The Jupiter/Pluto opposition: this time with Venus

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The most recent opposition (180 degree) formation between Jupiter and Pluto began last summer and you can catch up on that earlier article here.

Jupiter inspires us to find meaning in our lives by developing faith and belief in an ideal that works for us.  It therefore rules theology and religion, but also travel and exposure to other cultures that expand our minds.  Jupiter also presides over the realm of higher knowledge and the search for a truth that makes sense for us.  However, Jupiter’s need for continual expansion can result in an overinflated sense of reality that has no basis in the real world.  Pluto on the other hand demands nothing less than Truth with a capital “T” – the ultimate Truth that can be known  only when artifice and the superficial are discarded, and when Pluto interacts with Jupiter the inflated hopes and dreams of Jupiter can often be burst.

With Jupiter opposing Pluto we will likely see conflict between the small truths and the bigger Truths that underlie the very fabric of reality.  Jupiterian truths are like theologies – your truth may be different from mine.  Your politics may be different from mine.  But Truth is a reality that cannot change from one person to the next.

Many planetary cycles occur in three phases (although sometimes with Saturn there is only one, and with Neptune and Pluto there can be five and even, rarely, seven).  These cycles sometimes fall into a pattern of experience, although just as with all human experience there is a wide variation depending on the individual and the cycle.  The initiatory phase wakes us up with new information – there is a conflict beginning to awaken in the psyche.  During the second phase there is an adjustment that sometimes results in a crisis of some kind, and the third phase generally brings synthesis and completion.

With Uranus (radical change) in range of a challenging square to Pluto (destruction and regeneration)  throughout this cycle (see the sidebar for more details if this is new to you), Jupiter’s expansive influence serves to exacerbate the changes that are already underway.

The first phase of this Jupiter/Pluto cycle began in August of last year (2013).  That was a good time for the stock markets as Jupiter’s “irrational exuberance” took over.  Edward Snowden, who fled the US in May 2013 after leaking (Uranus) details on the US government surveillance program (Pluto), was given political asylum in Russia and liberated (Jupiter) from the airport in Russia in which he had been imprisoned.  Jeff Bezos purchased the Washington Post (Jupiter rules journalism), marking another transformation (Uranus/Pluto) in print media.

There was also an increase in violence the week of the exact opposition including an intensification in the Syrian civil war and clashes on the India/Pakistan border – ideological battlegrounds such as we would expect when Jupiter, the governor of ideologies and religion, is involved in a clash with Pluto, lord of destruction and transformation.

This upcoming second phase of the Jupiter/Pluto opposition will begin on the 31st with the opposition to Pluto and conclude on February 25th with the square to Uranus.  The entire month between the two alignments will likely bring escalations in the kind of ideological warfare we have seen over the past few years, but with an increase in crisis-level intensity there is a greater likelihood for resolution and ultimate transformation.  Unfortunately, for most humans it often takes a major crisis to generate real change, and that is the kind of energy this Jupiter/Uranus/Pluto cycle brings.

Venus is aligned with Pluto for the first half of the cycle, ripping away any illusions we may have and revealing important Truths that we may have been avoiding.  Venus is slowing down in preparation for its change of direction on the 31st, so it will remain connected with both Pluto and Jupiter for quite some time.  This will mean there is no more hiding where relationships are concerned – if transformation is required it will be difficult to resist.  Our alliances with others now are critical and they must be strengthened where they are weak.  Pluto’s role is to eliminate the chaff, leaving only the good stuff behind.

However, positive energy is supporting us in the shape of Chiron, the planet of wounding and healing, which harmonizes with Venus, Jupiter and Pluto and helps us to move through challenging times and heal the wounds of the past.  This healing process provides the key to successful navigation of the stress of the next few months.

The last phase is in mid-April and includes Mars in a Grand Cross.  There is no doubt that this will be an intense period, but as it is the end of the cycle there is also the potential for that resolution to occur.   I’ll be writing more on that in the days to come.

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By | 2014-01-25T08:36:59+00:00 January 25th, 2014|Planetary cycles|6 Comments


  1. Valerie Delzer January 25, 2014 at 12:18 pm

    I happened to see this article as it went through my Facebook newsfeed. I went “aha!” when I read it as I am going through a rough time right now due to my Mother just passed away unexpectedly. The mention of cycles, that its not one event but a series to deal with internally made sense to me. And for me, my Mother’s passing is not so much about my own emotions but the aftermath of what I am having to deal with in terms of relatives and everything else related to my Mother’s passing.

    • January 26, 2014 at 8:23 am

      I just lost my mother last year Valerie and you can find a few articles about that in the “astrology in my world” category. The death of one’s mother is a cataclysmic event that propels us into the next phase of our life in so many ways. Condolences on your loss, and blessings for your passage.

  2. 500HandProject January 25, 2014 at 4:08 pm

    Hi Lynn,
    A wonderful description of Pluto energy: “demands truth with a capital T with no artifice and the superficial is discarded, eliminate the chaff and lead the good stuff behind.” When combined with Jupiter: Escalation to the point of crisis for ultimate resolution and transformation. In hand reading I find this combination every 100 hands (tall Jupiter/broad Pluto) and the people have this as a central theme even as a profession: A diplomat who works in Iraq reviewing the reports and discarding the chaff to give the executive command the high level summary. An athlete who when confronted escalates until it’s a crisis, before all the steam is out for a resolution and the process starts all over again. Whether these people are especially affected, or shine during this period is one to watch as the jury is still out for me regarding astrological weather and personalities but I’m definitely open for input. Regardless, well written article which shows your thinking. Look forward to more. Brent Project Manager, 500 Hand Project

    • January 26, 2014 at 8:25 am

      I think the answer to that question Brent is that we all have the power of free will to make choices. Yes, we have inclinations and predispositions that are revealed by the astrological chart, but in the end it’s our choice how we handle our difficult times.

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