Depth Astrology: A Handbook
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With Venus in the First House, it is likely that your modes of evaluation and relationship are at once inwardly focused and externally projected. Generally, you are very much aware of your likes and dislikes. If you are more self-aware, you will also be conscious of why you like and dislike and even of the processes that you use to evaluate people and things. You will also be aware of the relationships in your life and the effect that these have on your own sense of self.
Relationships may not be as important to you in themselves as as reference points for your own feeling or sense of self. Relationships are an important ingredient in how you define yourself and the quality of your relationships can affect your self-esteem and your self-perception. Similarly, what you like and dislike and the things that you possess as a result of your likes and dislikes can have a self-defining role to play.
Because your tastes and your relationships are so important to your psyche, they are likely to be reflected in how you project your personality. Because people and relationships are important to you, you often appear to others to be a "people person." Because you define yourself so strongly by what you accept and reject, you may appear to others to be a wo/man of taste. Often this may be reflected in your cultivation of a beautiful or handsome appearance. In fact, the relationship between the reality of self and its appearance in the world plays a central role in your psyche and this dynamic is key to interpreting the symbolic meaning of Venus in the First House.
You can realize the transcendent potential of Venus in the First House when, perhaps through disillusionment or perhaps through contemplation and growing awareness, you conclude that the world of appearances is not real and that you cannot base your concept of "self" on this unreality. For then, the self itself becomes unreal. In fact, that self which is tied to its relationships with the world and the things that it possesses, is unreal and ultimately a non-thing.
You then ask: what is my relationship to reality? What is really good and valuable? Through the process of sorting these questions out and finding the ultimate reality behind the self, you discover the many "selves" that you possess and what is required in order for each of these selves to carry on an authentic relationship with what provides it with meaning. Ultimately, however, you realize that there is only one Self and that your task is to cultivate your relationship with that Real Self.
If you have not found your own internal value system you will have no concept of your own identity. You only gain validity for your sense of self-hood from the reactions of others around you. Therefore, relationships occupy an overly critical place in your life. Appearances, meaning your own appearance in particular, are everything. The appearance that you project, the taste that you portray and who you are seen with determine your self-worth. Your opinion of yourself is determined only by what others think of you. If you are criticized, or worse--ridiculed--you are shattered and humiliated. You have nothing firm of your own to grab onto.
Your Evaluation Focus
The self is the ultimate reference point for you. For you, judgment and taste are
self-defining. You are known to
yourself and others by the decisions you make and by your
likes and dislikes. It may be
very difficult for you to develop an objective point of view.
Your Relationship Focus
For you, relationships tend to be a means of self-definition. For this reason, it may be difficult for you to truly lose yourself in the point of view or in the needs of another. On the other hand, forming and having relationships is such an important dimension of your life that you are likely to be very accomplished in its art. To the extent that your own self is authentic, your relationships will be authentic. If you know and love yourself, you will know and love others also--and others will know and love you.
Focus of Your Femininity
With Venus in the First House, you will generally have a very strong sense of your femininity. If you are female, then being a woman is likely to form an important part of your identity. If you are secure in your femininity, it is usually obvious because it permeates your personality. If you are insecure about yourself, you may always be trying to achieve self-validation in your womanhood, but never find it. This may lead you to overcompensate or it may cause you to hide your femininity.
If you are male, Venus in the First House may symbolize the important role that women are likely to play in your life. Your own identity may be defined, to a greater or lesser extent, by your partner. You may also be more inclined than most men to be in touch with your own feminine side. You may realize that the feminine component in your psyche, which allows you to appreciate beauty and value the other person in your relationships, is something that needs to be valued and nurtured if you are to become a whole person.
Your personality may also express undertones of Venus-in-Aries.
-- Gargatholil Back to Top
The Second House is generally a favorable placement for Venus, since Venus rules the Second House. When placed in the Second House, the evaluative and absorbing functions associated with Venus tend to be emphasized over its association with relationship. Physical security needs and comfort are the focus of the Second House and the evaluative functions symbolized by Venus tend to be employed in acquiring and enjoying what you need and value. Even your relationships tend to be oriented more toward practical concerns.
