Venus and Its Importance to AstrologyVenus is an absolutely crucial player in the astrology world, and is the planet that watches over every one of your relationships. It’s standing in your birth chart, is in itself a clear sign of its significance. Susan Taylor, our very own astrologer, tells us all you need to know about the planet Venus.
Venus in Astronomy: The Evening Star
Sitting at 108 million kilometers from the Sun, Venus is visible from the Earth and can even be brighter than the Sun and the Moon when close enough. Venus is incredibly similar to our own planet in terms of chemical composition, mass, and diameter (12,100 km). That said, unlike the Earth, Venus has an opaque atmosphere which makes it impossible to view its surface, and takes 225 days to revolve around the Sun- which is significantly smaller than that of the Earth.
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Venus in Mythology: Sensuality and Beauty
Aphrodite, the Greek representation of Venus, is the goddess of love and beauty, and brings an intimacy that can be likened to that of ‘Venus in Libra’. In comparison Venus in Roman mythology is the goddess of animalistic passion which could be linked to ‘Venus in Taurus’. Despite her marriage to Vulcan the god of Fire, Venus had an affair with Mars, owing to many perceiving the relationship between the planets Mars and Venus as the most passionate.
According to the Roman legend, Venus was born after her father Ouranos was castrated by his son Cronos. Yes, you heard right… Venus was created by her father’s genitals falling into the sea!
Venus in Astrology: The Bringer of Love
In astrology, Venus is the planet that oversees love, and influences our concepts of romance, intimacy, and pleasure. It’s this passion that can vary depending on the sign in which Venus finds itself. For example, Venus in Libra will urge you to find stable love, whereas Venus in Scorpio pushes you towards more dangerous and forbidden passions. These two types of romance may be starkly different, but Venus promises sensuality either way.
What’s more, Venus represents femininity and the aspects of female love. The planet’s emotional side and sensuality make Venus perfect for the depiction of innocent love.
Find out more about Venus and its effects when in retrograde here!
Venus’ Effect on Astrology
A planet is capable of exerting both positive and negative influences depending on its position and its relationship with the other planets.
- The positive effects of Venus include harmony, pleasure, beauty, charm, creativity, and sociability
- The negative effects of Venus include possessiveness, carelessness, cowardice and repulsion
- On a symbolic level, Venus represents love, desire, femininity, emotion, inactivity
Six Things to Know About Venus
- Orbital period (the time it takes for Venus to revolve around the Sun): 225 days
- Element linked with Venus: Air
- Body part linked with Venus: Lungs, kidneys, bladder, neck
- Bodily functions linked with Venus: Sexuality, metabolism
- Metal linked with Venus: Copper
- Day linked with Venus: Friday
So, there you have it, you’re now an expert on Venus! That said, there’s still so much to learn about our solar system, especially when it comes to knowing which planet rules over your sign, so open your mind and watch the night sky become alive before your very eyes!