Venus conjunct Pluto in Capricorn – Persephone in the Underworld

Venus conjunct Pluto

Venus conjunct Pluto will occur in tropical Capricorn (sidereal and constellational Sagittarius) on November 25th, 2016 at 11:49:50 UT (06:49:50 EST).

From January 2008, since Pluto stays in tropical Capricorn, this one will be the tenth exact Pluto conjunct Venus and we will experience further seven such conjunctions until November 2024 when Pluto will leave this sign entering tropical Aquarius. Such Venus–Pluto conjunctions had happened a long time ago, between January 1762 and November 1778, because Pluto had resided antecedently in tropical Capricorn within that interval.

To reveal and explain the characteristic astrological meanings and analogies of a Venus–Pluto conjunction, we have some quite reliable mythic figures, such as those of Eros and Thanatos, two embracing principles since the Attic tragedies through the Medieval courtly love tradition and the Renaissance theatre; it’s easy to see that they are, by their essential characters, compatible with Venus (Aphrodite) and Pluto (Hades).

According to these mythical and historical antecedents, as it is widely known, Freud created his own psychological theory at the juncture of the 19th and 20th centuries. Within the Freudian psychology, ’Eros’ – which is not exclusively the ’sex drive’ (libido), but rather the ’life force’, the ’will to live’ – is the desire to ’create’, favoring productivity and construction; but, in virtue of the Law of Polarity, it is inevitably opposed by the destructive ’death drive’ or ’death instinct’ of ’Thanatos’.

And that is exactly what we need to understand the deeper meaning of the Venus–Pluto conjunction; it is not simply a more or less accidental paradoxon which can be resolved and ceased by a certain amount of effort, but an ontological antagonism that can never be completely eliminated during the human life.

Consequently, those who have such a conjunction in their radix charts can’t avoid facing up to the most essential metaphysical conflict of the human existence, and their corresponding experiences won’t be without sufferings and sorrow.

Of course, this conjunction manifests itself in various ways, depending on the tropical sign in which it occurs. I will mention just some of them. For example, in Taurus, it provokes strong psychical off-balances or sometimes rages of emotions but these occurrences are inseparably tied to the ’fleshly’ and sensual sphere here… Thomas Mann had a Venus­–Pluto conjunction in Taurus – to better understand this effect, you may read (again) the ’Death in Venice’ et passim. In Gemini, we can observe its distantiated and highly intellectualized aspect… Julius Evola had this conjunction in Gemini (read ’The Metaphysics of Sex’ et passim). In Aquarius, the passions become all-powerful and the native pay no attention at all to the possible consequences… Stendhal had this conjunction in Aquarius (read ’The Red and the Black’ and ’The Charterhouse of Parma’). At last, in Pisces, the attitude of the self-sacrifice or agape is necessarily manifested. Victor Hugo had Venus conjunct Pluto in Pisces (read his poetry and his prose like ’The Miserable Ones’ or ’Notre-Dame de Paris’…)

In Capricorn, the Venus–Pluto conjunction get into a particularly rigid and unhopeful astrological context which is, overall, can be analogically connected to the mythologem of Persephone and Hades. This Capricorn sign as symbolic environment has similar characteristics like the Ancient Greek Underworld (called ’Hades’ also); that is completely different than the Christian Hell, this latter is ’fiery’, packed, bustling and noisy, but the former is dreary, desolate, empty and silent. Here, the suffering is the Decay itself.

A native with this conjunction in Capricorn may suffer every moment that he/she is trapped inside the rigid coulisses of his/her own fate, and has no means to get out of it. Brushing up the well-known mythologem, Venus-Aphrodite is the captive of Pluto-Hades here, and referring back to the Freudian approach, the ’restrictive’ ’death drive’ rules the ’expansive’ ’life drive’…

I would like to mention two famous people illustrating this severe conjunction in Capricorn: Dorothy Wordsworth and Ludwig van Beethoven.

Dorothy – sister (and at the same time best friend and inseperable companion) of the famous Romantic poet, William Wordsworth – was a noteworthy diarist of her epoch, but because of her inhibitions, she never tried to become an established poet or writer (she took joy in brother’s success). ’I should detest the idea of setting myself up as an author’, she wrote. She never married, and after William’s wedding, continued to live with them. ’I am too old for marriage’, said when she was only 31. It’s clear that all her repressed emotions, desires and bleakness were sublimated into literary works.

The relationship between Beethoven and the women is well-known. May be he never had sexual relations ’physically’, though, to a certain extent, it can be said that Beethoven was nearly always in love. But his emotional life is really a great enigma and we would only be guessing who was the ’Immortal Beloved’… He condensed this distressing astrological conjunction (of course, rather unconsciously) into several masterpieces, but mainly the breathtaking ’Gravedigging Duet’ of his ’Fidelio’, in which the loving and disguised Leonore [Venus], on Rocco’s order [Pluto], must dig the grave for his own half-starved husband (Florestan) in an underground chamber of the prison [Capricorn sign]… (’Nur hurtig fort, nur frisch gegraben!’ – ’Come get to work and dig!’ => Fidelio, Op 72., Act II, Scene I, No. 12b)   >> More Astro Info


They had Venus-Pluto conjunction in Capricorn: Dorothy Wordsworth (1771 – 1855) – conjunction with tight orb; Ludwig van Beethoven (1770 – 1827) – conjunction with wider orb


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