—Venus in Capricorn//Rx 26°-11°—Part 1
∝S/Rx to Rx/SD from December 17th-January 30th
∝♀☌♇@26° from December 11th-31st
⟩»♀ in♒︎ March 2, 2022 ☌♂
Upon looking up the interlacing of rulerships between Venus and Pluto, indeed some of the entries were unsurprising… still, some continue to intrigue.
Of course, you can imagine that the likes of adultery, brothels, casinos, gambling, genitals, gonorrhoea, immodesty, immorality, indolence, laxity, laziness, lewdness, licentiousness, loans, pestilence, plagues, procreation—the act and the urges thereof, pus, ransoms, sensuality, sex and sexuality, smallpox, umbilical cords, vaginas, vanity, and venereal diseases would all be listed—and obviously, some of these are unnecessarily synonymous.
The entry that caught my attention was cypress trees… however, upon digging deeper, as I do, it was no longer curious—though I was shamefully unaware of these connections—cypress trees have forever been associated with mourning; since biblical times the cypress has “symbolized the underworld, because it failed to regenerate if it was cut back too severely.”
In fact, interestingly, specifically, the cypress was chosen to be used at funerals in Rome because “its fragrance could mask some of death’s unpleasantness…”
Cypress would be planted by graves to warn others, particularly outsiders, “against entering a place corrupted by a dead body… and Romans would carry cypress branches as a sign of respect.”
Further, the cypress is considered to “stand between the worlds, literally and figuratively pointing toward immortality and hope as a powerful response to human mourning.”
Traditionally, long before Pluto was discovered and appropriated with Scorpio, the associations of death and mourning, as well as darkness, decay, decomposition, places isolated and hard to reach, underground places, and old trees was well and widely within the realm of Capricorn.
The Underworld was either entirely separate, or a very saturnian and naturally Capricornian concept… as well as Pan, the devil himself.
❝‘Ah, you may sit under them, yes. They cast a good shadow, cold as well-water; but that’s the trouble, they tempt you to sleep. And you must never, for any reason, sleep beneath a cypress.’ He paused, stroked his moustache, waited for me to ask why, and then went on: ‘Why? Why? Because if you did you would be changed when you woke. Yes, the black cypresses, they are dangerous. While you sleep, their roots grow into your brains and steal them, and when you wake up you are mad, head as empty as a whistle.’ I asked whether it was only the cypress that could do that or did it apply to other trees. ‘No, only the cypress,’ said the old man, peering up fiercely at the trees above me as though to see whether they were listening; ‘only the cypress is the thief of intelligence. So be warned, little lord, and don’t sleep here.’❞
——Gerald Durrell; “My Family and Other Animals”
Venus has been moving slowly toward Pluto since the beginning of December, and this weekend a conjunction was exact by degree… in other words, something that possesses personal value, or something that you desire, has been slowly moving toward darkness, decay, or decomposition—to a place hard to reach, inevitably, to pass through…
The likely triggering tidbit of this conjunction, as its influences typically only last for a day, is that Venus is stationing retrograde upon this conjunction—by only one degree—and thereby move back into exact conjunction with Pluto twice more…
Essentially, and quite eloquently metaphorically, Venus, through retrogradation, is volunteering alms within the Underworld to pay respects for No Longer.
As always, the cosmos has arranged for this rather aptly—and calendar-adroitly, at least throughout the Northern Hemisphere, deep within likely its darkest winter yet, to play itself out throughout the next several weeks, to climax upon Christmas weekend, and then ever so slowly linger on until spring—literally, through March.
❝Life is so constructed, that the event does not, cannot, will not, match the expectation.❞
Still, this story—this unraveling, or, more effectively, this decompositioning—has several parts…
Within what house within your nativity this conjunction and decompositioning is occurring is essential to understand, and I would be more than happy to help you with this…
Involved, beyond Venus and Pluto, is Mercury and Mars, as well as asteroid Vesta… as well as the essence of both Capricorn and Aquarius—and so you can see, this single aspect is managing to tell quite the story, and this story, should you be honest with yourself and tell it truly, will eventually lead you through some powerfully personal metamorphoses, just as Venus compassionately tours through the Underworld…
But allow me, for now, this initial segment…
It’s lazy enough to presume the surface implications and mosh them together haphazardly, ignorantly, which would indeed be rather destructive—to presume all of the interlacing entries above, to naively connect the probability of something simply upon the surface, such as an affair beginning, or an insatiable longing to be addressed, or a hefty exchange of resources to be acquired—you know, typical humdrum cookbook analyses or slapdash Google searches… these couldn’t be further from likely actuality now.
