Venus in Capricorn Part 2: Fear of Success, Unexpected Change and Obsession

Yesterday I wrote about Venus in Capricorn in conjunction to Pluto and square to Uranus and how it can echo the work we have or have not done during Saturn in Libra (2009-1012). My point with that writing was to show that Saturn's movement is progressive and each lesson builds upon itself.

Whenever a planet is in Capricorn, your 10th house, in aspect to transiting Saturn or your natal Saturn what we get is sometimes a checkpoint in order to gauge where we are in the lesson plan.

All the planets are in this together, you see? Saturn is the disciplinarian. He teaches through restriction and sometimes hardship and suppression. But, he is also the guy who makes the plan.

I have a cousin who has multiple planets in Capricorn. I used to tease her (even before studying Astrology) because she had a five year plan for her five year plan that tied into her 10 and 20 year plan. Capricorn's are Cardinal and they have a tendency to take the lead when it comes to laying out steps toward goals. Aries may rush right in toward a goal without much preparation. Cancer may follow Aries cleaning up behind him and running with a sack lunch (Tupperware filled with Chicken and dumplings and a pint of milk). Libra may lag behind as she gathers everyone else and makes the goal sound enticing convincing all to follow her. But, Capricorn? He's the one who came up with the goal in the first place and is working on laying out the steps to get there and even has started working on a plan for what will occur after the goal is achieved. So, there you have it. Capricorn plans beyond the goal—as if there is no question the goal is going to be achieved. That's pretty important in terms of Saturn.

However, Saturn is also fear. And, a person with Venus in Capricorn or in aspect to Saturn can know exactly what they want and how to get there but actually fear obtaining it—especially if they have not put a plan out there that includes obtaining said “want” or goal and what to do AFTER that.

Getting what you want involves change on some level. When something enters your life whether you want it or not, your life does change. Think Saturn is rock solid? Well, guess what, Saturn is also the traditional ruler of Aquarius--the catalyst for change. Therefore, change becomes a constant and you can't always plan for that, Capricorn. Because sometimes change comes out of nowhere and unexpectedly. There may be times where you have to adjust your five year plan during your five year plan.

Pluto is our personal and collective shadow. Sometimes our shadow operates in ways of which we are not conscious. Shadows are subversive like that. Part of Saturn's work in Scorpio is to uncover some of our shadow activity. We are to recognize it, own it and integrate it. Doesn't mean it's a good idea to act on it. Just know that it is there and a part of us without projecting it onto someone else. Libra (Venus) is an ace at projection. It's one of her favorite pastimes and the Pluto in Libra generation has a tendency to project their shadow on to some mysterious entity often called “they.” Why can't you get you want Pluto in Libra? Because, “they” are doing this, this and this. Uh-huh. It happens. It also happens with Venus in contact with Pluto in other ways (Venus in Scorpio, Venus in aspect to Pluto, Venus in the 8th, Pluto in the 7th, etc.).

Now. Lets pull all this together. Venus/Pluto can project their shadow and blame “them” for not getting what they want. Venus/Saturn can fear getting what they want even if they have made a plan to get it. Change is the only constant and it can come unexpectedly.

This is exactly the set up we have for Venus (Want) square Uranus (Change) in Capricorn (Plan) conjunct Pluto (Shadow).

Let me lay out one possible scenario for you. Maybe you have made a plan to get what you want and when Venus squares Uranus, all of a's here! Wow! Your plan was successful and look at you! You are free (Uranus) to grab it! But, wait a minute, you weren't ready to have it! You don't know what you are going to do next? How are you going to operate with this new thing in your life. Did you just uncover a part of your shadow (Pluto)? Fear of success (Saturn), maybe?

That happens too! As a matter of fact, it's more common than you would think. “But, I want it so badly!” You may think. (Pluto/Venus can become obsessed with what they want—My Precious). However, it's not usually so much what they want that is this the obsession but the desire for it that is so addictive. That means, when they actually get what they want they may not really know what to do with it.

It's OK! All you have to do is look beyond the original plan, recognize that you may have a fear of success and decide what changes you are going to have to make in your life when success or what you want comes. Yeah, that sounds easy. But, overcoming something like a fear of success or obsession with a desire is rarely simple. The first step in accommodating it, though, is owning and facing your fears about it. Then, make a plan to move forward in life incorporating having what you want and living with success. Five year plan for your five year plan Capricorn!

So, what happens if when Venus square Uranus all of a sudden what you thought you wanted bolts. Maybe you had set your sights on something that is unattainable and unrealistic. Or, maybe you have figured out what you want and started going toward it and the closer you get to it you realize...”Oooh, THAT'S close to what I want but THAT ain't it!” You've got to be able to tell the difference between “I'm actually afraid of what I want” or “I know what I want but this is definitely the wrong package.”

For example, lets say you have been working and working on a financial plan. You've got things all set up to get your finances in order. Venus squares Uranus and BAM you have unexpected expenses. Could be your fault. Could be totally unforeseeable but either way your financial plan should be able to accommodate that if you truly want to be successful. Venus square Uranus will bring that fact to the forefront and you are going to have rebirth (Pluto) your plan (Capricorn) in order to get where you want (Venus) to be.

Or, maybe you have been working on a plan for having a successful love life and all of a sudden your potential or current lover bolts (Uranus) during the square. Doesn't mean you don't know what you want. You should have delineated the qualities you desire in a person, right? And, whatever it was surely didn't include someone who would just up and run from you. Right? Looks like what you want...but THAT ain't it! Or maybe the Universe is asking, “Are ya sure? Are ya sure this is what you want?” Either way, the plan gets re-birthed or scrapped all together.

You know, life happens that way. We are happily working along and then swift like lightning, something comes along and upsets our apple cart in one way or another. We have to adjust our plan, re-evaluate our goals and intentions. Then, move forward from there. Change. Happens. Roll with it.