Venus Pluto Aspect: Transformation through Relationships

Venus Pluto conjunct square opposition

VENUS PLUTO ASPECT – OVERVIEW

In astrology Pluto symbolizes depth, transformation and empowerment.  Pluto’s location in your natal chart can represent an entrance into the unconscious, where repressed psychic materials (the Jungian shadow) are stored.

Venus represents relationships and aesthetic needs.  Its placement in your horoscope suggests how you need to relate to others in order to be socially effective.

An aspect between Venus and Pluto (especially conjunction, square or opposition) brings these two archetypes together. If you have a natal Venus Pluto aspect, or you’re experiencing a Pluto Venus transit, your relationship may unearth powerful emotions that have been buried inside you for a long, long time.

In what possible ways can Venus Pluto aspect manifest, and what are some constructive ways to utilize it?

Venus Conjunct Square Opposition Pluto – Possible Manifestations

EXTREME EMOTIONS IN RELATIONSHIPS

Pluto empowers what it touches to an extreme degree.  In the case of a hard aspect between Pluto and Venus (conjunction, square or opposition), this may boost your emotional expression – as well as emotional needs – exponentially within close relationships.

This could manifest as the need to share profound depth of emotions with your partner – including your love, faith, passion or outrage.  Your partner needs to have sufficient depth in order to be able to appreciate and respond to your intense feelings.

Pluto Venus aspect suggests a capacity to love and connect on a deep level. It also suggests a potential for experiencing great deal of hurt because of loving so deeply.  This interconnection between great love and pain is probably at the heart of the Venus-Pluto experience, and can fuel profound personal transformation.  A poet said this better:

For even as love crowns you so shall he crucify you. Even as he is for your growth so is he for your pruning. – Khalil Gibran

There are, however, other expressions of Venus Pluto aspect that are not as emotionally oriented.

CONTROL AND POWER NEEDS IN RELATIONSHIPS

In a professional arena, Pluto can manifest as power, influence and even prominence.  Dynamic Venus Pluto aspects (conjunction / square / opposition) can suggest a potential to form powerful connections that bolster your social status.  For some, Pluto Venus aspect literally suggests a position of power and influence within their organization.

Here are some examples of well known people with a natal Venus Pluto aspect:

  • Gangster Al Capone had natal Venus opposite Pluto.  Mahatma Gandhi also had Venus Pluto opposition – these are 2 influential people who dealt with control and violence (Pluto) very differently.
  • Hillary Clinton, one of the most powerful politicians today, has Venus square Pluto.  Interestingly, her daughter Chelsea Clinton has Venus opposite Pluto.  Power and influence?  You bet.
  • Cult leader Jim Jones had natal Venus square Pluto – he exerted a powerful influence upon his followers, to the point they willingly ended their own lives.
  • Legendary reporter Mike Wallace had Venus square Pluto – he interviewed many of the most influential figures in the western world, sometimes causing a great deal of upset by confronting corruption or dishonesty head-on.

As the above examples suggest, the combination of Venus and Pluto may indicate relating (Venus) with powerful (Pluto) people, wielding power and control (Pluto) within relationships (Venus), or dealing with the misuse of power (Pluto’s shadow) in relationships and social settings (Venus).

The people listed above dealt with power and influence in a very public way.  In a private domain, a Pluto Venus aspect offers opportunities to attain empowerment within relationships.

NEED FOR EMOTIONAL HONESTY AND COURAGE IN INTIMACY

Since Pluto rules all of the scary emotions associated with early emotional trauma, intimate relationships for a Venus-Pluto person (or relationships during transit Pluto conjunct, square or opposition Venus) always carry a threat (and opportunity) of revealing your worst memories of fear, shame and helplessness.

The initial response for a Venus Pluto person might be to avoid feeling uncomfortable emotions by refusing to acknowledge the existence of psychic wounds, perhaps projecting them onto their partner (as in “Why do I always attract partners with so many emotional issues?”).

