Over at astrology unboxed, a pretty cool site on astrology, I got into a discussion about the relevance of the moon vs Venus in a natal chart and what that means about love. From the tropical system, my moon is in gemini. From a Vedic system, my moon is in taurus, but my Venus is in gemini. These facts are pertinent because of our ensuing discussion in the comments–she sees the moon as highly relevant to relationships, whereas in the Vedic system I see Venus being more relevant. Both perspectives are right. How?
In essence, the Vedic system is how your “spiritual self” might be seen, whereas the tropical system might be more how you “psychologically relate”. Nonetheless, it got me to thinking on a particular astrological combo that makes love burn like a swill of bleach–Venus square Pluto.
Venus square Pluto is a nasty combination because Venus is how you love, or what you love, whereas Pluto is desire or where you want to “merge”. Pluto is the desire to have sex, Venus is love. When there is a square between these two things, they do not “flow”. So, you might have sex without love, or love without sex, or you might have both love AND sex and the other person is only having sex–or perhaps a love triangle complete with a lot of jealousy and possessiveness.
For me personally, I have a Venus in gemini, as stated. I do value communication. Talking is important. My moon in taurus likes stability and practicality. My Pluto, though, is in Virgo, squaring my Venus. This is excellent for analysis, but quite shitty for anything having to do with love. The words will be right, but the actions won’t. Or, the analysis will be right, but the words are all wrong. The words become misleading. Instinctively you value the words–but the square of Pluto makes it hard to parse them to make sure they are “right”. What people say and what they do don’t match. Then, Pluto makes it a mission to figure out why that is.
The lesson here is that sex is not love, and love is not necessarily sex. Very often, with this combo, there is a sense of “healer” and “patient”. Pluto comes in and wants to possess and transform Venus. Venus doesn’t really see it that way and is blinded with love goggles. Reality begins to set in later–when Venus wonders where the love was that it thought Pluto had.
These archetypes can be played out in a myriad of ways. If the square is mastered, then one can become quite good at attracting the right sorts of people–they know both the “dark side” and the “sensual side” and how to “straddle the two”. When not fully mastered, it may mean that a person learns when to use their power to bust out of something that isn’t advantageous to their growth–such as a love triangle or rhombus or whatever geometric figure describes the occasion.
The most “normal” manifestation of it follows thusly: Fall in love, think everything is okay, realize something is horribly wrong, break the connection out of necessity, mourn the loss. Be very sure to “let go”.
Everyone is free, but not everyone is free in quite the same way. The Venus square Pluto person is free–but usually they are free to happen into some situation that sucks. Master the square, win the game.
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