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The Planet of Love
Venus is one of the ruling planets in astrology. It rules over the zodiacal signs 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 senses (sight, smell, hearing, taste, and touch). Taurus types generally want to pair up with someone romantically. They love the outdoors; they need ample time in nature. They’re known as the gardeners of the zodiac. They seek 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, romance, harmony, 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, a Roman writer who lived circa 400 AD, 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 sweaty palms on dates and anxious butterflies in your stomach, you have Venus to thank for that. The planet acts like Cupid: it has the unique ability to conjure up feelings between two people. . . or she’ll stir up 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. 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 yields many mysteries that we don’t fully understand yet 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 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 our ideals.
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 of good and evil. After eating it, they’re kicked out of their paradise, and they must survive in the wilderness.
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, 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.
Facts about the Planet
Before getting into more myths, let’s take a look at some facts about the actual planet.
- Venus is the second planet from the Sun.
- It is the brightest natural object in Earth’s night sky after the Moon.
- Distance from the Sun: 67.24 million miles.
- One year equals 225 Earth days.
- The days are really long. One Venus synodic day equals 116 days and 18 hours. Its sidereal rotation period takes 243 Earth days.
- Venus orbits the Sun in the opposite direction of all the other planets, except Uranus. This means the Sun rises in the west and sets in the east.
- Venus doesn’t have any moons.
- It has the densest atmosphere of the four terrestrial planets. It consists of 96% carbon dioxide.
- Venus has the hottest surface of any planet in our Solar System. 867°F is normal.
- Venus is shrouded by an opaque layer of reflective clouds. The clouds are made of sulfuric acid.
The Ancient Egyptians and Greeks thought Venus was two separate bodies: a morning star and an evening star. The Greeks called the morning star the "dawn-bringer" and the evening star the "Western one".
By the Roman era, Venus was recognized as one celestial object. It was called "the star of Venus", the traditional two Greek names continued to be used, though they were translated to Latin as Lucifer and Vesper.
Yes, Lucifer. He was considered the son of the personified dawn, the goddess Aurora in Roman mythology. The name was later absorbed into Christianity to refer to the devil.
Looking into the etymology of Lucifer opens up a whole other can of worms, so it's probably best to wrap things up here and save Lucifer for another day.
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 god. He is like sulfur in alchemy. Venus absorbs and tempers male essence. Mars is competitive; Venus is collaborative. She unites opposing forces, like men and women. She can also help unite similar forces.
Because Venus is submissive and benign rather than forceful and domineering, she encourages 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 her for sanity in 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. It has a retrograde that can last almost two months, which occurs about every two years.
- 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, naive, and ambitious.
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, more cunning signs.
The first seven signs of the zodiac are grouped together because they haven’t encountered death yet. Scorpio is the first sign to encounter death, which changes the course of the cycle. The signs following Scorpio offer different insights into death:
- Sagittarius encourages people to live their life to the fullest. Stop worrying about death because you can’t do anything about it. Go and have fun. Don’t sit there 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 that there is life after death. She believes it isn’t easy to destroy energy, and souls are energy. Life will continue even after the body dies. She sees the body as an intermediary for the soul.
- 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’s sacrifice that Aries will be born again. Pisces isn’t sure whether life will continue because of new generations or if she will later live in another form.
Venus doesn’t rule in the later signs. She takes care of Taurus and Libra. She takes care of the spring-like energy that we all crave to experience. Venus also takes care of balance and helps produce new generations.
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 quirks. 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.
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. (When you have a calendar and understand the seasons you can avoid and prepare for issues like famines, droughts, and flooding.)
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