Venus’ rendezvous with Sun and Pluto: a darker, deeper Evening Star

 'Pandora opening the box' by Su Balckwell

‘Pandora opening the box’ by Su Balckwell

glowstarA very big cosmic  event has just taken place and hardly anyone is talking about it!

On Tuesday, January 9 2018 Sister Venus reached her 18 monthly (584 days) rendezvous with the Sun (Superior Conjunction). This Venus Phase can be compared to the Full Phase of our Moon, with the all important difference that Venus is actually invisible during her Full Phase, because she is moving behind the Sun from Earth’s viewpoint.

Venus did disappear from the morning sky already a few weeks ago, becoming then too close to the Sun for observation. From January 9, still rising and setting with the Sun, Venus will be making her slow passage on the other side of the Sun from us, to emerge out of the sun glare again in early or late February (the date depending on your place of observation). By then she will be the Evening Star, setting after the Sun for approximately seven months, her waning phase, until the next alignment on October 26 this year (Inferior Conjunction), the beginning of her Morning Star apparition.

glowstarThe ancient sky watchers (from Mesopotamia to the Americas) considered Venus Evening Star like a distinct planet from Venus Morning Star, with very different effects on life and events on planet Earth. These two manifestations of Venus were even given different names. Modern astrologers too regard the Evening Phase as a more serene and peaceful incarnation than the often discordant and antagonistic Morning Phase. The coming Waning Phase will be a time better suited to self reflection and a more mature handling of relationships’ issues.

glowstarVenus presides over our capacity to appreciate life, enjoy pleasures, connect with others non only through love, affection and desire, but also through compassion, emotional understanding and receptivity, helping us to find the balance between our personal needs and the needs of others; our individual tastes and often less than ideal surroundings and circumstances.

The fact that the alignment (conjunction) of Venus-Sun is happening at the same time as the alignment of both to Pluto makes a great difference to the whole cycle, deepening and even dramatizing the effect, especially if the degrees 17th to 20th of Capricorn or the other the Cardinal Signs (Cancer-Aries-Libra) are highlighted in your Birth Chart (the conjunction taking place between the 18th and 19th degree of Capricorn). These alignments will then have a stronger bearing on your life events and general mood for the next few months. Something, an important encounter or relationship or a life changing event could greatly help you to transform remarkably the way you view things, also encouraging you to deal more effectively with old resentments, traumas or any emotional difficulties you may have to face. Discarding from your life people and things which are not anymore relevant to your individual journey will mean becoming more self reliant, taking greater responsibility for your happiness and well being, breaking negative patterns that have locked you in painful situations until now. You will need however courage and belief in yourself in order to access the inner resources needed to do that. Just remember that they are more easily accessible to you at this time. If breaking up with negative past stuff is not your issue now, finding deeper connections with the people you love and share your life with could be the way this transit works for you.

There is also an exciting side to this very same transit. Your creativity could in fact receive an amazing boost from this alignment. Any project you have in the pipeline at the moment could find fulfillment in the near future if you know how to take advantage of the energetic renewal and tremendous resourcefulness that this transit can bring.

The Evening apparition of Venus is always a suitable time to handle relationships with greater wisdom and understanding of the hidden motivations of all parties involved. With Pluto added to the mix and the sobering effect of Earthy Capricorn all of us, and in particular individuals directly aligned to the transit, could learn more about the role of our own psychological shadow in the way we relate to others and also to our creativity and ability to enjoy life to the full.

glowstarCheers Venus Evening Star!


Venus in Capricorn, November-December 2011

Venus will be in Capricorn between November 26 and December 21. This is a serious time for Venus and therefore for our relationships and social life, the areas Venus presides over. The Sign more likely to feel the effect of this yearly transit are: Capricorn, Cancer, Aries, Libra, Taurus and Virgo.

Capricorn is not only a Earthy, practical, no nonsense Sign, it is also a Sign of Saturn, the Cosmic Task Master who helps us to grow up and accept responsibilities for our life, the successes as well as the failures. When Venus transits this Sign then we are given the task of looking realistically at our relationships, without the common embellishment of wishful thinking and starry eyed hopes or illusions. This is often an ideal time to make lasting commitments (like engagement and marriage) or to take on extra responsibilities in our career or business.

Family matters will come to the fore under this influence, because family is the foundation of all relationships for Capricorn. This Sign takes its duties toward parents, children, siblings  and the general welfare of the tribe very seriously, sometimes too seriously in fact, thus risking to lose track of its own dreams and aspirations in the process of caring and providing security for others.