A wiser, more courageous response is to embrace your painful feelings as they come up, trusting in your ability to choose the right partner to go through these kinds of healing crises with.  When you’re able to share what you’re feeling honestly without blaming yourself or your partner, you’re expressing the positive potential of the Venus-Pluto aspect.

HEALING AND TRANSFORMATIONAL POTENTIAL IN RELATIONSHIPS

Whether you have a natal or transit Pluto-Venus contact, the Plutonian process of healing and transformation within relationships may awaken intense fears, compulsion or rage.  If you’re indeed experiencing such healing crisis, there are several steps you can take that might make your journey a little easier:

  1. Recognize the existence of psychological trauma in your life.  In a child’s psyche, the standard response to trauma is repression – the mind isn’t equipped to handle the pain, so it puts a lid on the emotion until you’re strong enough to deal with it (i.e. adulthood.)
  2. Recognize that the intense emotion you’re feeling now probably has nothing to do with your present circumstance.  It’s far more likely that your current relationship triggered the buried emotions of fear, anger or abandonment that you’ve felt a long time ago.
  3. Recognize that the emotions are coming up now for a reason: You’re strong enough to feel them now.  If you have the courage to fully embrace the painful emotions and integrate them into your being, you’ll experience profound healing and transformation.

This is the domain of shadow work, of integrating the emotional energies that have been lost to repression.  The end result is that you become more whole, and have more energy since you stopped spending so much of it on pressing down emotions.

 

Do you have a natal Venus Pluto aspect?  Are you experiencing transit Pluto Venus aspect?  How have you experienced the combination of Pluto (depth, power and transformation) and Venus (relationship)?  Feel free to share your experiences and insights in the comment section.

About Hiroki Niizato

Hiroki Niizato is a professional consulting astrologer in Florida, serving clients in US and abroad. He has been practicing astrology professionally since 2001. Hiroki is a highest honor graduate of the demanding Master’s Degree Certification Course in Astrology by Noel Tyl.

You can contact Hiroki via email at: Hiroki@hniizato.com or Phone: 727-470-4056 to ask a question or schedule a consultation.

Comments

  1. maria harding says:

    what about the trine of pluto to venus. sagg 5th house pluto and aries 9th house venus 1 deg. aries. how would this effect the person.

    • Hi Maria, trines generally suggest a stable state, so you may need to work a bit harder if you want to get at the possibility for transformation (otherwise, status quo tends to win.)

      • Hiroki,

        What do you mean why ‘to work harder’? I dont quite understand how to make the most of trine aspects ? What should one do to make the most of a trine aspect?

        Thanks

        • Working harder, for example, might mean to consciously explore the shadow side mentioned in the article – studying psychology, etc. Seeking other people that are exploring the Plutonian depth and learning from them might also be a good way since you get support (additional motivation) to go further that you might on your own.

          • Does that mean that trine aspect is not as strong or influential as the conjunction square or opposition?

          • That’s correct. Tension brings change and growth. Trine tends to stabilize the status quo.

          • Hello! I really enjoy your post, question: in a relationship with two people, one with trine between moon pluto and the other with a square, who will have the most influence?…any small advice for a person with pluto square moon/venus and conjunct mars/AC? ☺

          • Hi Betzaida, repeated synastry contacts are significant (in this case Venus Pluto interaspect), and can be representative of the theme of your relationship. It’s not so much who will have the most influence, but rather you’ll both undergo deep psychological change through each other.

  2. Stephen Ambrosich says:

    Thank you for your article and thank you for the asking about shared experiences. I am a Venus/Pluto conjunction type of person. The processes you describe so well just seemed to have been natural curiosities about peeling back the layers of the onion. I certainly have noticed, over a chronology of decades, that while this placement does not necessarily trigger events within the dimensional compositions of my empirical self, there is though a contagion affect/effect on and within others. For example, just providing natal charts and thematic conversation to others within a close social proximity elicits those self-same triggers in others. I certainly accept and realize that any one aspect does not always drive the vehicle. I do note though that my Chiron placement in Capricorn in the 7th house in a t-square to a Saturn/Virgo, Gemini Sun/Asc does complicate my own experiences of personal `discomforts’. Actually though, I do find the Venus/Pluto conjunct as very comforting for transpersonal considerations relating to that process of social connectiveness.

