“VENUS you make the heavens tremble and the earth quake. Great Priestess, who can soothe your troubled heart? You flash like lightning over the highlands; you throw your firebrands across the earth. Your deafening command … splits apart great mountains.” D. Wolkstein & S. Kramer, Inanna: Queen of Heaven and Earth
“As they turn, the planets are showing us the mysterious workings of God’s hand, expressed in the harmonious movements of the spheres. Each planet, as it revolves in its orbit, reaches positions where Earth, Sun and Planet form distinct alignment patterns. Only one planet shows us a perfect geometrical form. This form is pentagonal and the planet is Venus. Creating five equally-spaced alignments over a period of eight years, she draws the perfect, hidden and secret symbol of the five-pointed star in the heavens. As above, so below. The very landscape bears the sign of her secret revelation.”
—Key To The Sacred Pattern by Henry Lincoln
The quotes above were taken from http://www.maverickscience.com/venus.htm “The Many Faces of Venus” ,
http://www.aniwilliams.com/magdalene-venus.htm “Venus and the Return to Beauty”
It has been documented throughout history by scientists and astronomers and astrologers alike, that Venus definitely seems connected to great catastrophes to the earth. She has been linked with the great Influenza of 1918, the Sars epidemic of 2003 and possibly even the H1N1 (Swine Flu) 2009.
Apparently Venus has no magnetic field of her own, so when she passes close to our atmosphere her turbulent ’emotion-in-action energy’ interacts with the magnetic field of the earth. Venus can easily sway and control the elements of water, air and fire in her favor. Many pictures of Venus/Aphrodite depict her as the fire and air of the imagination, floating naked in a conch shell, upon the rippling waves of the seas uncontainable surges.
In mythology Venus/Aphrodite birth was complex and subtle. Uranus, her father was cast into the ocean, the unconscious and feeling element prior to her birth. Born from his genitals, sensual organs, this symbolized her connection with feelings, the power of water, the unconscious and with pleasure. Almost immediately after being born she rose from the ocean into the air. I’m sure you’ve all seen the famous painting by artist Botticelli, showing Venus rising from the sea called The Birth Of Venus. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Birth_of_Venus_(Botticelli)
Astrologically, we’ve come to know Venus as the planet of love and beauty. She also possesses the power of attraction, enmeshment and the power of quiet, gentle persuasion. She is symbolic of affection, sentiment, sympathy, romance, friendship, beauty, pleasure, music, manners, art, attractiveness, values, appreciation and a sense of aesthetics.
“Astrologically speaking, the archetypes that correlate to self-sufficiency or self-reliance are Taurus, the 2nd House, and the inner side of Venus. Remember, Venus has a dual rulership: Taurus and Libra. The Libra side of Venus reflects a persons needs that are projected upon a partner: co-dependency. It also reflects our capacity to give to, and receive, from a partner. The Taurus side of Venus reflects the inner awareness in all us of what our needs are, needs that must be meet in order to live; survive. It also reflects our inner relationship to ourselves.” Jeffrey Wolf Green
But to put all this simply, Venus represents what you like and dislike. Venus’ cycle comes into play in our astrological chart around 10 months of age. After a lifestyle of the ‘same stuff’ , we start wanting something else.
Venus also represents your sense of ‘taste’ what you like and don’t like, and taste is also tied into early memories of what’s nice and not nice, what’s beautiful and not beautiful as well as our Self Worth and Personal Values.
Everything that you like and don’t like is a statement of your values. And your values will depend on how secure you felt with your mother, represented by the Moon in your chart. Your self value also has to do with how she loved herself and if she truly wanted kids or not.
Value and Self-Worth (Venus) also represents how beautiful you ‘think’ you are. From a Scale of 1-100, how beautiful are you in the morning? Do you have to enhance it or is your image beautiful just the way you are.
Like Venus, we all want attention, to be liked and noticed. It does make a difference when you are liked and you like yourself. When we don’t get the attention we need it affects our emotions, how we live and our habits (Moon). How do you eat when you are rejected or don’t feel loved?
So if we are going to look at Venus in your chart, we also have to look at the Moon, for the Moon is the primary feminine archetype in astrology and represents your relationship with her which will inflence, all relationships to come.
“We can understand Venus as describing what we like, sort of what tastes good to us. But like sweet sugar in the mouth, the pleasure it gives is nice, but might not be very fulfilling. The Moon describes what feeds us. Therefore, it is important that we understand the relationship between Venus and the Moon in our natal charts. If the two are in conflict, extra attention may need to be paid to make sure that pleasure feeds us, rather than leaving us undernourished. Someone with Venus in Cancer, for example, might appreciate the cozy and caring aspects of a love affair. But if the Moon is in Aries, space for spontaneity must also be included. This person can be very responsive to the partner much of the time (all other chart factors being equal), but suddenly pull away to reclaim her/his individual space. This can lead to confusion for both partners. It’s really about addressing two very different needs. The difficulty is that Venus and the Moon are close enough in their natures to mislead us into reading one for the other. Liking and needing are not the same thing. The form of love (Venus) and the substance of emotion (the Moon) may or may not be similar for a given individual. ” by Jeff Jawer http://www.zodiacal.com/articles/jawer/intimacy.htm
Oh and what about your financial stability, that’s a Venus aspect too. Someone once said Money is one of the greatest spiritual masters on this planet because no one touches it without a change of values…….so all that glitters isn’t gold.
What happens when you want something you can’t have or spend all your money on a special dress for that unforgettable evening, only to find out someone is wearing the same dress and paid a 1/4 of what you paid. Will it cause you to reevaulate things? Will you stay at the party?
So Venus is about how much you like yourself, how satisfied you are with your life and these all tie into your Self-Worth. So where does this all begin?
As a child, we absorbed everything around us, seeing and hearing everything that our parents and everyone else around us did. Every hour of every day we watched how one was praised, one was criticized, who won arguments and how; who was liked and disliked and why; what was noticed and what wasn’t. We quickly developed strategies for making friends, getting a new toy, being allowed to stay up later, getting our sister/brother in trouble, being Grandma’s favorite.
We also aborbed our parents way of being together and learnt to evaluate whether we approved or disapproved, adopted or rejected it.
You may have not liked how your parents dealt with each other and vowed never to act that way…..but to your dismay when your partner angered you, you found yourself giving him/her the very same look your mother gave your father whenever he dared to stand up to her.
Our Self-Worth and Self-Image are the building blocks to how we hold up and interact in our relationships. Venus rules the sign Libra, the sign of marriage and also the 7th House.
Libra is represented by the ‘scales of balance’ and this sign and the 7th house pushes us outside of ourselves to search for a partner with the right chemistry. But this chemistry isn’t all honey and roses. The goal/purpose of your unique natal chart is to become consciously aware of yourself and receptive to new information. Hence the 7th house outwardly and unconsciously attracts someone who will meet your particular emotional needs that were unmet as a child.
So what we fall in love with, is a partner who possesses both the positive and negative traits of our parents and reflects those images back to us. Hence the looking glass of Venus, the sacred mirror for inner healing.
to be continued…..