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The Planet of Love
Venus is one of the ruling planets in astrology. It rules over Taurus and Libra.
- Taurus is the second sign of the zodiac. It is the fixed earth sign of spring. Taurus types search for beauty and symmetry. They live in their five senses. Taurus types generally want a partner. They like to go and be one with nature. They're also known as the gardeners of the zodiac, seeking to make the world a more beautiful place.
- Libra is the seventh sign of the zodiac. It is the cardinal air sign of autumn. Libras want there to balance. They are attracted to social harmony. They are charmed by beauty and equality. Libras seek out good vibes. They can be dreamy idealists. Libras want everyone to feel like they belong. The air sign is one of the most amicable signs of the zodiac.
Venus rules over luxury, pleasure, value, romance, and charm. Taurus is an earth sign, so it is focused on materials and sensory experiences. In Taurus, Venus is at its most opulent.
Macrobius designated a planet to each zodiac sign. The thinker did this based on the ancients' teachings. He placed Venus in Taurus and Libra stating these were how they were at the beginning of our planet. . . granted, there is no real way to determine that.
Venus is about how you value harmony, yourself, and your relationships. Those with a lot of Taurus or Libra in their natal chart are natural mediators, they appreciate fairness and honesty, and they're protective of what they love. Those with Venus' influence will treasure relationships.
Venus in Your Natal (Birth) Chart
Everyone in their natal chart has a sign that's placed in Venus. This part of your chart has to do with how you relate to others. When it comes to those anxious butterflies in your stomach, you have Venus to blame. The planet acts like Cupid: it has the unique ability to conjure up feelings between two people. . . or one very unrequited person.
Do all feelings stem from the influence of Venus? No. We can't blame the planets and stars for everything. It is more for entertainment purposes and understanding metaphors that we talk about the ruling planets.
We talk about the ruling planets to try to understand things on a story level. Each of the planets are packed with stories from Greek and Roman mythology.
Astronomers have kept an eye on Venus for thousands of years. Its bright glow and proximity to us has dazzled many philosophers. The gaseous and hot planet contains many mysteries we don't yet fully understand in science. We have only just begun to explore our neighbor planet.
The planet amazed and baffled the Romans. They named it after the goddess of love, beauty, and money. Venus = Aphrodite.
The planet of Venus represents your own personal tastes, aesthetics, and desires. The planet promotes love and connection. It can be hedonistic, it can be impractical, and it can be magnificent. Venus is symbolic of all our ideals on paradise.
Taurus = the Garden of Eden / Adam & Eve
Taurus is often compared to the Genesis story in Judeo-Christianity. Adam is one with the Garden of Eden; he is in paradise, and he is in harmony with the flora and fauna. Adam and Eve live happily together, until they eat the fruit from the tree of knowledge and life. After eating it, they're kicked out of their home, their paradise, and they must survive in the wild and desolate.
Venus reminds us to take care of Earth, to nurture it as it nurtures us. When we are not living in harmony with the planet and polluting it, we can expect the planet to fight back and become a chaotic, imbalanced place. If we don't respect the planet, it will reject us: just as the Garden of Eden rejected Adam and Eve.
In Roman mythology, Venus was the ancestor of the Roman people. Her son, Aeneas, survived the fall of Troy and fled to Italy.
- Julius Caesar claimed to be her progeny.
- Venus was central to several religious festivals in ancient times.
- She was revered in Rome by several cults.
- Her symbols: the rose and common myrtle.
- Venus rules Friday (Of course! Who doesn't love Friday?).
- Well known festivals: Veneralia, Vinalia Rustica, Vinalia Urbana.
- Parent: Caelus.
- Consorts: Mars and Vulcan.
- Children: Cupid, Aeneas.
- Greek counterpart: Aphrodite.
- She is one of the most widely referenced Greco-Roman deities.
Roman theology presents her as the yielding, watery female principle, essential to new generations and the balance of life. She would be considered mercury in alchemy. She represents the life essence of the planet, the principle of fusibility, and volatility. Mercury has the ability to melt and flow.