  3. Corinna von Buettner says:

    thank you for your always interesting and easy to understand approach to Astrology, which I am a passionate student since several years! I am brazilian, living in São Paulo, with a sister in Orlando a a very close friend in Tampa. Possibly I will visit Florida next year and then would appreciate to know and have a consultation with you personally.

    Best regards,
    Corinna

    I am a Capricorn 5th house with a Venus/Mars conjunction in Aquarius (house 7) opposite Pluto in AC Leo

  4. Hi !
    Well, it’s my first comment here, but I wanted you to know I follow your work since few month and I really appreciate your style !
    I’m a french astrology student since 2009 and I’m quite happy to have find your work. I’m keen on psycho-astrology and humanist-astrology. The traditionnal one is not my taste.

    Then why am I writting now and not before ? Simply because my natal Venus (conjunct Mars 2degrees orb, the two conjunct to the MC, Leo) is squaring my Pluto (in scoprio 1st house, but ascendant in late libra). This is the most potent important aspect in my natal chart. So I deeply confirm what you say in this article.
    In addition, Pluto is my dominant planet with co-dominant Venus.
    I’ve always been searching and reaching deep relationship. Not only in the love domain, but also in the friendship zone, and I’ve experienced passion in a “pure” way. Always. I’m not a fatalist, but all my relations are “karmic”-like. I’ve been noticing anf accepting it since long long time ago, in childhood. I can say, there is a violent approch to sexuality too.

    Have a nice day.
    Lunessière

  5. Hiroki,

    Thank you so much for this clear and clean perspective on power, pain and related tensions that the Pluto-Venus archetype stirs in the souls of men and women. So very impressive… Somehow, no matter where Pluto resides it always seems to affect identity… how could it not with its arc of perspective influencing how we see the world and ourselves. Fascinating! A dear one has Pluto opposed Venus… Pluto in the 2nd house in Scorpio opposed Venus in Taurus in 8… Your post reminds me to consider power, empowerment, and passion. my previous obsession with this pair was decidedly negative. Happy Holidays Hiroki. Congratulations on a marvelous site… and thank you for the clarion voice of clarity in the otherwise crowded and noisy streets along this super highway.

  6. Years ago Pluto transiting through Sage went opposite natal Venus rising. I was in a relationship with a man from an affluent family and it introduced me into the world of high society, rich and powerful people in politics. Although his family was very rich, emotionally I had the upper hand in the relationship.

    Since 2012 I have Pluto transiting opposite a progressed Venus. This aspect will continue for a while, but since this year they started transiting through the axis of the second and eight houses. I got confronted with psychological traumas from years ago that I have suppressed as a child. The path of healing is a long one, but it’s worth it because this way I feel that I’m creating a better future for myself.

  7. Over these past several months, every post of yours has been personally relevant – if I didn’t know better, I’d say there’s something to this astrology biz. In that light, I just completed a Pluto transit opposite Venus (within two degrees of ascendant on the 12th house side). And true to form, I have learned a great deal about myself (more to come – Saturn return begins this week, which is quincunx that lovely Venus). Anywho, life is as a Plutonian transit would have it – complete with a tempestuous partnership with a man with Scorpio moon (fun!) and a depth psychologist to boot, gained and lost jobs, money, marriage, the whole enchilada. But, I’m very much alive to tell the tale. Many aspects of transformation are fun and funny, when you look back on it. I think my biggest lesson is to take it lightly. I am so fortunate to be living so fully at my age! Your insight, and clear, elegant writing, has been affirming, comforting, thought provoking in creative ways and has helped me to consider things a little less Eeyore, more Pooh. Thank you!

