You always want to be careful about who you allow into your social orbit when Venus conjoins Pluto (February 17th). Pluto often signals domineering personalities who appear self-effacing at first but grow to be more controlling over time. You also want to beware attractions that involve higher-ups and superiors. That praise you receive from them may have little to do with job performance and more to do with something else. However, Venus/Pluto conjunctions aren’t all bad. They’re famous for intense and transformative relationships. Just remember that nothing will be easy with this planetary combination, but the bond that emerges from the crucible will be unbreakable.