“Goddess on the mountaintop, burning like a silver flame
The summit of beauty and love, and Venus was her name
She’s got it…yeah baby, she’s got it
I’m your Venus, I’m your fire at your desire.” ~Bananarama, “Venus”
Okay, yes I know; Bananarama didn’t originally sing that tune from the 1980s. But their bouncy cover version is how I hear it in my blonde head.
Most folks know their Sun sign. Fewer know their Moon sign, or that they even have one. Fewer still can tell you what their Ascendant is (they’re the ones reading this asking, “what the frack is an ‘ascendant’?” We’ll get more into that another time.) Gather ’round, kids: today we’re gonna talk about our planets (yes, each of our individual planets are in signs as well). Today’s planet of discussion? Venus.
“Venus, make her fair
A lovely girl with sunlight in her hair
And take the brightest stars up in the skies
And place them in her eyes for me
Venus, goddess of love that you are
Surely the things I ask
Can’t be too great a task
Venus, if you do
I promise that I always will be true
I’ll give her all the love I have to give
As long as we both shall live.” ~ Frankie Avalon, “Venus”
As dreamy as all that is, in astrology, Venus refers to the uninhabitable second rock from the Sun. It’s named for the aforementioned Roman goddess of love and in the astrological sense, represents beauty, love, creativity, money, possessions, and nurturing. Venus rules Taurus and Libra, both signs known to have particular affinities for objets d’art and all things aesthetically pleasing.
The sign in which Venus appears in a man’s natal chart represents the partner he desires. For example, a man with his Venus in Leo prefers an outgoing, confident partner he can proudly show off (traits of the sign of Leo.) In a woman’s chart, the planet Mars is indicative of what she seeks in a mate. (Another topic for another day.)
Because Venus orbits in relatively close proximity to the Sun, the sign in which it appears in your natal chart will always be either the same as your Sun, or no more than two signs either side of it. If you don’t already know where Venus is found in your chart, it’s easy to find out.
Venus In Aries
Watch out for this one. A Venus-Arien is impatient and will jump into a relationship impulsively, often living to regret their haste. Venus = love and Aries = action; therefore, this one will be quite affectionate. They get bored easily and require near-constant excitement in a relationship.
Venus in Taurus
Homebody Taurus thrives on domesticity and with Venus as its natural ruler, they go hand in hand. A Venus-Taurean wants to make a beautiful home for you and probably be an excellent cook as well. They love to touch and to be touched, so be prepared. Sweets are their downfall, so win them over with something gooey and fattening. Seriously.
Venus in Gemini
Can’t sit still, frequently pacing and probably talking to themselves if no one else is around to talk to (or even if there is). They need a chatty partner. Venus in Gemini enjoys variety in sex and relationships which is why this one is the philanderer of the Venus signs: they often have more than one lover, or tend to fall in love with more than one person at a time. (My Venus is in Gemini. And, as Forrest Gump remarked more than once, that’s all I have to say about that.)
Venus in Cancer
This one will mother you and wants the same in return. A Venus-Cancerian is often a moody martyr, enduring self-imposed suffering by seeking out unhealthy relationships. The Crab is suspicious and quite jealous. Think before you speak to this one as well: Venus-Cancer has delicate feelings that are easily hurt and frequently take offense where none was intended. My ex-husband has a Venus Crab placement. He tended to read too much into my words and I quickly discovered it didn’t take much to hurt his feelings…even with no intention of doing so. It was exhausting constantly trying to undo the damage I never meant to cause. And though I loved him dearly, there is a reason he’s my EX-husband.
Venus in Leo
A Venus-Leo won’t settle for anything less than the best. They demand attention. Constantly. You have to be ready to feed this one’s ego, whether it’s by stroking their lush mane and repeatedly describing to them in excruciatingly painful detail and depth just how amazing, intelligent, funny, or attractive you think they are (don’t worry about laying it on too thick; flattery gets you everywhere with a Venus-Leo) or by being their arm candy.
Venus in Virgo
Venus-Virgo relies on logic in matters of love rather than emotion. If this factor is present and that equation adds up, well then, they must be in love. This one can’t stand a slob so keep things clutter-free and well-organized or be prepared for incessant criticism regarding the error of your slovenly ways.
Venus in Libra
Venus is at home in Libra, which it rules. A Venus-Libran can be superficial, even a bit snobbish, but they are masters of not letting on about it. They prefer elegance and abhor what they perceive to be tasteless and unrefined. I dated a Venus-Libran. This is him to a tee.
Venus in Scorpio
A Venus-Scorpion takes sex and relationships very seriously. They are possessive, obsessive, jealous partners but also quite devoted and highly sexual creatures. But if things go south with this one, be careful. They don’t let go easily and, after all, they were voted most likely to boil your bunny in the zodiac yearbook.
Venus in Sagittarius
Venus-Sadge loves freedom. Any attempt to tie them down will backfire and they will look for the escape hatch. They tend to take love lightly but this doesn’t mean they’re a bad partner; it’s just that they don’t need all the PDA and mushiness someone else (say, a Venus-Cancerian) might need.
Venus in Capricorn
This one is a rock. Like Venus-Virgo, love must make sense for them to even consider it to be love. It has to add up. The Goat is tremendously dependable and sensible, but loves to point out what you’re doing wrong (not Venus-Capricorn’s way, in other words) and how you could do those things better (their way).
Venus in Aquarius
With this one, friends often become lovers, and vice versa. This humanitarian needs to be able to roam as well, as they have too much to share with the world at large to focus on one person all the time. This is the sign that is the least likely to marry, but it does happen. If you have a Venus-Aquarian in your sights, godspeed.
Venus in Pisces
This is a sensititive soul who just can’t grasp the concept of cruelty in the world. A Venus-Piscean also has an artistic bent and is quite creative.