    • Thank you for sharing your experience with transit Pluto opposite Venus – interesting to hear about the relationship with a Plutonian figure (psychologist, Scorpio Moon) during this time in your life.

    • So tell us more! Lol. You dumped the psychologist for the scorpio moon man? You lost your marriage or you got married? I have natal venus square pluto in the 7th house and Im fixing to have Pluto opposite venus transit next year. Im involved with a divorcing man (its been hell) and im wondering if our relationship will move on to the next level or end once his divorce is finalized. Im not quite happy with my job so im hoping that does change (im still in college).

  8. Thks for yr wonderful article.Does the list of aspects include th inconjunct?My son’s father has H4 Venus/Vesta conj Pluto in Virgo trines H1 Saturn/Taurus opp H7 Neptune in Scorpio.His entire chart has a”Venus/Pluto/Saturn/Neptune” theme thru it.Our son has Venus/Sun conj being th apex of a YOD in his H6 Leo.H11 Cappy Pluto sextiles H1 Chiron in Pisces to form th base of th YOD.My son also has 18deg Scorpio MC which speaks of his father rejecting both myself and his son when he learnt of our pregnancy..he didn’t want th pregnancy and left us in dire straits at the time.My son is now 4 and altho its been a hard road for us I feel as tho th worst is yet t come fm his Dad.His Leo Dad has a prog Sun conj his natal Venus/Pluto conj happening ryt nw..Im hopeful its not as bad as it has been already these last few years.

    • Inconjunct is not as strong a statement compared to the 4th harmonic aspects (conjunction, square and opposition). My view is that it necessitates the ego to serve something other than the self…So the expression of the aspect won’t be as straightforward.

  9. Hi. My Venus is square Pluto. – Venus in Aquarius at the end of the 11 the house square Pluto in Scorpio in the 8th house. This is my most exact aspect in my natal chart. I’m not exactly sure if my Venus functions as an 11th house or 12th house Venus.

    I’m a pretty self aware person and I will say I have been attending therapy and group therapy for almost two years. And it had been a very positive experience. I wonder if that’s is a reflection of this aspect.

  10. Wow beautiful article thank you soooooooo much for sharing your amazing knowledge.

    I have my Venus and Mars in Leo, both squaring my Pluto in Scorpio.

    My Venus/Mars are in my 3rd house and my Pluto is in my 7th house.

    I have been doing lots of shadow work lately after 4 relationships that’s have been the catalyst for my personal growth.

    I wanted to say that the most helpful thing for me has been allowing myself to feel my feelings. It has been the transformation of pain into just feeling the pain as just a sensation. It has helped me feel comfortable enough to face the shame, guilt and heaviness.

    Your article helped me feel like I headed in the right direction, so thank you so much!

    You have great insight. Thanks for sharing your work :)

  11. Hi Hiroki…..what about transit pluto conj the descendant? I am just going through this and it literally feels like goibg through hell. I experience very intense emotions….God what a dark dance!

  12. patricia says:

    Great post i have the venus inconjunct pluto aspect in my natal chart, im currently going through a pluto square venus transit, pluto transit the 5th house square venus in th 9th house along with uranus conjuncting venus from the 9th house, all i can say it feels like i’ve been to hell and back my question is would the above aspects activate my inconjunct venus? could it be a clue to finally resolve why i pick partners who are so wrong for me?

    • Hi Patricia, thank you for commenting and sharing your experience – yes, natal Venus inconjunct Pluto could be activated via another Pluto Venus transit, since they both deal with the same relationship theme in your life.

