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The Basics of Astrology
Venus and Pluto in Dynamic Aspects
Astrological aspects: general introduction
The analysis of a natal chart must be as comprehensive as possible. This is what we do as we make our personalized reports available in our e-shop. It must be borne in mind that many astrologers concentrate on the interpretation of planets in signs and in houses, and of angles, without paying enough attention to aspects. On the contrary, we believe that when aspects involve personal planets between themselves or slow-moving planets, they are of fundamental importance. In all cases, they are at least as significant as the Ascendant or the Sun. This is particularly relevant when the orb is tight (i.e. when the aspect is exact). This is the criterion we apply for this new series of articles which describe how well-known personalities experience certain aspects.
Venus and Pluto in conflicting aspects
Venus is a planet directly connected with the affective world, attraction, the way one charms, kindness, or grace and gentleness.
She plays a key role in the chart and enables to understand how one expresses oneself in these fields, and how one behaves, especially females.
In a male chart, Venus also represents the female who may be attractive (in so far as he is a heterosexual). Lastly, it must be noted that this planet symbolizes the arts too.
On the edge of the solar system, with a size as small as his symbols are paradoxically strong, Pluto is associated with excess, intensity, domination, hidden powers, sexuality, crises and the transformation they imply, and symbolic death. He is the phoenix rising from the ashes, if all goes well.
When we combine Venus and Pluto, especially through a tense aspect (square, opposition), the person concerned exudes simultaneously powerful and unusual seductiveness, and is attracted to an equally colorful alter ego. One might as well say that this configuration predisposes to pangs of thwarted love, dramatic, and Shakespeare-like. It often produces a victim, or sometimes a torturer, on a cruelty background. Besides, it is essentially in passionate affairs that the effect of this aspect is best perceived.
Sexuality is ardent and in some cases, it even leads to more or less extreme forms of sadomasochism, depending on who, Venus or Pluto, has the upper hand, and depending on the aspects other planets may form with this duet.
Fortunately, it is possible to transcend those torments, particularly through artistic creation. Venus allows this, and Pluto adds his touch of mystery and of depth. On the other hand, the result will be equally radical, since one expresses one's fascination for abysses, conundrums, and in general, anything pungent and exciting. Pluto, like the sign he rules, loathes whatever is tasteless and insipid.
Moreover, the aspect may be experienced in the area of social ambition, with people who understand the meaning of power and appreciate to have some, charm and fascinate, using all the cards at their disposal, without considering or fearing anyone.
Nevertheless, Venus-Pluto tensions do not prohibit redemption, although at the cost of a true metamorphosis and personal effort, which are all the more exacting that Pluto is associated with instinct and the unconscious, by definition uncontrolled by will.
However, it is certain that this alliance has everything required to make a lot of ink flow, because it provides numerous reasons to dissect ambiguous feelings and the power struggles it entails.
Squares (90°) operate mostly in a direct and continuous manner. One is unable to reconcile such different energies, which results in a character difficult to live with, sometimes manipulative or even venal. In the area of love, the desire to hold sway over the partner is innate and may bring about a few disappointments when the latter realizes it. It is better to understand these flaws and to try to control their mechanism.
With oppositions (180°), one often expresses alternately intense love and fits of fighting spirit, owing to the refusal to feel enslaved by the yoke of passion. In some other cases, one must cyclically cope with the revolt of one's lover.
With this kind of aspects, especially with a slow-moving planet like Pluto, it is by growing in maturity that one can learn to serenely experience these tensions. They will be even more noxious during the direct transits of planets having a difficult reputation (Mars and Saturn above all, and Uranus), or Pluto transiting natal Pluto (this happens seldom, since compared to a square or an opposition in the natal chart, the next major negative transit will occur at the age of 63 or 64.
In order to better explain this aspect, we are mentioning several well-known personalities. This article deliberately isolates the aspect (the square, here, with four examples, because in our opinion, it is more striking than the opposition) so as to better describe them. For this reason, it claims on no account to be a psychological analysis of the celebrity in question, for whom many other articles are available in the "Focus" section.
It is possible to find thousands of other horoscopes having Venus in aspect of square or opposition with Pluto (or any other aspects), with the online tool search. The planets, positions in sign and in house as well as the orb, are configurable.
Although henceforth people discuss mostly the endless chapter of the singer under the conservatorship of her father, it must be remembered that she comes from a family of performers, and that she was a star of the Mickey Mouse Club. In those days, Britney Spears was considered the little fiancée of America.
When she had an affair with Justin Timberlake at only 17, she started to become a victim of the hunting by the American media, or even the whole world.
Unfortunately, the result of her Venus in Capricorn and in the 4th House, in exact square with Pluto in Libra in the 1st (though not in an angle and close to Saturn), rapidly sent her on the dark side of this event.
After she split, while she was becoming an international celebrity whose slightest actions were under scrutiny, she kept on increasing the number of her love partners, never seeming to find deep fulfilment.
Her natal Venus, in perfect trine with Mars, encourages her to charm and to live her adventures emotionally and physically. However, simultaneously, a square of Pluto and Saturn generates passion (Pluto) as well as annoyances and frustrations (Saturn).
Besides, the schemes looked like they were repetitive. The beginnings of the relationships were dazzling, then jealousy crises appeared and ended up in brutal separations.
Her dark days grew more taxing in 2007 when she was harassed by paparazzi.
