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“Trust is established when words and deeds are congruent. Trust also develops when people feel safe and secure. When thoughts and ideas are shot down and ridiculed, it doesn’t take long to realize that the climate is neither safe nor conducive to making yourself vulnerable.” William M. Boast.

Providing a safe haven for our relationships, so that they can grow and flourish, and we’re able to freely show and express our vulnerable side within their borders, is usually best achieved when there is a deep foundation of trust between parties. Trust is something that, as Boast noted above, is partially erected when our words and deeds match up, and that the congruence is something that is normally measured or gauged over time, as what we say and do has a chance to come to fruition.

Today, the relationship realm is brought to the forefront because “lovable” Venus is square to “intense” Pluto.  On the shadow side, this is time when strong emotions can sometimes get the best of us. When this occurs, as we all know, our relationships can occasionally suffer, because we may be tempted to impulsively say or do something, in the heat of the moment, that we later regret, which, unfortunately, can also jeopardize the crucial “trust factor” in our relationships.

For instance, think of how easy it is for us to quickly sabotage our relationship with somebody by engaging in derogatory name-calling? Sure, it may feel good to us, to temporarily vent, but often no sooner do we get the venom out than we become bogged down with guilt by what we said. Not only that, the cost to repair or mend our relationship, if possible, can come with a hefty price tag.

Of course, just because we may be feeling strong emotions does not necessarily mean that our relationships are correspondingly going to be doomed or disrupted, or that our partner or mate should head briskly for the hills. It all depends on the manner of how we deal with them, and whether or not we even act upon them in the first place. That is where the matter of our personal choice and free will come into play. Too, when we are able to feel things more deeply, that can be a very positive thing, as that may mean that we are connecting with our passions, which Venus-Pluto can also symbolically represent.

Perhaps what we need to be focusing on more here, too, is, on what is coming up for us now, when we are experiencing these deeper emotions? What is their sheer presence inside us trying to tell us about ourselves, and our relationships? Also, if we do view our emotions as a gift to us, rather than fragile baggage that we must cart around, we may be able to deal with them in a more effective manner, and actually thank them for enlightening us further about ourselves.

Too, often with Venus-Pluto aspects, due to the transforming and regenerative nature of Pluto, it may be that our relationships are more prone to healing or restoration now, maybe after having reached, in some cases, a crisis or turning point. By examining the root causes underlying what we’re feeling (which Venus-Pluto poises us to do), we may be able to get a better handle on what is causing us to behave in a certain way, and this fresh new insight can then, hopefully, be used as launching pad to take our relationship perhaps to a deeper, more loving level. “But if these years have taught me anything it is this: you can never run away. Not ever. The only way out is in.” Junot Diaz

On a collective level, too, sometimes with the more challenging Venus-Pluto aspects, we are more prone to hearing about salacious relationships in the news,  that may also contain elements of manipulation, or abuse (Venus-Pluto can also denote obsessive behaviors, such as stalking). Interestingly, on the eve of this Venus-Pluto aspect becoming exact, there was the news report of the Mayor of San Diego, Bob Filner, reportedly resigning in wake of a high-profile, sexual harassment scandal (often the ‘square’ aspect forces issues). Too, again on the shadow side, Venus-Pluto can correlate with using others for our own gratification, or edification. It is often an element at work in power plays, or power struggles.

Famous Birthdays August 24: Mason Williams, David Gregory, Reggie Miller.

“I’ll be at Yankee Stadium, in the lion’s den, in Angel attire, representing my team.” Reggie Miller

Enjoy your Saturday!

Patrice Thompson


Copyright 2013

Source Notes:


Diaz: http://www.goodreads.com/quotes/tag/introspection

Birthdays: http://www.astro.com/

Miller: http://thinkexist.com/quotes/reggie_miller/

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