Traditionally known as the lesser benefic, Venus rules Taurus,
fixed earth and Libra, cardinal air. Venus is in its fall in
Virgo and in detriment in Aries and Scorpio. Venus is exalted
in Pisces, wherein its sympathies expand; it loses its ultra-refinement
and tendency to dislike “soiling its hands” with
the affairs of the less fortunate.
Venus is the planet of harmony,
or adaptation, the highest expression of which, emotionally is
love (sexual love, or desire, is a Sun Mars activity, Venus is
rather the beloved). Venus may be a planet contributing largely
to love, but also to superficiality, greed and possessiveness.
It is thus an important factor in judging a person attitude towards
money and possessions. Venus is the “laziest” of
the planets, although it can easily be, and usually is energised
by other factors in charts, especially by being in a Fire sign
or in contact with Mars or Pluto. It is best described as a person’s “passive
desire-nature”, and it can therefore be somewhat selfish
Venus can be passive and excessively fond of luxury
and comfort, unwilling to exert itself but rather to attract things
Venusian people are warm and loving as well as socially adept.
They enjoy being with loved ones and are often at a disadvantage
when alone. More than any other planetary type the Venus type
recognises the power that being with a loved one gives one to
cope with life creatively.
Every work that requires collaboration
and co-operation for a common purpose is under the influence of
Venus, which enables people to see common interests where Mars
causes them to see points of difference.
It may be said that as a good Jupiter gives prosperity, so Venus
gives happiness, by harmonising the emotions. A prominent but
afflicted Venus gives laziness, dependence on others, carelessness,
lack of enterprise, daydreaming, and impracticality. The attractions
bestowed by the planet may be used to secure advantages. The action
of the planet is gentle and harmonious, but not very strong as
regards things of the physical world.
Aspects to Venus may shed
light on how important being popular and “fitting in” may
be to the individual. Planets contacting Venus will describe what
supports or gets in the way of achieving co-operation and harmony.
The Venus principle wants peace; unchecked by other planetary
principles it may seek peace at any price. Venus will also make
the best of things and tend to look at things in the most favourable
light. Venus tends to see points of likeness and common interests
and to gloss over and remove, or ignore, differences.
will describe how we seek and manage, consciously or not, to attract
others. Venus-Uranus, for example, may attract people through
being different and unusual to others, Venus-Uranus may appear
magnetic and full of surprises and that’s what
they are found attractive. How we seek to attract others and the
way in which we value ourselves, in turn, has a bearing on our
appearance, how we dress and generally try and make ourselves
Venus is also the significator of money; money is something
we pay for those things we value, it is also a means of exchange,
and above all else Venus is concerned with “means of exchange” on
all levels. Because Venus is concerned with the appreciation and
creation of that which is pleasing or beautiful, Venus is also
a significator of art and music and has a great deal to say about
how we derive pleasure, and perceive beauty.
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