is the Goddess of Love. In Astrology, Venus has dual rulership over Libra and Taurus. As a result, Venus
represents two main areas of our life: love and money.
"Love and money"
is actually a simplistic interpretation of Venus. Venus
rules our sentiments, what we value, and the pleasure we
take in life. Grace, charm, and beauty are all ruled by
Venus. Through Venus, we learn about our tastes, pleasures,
artistic inclinations, and what makes us happy.
|We look to Venus in the
natal chart to see how we approach relationships of the
heart, as well as what gives us pleasure. Do we enjoy the
give and take of relationships (Venus in
security our relationships give us (Venus in
Cancer), or the
thrill of the conquest (Venus in
Aries)? Its placement in
the houses of the natal chart reveal which areas of life we
seek to balance, refine, and derive pleasure from. Do we
take particular pleasure in our day-to-day work and routines
(Venus in the 6th house), in study and travel (Venus in the
9th house), or in taking care of our house and home (Venus
in the 4th house)?
We also turn to Venus to
show how we spend our money, the types of gifts we buy, and
how much we spend on leisure activities (not to mention the
kinds of leisure activities we seek out).
have interpreted the position and condition of Venus in the
natal chart differently depending on the gender of the
native. The reason for treating Venus in men's and
women's chart differently is based on the idea that men may
tend to "disown" the qualities of Venus in his own
chart. Since the energies of Venus have to go somewhere,
when a man doesn't "own", or identify with, his
Venus, the energies would be projected onto the women he
meets and relates with. Similarly, women are thought to more
easily relate to and "own" Venus qualities.
The Birth of Venus (detail), 1480
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The concept of projection
is an interesting and valid one. However, while it may hold
true with Venus to some extent today, we prefer not to
attach gender bias to Venus and Mars. In our experience, men
and women tend to take on the role of Venus in their
relationships in equal measure.
Venus rules attachments to others. It rules attractiveness--both the ability
to attract and attraction to others (and things). Venus energy is harmonious,
and this is why people with Venus prominent in their charts are often
peace-makers. In Venus, we find a need to be appreciated and to appreciate.
Venus rules, amongst other things, the arts, love and romance, beauty and the
beautifying process, money, entertainment, leisure, sensuality, and comfort.
Venus is never more than 45
degrees away from the Sun. Venus
rules Libra and Taurus, is in detriment in the opposite
signs of those it rules (Aries and Scorpio), is exalted in
Pisces, and in its fall in Virgo.
When we are "acting out" our Venus, we
compromise, make peace, are loving, and act with taste. On
the negative side, we can be self-indulgent, self-centered, vain, and
See each position of Venus by sign:
Venus in the Signs
Venus in the Houses
Venus in the
Aspects of Venus in the Natal Chart:
Venus-Sun aspects |
Venus-Moon aspects |
Venus-Mercury aspects |
Venus-Saturn aspects |
Venus-Pluto aspects |
Venus-Chiron aspects |
your Venus sign?
to Planets & Luminaries in Astrology
a closer look at Venus' glyph, or symbol. It shows spirit (circle) over
matter (cross). It is similar to the glyph of Mercury, but it is minus the crescent at the top, which reflects the evaluation of sensations and experiences through the feelings, as opposed to rational thought.