The psyche's capacity to take in and evaluate impressions is particularly at home when placed in the second house. You first determine what is good (or what is best) for your benefit and then you attract these things to you. This process of judging in order to acquire requires that you have a clear understanding of your own value system. If you do not know for yourself what is valuable to you, then you will obtain what others (or what society) deems is for your own good. This basket of goods may or may not be what you really enjoy. However, if you know what you like and value, then, on obtaining it, there is no one more likely to truly enjoy what you have.
You can achieve the transcendent potential of Venus in the Second House when you realize that the mind's inclination to run after material and sensual pleasures, while trying to avoid pain, ultimately traps the soul into a repetitive cycle of pleasure followed by pain. This realization causes you to redefine your values. By questioning what it is that is of real value, you discover your capacity for real enjoyment.
Beauty and love become the objects of your affection and you now long to acquire these transcendent “objects” rather than material objects. You see Beauty residing in the Absolute and Its manifestations. Love is the result of your attraction to the Beautiful Beloved. While you do not recklessly abandon the means for your physical security, you abandon your attachment and desire to possess them.
Perhaps knowing subconsciously that there is no real security in the possession of material objects and wealth, you try to fill the void that you feel within by pursuing the acquisition and enjoyment of material and sensual pleasures. You are obsessed with what is attractive and pleasing and wanting to possess it. Unless you possess things, you do not feel satisfied; but even possession does not result in real satisfaction. You either fear the loss of your possession or you yearn for the next thing that has captivated you.
You are a slave to your senses and their perpetual yearnings. You are bent on acquiring more and more and you delude yourself that your acquisitions are necessary or that they are worthy and beautiful or that having is equivalent to enjoyment. You are simply led from one thing to another and you never discover or value that which is real and permanent.
Your Evaluation Focus
You are likely to be quite conscious of the degree to
which you are materially secure. This
is often an object of frequent evaluation and validation. How well off am I, today? What is my current net worth? This stock-taking, while generally
taking place at the material level, can also be a spiritual or
moral stock-taking if you have transformed your value system.
Your Relationship Focus
You may tend to have relationships that are based upon the practical concerns of material security and providing a comfortable life. You may either find yourself in the position of being the material provider in a relationship or you may enter into a relationship for the convenience that it provides in functioning as an economic unit. Providing for the material welfare of those with whom you enjoy a close relationship may also be a way in which you express your affection and caring. You may have an issue with possession in your relationships. You may have to overcome a tendency to see your partner as "yours." If you are overly possessive, you may have to fight a tendency toward jealousy.
Focus of Your Femininity
You may tend to view your femininity as a possession or you may use your femininity to acquire possessions and material security. You may equate successful femininity with enjoying comfort and material security. Another manifestation of the second house Venus placement is that you place great value on your femininity. Also, what you value in life, you tend to value from a feminine perspective.
If you are male, this placement may symbolize your attraction to women that either are materially well off or who need material security. You may be more susceptible to seeing women as possessions or conquests. You may assume that, in order to attract or satisfy a woman, you need to provide her with material possessions and security. With respect to the feminine component in your own psyche, your primary experience may be in appreciating beauty and "the finer things in life." This may also be expressed through collecting things, particularly things of beauty and art. You may also get in touch with the feminine side of your psyche in the course of sorting through and establishing your value system.
Your personality may also express undertones of Venus-in-Taurus.-- Gargatholil Back to Top
on Your Immediate Environment
The function symbolized by Venus of evaluating perceptions and sensations is likely to be heightened with Venus' placement in the Third House. You are likely to be particularly sensitive to your immediate surroundings and very much aware of what is around you. You may have strong or definite reactions to people and things in your environment, as you are likely to immediately judge whether something is good or pleasing as soon as its impression is received.
The emphasis suggested by Venus in the Third House is on the here and now and your interaction with and reaction to what is immediately occurring. You often may want to learn about your world by experiencing it, absorbing its impressions, taking it all in and then judging its worth. You may see much beauty in the world around you. Your focus is more likely to be external and you may not be given much to reflection or reevaluation. Once you has experienced and tasted a thing, you are often ready to move on to the next experience.
You can realize the transcendent potential of Venus in the Third House when you attune yourself to the Here and Now with perfect equanimity. You perceive that all relationships are complete in the instant and that you are a part of that moment. Everything is interconnected and in perfect balance. All is Beauty and Love. There is nothing that is not Perfection. Therefore, whatever you experience, it is all His/Her Gift. Pain and pleasure are both illusion and there is nothing to like or dislike. The entire Creation is before you at every moment. The immediacy of this experience produces a state of Bliss within your consciousness.