At the end of her rope, she shaved her head on an impulse; she was perilously close to plunge into madness. Then, her father was appointed her guardian.
Actually, this perverted or venomous relation illustrates best the symbolism of this Venus-Pluto aspect. The singer ended up rebelling against the court decision and found many supportive fans who launched the #Freebritney movement.
Recently, the Los Angeles Court put an end to this terrible situation. At least, we see that the effect of Pluto, factor of crisis, symbolically resurrected Spears, and played his natural role as a phoenix.
You can also read the astrological portrait of Britney Spears.
Below, you will find the horoscope of Britney Spears:
We all remember Silvio Berlusconi, a statesman and billionaire who has ruled the roost at the head of Italy for a long time.
This man born with a typical Sun in Libra, twice a Libra with the Ascendant posited between the Sun and Mercury (will and mental agility), also has a square aspect between Venus and Pluto in his natal chart.
Nonetheless, it must be underlined that there is some uncertainty about his birthtime, which is enough to place the planets slightly differently. But in all cases, Pluto is in the 10th House (social destiny), which corresponds to the path of this politician driven by a devouring ambition, who always believed that the ends justify the means.
An atypical leader with a business and media background, he kept on forging alliances in order to remain in power.
He used the charm of his Sun in Libra, who refers to his very ambiguous Venus in Scorpio. The explosive mix of these two planets highlights financial and tax agreements as well as suspicion of corruption, which finally caused several convictions, including three years of deprivation of liberty, a sentence he did not have to serve.
The way Berlusconi behaved in his private life is quite characteristic of the Venus-Pluto square. He always carried on openly with trophy women, readily younger than him, sometimes half a century his junior, as if he disregarded death. It must be added that the natal Moon (females) is involved in this configuration through an almost exact sesqui-square with Pluto.
He was mixed up in many sex cases. The most striking scandal was that of "bunga-bunga" parties, a sort of code name for celebrations, or better, of the sex parties that he organized sometimes with the participation of underage girls.
Despite implacable facts (Pluto), which nearly sent him to jail, in particular the case called "Rubygate", in which he was accused of having had sexual relationships with Karima el Mahrough, under the age of 18 in those days, he was finally acquitted once and for all. After Pluto's torments and takedown, this was the rebirth.
You can also read the astrological portrait of Silvio Berlusconi, created for the time of his birth certificate (which is slightly different from what Berlusconi himself indicates.
Below, you will find the horoscope of Silvio Berlusconi:
Like Britney Spears, Jennifer Lopez has reached a level of extraordinary fame in the late 90s and the early 2000s.
In addition to the very nice aspects marking the natal chart, she too has this well-known Venus-Pluto square. No doubt that this aspect adds a pinch of charm and of sex appeal to which it is hard to resist.
However, it is logical that although the aspect is dynamic (this word is often used instead of the old "negative" word, since any tense aspect prompts to react and to evolve). Here, the aspect proved more intellectualized and therefore less harmful than in other cases. Indeed, Pluto in Virgo brings in an opportune demand, even though it is damaging, thanks to natal Venus in Gemini, who by nature has a strong liking for superficial and repeating flirts.
Indeed, Lopez had a hectic and turbulent love life. She had a string of crushes on her partners, choreographers, dancers, or producers.
It is mainly her passion for Ben Affleck which seems most related to the Venus-Pluto aspect. Their first encounter in 2002 made sparks, but the couple was so exposed to public scrutiny that they broke up on the eve of their wedding because of vague rumors of infidelity.
As everyone knows, the pair reunited in 2021, and the stolen pictures of their duet look as fiery as twenty years ago. Which just shows that, between Venus and Pluto, it is always possible to fan the embers to revive feelings.
You can also read the astrological portrait of Jennifer Lopez. Warning for this report: it is only there as an indication, for curiosity, since her time of birth is not reliable. Texts corresponding to houses, in particular, are to be avoided.
Below, you will find the horoscope of Jennifer Lopez:
According to a childhood friend, Jack Nicholson wears dark glasses in order to conceal his soul. Fortunately, his filmography proves quite revealing, as well as his astrological chart.
With a bright Venus on the Midheaven, but thwarted by Pluto in an angle in the 12th House (as well as by Jupiter in conjunction with the Descendant), Nicholson is a living paradox, an ambiguous actor, like this aspect.
All by himself, the comedian managed to be at the same time the beauty and the beast, fascinating the public with his talent and the peculiar way he embodied tormented characters, manipulative, or falling into demoniac madness.
In One flew over the cuckoo's nest, on the contrary, he knew how to extend kindness and empathy (Venus) to the patients of a psychiatric hospital, faced with the perverted methods of a head nurse.
Nicholson was able to play powerful and insatiable seducers. Indeed, regarding his private life he had six children with five different women (but only one marriage, to Sandra Knight), without considering his innumerable love affairs with celebrities and less famous women.
Here are a few astonishing quotes from the actor: "The only way to get out of a tight spot is to always lie to his wife and to always tell the truth to his mistress", or also "When you look back at life, you seldom regret what you have done, but you might regret what you have not done". Such words fall within the competence of Venus and Pluto in conflicting aspect, synonymous with the need to experience one's feelings to the full.
You can also read the astrological portrait of Jack Nicholson.
Below, you will find the horoscope of Jack Nicholson: