Venus Conjunct Pluto In the Natal Chart
As indicated by the Judgement card, Pluto, the metaphorical Judge, went direct on September 31st, as if positioning himself to oversee the wayward waltz of Venus retrograde. Aside from planetary transits, however, the natal union (or conjunction) between Venus and Pluto is as intensely purgatorial as that of Venus’s retrograde in Scorpio.
The Natal Conjunction: Coiled Roots
The natal conjunction consists of an 8° orb between two planets, increasing or decreasing in strength relative to the orb’s exactitude (0°), or distance (8°), respectively. When planets conjoin, a merging or energetic blend occurs between both planetary influences, causing their characteristics to intertwine like coiled roots at the base of a tree. As a result, their energies form an inseparable relationship, which is partially why the natal conjunction is deemed significantly potent. Although conjunctions are generally considered challenging aspects, as is the case with the Venus-Pluto conjunction, not all conjunctions are created equal, and this is highly dependent on the planets involved in configuration. However, for the purposes of this article, the conjunction is challenging in its inability to differentiate between two energies, as a result of their significantly close proximity.
Note: Aspects should not be isolated in interpretation, as the overall chart can demonstrate mitigating or contradictory factors. Instead, a thorough chart analysis will bring the necessary clarity and cohesion of celestial influences.
Correspondences of Venus in Traditional Astrology
Venus is the traditional domicile lord/ ruler of Libra and Taurus, exalted in Pisces (degree of exaltation: 27º Pisces), in adversity/ ‘detriment’ in Aries and Scorpio, and in depression/ ‘fall’ in Virgo. She is the ‘positive’ manifestation of the phlegmatic temperament, which is cold and wet. In Hellenistic astrology, Venus finds her planetary Joy in the fifth house. She is of feminine gender, occupies the nocturnal sect, and rules precious stones such as diamonds, emeralds, and copper. Her colors are white and green and she is said to be oily (‘greasy’) in taste. She is considered the lesser benefic in traditional astrology, although her (benefic) energy is more pronounced in nocturnal charts. As a benefic, Venus affirms or says ‘yes’ to her planetary associations.
Meaning of Venus in the Natal Chart
Venus’s nature is reconciliatory, she is the benefic that oversees the subjectively positive affirmation of love, intimate relationships, friendships, and marriage. She governs the fine arts, including painting and the process of mixing pigments. Likewise, she rules over singing, pleasant sounds, melodies, and the production of music. She oversees scents including the perfume industry. Venus is joy, laughter, and merriment. She is said to grant assistance from royal women or relatives, securing auspicious reputation when functioning cooperatively. Venus nourishes in her capacity to grant and reciprocate pleasure [Brennan, p.178].
Correspondences of Pluto in Astrology
Pluto is an outer planet (often referred to as ‘transpersonal’ in modern astrology). *While the traditional rulership scheme, based on planetary distance from the Sun (ie., Saturn governs Capricorn and Aquarius because both signs are farthest from the Sun), modern planetary assignments appear to be more archetypal. Pluto is said to be the modern ruler of Scorpio (in modern astrology), exalted in Aries, but authors differ regarding Pluto’s signs of detriment and fall. In modern astrology, Pluto is often deemed the ‘higher octave’ of Mars. Discovered in 1930, Pluto was once deemed the ninth planet, during an epoch that witnessed the spawn of nuclear/ atomic power, deleterious dictatorships, and The Great Depression. The word Pluto is derived from the Greek ‘plutos’, meaning wealth.
Meaning of Pluto in the Natal Chart
In the natal chart, Pluto signifies the elimination and renewal process through regenerative progression. As a planet of extremes with clearly punctuated heights and depths, it is responsible for the pulverization of all psychological residue hindering spiritual transcendence. Paralleling Hades’s helmet of invisibility (worn upon fleeing the underworld), the metamorphosing power of Pluto is often inconspicuously cloaked and filtered through hidden psychological layers. Because of its discovery during the development of atomic power, Pluto has the pulverizing capacity to discharge concealed energy. While Pluto certainly possesses an annihilating force, it can equally be wielded into reconstructive growth and personal power.
Venus Conjunct Pluto in the Natal Chart
The natal Venus-Pluto conjunction often describes a native seeking to dissolve their core identity through excessively intense relationships. Crisis-related patterns incessantly emerge in relationships, and it is often this type of energy that is being drawn into the native’s life by their own subconscious volition. While fidelity is quite pronounced with this aspect, rarely will a balanced, serene union maintain the interest of a Venus-Pluto native, as the insatiable urge to explore depth and complexity overrides the otherwise reconciliatory nature of Venus.
Although the grasp of Venus-Pluto wields a forceful, magnetic pull, it can simultaneously repel, depending on the partner’s own resonance with Plutonian themes. Severity and depth pronounces the quality of responses generated in Venus-Pluto relationships, and it is difficult for these natives to contemplate the possibility of pursuing a partnership that offers emotional tranquility and lightheartedness. The mark of the Venus-Pluto conjunction punctuates extremities, for its fuel is the adrenaline of intensely consummating experiences. In essence (and in what appears seemingly contradictory), their sense of security is subconsciously immersed in these life-devouring unions. The material resources afforded by Venus are happily sacrificed with the Venus-Pluto aspect, becoming emblems that validate the native’s interminable affections.
For creative types, the Venusian production of art often alludes to Plutonian themes otherwise shunned by conformity. Provocative, dramatic, depth-riddled undertones saturate art used as a vehicle to explore controversial subject matter. Because Venus is responsible for artistic endeavors and, in this aspect, she is fused with the energy of Pluto, creative expression is driven by the same intensity and passion that permeates relationships.
Re-emerging patterns of intimacy enveloped in emotional crises will surge until, at last, the native grows conscious of their root origin. Once aware of the reasons why exhaustive, emotional intensity is so vital to the breath of their relationships, the native begins to shift behavioral patterns in favor of more constructively sustainable partnerships. Implemented wisely, the lessons of subjectively traumatic relationships can help forge the foundational core of authenticity.
Lilly, William, Christian Astrology III.
Brennan, Chris, Hellenistic Astrology.
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