Everything that you perceive is the subject of your judgment. If you are inwardly insecure, you are afraid of pain and you crave that which is pleasant to the senses. Therefore, your mind is always thinking: this will give me pleasure/this will give me pain/I like this/I do not like that. You feel that you should only have pleasure. To suffer is not to live. To suffer is to bear punishment and you would rather not consider (consciously or subconsciously) that you have done things that have produced suffering. Thus, when suffering comes upon you, you become depressed and/or you want to run away and escape your pain. You wish to run toward those sensual pleasures that will assuage your pain. But, since your experience of what is attractive and what is distasteful is immediate and ever present, you are usually either fearing and avoiding what is unpleasant or you are blinding yourself from the reality of your pain.
Your Evaluation Focus
You tend to judge things immediately and based on first
impressions. This means that you
are likely to evaluate a thing or circumstance according to
whatever how it presents itself to you on the surface. It may be difficult for you to look
beyond what you immediately perceive and to take into
consideration what has gone before or what may come or
whatever is not evident. Your
natural modus operandi with respect to your
immediate environment is one of perception and evaluation. This can mean that the richness of
your sensual experience is enhanced but it may also result in
you being very judgmental and critical.
It is often the case that you are able to be clear and present in your relationships. While you are with someone, you can be for that person, giving that person your complete attention. You may also have the capacity to strike up a relationship with whomever you are with. You may appear, therefore, to be very people-oriented. When you are not with someone, however, you are not likely to be thinking about that person. Relationships that entail separation may be strenuous for you to maintain.
You may also particularly enjoy having many friends and acquaintances. Communication and conversation are likely to be an important part of your relationships. Relationships with siblings and early childhood friends may also be important to you.
Focus of Your Femininity
If you are female, you likely to make your femininity immediately present. In other words, your femininity is more likely to be evident than hidden. You are likely to communicate her femininity freely. There may also be a sense of lightness and casualness about your femininity. It is often simple and there. There is not likely to be much mystique about you.
Your femininity may also be influenced by your environment. You may evaluate your own femininity in the context of what you are immediately experiencing and you are, therefore, likely to be very receptive to those around you.
If you are male, having Venus in the Third House may be associated with an immediate attraction to women and a desire to engage women in conversation or other light interaction. You may also learn much about life and reality from women, particularly in your early life. With respect to the feminine component in your own psyche, it is likely to be brought out through your immediate experience. The closer you can attain to pure experiential reality, the closer you may be drawn to your feminine side. You may also get in touch with the feminine side of your psyche through conversation.
Your personality may also express undertones of Venus-in-Gemini.-- Gargatholil Back to Top
Although the Fourth House placement may suggest some social introversion or withdrawal, the qualities of stability and contentment that you may possess can compensate for any lack of excitement in your life. Placed in the house ruled by the Moon, the emotional qualities associated with Venus are brought out in your tastes, values and relationships. In order for you to nurture and enjoy your relationships and the things that you like, you may require a somewhat sheltered and peaceful environment. Therefore, you tend to concentrate your affections within the close confines of your family.
You tend to look for values that are deep-rooted and stable. Stability and a sense of rootedness often seem to provide the emotional environment that allows you to feel comfortable in opening up your receptivity and giving and receiving affection from others. You may also be inwardly receptive to your own emotional and psychic inner life.
While you may enjoy a richness of experience, both inwardly and within your family, you may also seem limited in your range of experience. You may find that your tastes, attitudes and relationships are highly conditioned by your upbringing and family influences. You may not care about and, therefore, not experience much of the wider world outside your circle of everyday domestic life. What you may find rich and satisfying, others may consider boring. You, too, may become bored and dissatisfied with the range of your sensate and social experience if you there are other forces that are pulling you beyond these boundaries.
You can realize the transcendent potential of Venus in the Fourth House when you break through the barriers that your conditioned attitudes and values impose. You will then search deeply within your subconscious for what is of real value and for that Relationship which is True. You will look behind the surface of things, yearning to taste and experience what is at the root of all existence. Under the surface, you discover a new world of experience.
