. Venus-Pluto just asks you where in the spectrum you are. Society and even media goes a long way towards corrupting what we should see when we examine our values so close; I see the “angst” as the process of trying to correct this. Purification of love by fire. The need to find purity and integrity and honesty and the sacred because one has experienced the pain that comes from the lack of these things.
Do you have Venus aspecting Pluto or Venus in Scorpio in your chart? Gone through a major Venus-Pluto transit? What was your experience?