Astrology Quick Facts:
Traits: Love & Beauty
Named for: The Roman Goddess of Love and Beauty/Greek Goddess Aphrodite
Sign of Dignity: Libra & Taurus
Sign of Detriment: Aries
Sign of Exaltation: Pisces
Sign of Fall: Virgo
Physical Body: Neck, kidneys, thymus gland, lips, chin, cheeks, palate, eustachian tubes
Changes Sign: Every 4-5 weeks
Astronomy Quick Facts:
Length of Day: 243 Earth days
Length of Year: 225 Earth days
Temperature: Average of ~465°C (900°F)
Size: 12,104 km in diameter (1.1x smaller than Earth)
Year Discovered: Known to the Ancients, ~1600 BCE
Bringing a healthy dose of femininity to the solar system is hot-headed Venus! Although she’s second closest to the Sun, Venus plays second to none; her thick, cloudy atmosphere traps the Sun’s heat and makes her the hottest planet in the solar system. That said, some evidence suggests that before she hit 2 billion years old, Venus may have hosted a shallow ocean of liquid water! You’ll also find mountains and volcanoes on Venus.
If you’ve ever had a particularly long day, don’t complain to Venus, whose days are actually longer than her years. This is possible because she spins clockwise on her axis, the opposite direction of the rest of the planets (with the exception being Uranus). Still, she remains the biggest and brightest fixture in the night sky (after the Sun and Moon of course); her bright light has captivated us Earth-dwellers for centuries.
Venus has had a pull on humans for as long as we’ve been stargazing. It’s no surprise that she’s known today as the planet of love, beauty, and pleasure, named for the Roman Goddess of Love and Beauty by the same name. Depending on Venus’ placement at any given time, we on Earth will feel her influence in our relationships, our attraction to others, our own feelings of desirability, how we express our affections, and our responses to the arts and all that is beautiful in the world.
In the natal natal chart, Venus determines how an individual feels and expresses love, the types of people with whom we have natural harmony, and the health of the self-esteem. “Venus is sensuality, the capacity to enjoy gratification of the senses, and to indulge the body,” Judy Hall explains. This is the reason why Venus governs the things we spend our money on in pursuit of that sensory gratification. In other words, if you have expensive taste or problems with impulse control, you can probably look to the placement Venus in your birth chart for an explanation! Venus is famous in mythology for “stealing the wits of the wise,” allowing pleasure to take precedence over self-discipline.
enus in the Elements:
- Venus in Fire signs expresses love flirtatiously, impulsively, erotically, independently, and promiscuously.
- Venus in Earth signs expresses love affectionately, faithfully, analytically, and with control.
- Venus in Air signs expresses love romantically, intellectually, inconsistently, and cautiously.
- Venus in Water signs expresses love sensuously, romantically, possessively, and erratically.