  13. Hello, thank you for your great article. I will try to share my experience but my english isnt that good. I agree on suffering from relationships, that’s usual for me, I’m a libra AS and aries sun on seventh house, my venus is on eight house and my pluto in second both in domicile. I must say I also have that blessed (irony) 12th house ruler on 7th. I cannot indentify my trauma :( I can try to guess but I dont see it as something that would transform me if I face it openly. I have problems with my appearence and my voice, I have fear of betrayal and abandon I guess there are some of my traumas. I feel I have transformed but I dont feel real change, I feel I have change in a bad way, getting more afraid and protecting me a lot more. I’ve had a traumatic relationship in which I was betrayed in every way possible, and I could had got a revenge (i still think about it sometimes) but I feel even if I killed him it would be not enough. I’m very neptunian also, I put others above me always, and I think Im more of the passive plutonian behaviour you said. I’d like to know more about myself, do u have any tip? Thank you, again.

    • Hi Susan, thank you for sharing your experience – a difficult situation with intense emotional energy. Pluto is a planet that requires “deep work”, so sometimes the best Plutonian work is done with a counselor, coach or a therapist – it helps to have an expert that can help you let go of the heavy energy of anger and resentment, because what lies underneath that hard emotion is usually a terrible pain – and pain is difficult to go through alone. So getting support is recommended.

  14. Hello, thank you for the article. It’s quite true. I had an experience of “all-consuming passion”, that was awful and awesome at the same time. I just wanted to knowm your opinion, does square of Venus and Pluto always mean transformation through the death of a partner or a child? And if so, how can this be avoided? I have Venis in Leo 2nd house and Pluto in Scorpio 5th house.

    • Hi Xeniya, thank you for your comment. No, Pluto Venus aspect does not imply a death of a child or a partner – I’m sorry that you had to hear such nonsense from so-called astrologers (they do more harm than good with astrology). Know that literal manifestation of “death” in Pluto symbol is an exception rather than a rule, and a few sensational examples do not make it a rule…

  15. Hi. Thank you for the article. I truly like it. Your explanation is clear, practical and very positive for me.

    I have the aspect, transit and experiences them. It might be very long but I will try to share as brief and best as I can.

    My Venus is in Scorpio (9 degree) conjunct pluto; they are in the 10th house. No planet in the 5th (Taurus) and 7th house (Gemini).

    As mentioned above, I’ve been experiencing all-consuming passion through a 5-year unrequited love. It was with a guy I have venus conjunct his pluto in 0 orb, saturn conjunct his venus and perhaps moon conjunct his northnode. The experience was the reason I was interested in astroloy.

    Normally, if I fell for someone and it didn’t look promising (it never did so I’ve been single) I would cut him off my life or at least stopped talking to him until the feeling faded away.

    But this time, it was different; very dramatic; swang between feeling of love and hate from intense jealousy, bliss from just one message and suffer from longing. There were several days, I literally could not stop thinking of him. At one point, I wondered how I could live if he hated me. I started to write poems, diary, novel; study astrology; read tarot; see fortunetellers; read relationship advices; join meditation classes and see expressive therapist: anything which can explain what had happened and how to deal with it.

    During the time, there were also several transits of venus: venus-chiron, venus-saturn and venus-pluto-uranus. Interestingly, the time I could feel better with this experience was during the venus-pluto-uranus, while during venus-saturn I felt strangely lonely.

    Now when I become sober enough, I started to notice some slight feelings in my own psyche: the feeling of unlovable and the fear of being unloved. The more low self-love or anxious I am in general, the more I suffer from his reaction and the fact that he doesn’t love me. It felt as if I had nothing left.

    So I’m reconstructing myself, building more self-love and confident, finding lost hobbies as well as concrete goals in career and life.
    I feel as if I realize my significant problems and life challenge from love…

    Once, I thought that my feeling for him was like accidentally pressing a switch. I had known him for a long time before, then I fell for him. Also, I used to wake up and felt like my obsession with him had just gone…

    But human heart isn’t a switch. In the end, after all these years, they’re still there: attraction, care, love and little jealousy. I just love myself more and enough to not let the fear and other things influence my wellbeing that much.