Though this new world is potentially confusing, you can achieve stability and groundedness through balance and judgment--often after finding some touchstone or someone you have been able to rely on for proper spiritual guidance. In the end, you are grounded and absorbed in perfect balance and equanimity. You find the solace and comfort that you have been yearning for in that True Relationship which is at the bottom of everything. Within this Relationship, you are truly content to be confined.
If you are inwardly insecure, you will fear to contact what is truly Real, or anything that is beyond your normal experience--for such contacts and relationships may bring pain and rejection. You protect yourself against what might be distasteful and disquieting by confining yourself within the familiar and predictable. Your tastes and judgments are all predetermined and do not deviate from what is expected of you by your parents and family.
You confine your relationships and much of your life within the boundaries of family life and everyday existence. In this, you live happily, seemingly, though this is the ignorance of bliss. You are actually quite vulnerable to disruptions that shake your known and predictable world. You judge harshly anything that is beyond that world, and therefore a threat.Your Evaluation Focus
It is not unusual for you to first evaluate your experience through the lens of family background, conditioning and expectations. Your tastes and opinions are not likely to be very different from your family’s or from those around you. You are also likely to judge things in terms of whether they contribute positively to family harmony and a smoothly-running domestic life. However, you may be consumed with wanting to determine the underlying properties of things. You evaluate them, not on the basis of surface characteristics, but on what is at the bottom of a phenomenon. You may be attracted to basic values, or you may be a restless as you realize that those values that appear to be valid on the surface are not necessarily true.
Your Relationship Focus
Your relationships are generally centered on your family or confined to a limited circle within which you can feel safe, secure and comfortable. You may also be attracted to relationships that contain a strong emotional component and that are nurturing and family-like. You are generally satisfied with a set of basic relationships and will not often want to establish relationships that you feel are extraneous or unnecessary. Your relationships are also likely to be very stable, though they may also be rather routine and unexciting.
Focus of Your Femininity
Femininity is often associated with your role in the family--as daughter, mother or caregiver. You may also associate your domestic talents with your femininity. Therefore, you may see being a good cook or homemaker as a role that enhances your womanhood. If you are more role-liberated, the placement may still suggest that you see family involvement as an important role for you to play as a woman. This may be reflected in a strong mother-daughter relationship or as you playing either a matriarchal or facilitator role within the family. There may be strong woman-to-woman bonding within your family.
If you are male, Venus in the Fourth House may be associated with expectations about womanhood and a woman's role that are heavily role-based with regard to family responsibilities. You may have to struggle to overcome stereotypical or conditioned views of women. You may particularly be attracted to women who are domestic and family-oriented. It may be difficult for you to get in touch with your own femininity if you persist in his stereotyped views.
With respect to the feminine component in your own psyche, if you begin to discover this, you will usually be seeking the basic essence of that feminine psyche within yourself. You will want to get to the root of the feminine within yourself. You may also seek the feminine for emotional stability and comfort.
Your personality may also express undertones of Venus-in-Cancer.-- Gargatholil Back to Top
on Creativity and Self-Expression
With Venus in the Fifth House you are likely to enjoy a robust and expressive sense of beauty and relationship. The Fifth House affords the Venutian function a chance to fully develop in elaborate fashion. Here, Venus' energy can be completely expressed and developed to its mature potential. In the Fifth House, your evaluation of your sense inputs and your awareness of and involvement in relationship become self-conscious, but in a fresh and innocent way. You not only become concerned with how you value and relate to your physical and social environment, but with what you can do with the Venutian function to embellish your persona. This involves a certain amount of awareness of how others perceive and validate your tastes and judgment and your way of relating. You will generally endeavor to display your most positive side in these matters, perhaps hiding your shadow to avoid disapproval.
You can be expected to express your sense of beauty and form. Whatever your tastes, especially in the arts, music, drama, poetry, etc., these should be evident to those who know you, for they will be expressed. If you have any talent in these areas, you will probably try your hand at artistic creativity. You will at least wish you could express yourself creatively and will likely appreciate those who do. You are also not likely to be shy about expressing your opinions about what you dislike or find ugly.
You are often a Romantic, for Romantics express their feelings for the “other” (whether this be things, people or ideas) unabashedly and they claim the object of their feeling as part of their own persona. The romantic figure in history, in art, or in love may strike a sympathetic chord with you and you may well emulate your ideal.
