Venus is the second sphere through which solar power passes on its way outward through the solar system. Yet from our point of view on earth, Venus is the first planet on the inside of our orbit going towards the sun. As such Venus represents the drive inward toward center, which meets the out-surging solar flow.
While Mercury represents meeting experience at the level of the mind, Venus refers to the inner value we give experience at the feeling-level. It is often said that Venus is the planet of love and attraction, but it can just as well be the planet of hate and repulsion, according to the inner value we give to certain experiences. Venus' loves and aversions draw us into some experiences, and pull us away from others. Those we enter into provide the substance for our inner growth and fulfillment.
Ideally, Venus represents harmony, for if we are attuned with our inner being, we naturally attract what will help develop and fulfill us. This meshing of a need with what will answer it is the true harmony Venus symbolizes. Venus can thus be a symbol of all harmonious relationships, of beauty, and of our need to give and receive appreciation.
But when the Venus function becomes deviated by insecurity, it can negatively refer to self-indulgence, narcissism, inappropriate emotional frivolity and unrealistic demands for love or luxury.
VENUS IN CANCER
Keynote: Affections are maternal and sympathetic.
Symbol: A woman decorates a cake with pink sugar roses.
Feminine Venus fares well in Moon-ruled Cancer because both are concerned with the processes of reproduction and growth. People born with this placement are sentimental and affectionate with strong family ties, especially to the mother. Money and property are likely to come from the maternal side of the family.
Both the strength and weaknesses of Venus in Cancer are those associated with the female of the species. Negatively, the combination may mean a predisposition toward possessiveness, susceptibility to flattery, shyness, and excessive emotionalism. It gives a tendency to stay in one place and wait for good fortune to arrive rather than to actively pursue coveted objects and objectives.
Positively, the desire to be desirable inspires cultivation of the virtues of charity and kindheartedness. Venusian Cancerians want to be petted, cherished, and admired for their good qualities. They may long for peace and quiet in the home sphere where they make a loyal contented partner. Itís likely they are a competent cook and excel in the domestic arts.
The passivity of Cancer tends to soften the emotional nature of the person born with Venus in this sign. It can be hard for these gentle souls to resist the advances of aggressive personalities. Being inclined to over-generosity in the bestowal of their affections, they need protection from their own tender instincts, for they can allow loved ones to take advantage of the willingness to oblige. The effect of earthy Venus dissolving into the waters of Cancer can be too sweetly sensuous to be altogether safe in this predatory world. Strong discipline is needed to counteract a love of comfort which can degenerate into a sybaritic craving for luxury.
Both sexes are attracted to art, music, and literature, especially of a fanciful or exotic genre. Beauty is not a luxury but a necessity in life, and their appetite for pleasing sights and sounds can be more insistent than physical hunger. They prefer creations which are imaginative, soft in outline, muted in tone, and which permit one to indulge their nostalgia for a bygone era of gracious living and lavish loving.
People with a strong Moon/Venus accent in their natal charts are popular and often beloved. They tend to be regarded kindly by all who are drawn within their aura of charm, grace and personal magnetism.
Seldom emotionally assertive, they have no need to be obtrusive, since their sympathetic nature enables them to gain the best of everything, or to make the best of that which has been given.
Sun in Taurus / Venus in Cancer
Passion and sensuality are heightened, with love and affection actively shown. Possessiveness may mar the relationship. The emotional level is extremely high and there may be storms and scenes at times.
One must learn not to cling to loved ones after a relationship has ended.
Look for logic in other areas of the chart - the position of Mercury, perhaps. This is an affectionate but possibly demanding friend. Financial ability and an excellent business sense are likely.
Sun in Gemini / Venus in Cancer
This heightens the level of Geminian emotion and, provided one doesnít over- rationalize the feelings, these will be marvelously and romantically expressed, showing kindness and a cherishing quality.
The sex life must be lively and stimulating. This individual is considerate and a good communicator both with friends and loved ones.
Financial security can be gained from collecting old or unusual artifacts.
Sun in Cancer / Venus in Cancer
The emotional force and expression of love are very powerful, but the inclination to worry over the partner and family is immense, and the Cancerian capacity for caring may also get out of hand with friends.
Here the qualities are very much as for Venus in Cancer. Shrewdness in business matters is a strong asset.
Sun in Leo / Venus in Cancer
The emotional level is very high, and one needs a partner to look up to and admire, otherwise there will be a tendency to dominate with a Leo bossiness that can be extremely harmful.
Leo sensitivity is greatly increased; this individual may suffer more than seems possible.
There will be a great appreciation of quality and the beautiful things in life, with a lot of money spent on them. Comfort, security and quality are important.
The sex life will be rich, rewarding and imaginatively expressed.
Here is a caring friend with excellent organizing ability.
Sun in Virgo / Venus in Cancer
Although there will be considerable emotional resources, there may be shyness and reserve in expressing the feelings. The imagination will be rich, but worry over the loved one's reactions can be inhibiting, especially in young people. There may be a tendency to criticize the partner or be very moody.
The household chores or hobbies can be used as an excuse for failing to enjoy the intimacies of a relationship. A clever business sense is likely, but sometimes meanness is present.
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