    Luckily, I experienced all these through unrequited love so it was rather obvious that I had gone crazy on my own. My friend said I’m a phoenix, a bird which died from heartbroken, then rebirthed, then fell for the very same person, then died again and again. So it’s my own responsibility. I’m quite glad he didn’t come involve and didn’t take any advantage of me during such vulnerable time.

    As Venus and Pluto are in the 10th house, I still haven’t figured out what it indicates. The most likely explanation I can come up is that I have never had a career, only several jobs in different fields. I still haven’t figured out what my career goal is so I don’t want to commit myself fulltime. I usually know or work directly for the head/owner of the organizations. Do you have any thoughts?

    My apology for very long comment. I just want to share…and with little hope that some part of the experiences or details would be helpful, even a little.

    Thank you very much.

    • Hi Hong, thank you for sharing your experience – probably many others with this configuration can relate. As for your vocation, it’s something that has to take in your entire horoscope before a valid analysis can be made. Please consider scheduling a personal consultation if you’re interested in discussing your chart in more depth.

  16. I have natal venus square pluto in one of the tightest orbs in my chart, and yes I can say that you do go through trauma in your close relationships as they can be just too intense than can be handled all at once, especially when we feel like our current situation does not support the growth of the relationship and we have to keep hold of the relationship so we don’t feel threatened that anything else will separate them. We don’t want to accept the conditional aspects of a relationship, of the things that tear them apart, and that is where pluto comes into play, working out our worst nightmares of seperation and humiliation and showing us what is at the real core of an unconditional relationship or self value, or anything that is important at all, whatsoever that may be.
    It is important that I point out that as well as my tight orb of Venus square Pluto, I also have a tight orb of Venus trine Saturn which makes my journey with Pluto’s destruction and transformation a little bit smoother, as saturn gives me the ability to accept and live out the core realities that Pluto reveals to me (leaves me with) and remain steady in them as well. I have the patience to work it out. :)
    I guess I could say that is my blessing. :)

  17. I have Pluto square Venus and my relationships have never gone well. Although I also have Saturn in the 7th square my Venus and Venus is conjuct Mars exact in my 4th house. Pluto and Uranus are conjunct exact in my 1st house. TALK ABOUT A ROLLER COASTER. So it would be hard for me to comment on just how one of these aspects affected my life. I can tell you I have climbed to the top of my career with little effort but my personal relationships are another story. Currently I am seeing a man who has Venus conjunct Pluto natally and transiting Pluto is trining his Venus. My Pluto/Uranus conjunction is exactly conjunct his Venus and his Pluto squares my Venus. I keep wondering how it will manifest since we both have the same aspects natally…is it even an issue? We have not been intimately involved after 7 months. I think we both understand the power these aspects have and there is a level of fear in both of us but we haven’t walked away. Considering we are 50, we are both mature enough (maybe) to deal with all of these pluto energies but we shall see. Great article!

    • Hi Donna,

      Thank you for sharing your experience. It’s significant that you both have natal Pluto Venus aspect – might suggest similar relationship themes to work through. Transit Pluto trine Venus can be an opportunity to integrate some of the deeper issues that affect relationships.

  18. Informative article. Have been undergoing Pluto square Venus transit since April 2013 and thru December 2017. Pluto is now retrograding back toward Venus for its 2nd exact hit in September and at exact aspect will go direct.

    Whole Sign house system:
    3rd house Venus in Aries
    12th house Pluto in Capricorn (natal: 8th house)