Children are a universal symbol of creativity, and you are apt to enjoy children. Your relationships are likely to be colored, or entwined, with the care of children, especially the fostering and development of their personalities.
You can realize the transcendent potential of Venus in the Fifth House by striving to express an ideal of inner beauty and balance through your personality. This involves, first of all, a deep recognition of the beauty of Life and the Creation and a commitment to reflect this beauty in your personal expression. It involves you recognizing that mere outward decoration of the personality is frivolous and superficial.
Yet, outward expression that is motivated by shining values and the attainment of harmony is a gift that you bestow on those around you. The gift must be humbly given, but given wholly and completely. In this way, you act as a co-creator of the Universe, or, more properly, an instrument in the Hand of the Divine. This attitude, in which you fashion your personality according to your inner ideals of peace and beauty, also suffuses your relationships. You express your complete self to your partner and you become a truly creative element within the relationship.
If you are inwardly insecure, you will be unwilling to surrender yourself to another, or to purify your values so that they are selfless. This will lead you to hold back your self-expression. The values that you do express will be false and superficial. Your sense of beauty will be flawed by selfishness and your taste will be for show only--an attempt to gain others' approval. Overcompensating for your insecurity, you may be vociferous in expressing your likes and dislikes but you care neither for the sensitivities of others nor for your own true affections.In relationship, you will hold yourself back, fearful that what you express may be rejected. Out of timidity, you may also fail to express your tastes and preferences. You may therefore appear to others to be a shallow personality, without passion, without a sense of yourself and without much to give in a relationship.
Your Evaluation Focus
Your evaluative and judgmental function is focused in the creative arena. For this reason, you may have a well developed (or at least pronounced) sense of artistic taste. You are likely to be particularly appreciative of the artistic expression of form, beauty and harmony. In fact, more than others, you are likely to be sensitive to the form inherent in a work of art.
You may also be very focused on expressing your judgment and taste. You are likely to make known to others what your likes or dislikes may be. This may be done directly (verbally) or indirectly through an open (sometimes ostentatious) display of taste.
Your Relationship Focus
You are likely to be focused on expressing yourself through your relationships and on the role of creativity within your relationships. You are likely to want your partner to be a co-creator, fashioning and developing the relationship as an expression of your mutual love and life together. When it comes to love, you are likely to have the soul of a romantic and it is more probable than with any other house placement (unless you have Venus in Leo) that the romance that existed in your courtship will not perish as the relationship matures. You want to express your love for your partner and continually create that aura of romantic love.
Children are an extension of the creative drive within a relationship and bring continued creativity and spontaneity into it. With a Fifth House Venus, the absence of children in a relationship can be fatal to its vitality.
Focus of Your Femininity
If you are female, you will most likely want to display your femininity and/or express your femininity in creative ways. Unless you are insecure, you will never hide you femininity. In fact, even if you are insecure about your femininity, you are more likely to adopt an overcompensating feminine audaciousness as a defense mechanism. Even if you are secure in your self, you may feel that your femininity is always in the spotlight. Some women may relish this, while some may find it tiresome or intimidating.
If you are male, Venus in the Fifth House may symbolize women in your life who are very expressive of their femininity. You are also likely to attract women into your life who are creative or artistic. You may feel that your own feminine side yearns for expression and the arts and literature may afford a channel for this expression. Otherwise, you may project your own creative yearnings onto your partner. Whether you are male or female, you may be drawn to using the arts to express your feminine side.
Your personality may also express undertones of Venus-in-Leo.-- Gargatholil Back to Top
Having Venus in the Sixth House suggests that you may experience heightened insecurity in your relationships and, also, when evaluating your position within your environment. This is because the cusp of the Sixth and the Seventh Houses (with the Seventh House ruled by Venus) represents a major transition in personal development--the point at which the "person" is complete and is ready to begin his/her social development. Making this transition, you may have doubts about your worthiness to present yourself in a relationship with another person. If this is the case, you probably do not feel perfect enough.
The placement of Venus in the Sixth House resonates with this Sixth-Seventh House transition. This tension is compounded by the "weak," passive nature of the Sixth House. Thus, you may approach relationships from a dependent perspective. On the other hand, the self-analysis, striving for perfection, and humble attitude that are associated with the sixth house can create in you an ability to relate sensitively to others and also to develop a discriminating sense of values, including a more positive appreciation of your self-worth.
