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 LIBRA
Keynote: An appreciation of social amenities inspires convivial behavior.
Symbol: A beautifully gowned hostess at a charity ball introduces guests.
Since Venus rules Libra, the individual born with this placement is generally endowed with a graceful appearance and manner. This combination can bestow a mesmeric magnetism which attracts the support needed for the furtherance of personal desires. The simple earthiness of the Taurean Venus gives way to more sophisticated stratagems for cultivating the approbation of the arbiters of the social hierarchy of tastemakers and trendsetters.
Venus in Taurus is wholesomely and naturally winsome, but Venus in Libra will not hesitate to employ an array of ingeniously contrived artifices and bewildering beguilements to arouse the emotions of those they wish to draw to their side. Because these cravings may be more psychological than physical, they can be deliberately manipulated through the production of spellbinding effects.
Bored and restless people are forever seeking more alluring novelties, and Venus in Libra is equal to the challenge of devising new enchantments to entice jaded senses and captivate the mind. This power to play on human desires finds a commercial outlet in businesses connected with advertising, cosmetics, and the packaging of commodities Ė especially when the product promises a subtle form of sorcery, a magic elixir or a pat formula for social approval guaranteed to work in spite on oneself. To many members of the sign, the greatest aphrodisiac is simply being wanted.
The abstract ideal of right relationships sometimes seems to count for more in the Libran mind than the concrete needs of individuals.
The Venusian Libranís approach to love is romantic but not necessarily steadfast, since so much depends on the ability of the partner to conform to a mentalized ideal of beauty and proper conduct. There may be a preoccupation with etiquette, as though love were an elaborate ritual to be conducted in a prescribed manner.
Since the typical Libran tends to be at the mercy of the mood of the moment, and because they mistrust their own variability, they feel a need to formalize their alliances with ceremonies and legal contracts which give a reassuring sense of continuity. Their desire for permanency reflects the stabilizing influence of Saturnís exaltation in Libra.
The presence of Venus on this nuptial sign makes marriage a virtual necessity for personal fulfillment. At the least, there should be no dearth of romantic alliances. Partnerships are likely to bring money and there is more than a touch of luck where finances are concerned. Under affliction, however, this same airy Venus can indicate a hedonistic approach to matters of the heart. The emotions are erotically sensitized so that one may be intoxicated by the subtle perfume of love without seeing the beloved as he or she actually is.
An inborn sense of proportion makes Venus in Libra an esthetically sensitive combination. Clean, classic lines and plain but sumptuous colors are preferred to the flamboyant styles and whimsical patterns put forth by fashions perennial jesters. Women of this type often maintain the standards of simple elegance to which fashion inevitably reverts when the novelty of the latest fad has spent itself. Charm and poise are their real ornaments. Libran men expect their ladies to be impeccably garbed and displayed like jewels in an appropriate setting. Thus, satisfactions of the senses are distilled into pleasures of the mind, creating a harmony of body and spirit.
Libra is the second sign ruled by Venus, the influence of which is increased when placed in this sign. The attitude to love is romantic, affectionate and idealistic. One may even fall in love with love. Here is someone with such a strong need for a loving relationship that potential may not be fully developed when alone.
There is much kindness, sympathy and understanding, with time spent listening to the problems of others and lending moral support. Tact and diplomacy are usual, as is a great love of beauty and a comfortable (sometimes luxurious) lifestyle. Rich food eaten in congenial surroundings can make life worthwhile for someone with this placing.
Negatively, there may be resentment, indecision and sybaritism (if laziness is shown elsewhere in the chart). Money will be spent openly and freely, but may be used to buy affection.
Sun in Leo / Venus in Libra
This placing may tend to make one rather laidback. Leonine generosity is increased, and there will be a tendency to put the loved one on a pedestal, increasing the possibility of hurt should the partner fail to measure up to the exacting standards required.
The pleasures of the good life will be important and enjoyed, and creative flair may be shown in design or music. As a friend, you will make quite sure that every event is an occasion.
A great deal of money must be earned, so that it can be spent!
Sun in Virgo / Venus in Libra
This placing often helps the shy, not so self-confident Virgoan to relax and enjoy love relationships and other luxuries. It will also ease the harsher, more critical side of Virgo.
There is often flair for creative handiwork such as woodcarving or dressmaking, and all such potential must be fully developed.
Here is a helpful, sympathetic friend who will enjoy doing good turns for others. They will want to work hard for every penny earned, but will not be averse to enjoying the pleasures that extra money can bring.
Sun in Libra / Venus in Libra
The influence of Venus is very strong in this placing. This placing will considerably strengthen all the attributes of Libra, especially if the Sun and Venus are in conjunction.
Money may be extravagantly spent.
Sun in Scorpio / Venus in Libra
This adds a colorful, romantic side to the intense passion of Scorpio, increasing sympathy and understanding of partners and encouraging the warm expression of feeling.
The liking for comfort and luxury is enhanced, but the resentfulness of this placing can combine with Scorpio jealousy and must be controlled.
Here is a good friend, but one who may become suspicious.
Generosity and financial flair will be present.
Sun in Sagittarius / Venus in Libra
This gives a sense of u relationship as much as the chase. (Not always the case for people with this Sun sign!) The power of Venus will help to quell Sagittarian restlessness and encourage a philosophical outlook.
Financial security is of above-average importance, since creature comforts are sought more than is usual for most Sagittarians.
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