Meanwhile the Sun and Mars are closer to an exact square, and Venus and Pluto to a conjunction.
A few additional themes to consider today for the approaching Venus/Pluto conjunction.
I was inspired this morning to revisit a passage from Song of Songs in the Old Testament, which is pretty steamy, if you've never read it before! In one passage I was struck by the Venus/Pluto symbolism. There is a call and response happening between a man and woman, lover and beloved. At one point the woman says, "do not arouse or awaken love until it so desires." Then there is an implied period of waiting...then the beloved says, "Look, here he comes!" She describes him waiting and watching outside the windows and walls in a deeply erotic line. Then he calls to her and she compares his calling to the coming of spring, the natural and seasonal time for lovers.
Later in the same passage, after he "browses among the lilies until the day breaks and the shadows flee, her lover retreats again "like a gazelle..on the rugged hills."
Especially in the sign of Capricorn there is something that might feel contrived about love. Love is a contract. Love is an agreement. Love has terms and negotiations. Love is about positioning and protection. For example, in another biblical book, the book of Ruth, the widow finds Boaz, a kinsmen redeemer, to take her in after her and another widow, Naomi, have lost their husbands. The story has that ring of Venus/Pluto in Capricorn insofar as a powerful love arrangement is made for the sake of protection, and through this version of the bond of love, David's grandfather is eventually born...and David becomes the head of the line of Jesus. This is a Venus/Pluto in Capricorn love story in the sense of love establishing lineages, fortification, and involving noble sacrifice in love. However the tag line to this kind of love story might read, "love me little but by this love may some greater accomplishment be made."
Somehow Venus/Pluto in Capricorn is about both of these stories. It's about the patience of love..."do not arouse or awaken love until it so desires." Capricorn is a cold and dry sign, and when Venus travels through this celestial landscape she is not unlike the woman in Song of Songs, waiting for the explosion of spring, or like Ruth, making a sober deal in the name of a higher and more meritorious (dryer) purpose. One day spring will come...we might be thinking to ourselves right now...but until then....
Or, the dryness might be too much to handle anymore...and so fire and water stir below the surface of our love me little but love me long contracts...teasing us into a blowout or a fight, detonating the bridge, or demanding spring come to us, and doing so with an ironically cold and iron first.
Prayer: Somewhere between the Song of Songs and Ruth, we are each waiting and praying for a higher love.