    At the first exact square, fell obsessively in love with a man on our first date and did not want to break things off after our second date but red flags went up and as I’d swore to myself that if red flags presented with a new relationship I would not proceed with the relationship no matter what, I had to follow through and break it off. One of the most difficult things ive ever done and not a single day has passed that i havent thought about him several times. He is my ghost boyfriend and I really have appreciated the simplicity of such an arrangement altho it’s appeal is finally receding. Pluto requires acknowledgment of truth, and takes the thing we want the most, and Venus presses us to live by our values, so this square has presented opportunity to truly live by my values, which i could see were not in sync with his, so the hard reality of the situation was to choose values and walk away. Or from another perspective, maybe i overreacted to what seemed like red flags in order to control the situation (Pluto) and avoid facing my feelings, which again were either an obsessive flood of compulsion fueled simply by chemicals or a real connection worth exploring despite what seemed to be a lack of solid ground via a person of dubious trustworthiness. Regardless, the task of the Pluto/Venus square doesnt change: deeper understanding and relationship with one’s values, however you get there, and i wasn’t up for the possibility of another bloody war. That second date did make me aware of an unconscious fear i had no idea existed in connection with my father’s terminal illness and early death in my adolescence – and i am rarely surprised by such realizations, however since meeting this epic guy Ive had zero interest in dating and without the high stakes of a deep relationship, I can’t say whether or not I’ve gotten any further along with that. It’s all been quite weird and painful and i look forward to the day he is no longer in my thoughts; in the end though, i am satisfied for choosing values over an inevitable and uneccessary mess that only offered the same opportunity to arrive at the same place of consciousness i would have had to arrive at at this point in time anyway.

    Finally, in other manifestations of Pluto/Venus transits, my physical appearance has changed due to the experience of correcting a deep-seated illness caused by a pharmaceutical, an illness which affects the vast majority of the population but which remains largely unacknowleged by mainstream medicine. This is changing though as Functional Medicine increasingly makes its foray via extensive published research and burgeoning public advocacy (Pluto 12th house transit: exposing truths of established institutions, via the communication of new directions published research of a 3rd house Venus). BTW and on a final note, i only became aware of what my illness actually was thru meeting epic man above: he has the same thing. :)

  19. Thanks for this article, I have venus opposite pluto natal and have always had incredibly intense,transformative relationships. Thing is… I always thought there was something wrong with me! Now I’ve started studying astrology and it’s making a bit more sense. Am currently experiencing Pluto transit opposing my ascendant and have met a man who has natal sun opposite pluto…help! ;-)

  20. I have natal Pluto square Venus and and currently going through transiting Pluto conjunct Venus. Am expirencing intense emotions and lost the woman I love (although it was unrequited) to another man. Am devasted. It’s the third time this has happend in my life.

    • Hi there, if your painful experiences look like a repeating pattern, then it’s best to recognize when it all begun so you can heal from the original wounds that these events are bringing up.

    • Hi, I enjoyed the interpretations of Venus /Pluto aspects, most tend to be over the top, whereas, you took a more reasonable approach. I have Venus (ruler of my asc) in the 8th house square Pluto and I usually end up more frustrated than enlightened when I read various interpretations. So, thanks.

  21. Hi. I have natal pluto square venus in the 7th house and will be experiencing pluto opposite venus transit next year, along with progressed moon in 5th house. Im involved with a divorcing man (its been complete HELL waiting for his divorce to finalize) so im wondering if pluto opposite venus transit can “transform” our relationship (as in new commitment, pregnancy, etc.) or end things for us as well? He is extremely controlling as well (scorpio sun with natal moon square pluto)

    • Hi there, this transit Pluto opposing Venus sounds like an appropriate reflection of what you’re going through. The transit is mostly about transforming ‘you’, but certainly some change will occur in the relationship.

  22. Oh yeah, and we also have Pluto-venus conjunct in synastry! Im the pluto, he’s the venus. Its been crazy drama but we’re inseparable.