You can realize the transcendent potential of Venus in the Sixth House when you develop your ability to relate to others as part of your efforts toward self-refinement and striving toward perfection. While preserving the integrity of your own personhood (without which there is no true relationship), you cultivate humility and a spirit of service toward others. This will make your relations with other sweet and pleasing. Integral to this approach is using your evaluative faculties to discriminate true values from false ones. You will, thus, be able to develop a character of supreme integrity and worth, which you then bring to bear in your relationships.
If you are inwardly insecure, you will lack a sure sense of your own identity. Thus, you will allow yourself to be dominated by others in relationships. You will routinely adopt a servile, dependent posture when dealing with others. This may invite exploitation and being used by others. You may be too exacting in your expectations of yourself in a relationship, thus producing feelings of guilt. Or, you may apply those exacting standards to actual or potential partners, thereby shutting yourself off from meaningful interaction.
Focusing on your own inadequacies, compared to your ideal of self-perfection, may cause you to be overly demanding in how you judge your environment. Nothing will measure up, and you will be in a constant state of dissatisfaction. Your evaluation and tastes may, in the end, be based on petty considerations which, nevertheless, seem important to you.
Your Evaluation Focus
Your evaluative faculty is focused on areas involving
self-refinement and service. You
may have strong preferences with respect to your work
environment, health matters, moral or cultural standards, or
modes of serving others. You may
be a harsh judge of yourself, evaluating your thoughts,
motives and actions critically. These
judgments are more likely to be expressed as feelings rather
than thoughts, and they may also be projected onto others. The judgments that you make are
likely to be influenced by codes and standards, by your work
or health environment, and by consideration for the welfare of
You focus on relationships in situations where your own needs and concerns must be subordinated or which promote self-refinement through service or humility. You are particularly likely to be concerned with relations in your work environment. You may also have a tendency to be a passive partner in a close relationship. You may be looking for someone to serve or for someone who will take control and relieve you of your responsibility for self-improvement. More positively, you may be looking for a partner who will support you in your quest for self-improvement. You may also work out your own frustrations with your internal state on your partner.
Focus of Your Femininity
With Venus in the Sixth House, your femininity tends to be associated with care-giving, supportive and organic roles. Vesta and Ceres are mythological counterparts to the sixth house anima. If you who are insecure about your femininity, you may be too easily dominated or suppress the more extroverted aspects of femininity. If you are male, (besides the application of the above to his own femininity) this placement may signify women in his life who are supportive (or servile) and undertake domestic or care-giving roles, or who exact service and subordination from you.
Your personality may also express undertones of Venus-in-Virgo.-- Gargatholil Back to Top
House on Interpersonal Relationships
Venus rules the Seventh House and this placement gives it a favored position. Particularly the relationship function of Venus achieves an easy expression here. You are likely to possess highly developed relationship skills. At the least, your relations with others will be of utmost importance to you. You not only place a high value on interpersonal relationships, but your entire value system tends to be people-oriented. You tend to evaluate whether a thing is pleasing or displeasing according to its effect on the quality of your relationships. This may cause you, at times, to lay too much emphasis on the opinions of others, deferring to their preferences for the sake of interpersonal harmony.
You can realize the transcendent potential of Venus in the Seventh House when your focus on relationship leads you to closely examine the nature of relationship, including the role and reality of your self in relation to "other." You discover that the separation that seems to exist between you and your partner (and that which is "other" generally) does not in actuality exist, but only "exists" in the illusion of multiplicity. Discovering who "you" really are, the Reality of all existence becomes apparent. Having actualized your self, you enter a relationship as a true and equal partner. At the same time, you realize the importance of keeping harmony by exercising the virtues of kindness, sincerity, humility and compassion. You reach out to others, giving them strength and hope.
If your sense of self is insecure, you will go through relationships in a dependent mode. You will be drawn to interpersonal relationships so strongly that you will not be able to imagine an existence or a personality separate from the relationship. You almost cease to exist as an entity. Relationships then become just a crutch for your own insecurity. Your partner becomes a substitute for your own authenticity. You live totally within the relationship and, if the relationship is threatened, you feel threatened with disaster, because without your partner, there is nothing left of you.
