With Uranus and Pluto still quite close in aspect after their most recent exact contact, having Venus enter the picture could feel profound for a lot of people. ‘Change’ is almost a dirty word for some, but in all honesty, it’s the only thing that ever allows us to grow and heal in the long run — and Pluto is the Lord of Change with a capital ‘C’.
Now along comes Venus, cruising through Capricorn (though not at her fastest, since she will station retrograde in Capricorn next month). She’s tucked in her shirt and tied her hair back in a ‘sensible’ style, and has comfortable shoes on. She’s made up her mind to be ‘proper’ (her usual in Capricorn).
But as soon as she turns the corner, who’s leaning against a lamppost in a leather jacket, with his motorcycle nearby?
Pluto. And he’s giving Venus the eye, a sly smile on his lips.
Okay — so that’s the pulp version. The point is, the Lord of Change (Pluto) meeting with a personal planet (Venus) means that Venus is in for some sort of transformational experience. That means that you — or the part of you represented by Venus — is also in for a transformational experience: something that has the power to change you.
Something this week will probably feel very daring to you. Not necessarily dangerous (referring back to the little story, we’re talking about a sexy motorcycle ride, not playing Russian roulette), but it will feel like you’re taking a chance. Something about you will not be the same afterwards, in a palpable way.
If this starts kicking up nervousness or a sense of resistance (or downright terror), remember Saturn is nearby in a loose sextile from Scorpio. There are guardrails; a safe boundary; a container for the experience — which could very well be exciting or passionate or surprising, even if it’s challenging and scary and pushes you deep.
Eric described the astrology saying, “This is not about letting go a little and ending up in the madhouse. It’s about letting go a little and maybe a little more, and deciding how you feel about it.”
If you dance at all, think of it in terms of contact improv: within the form of the dance (a container of sorts) two people enter into contact with each other. They try out giving and receiving each other’s weight. They allow their own movement to be altered by the movements of their partner. A lean may turn into fall to the floor and rolling over each other; shared momentum may lead to one person becoming airborne on the shoulders of the other.
The dance is not choreographed. It is full of surprises and discoveries; trust and fear; it demands mental presence, physical investment and emotional vulnerability as two distinct individuals create a dance that leaves both changed somehow. To dancers trained in more formal modalities, it can look like anarchy; but it’s not. It’s closer to liberation — just like the effect Pluto and Uranus are having on the conservativeness of Capricorn.
As the week progresses, notice if you’re engaged in any approach/avoid behaviors, or if you’re tempted to ‘act like the bad girl’ simply for the sake of ‘being bad’. The idea is not to be a rebel without a cause (or a clue); the idea is to choose what you truly want. To do that, it helps not to be in ‘reaction mode’. On Friday, the Moon’s movement though Aries could make that more challenging; best to practice choosing and responding consciously now.