  23. Thank you Hiroki for this post. It’s very enlightening… At the same time, AE’s experience makes me doubt the best approach to my situation. Should I walk away from yet another pluto-venus experience or should I have the courage to face my deepest fears and insecurities through this relationship?
    I have pluto in libra 1st house opposing Venus conjunct Mars in Aries in the 7th. Very intense feelings of love, passion, and jealousy in all my important relationships. After 5 years of a break in plutonian relationships (Uranus transiting the 7th?), I recently met a man who also has Pluto in Libra (3rd house) opp. Venus in Aries (9th house). His pluto opposes my venus, my pluto opposes his venus, our plutos are conjunct, in synastry. There are a lot of other aspects in synastry. The attraction is intense. But I’m stuck in indecision and mostly freaking out. One part of me wants to run away out of fear and trauma from previous relationships. Another part speaking is my intuition (or is it fear?) saying that he is a free spirit (sun and Venus in the 9th, Aquarius 7th house cusp, Sagittarius 5th house) that won’t be faithful. Another, huge part of me feels the pull towards him and is about to surrender passionately. Should I face this monster with awareness for the first time? (Only recently did I discover my Pluto- Venus and its influence). Or, should I walk away based on my intuition that he might not be a good relationship choice in the sense that he might not be able to deal with my intensity and need for exclusivity?

  24. Hi,
    I was wondering if Venus conjunct or square can also mean that the person experienced sexual abuse and from a female? I am talking about one of the worse side of Pluto with Venus. These two together, I always think of Medusa. The image just automatically pops up in my head.

  25. Swanmaiden says:

    Hiroki, I appreciated your article.
    It is one of the most balanced and well expressed that I have seen.
    I have an exact Venus Pluto Square, 0 degrees, 3 seconds, with Venus on an aries point in my 5th house and Pluto in Libra on an aries point in my 8th house.

    I am a woman. From a very young age, I would invariably attract the attention of the “most powerful” or “wealthiest” man in the room. Before learning about astrology, “power” was usually of the “underworld” or criminal type, or entertainers and athletes, but in every case, they wielded some type of significant social power or wealth. Wealthy or not, all of my relationships were with intense men who had plutonian characteristics (secretive, at the top of their social structure, violent tendencies, controlling, emotionally intense.)

    I got older, developed professionally, and discovered astrology all around the same time. I realized that as my professional status rose, I still attracted “the most powerful” men in the room, but the men are more likely to be business moguls and politicians–although they are all still extremely plutonian.
    Men who are not plutonian, don’t appeal to me, and don’t approach me. I often feel that I would overwhelm them, or that it would be an unfair match because I would overpower them in terms of my own personal intensity.

    I had/have all of the textbook characteristics of a venus pluto square (possessiveness, triangles, emotional intensity, magnetism), but I was not connecting the dots to realize that I was attracting my repressed self–or in other words, I wasn’t owning my own plutonian power, so I was drawing it to myself and attracted to it in the men. I discovered this when I realized that I invariably developed characteristics that I admired in the plutonian men.

    The childhood trauma is also accurate. My father was very plutonian, extremely intelligent, and something of a community leader, but he also had a “dark side”, including an early history in criminality (sale of drugs). I was very close to him when I was young, and I am sure there is emotional trauma related to that and his alcoholism. My parents’ power dynamics were also traumatic, with domestic violence being a significant factor.

    AFTER, I came to understand my square, and deliberately do work to embrace my own, very venusian powers (which were completely hidden from me for most of my youth), I found that my venus was also on steroids with an exact triseptile to neptune, an exact tridecile to uranus, and with my sun/IC and Midheaven making an exact conjunction to the planetary nodes of Venus. These are all esoteric aspects that I don’t believe get unlocked until a person works through the more obvious aspects like the square to pluto.

    It has been quite a journey! But Astrology is a wonderful tool to help us understand our lives.

  26. Hi Hiroki! I’ve been checking out your website for a while now, and like your diffrent & unique interpretations. I will have transit Venus (which is in my 2nd house of Aries right now) opposing my natal Pluto in the 8th house of Libra until the end of May. I’m very curious (& at the same time nervous) about how this may play out.

    • Hi Aelita, it would be interesting to track the relationship or social development as Venus goes back and forth through the retrograde and direct periods. Typically this is a lightweight transit, but with increased timeframe due to retrogradation, it may become a meaningful time period similar to Pluto transiting Venus.

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