Uprooting beauty


”The mandrakes give a smell, and at our gates are all manner of pleasant fruits, new and old, which I have laid up for thee, O my beloved.” 

-The Bible, Kin
g James Version, Song of Songs 7:12–13


The upcoming trine between Venus and Pluto will be exact right after the New Moon in Cancer on June 24th. This aspect conjures up the rich scent of the earth exuding from freshly pulled roots. The hands are dirty and have been working hard.

On a table laying in broad day light is a collection of various treasures dug out of the ground; buried objects carrying with them long forgotten stories. To keep or to discard?

Destruction and beauty are an odd pair. 

Craving more ease, you might get excited at the sight of the decaying past – hypnotized by the promises and possibilities of new beginnings. Suddenly the forbidden becomes alluring; desiring something that is denied to you.  Can it be yours? 

Be warned that the price is steeped but it’s already too late.

What was unearthed is taking hold.

The distant lure of beauty animates you and you keep digging in the hopes of finding more.

The process is difficult but you cannot back down. You know how important this is for your well-being. Feeling good might even sting a little but you keep digging. The sight of beauty hurts your eyes. Your heart is pounding in your chest.

Don’t stop now.

Tectonic shifts are happening.

Your heart wants more, aching for new intensity.

Renovations are well underway and you must get rid of some things to make space for what you have discovered.

Introducing more beauty, more love, more pleasure is an arduous task and things will need to be destroyed.

Be willing to leave the comfort of your garden and trade-in all of your jewels for that gut feeling.


Venus @ 18 Taurus 30 trine Pluto @ 18 Capricorn 30 on June 24, 2017  @ 3:59 AM EST    


“Sorrow prepares you for joy. It violently sweeps everything out of your house, so that new joy can find space to enter. It shakes the yellow leaves from the bough of your heart, so that fresh, green leaves can grow in their place. It pulls up the rotten roots, so that new roots hidden beneath have room to grow. Whatever sorrow shakes from your heart, far better things will take their place.” ― Jalaluddin Rumi


Venus in Capricorn: The beauty that emerges with time

Venus in Capricorn-January 23 to February 16, 2016

The ingress of Venus in the sign of Capricorn augurs a period of contraction.  When the bud of a flower is preparing for spring, she keeps all her life juices within her to sustain and nourish future blooming. The process might seem grim or daunting but it remains an essential step towards the respite and the ease that will come from this type of inward focus.


Venus is concerned with things of beauty. She stares at her own reflection through art, music, love and attraction. She is happy in the signs of Taurus and Libra.

Venus in Capricorn is ruled by Saturn who is in Sagittarius at the moment. Our values will naturally orient themselves towards what can be gain in the long-term and the beauty of gazing at the land from great heights. For a few weeks, we might find ourself attracted to the wisdom of well established authority figures and what they have to teach us in regards to tradition. Watch for themes around aging gracefully, a renewed appreciation for classic movies or classic figures in the art, age difference in relationships, the deep and enduring love that only comes from lifelong commitments, the place and value of the elder in our society.

Venus in Capricorn is an ambitious climber and she loves time-tested systems. While Venus is in Capricorn, we might notice a shift in what brings us pleasure, perhaps even postponing pleasure to gain something more rewarding in the future. The process of letting something age reveals the most delectable flavours when it comes to wine, cheese or bread making. The same idea can be applied to our own internal process.  Refinement happens with time and reveals complexities that are not possible if we rush the process.  Real authority, beauty and ease takes time.  Wisdom has a price and one of them is aging.

Some good questions to ask yourself:

How am I structuring my time at the moment between work and pleasure?
Who are my teachers and what attracts me to their teachings?
What does aging gracefully means to me?

62-year-old New Yorker Jacky O’Shaughnessy modeling for American Apparel.


Venus/Pluto on February 6, 2016: Beauty standards and the patriarchy

Venus conjunct Pluto in Capricorn for a few days in the first week of February.  This is a zone of the zodiac that has been under deep excavation. Whatever was unearthed  in the last few years collectively will continue to permeate our awareness. To a large extent, this has to do with the crumbling of the current patriarchal structures that are not sustainable for the earth, a need to create space and honour the feminine and the marginalised and to find other ways of managing our resources. The corruption and the rot from the old systems are slowly surfacing on a collective level but also from the dark corners of our individual self.

A question for the upcoming Venus/Pluto conjunction: What stale values about your body or unrealistic beauty standards are you ready to let go?

Keep in mind that this period requires a lot of foresight and a lot of work and that it is a necessary process.  I am hoping to write more on this particular aspect in the days to come but regardless, you have all the answers that you need within you.




*For an in-depth look at Venus in Capricorn and how her conjunction to Pluto might affect you, a closer look at your natal chart and to the house she is transiting in is required.