No offense Aries folks, but aren’t you even over all this Aries yet? Just when one planet leaves Aries, a new one enters. As the planets continue the uber-excitable Aries rampage, Wednesday, Venus, newly in Aries, meets Pluto in Capricorn. Aries is the sign of selfhood and this Venus symbolizes our very personal relationship values, both what we stand for and who we love.On the heels of such a dramatic Libra Full Moon, it seems we could all use this square to digest where it is we truly stand in relationship to our relationships. Pluto always challenges us to face those wounded and shadowy parts of our self we don’t want to face: jealousy, denial, vanity, and our refusal to meet life and love as it is, not as we want it to be. It is, after all, the planet of hell. This Venus-Pluto square offers a chance to look deeply at our own shadow material in relationship, to turn away from the past & move forward with honesty and if we can do that....everything & everyone that is true will survive. If your chart is touched by this Venus/Pluto square (early cardinal signs Aries, Cancer, Libra, Capricorn), you have officially become an initiate of Inanna, the Sumerian Venus.
Inanna's descent into hell-ness, or wholeness, was motivated by loss. In this case the loss of her lover, stolen by her shadow mirror sister, Ershkigal, Queen of the Underworld. Inanna embodied everything her sister was not (Inanna was Love herself, and Ershkigal was said to have no kin, no family, and no one to love). Themes of stolen love, rivalry, shadow, and reclamation of personal values present.
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The story is rich with Plutonian symbolism, and anyone who has experienced Pluto's darkness will recognize this stripping down process. Down, down went the Goddess through the gates of hell to reclaim her lover and reunite with her dark sister. At each passage the guard asked to give up something increasingly valuable. First she gave her adornments, makeup and jewels (which many of us were forced to financially forego during Venus retrograde), and then her magical girdle, which contained her love magic, her identity and reason for living. Finally, standing naked and stripped before the last gate, Innana was made to give up all that she had left - her connection to the Divine and so lost her will to live. Then as a final Plutonian kick in the ass, her sister left her there to rot. (Don't worry, through magical intervention and Inanna's resourcefulness, Inanna escaped).
This could easily turn into a story about victimization and blame, grudges and cat-fights between two Queens with hardened hearts - and that can happen with Pluto. But it's not. Pluto's Venus empowerment is learning how to see how our wounds (hidden by blame and projection) distort truth. Here's the Venus-Pluto question: how can we really know the integrity of our values, the truth of our self-worth without testing the values and ideals we love, and indeed our own heart, for purity? From the soul's perspective, relationships from hell, going through hell, going to hell and back again-- is a small price to pay for wholeness.
As we pass through the flame of love's alchemy, we must either let something within purify on an internal level, allow it to fully pass through the fires of truth, or externally let go of someone or something. Sometimes both happen. A relationship can be reborn, two people having descended into darkness return with the golden prize of integrity and truth. Sometimes the relationship actually dies a necessary death. If we have the eyes to see beneath the surface, if we've felt the burn and surrendered our vanities the gold arrives, be it as self-truth, or a more honest relationship. However, this may not happen immediately. Pluto's permutations of agony take time. If we're new initiates of Pluto, blame needs to be reborn as understanding, attachment purged and understood as a necessary soulful surrender -- and sometimes this understanding arrives much, much later.
Marjorie Orr has an M.A. (Hons) in English Literature and Philosophy from Glasgow University, and was a current affairs journalist, award-winning BBC TV documentary producer and then a psychotherapist. She has a worldwide following for her astrology... read more