You see, I have no intentions of breaking down her prejudices. I want her to believe in God and virtue and the sanctity of marriage, and still not be able to stop herself. I want the pleasure of watching her betray everything that is most important to her. Surely you can understand that. I thought betrayal was your favorite word. — Vicomte de Valmont

venussquareplutoPower plays that take people to the depths in the boardroom and the bedroom are the hallmark of the Venus square Pluto transit. This is a time when manipulation, cruelty, lies, passion and deep dark secrets/desires/behaviors come to the surface.

In the film Dangerous Liaisons, the Marquise De Merteuil (Glenn Close) and the Vicomte De Valmont (John Malkovich), are two wealthy and titled former lovers who have cultivated their mutual cynicism into a highly developed and exquisitely mannered form of inhumane expression. Believing themselves to be like demigods whose mutual desires have evolved beyond the crudeness of sex or emotion, they express their desires through acts of manipulation, power and cruelty on unsuspecting people. They employ elaborate conspiracies to destroy the lives of their less calculating acquaintances, daring each other to increasingly extreme and harmful acts of manipulation and betrayal. The Marquise’s life mission is to “win or die”.

Venus square Pluto is win or die. It is a time when you find that people bring out your best most honorable behaviors and yet also the more intense and hidden ones. You want to win — win or die. You are willing to go to extreme lengths to make that happen — lengths that may even shock you. The passion you feel is intense — you must have what you want — be it a business objective or something in a personal relationship.

But all this passion can provoke resistance in others, as they reject your attempt(s) to manipulate them. Most people want ot live in neutral, taking personal and business issues and relationships at a moderate pace. But when Venus square Pluto occurs people find it hard to comprise, opposition rears its head and what is not considered important to the moment, process or goal is ignored (if not thrown away).

This Venus transit affects us in areas of sex and money, driving us full throttle towards whatever we value. Sometimes we attempt to control others; others times we find people attempt to control us. They key to handling this energy well is to have good self-esteem. Understand what you want and seek it within yourself rather than from another person. If you do not, you can find that you either are trying to manipulate another person into giving you what you want OR you are drawing to yourself someone you allow to manipulate you.

All-or-nothing approaches in love, sex and money can bring ab out yours or another’s downfall and even in some way, death. Is it worth it in the end?

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