If you are involved with community projects or local politics this is also a positive period to give it all you have, because you may find yourself better organized and efficient than usual, also more able to put across your ideas in a way that will demand the respect and appreciation of other people.

Venus-Saturn’s Mutual Reception

An important aspect of this year and last year transit of Venus in Capricorn is the fact that, Saturn, traditional Ruling Planet of Capricorn, happens to transit Libra, a Sign assigned to Venus. This way the two, Venus and Saturn, are in each other house, so to speak, and therefore have to reach a mutual agreement that can satisfy both of them. This situation is called Mutual Reception in Astrology.  If you are not sure about the meaning of Reception I suggest reading, for a start, this instructive article by Alan Oken (Soul Centered Astrology newsletter. And this Skyscript Tutorial on The use of Reception between Dignities.

Despite the fact that Venus and Saturn will form only one angular aspect, a square, at the very end of Venus” transit through Capricorn, due to Mutual Reception they will be linked during the whole transit of Venus in Capricorn, by residing in each other Sign, each given the opportunity to walk in the other’s shoes for a while, fact that promotes mutual understanding and a kind of sympathy. This sympathy in turn will help Venus to express the more evolved and positive side of the Saturnine influence, and avoid some of the pitfalls.

Capricorn can be a rigid, unbending Sign, often unable to express emotions for fear of being rejected or to appear foolish or vulnerable. The Mutual Reception Venus-Saturn can help Capricorn to feel more lovable and more social, while maintaining a healthy degree of reserve and privacy.

Transits of  Venus in Capricorn

Entering this Cardinal Sign Venus is again becoming part of the Cardinal dynamics that we have seen activated in a big way by some slow moving planets, namely Uranus in Aries, Pluto in Capricorn and Saturn in Libra. During this period Venus will also form harmonious aspects with Jupiter in Taurus and Mars in Capricorn.

Let’s keep in mind that the aspects of Venus never lasts more than two to three days, starting to have effect a day before exactness and continuing only for a day or so after exactness.

Venus square Uranus in Aries, November 26 to 28

The day after entering Capricorn (November 27) Venus will contact the first of the Destiny Makers, forming a 90 degrees angle (square) to Uranus, at the moment retrograding on the naught degree of Aries. This is an aspect often fostering changes in relationship, or new exciting encounters; also unexpected turns of events that might somehow upset our inner balance. There is a risk of feeling emotionally alienated  from our loved ones, while we search for ways of gaining some  independence (Uranus), in spite of the commitment that binds us to them (Capricorn).

Venus trine Jupiter in Taurus, November 27 to 29

On November 28, while the square to Uranus is still active, Venus is given a helping hand from Jupiter, through one of those traditionally spirit-lifting, fortunate aspects. This is a sensual and artistic transit, encouraging demonstrations of affection and also a surge of aesthetic feelings. It could indeed help to soften the coldness sometimes associated with the Venus-Uranus’ contacts, making us feel more generous and content.

Venus conjunct Pluto, December 1 to 3

The Venus-Pluto’s close encounter, on December 2, is the most significant transit during the passage of Venus in Capricorn. Conjunctions have always a more marked effect than any other type of transits. Pluto intensifies the effect of every planet he comes in contact with. In this case deepening our feelings, showing us the more hidden and perhaps difficult side of our relationships, shedding light on the unconscious motives and emotional underpinning that have such an important and often unrecognized role to play in the way we relate to others.

With Pluto is always ‘honesty’ time. Loving or unloving feelings cannot be concealed easily under this influence, thus often matters come to a head when we confront the truth both within ourselves and in others.

Venus trine Mars, December 5 to 7

With the conjunction to Pluto over we can now enjoy this harmonious aspect between the two archetypal lovers, Venus and Mars (December 6). This trine will encourage expression of affection, both sensually and emotionally. We may seek relationships more openly, plucking the courage to be more assertive and confident in love matters.

Venus square Saturn, December 18 to 20

During the contact Venus-Saturn (December 19) it could be difficult to express love and warmth. We may feel awkward and shy in matters of the heart , experiencing real difficulties in reaching out. We will need to look at the emotional barriers we are putting in place or that we find the ones we love seem to be erecting against us.  It is time to be more realistic about love and romance, accepting the limitations and drawbacks that every relationships soon or later encounter. We may feel lonely, unloved or unlovable for a little while. This too will pass, soon.

You must know that Melancholy is the Muse of poets and artists. Let’s put this melancholic Venus to good use then (a truly Capricornian advice). Express your feelings, isolation, vulnerability, the lot in words or paint strokes or planting flowers, whatever suits your temperament best.

A decent post I wrote early this year on Venus in Capricorn, in the Natal Chart and in transit, can be found HERE.