Venus counters Mars, the warring planet who is fiery, and more like sulfur in alchemy. Venus absorbs and tempers male essence. She helps unite opposing forces, like maleness and femaleness. She can also help unite similar forces.
Because Venus is submissive and benign rather than forceful and dominate, she causes things to merge and assimilate. She is the power to bend forces and keep them at bay: Venus is the power of love in all its forms.
Venus is about both sexual vices and pious virtues. In Roman times, brides would offer Venus a gift before their wedding. They would ask for her blessing for the sanity of their marriage. In Roman dice games, the luckiest, best possible roll was known as the Venus.
Venus in Astrology
Venus moves around the zodiac in about 11 months. Over a two-year period, it has a retrograde that can last almost two months.
- Taurus: love of jewelry, love of coins, love of relics. (Material items / yin)
- Libra: love of museums, love of music, love of ideas. (Creativity / yang)
Taurus is part of the first fourth of the zodiac. Taurus is considered a younger, less wise sign. The earth sign is full of energy. Taurus types desire to take on the world. They're full of young, spring-like energy that is innocent.
Libra is part of the third fourth of the zodiac. Libra is considered the midway point of the zodiac cycle. The air sign is represented by the scales. Libras want to balance out the younger, more excitable signs with the older, maturer, wiser, and more cunning signs.
The first eight signs of the zodiac are part of a chapter that hasn't quite encountered death yet. Scorpio is the first sign to encounter death which changes the course of the cycle. It is the moment of existential crisis and grief. The signs following Scorpio offer different insights into death:
- Sagittarius encourages people to not get too focused on death and to go ahead and live their lives to the fullest. Go and have fun. Don't sit and waste your life by doing nothing.
- Capricorn encourages people to live as long as they possibly can. He is all about survival. Since this could be the only life you have, you should make the most of it and keep the fire burning for as long as possible. Capricorn encourages you to outlive death.
- Aquarius believes there is more to life than death. She is hopeful of a life after death. She believes it isn't easy to destroy energy, and souls are energy. Life will continue even after the body, which is only an intermediary, dies.
- Pisces accepts that life will continue after death. Pisces is willing to sacrifice herself for causes bigger than herself. Pisces will sacrifice herself for younger generations. It's because of Pisces' sacrifice that Aries will be born again.
Venus doesn't rule in the later signs. She takes care of Taurus and Libra. She takes care of the spring like energy we all crave to experience. Venus also takes care of balance and promoting new generations to come into the world.
Relationship Advantages for Taurus and Libra
Both Taurus and Libra are blessed in their relationships. It is easier for these two signs to attract mates. They're typically in relationships rather than single or alone. Taurus wants to pair up with someone to help make the world a more beautiful place. Libra wants to find someone because she has a strong desire for harmony: Libra doesn't like to be a single melody.
Part of the Zodiac's Purpose Was to Create a Calendar System
Each sign has a ruling planet. The planet gives off a certain energy that has an influence on the signs and their personalities. Planets are considered the bosses or managers of signs.
The idea of ruling planets is meant to help in understanding the symbols and metaphors around the zodiacal signs. The signs are based off the seasons: spring, summer, fall, winter.
Learning about the ruling planets and their connections to Roman mythology can help make astrology more cohesive. The signs themselves predate the idea of ruling planets. The zodiacal signs date all the way back to Babylonian times. The reason we have signs in the first place was to create calendars, to help us be in better tune with the seasons, to create stronger agricultural systems, and to ultimately survive.
The zodiacal signs were part of an early understanding of science and how the world works around us. It was through these type of calendar systems that our ancestors survived disasters like: famine, drought, and flooding. By respecting when things happen in season, humans are given the chance to survive and stretch their longevity.
The ultimate purpose of astrology is to live long and prosper. It is the hope that we can continue to improve ourselves and create a better, more sustainable world.
This article is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge. Content is for informational or entertainment purposes only and does not substitute for personal counsel or professional advice in business, financial, legal, or technical matters.
© 2021 Andrea Lawrence