Any affair being initiated now will likely very harshly end.
And longing addressed will ultimately be disappointing.
Any exchange acquired, including the likes of presents for holiday, will very probably be vacant in some capacity, forsaken, unaffordable, abandoned, unappreciated, or eliminated altogether.
Venus is many things—money, financing, resourcing, love… though the very essence of these things is value.
Values you’ve long held, be they personal, emotional, conditional, familial, obligatorial, financial or traditional, will likely be questioned, threatened, confronted, limited, or isolated, and then succinctly decomposed, and ultimately, respectfully mourned.
Two interlacing Venus/Pluto entries that stood out, reassuringly, were rejuvenation and renewal… however, as these will possess a rigidly Capricorn essence—this obligatory rejuvenation and renewal will most probably involve or invoke bruises, darkness, decay, depression, difficulties, dislocation, excavation, frostbite, hypochondria, hysteria, limitations, neglect, old age, paralysis, pits, responsibility, routine, and servitude… I ramble…
Only time will tell. Patience will be recommended. Endurance, non-negotiable.
Yet, just as spring does inevitably come, the rewards that will, one day, be given will currently demand your concentration, contraction, crystallization, honor, integrity, orderliness, and reliability.
I feel as though there will be a very extreme likelihood toward emotional and financial laxity for these harsh realizations.
This decompositioning, however, will require your participation… as the Romans carried cypress branches to the cemetery—an emotional follow-through would be the respectful thing to do now.
❝I have always believed, and I still believe, that whatever good or bad fortune may come our way we can always give it meaning and transform it into something of value.❞
There is warning not too cut back too extremely, isn’t there.
What is essential now—and most valuable to you—is to be mindful of where the decay of a thing, an idea, a concept, a thought pattern, a relationship, a goal, or an ideal begins… and where the life force of it ends.
This is why you’ll need to participate with this decompositioning, as only you will feel this very raw and vital barrier—you will need to be honest, and respectful of this… and you may need some cypress to cover the smell.
You will need to be still. You will need to simply be with yourself.
What you will ultimately be uncovering will be quite aged.
It will be rotten, diseased, and putrid… and it may take you some time to pinpoint if is it doesn’t come to you first. Still—it’s likely you know exactly what it is.
❝A few moments of calmness, in the ‘just be’ state gives more answers, clarity, wisdom and solutions than hours of mind chatter. It rejuvenates and heals… but the catch—is we can never be in the ‘just be’ state if we are looking for anything—even solutions, bliss or peace. So, how do we do it?❞
The degree through which this decompositioning are most pivotal associate with Maya itself, “the hide-and-seek of the Self from the Self; projecting parts of oneself onto lovers or enemies versus epiphanic moments where one calms the mind and experiences oneself fully; facing ones psychological problems squarely versus living within escapist fantasies; refusing to get immersed in the flow of time-bound events; balancing the physical and the spiritual sides of the self; delighting in the rapid flow of emotions and events, and mischievously redirecting them through timely interventions…”
The “ability to explore unfamiliar realms and discover the laws underlying the complex processes of nature…” is being tested now.
Further, the “deeper parts of feelings are sometimes ignored, or rejected, as the spirit flits over the surface of any troubles… while this is, essentially, a lightness of being, there may be an element of feeling cut off from one’s body, or reality—whatever, your worries or burdens can lift, leaving you feeling lighter… even in the midst of life’s struggles, this is the true way of life.”
These are the resonating and underlying symbolisms that will permeate the month of December… yet, hope should be harbored within the heart—and the precious places within the heart that hurt, that bleed, that have been left to decay… these need to be rejuvenated, through feeling through it all.
Something within your personal reality is experiencing its death.
This will need to be felt.
This will need to be properly honored.
This will need to be mourned.
And, in time… you will experience a renewal.
New life forces will spring forth from what was considered a vacancy… and you will be rewarded with a rejuvenation of life.
❝He inhabits now that part of himself, which lay formerly desolate and uncolonised.❞ ——Lawrence Durrell
This is Part 1 of 3 in this series… stay tuned. Also, in the near future, posts such as this one will be offered to patron subscribers only.
★Fun fact—if you were born in 1980, you’ve now completed a full Venusian pentagram within your nativity… something of a full circle—perhaps a fresh start in all matters Venusian?
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