Your Evaluation Focus
Your evaluative faculty is focused on the area of interpersonal relationships. How things and events affect the relationships in which you are involved becomes the critical evaluative factor for you. You are also inclined to evaluate how the actions of others will affect you. You also have a tendency to be more active in making judgments concerning people and relationships than about other things. You may be considered to be a shrewd judge of people or you may become overly critical and judgmental of others.
Your Relationship Focus
You focus on interpersonal relationships and you are
concerned primarily with one-on-one interaction.
Prime relationships, particularly marriage, are
especially important to you. You
are likely to be very proficient in engaging and maintaining
relationships. People are
generally important to you and you are likely to be viewed as
a people- person. Relationships
are often the most important thing in your life.
More often than not, particularly if Venus is
well-aspected, these relationships will be pleasing and
Your femininity tends to be tied closely to the idea of relationship. The feminine side of your psyche may not feel fulfilled unless you are in a relationship while, particularly if you are female, your femininity will likely flower within it. Aphrodite is the mythological equivalent for the Seventh House anima.
If you are insecure about your femininity, you may be dominated by your partner in your desire to please your partner and prove your womanhood. If you are male, (besides the application of the above to your own feminine side) Venus in the Seventh House may signal a very strong attraction to women, or important roles played in your life by female partners. You may also be able to explore the feminine side of your psyche through relationships and/or with the help of your partner.
Your personality may also express undertones of Venus-in-Libra.-- Gargatholil Back to Top
House Focused on Intimacy
With Venus in the Eighth House, your relationships tend to be close and exclusive--or if not exclusive, then intense. This intensity and desire for intimacy tends to affect your tastes and judgments, also. There is some danger that you become so intimate in your relationships that it leads to confusion. You can develop a lack of balance between intimacy and your responsibilities to the external world. Your desire for intimacy, emotional security and a very personal relationship affect, and often improve, the quality of your relationship(s), unless these tendencies are taken too far.
The tendency for withdrawal and inward intensity that the Eighth House represents should be digested and then reflected externally, (i.e., toward the "other"), however, if you are to make the most positive use of this energy. Your task is to resolve the tension between your inward and outward pulls and between self-contemplation and recognition of the "other.” Whether these tensions are resolved constructively or allowed to manifest destructively will determine the quality of your relationships and your perceptual experience in the world. You can easily become withdrawn and self-absorbed, even within the context of your relationships. Or, your attraction to intimacy and the unseen can result in a richness of perception and relationship that is especially intense and rewarding.
You can realize the transcendent potential of Venus in the Eighth House when you learn to value what is deep and True. Your insight then becomes penetrating, as you refine your judgment to be able to distinguish between falsity and truth. Your awareness grows as you explore your inner and outer worlds in intimate ways. You base your relationships on truth and authenticity. If you commit to a relationship in an intimate way, you want to experience its reality, not some pretense.
Ultimately, you discover what is of true value. You discover that relationship which is the only True one and that it is to be found within the close intimacies of your soul. Having established this relationship of Truth with your own soul, you are prepared to conduct all of your affairs on the basis of this Truth. You therefore deal with others sincerely and with integrity.
If you are inwardly insecure, you will look for fulfillment and pleasure from others, and particularly from the intimacies associated with close relationships. Since you do not look for or find this pleasure from within yourself, and you are not in touch with your own values, you are dependent for your pleasure on what others give you. This may involve both sexual pleasure and the sharing of other resources, physical and emotional. In your dependency on others, you become a slave to your partner's will. Yet you also scheme to gain what you want from your partner(s), for this is the only thing that is important to you.
Your Evaluation Focus
You tend to evaluate situations and things from the
standpoint of how they may enhance your emotional security. If you are committed to a
relationship, you may see things in terms of how that
relationship is benefited and furthered.
As you perceive things through the lens of your
relationship, it may be the intimacies of your relationship
that provide you with some of your most heightened
Your Relationship Focus
You are likely to be more inclined than most to experience your relationships on an intimate level. Emotional and physical intimacies are likely to be very important and satisfying to you in your relationships. Because of this, you are likely to be more bonded in your relationships than is normally the case. This may be expressed as jealousy, but also as loyalty. You may also want to know everything about and to share everything with your partner. You may also demand total commitment and honesty in a relationship.
