Energy: Love, balance, marriage, romance, money, beauty, inspiration, gratitude, touch, look
Colors: Green, Pink
The dominance of the feminine is expressed best through Venus, the ruler of Taurus and Libra, connected to all matter and our home planet. It represents our ability to love, find beauty in all things in life, and enjoy our physical existence while creating a fine balance in relationships with other people. Its key ability is to create beauty and show us where to look for it, and when in connection to maleficent forces, it will speak of a tendency to find beauty in hardship and experiences that most people would recognize as negative. It is the planet of pleasure, physical and emotional, and has little to do with reason and common sense, especially when it is exalted and set in the sign of Pisces – the sign of Mercury’s fall.
Venus is the warmest planet in the Solar system, even though it is not closest to the Sun, because of its very thick atmosphere that creates an extreme greenhouse effect. It is home for more volcanoes than any other planet, which brings it in an incredible connection to the astrological symbolism of Pluto. Due to its proximity to Earth, it is seen as the brightest of the planets in the sky, and to add to that, it is the only planet named after a female figure. This puts a strong accent on its female role, and other than our reflective satellite – the Moon, we will see how rare are the celestial bodies in our charts that can be linked to our feminine side. Venus is a lady among planets, turning in the opposite direction than most of them, and fogged by thick clouds that don’t allow its surface to recognize anything beyond it.
Venus in Astrology
Just like the planet itself would lead you to believe, its warmth and atmosphere will preoccupy you and make you feel hazed, in love, drunk on emotion, or dependent on food, people, and all sorts of numbing, relaxing, or even hallucinogenic substances. If we jump far out of balance, suffering from mood swings and changes of heart, although this is mostly attributed to the Moon, you can be sure it is the matter of Venus too. Its main role is to balance our entire existence, while leading our body to a balanced hormonal status and helping us sense what we need to consume in order to stay beautiful and healthy.
Venus rules both Taurus and Libra, two signs that have difficulty accepting each other, one being practical and physical to the core, and the other turned to expressive beauty, reflection in other people, and everything we want to be seen.
The main conflict of use and practicality with pose and outer beauty is hidden in Venus, and we should always ask ourselves if there is a side to it we lack in order to balance its inner natures. Venus is the goddess of love and romance, both sensual physical love, and platonic, unreachable ideal of it. It is a sleeping beauty as much as it is a prostitute, and she is the one to realize that morals and obligation have nothing to do with love, passion, or creation.
While the greatest manifestation of Venus is shown on an emotional level, it will also speak of our self-worth, money, banks, jewelry and sweets. Taurus Venus will speak of pasta while Libra Venus will speak of chocolate, and when combined, we get pleasures of all kinds, to taste, feel, and sense with our entire body and soul. It is a planet of senses – touch, taste and smell primarily, and it will bring out the love for certain things in our lives. The setting of Venus in sign and house will speak of things that inspire and move us, as well as those we feel and relate to through love and devotion.
Venus is our ability to love, feel and move with ease and flexibility, and our ability to earn, make money, valuing our own personalities and personalities of other people. When challenged, it will turn us into critics, towards others and ourselves, and make us unsatisfied and unthankful when we should be embracing life with all of the gifts it has for us. It is our lazy nature, our ability to enjoy time spent dancing, singing, or simply that time we spend on our comfortable couch, eating ice cream. Food, diplomacy and tact seem to be its primal concerns.
If you want to find the planet in charge of your marriage or finding the love of your life, you will observe Venus. While many astrologers might agree that badly damaged Venus isn’t able to ever find the ability to believe it deserves to be loved, just like other personal planets problems of Venus can be worked on and fixed to some level. Choose your favorite perfume, your favorite flower, and buy a gift for someone you love and don’t expect anything in return. Turn to art and fashion in their most inspired form or at least leave some time for hedonistic pleasures every day. Work on your flexibility, both in the physical and interpersonal realm, and realize that there is nothing stopping you in your search for love, satisfaction, beauty, desire, and artistic expression in any possible form. While you’re at it – dance and sing, every day, and the world will gain colors you never knew existed.