Venus

Glyph
The glyph of Venus is made up of the circle of spirit on top of the cross of matter. This symbolises matter ascending into spirit, the grounding of conscious reality and the importance of balancing the spiritual with the material. It depicts the dominance of spirit over matter and represents female energy. Similar in meaning to the Egyptian Ankh (life), this glyph is a marriage of male and female through honouring the feminine energy of spirit. This combination creates new life and contentment. The glyph also resembles a hand-held mirror symbolising the importance of reflecting on ourselves in order to assess our self value and self esteem.

Astronomy
The most beautiful and brightest planet to look at with the naked eye, Venus was appropriately named after the Roman goddess of beauty and love. To the Greeks she was known as Aphrodite, the Babylonians, Ishtar and the Egyptians, Isis. Seen as an evening star setting after the sun (occidental) or a morning star rising before the sun (oriental), Venus is never further than 48 degrees from the sun. As an inner planet, Venus can be seen in phases of varying brightness, and is at her brightest when in a crescent phase. Here she is at her closest to the earth but not yet within the sun’s rays.

Classified as a terrestrial planet, Venus is sometimes called Earth’s “sister planet”, for the two are similar in size, gravity, and composition. Unlike Earth, Venus is a most inhospitable planet with a surface temperature of almost 900°F and an atmospheric pressure 90 times that of Earth. Her surface is an inferno of volcanoes hidden under a cover of dense carbon dioxide and sulphuric acid clouds that rotate separately to create an intense Greenhouse effect. Spinning from east to west, the opposite of all other planets except Pluto, Venus’s sun rises in the west and sets in the east.

Diameter: 12,104 km
Mean distance from Sun: 108,200,000 km
Rotation: 243 days for one rotation, backwards
Orbital period around sun: 0.62 years (ie. 244 days)
Atmosphere: Carbon Dioxide

Energy/Archetype

        • Venus’s energy is mild, harmonious and sensuous.
        • Venus represents the principals of beauty, sensuality, love, romance, pleasure, appearance and attraction.
        • Venus naturally seeks relationship, sociability, aesthetics, artistic pursuits, giving and receiving love.
        • Venus represents what we value, how we value something, what we like and what we dislike in regard to taste, aesthetics, beauty, fashion, our partners and all our relationships.
        • Venus symbolises the ability to appreciate oneself and others, and the capacity to attract others and the things one values.

Evening Star Venus – Ruler of Taurus

        • Also known as Nocturnal, Occidental, Hesperus and Vesper Venus.
        • Represents more of a natural and primal instinct to beauty, love, romance, pleasure.
        • Is concerned with the act of creating, resources and potentials.
        • Represents our personal sense of self-esteem, self worth and self value.
        • Venus as an evening star displays a more deliberate and reflective emotional nature that evaluates and reacts after an event takes place
        • Venus is subjective and sensual, and makes judgements based on cultural values and expectations or past experience and observations
        • The ‘lunar’ side of Venus is a Cold and Moist energy, which is inward moving and connects and blends.
        • Venus as an evening star is seen after sunset, reaches maximum brilliance before turning retrograde, and disappears into the sun’s rays and the inferior conjunction.
        • Nocturnal, Occidental, Hesperus and Vesper Venus.
        • Taurus -Venus represents more of a natural and primal instinct to beauty, love, romance, pleasure.
        • Is concerned with the act of creating, resources and potentials.
        • Represents our personal sense of self-esteem, self worth and self value.
        • Venus as an evening star displays a more deliberate and reflective emotional nature that evaluates and reacts after an event takes place
        • Venus is subjective and sensual, and makes judgements based on cultural values and expectations or past experience and observations
        • The ‘lunar’ side of Venus is a Cold and Moist energy, which is inward moving and connects and blends.
        • Venus as an evening star is seen after sunset, reaches maximum brilliance before turning retrograde, and disappears into the sun’s rays and the inferior conjunction.

Morning Star Venus

        • Also known as Phosphorus, Lucifer, Oriental, and Diurnal Venus.
        • Morning Star Venus is the ‘solar’ side of Venus, a Hot and Moist outward-moving energy that connects and blends.
        • Morning Star Venus heliacally rises in retrograde motion, turns direct, reaches maximum brilliance and finally sets prior to the superior conjunction.
        • Morning Star Venus precedes the dawn, so is in a phase of renewal and reorientation of feelings, emotions and values.
        • Morning Star Venus is objective and gracious, but emotionally detached and enjoys being a social butterfly. She also adopts an open and optimistic approach to life and relationships.

Energy/Archetype as ruler of Libra

        • Venus here is more refined, diplomatic and cultured in her approach than Venus as ruler of Taurus, but also aloof.
        • Libran Venus is the gracious hostess, concerned with social niceties and harmony. She prefers to be admired and not touched, adored from afar and appreciated for her talents, her beauty and her mind. She enjoys diplomatic interaction, light conversation and elegant surroundings.
        • Libran Venus is about aesthetic tastes and artistic interests. She is more particular about likes and dislikes than Taurus Venus yet is less materialistic.
        • Libran Venus is interested in forming relationships and interacting socially.
        • Libran Venus develops her capacity to attract the people and things that she loves and is interested in what attracts her to others.
        • Venus here is particularly interested in co-operation and creating balance

Astrological Cycle

Venus moves around the astrological chart tied to the movement of the sun, with its furthest distance from the sun never more than 45 degrees. It takes either less than a year or just over a year to transit an astrological chart depending on its retrograde cycle which happens every 18 months for about 6 weeks. Venus retrograde begins as Venus  moves closer to the earth and toward an inferior conjunction, then moves behind the Sun to a superior conjunction when it is not retrograde. At both conjunctions Venus is within the rays of the sun and invisible. More on Venus cycle.

Traits
Natural, pleasant, sensual, personable, social, cultured.
Shadow: possessive, envious, lazy, hedonistic, materialistic, stubborn, prone to getting stuck.

Rulerships
Friday, copper, art, high society, culture, music, poetry, money, women.

In the body
Eating disorders, venereal diseases, stress and tension in neck and shoulders, cheeks.




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  1. Agent14
    Agent14 says:

    “Venus”
    (originally by Shocking Blue)

    Goddess on the mountain top
    Burning like a silver flame
    The summit of beauty and love
    And Venus was her name

    She’s got it
    Yeah, baby, she’s got it
    I’m your Venus, I’m your fire
    At your desire
    Well, I’m your Venus, I’m your fire
    At your desire

    Her weapons were her crystal eyes
    Making every man mad
    Black as the dark night she was
    Got what no one else had
    Wah!

    She’s got it
    Yeah, baby, she’s got it
    I’m your Venus, I’m your fire
    At your desire
    Well, I’m your Venus, I’m your fire
    At your desire

    Venus

    She’s got it
    Yeah, baby, she’s got it
    I’m your Venus, I’m your fire
    At your desire
    Well, I’m your Venus, I’m your fire
    At your desire

    Goddess on the mountain top
    Burning like a silver flame
    The summit of beauty and love
    And Venus was her name
    Wah!

    She’s got it
    Yeah, baby, she’s got it
    I’m your Venus, I’m your fire
    At your desire
    Well, I’m your Venus, I’m your fire
    At your desire

    Venus was her name

    Yeah baby she’s got it
    Yeah baby she’s got it
    Yeah baby she’s got it
    Yeah baby she’s got it

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