Focus of Your Femininity
Especially if you are female, you are likely to equate and/or express your femininity with/through intimacy. Sexuality may even become the equivalent of femininity for you. You may also see femininity as something that is deep and even mysterious--something that is not immediately accessible, something with a hidden component that can only be known fully within an intimate relationship. Because of this sense of the mysterious, you may be seen as a "tease" or as someone who "blows hot and cold." Others may perceive that there is something intense and furious in your femininity, but that it is also guarded and generally unavailable.
If you are male, (besides the application of the above to your own femininity) Venus in the Eighth House may signal an attraction to women who have the capacity for exceptional intimacy, or who display a mysterious and sexual aura. It may also signal that you prefer women who are loyal and who are willing to commit to a relationship that is more exclusive than simple monogomy. You may also be able to explore the feminine side of your psyche through the intimacies of your relationship(s) or by intimately delving into your own psyche.
Your personality may also express undertones of Venus-in-Scorpio.-- Gargatholil Back to Top
The Ninth House placement of Venus suggests that you engage yourself in your experiences and your relationships in a somewhat detached manner but that you are, nevertheless, involved through searching and expanding the realm of your experience. You may be driven to use your faculties of perception to understand your experiences and your relationships. You understand through judging and by reflecting on your experience using the mirror of your values. Thus, there is often a tension in your relationships and in your perceptions and attitudes that is marked by a pull to understand and experience coupled with a push away so that you can observe and judge.
You may, therefore, have a tendency to like and enjoy those activities where this combination of involvement and detachment is present. Such activities include the pursuit of academic studies, tourism and spectator sports. The danger, in terms of your relationships, is that you may become an academician, a tourist or a spectator with respect to your relationship(s).
You can realize the transcendent potential of Venus in the Ninth House when your quest for understanding causes you to examine your values and your relationships. Achieving this understanding of what you value and why you value, as well as the true nature of relationship, sharpens your evaluative perspective. This, in turn, allows you to make more conscious choices about what attracts you and what you wish to avoid. These choices lead you on a path of higher consciousness and this leads to even greater understanding. Your relationships, too, become more right-minded and pure. Understanding produces compassion. When your relationships are based upon understanding and compassion, you cease to be attached or suffer under the illusion of possession.
If you are inwardly insecure, you will avoid any true understanding of your values or your relationships so that you do not risk questioning your ego-based point of view. Without questioning and searching your interior, you are free to experience "anything you like" in the name of widening your horizons. You may justify indiscriminate indulgence with the sophistry that you "understand the world" and have become free of the restrictions that bind more narrow-minded people. Similarly, you may prove overly adventurous in your relationships, justifying a lack of fidelity with your need to "understand" and "experience life." Alternatively, you may blindly go through life, claiming that you "just don't understand" either people or events.
Your Evaluation Focus
You tend to look at the larger picture when making judgments and to take the broader context into consideration. You usually want to understand a thing or person before passing judgment, but once you think you have such an understanding, you may be very opinionated. You may like things that further your understanding or widen your experience of the world. You may be especially fond of or attracted to academics, travel and/or sports.
Your Relationship Focus
Understanding is often important to you when it comes
to relationships. You are likely
to want to understand your partner and the relationship
itself. You may also have a
desire to expand the horizons of your relationship(s). You may feel something larger than
yourself in your relationship(s). Your
relationship(s) may also provide a mechanism for your
integration into the wider society and/or its institutions.
You may wish to experience and understand your femininity as your first priority. Expanding the horizons of your femininity may also be important to you. There is the danger, however, that you may objectify your femininity so much that you cannot really get involved in it. However, if you are confident in the understanding of your femininity, you may be more likely not only to display it freely but also to enthusiastically plunge yourself into it.
If you are male, (besides the application of the above to your own femininity) Venus in the Ninth House may signal an attraction to women who have a great deal of understanding of their own femininity. You may also be attracted to women who appear broad-minded, well-rounded, traveled and/or highly educated. You are also likely to want to explore and understand your own feminine side. This may be accompanied by a drive to understand women and femininity in general.
Your personality may also express undertones of Venus-in-Sagittarius.-- Gargatholil Back to Top
on Your Goals and Achievement
The placement of Venus in the tenth house suggests the importance and value that you places on accomplishment and success and your potential willingness to sublimate or even sacrifice the quality of your relationship(s) in order to achieve your goals. While this placement resonates to a seventh-tenth house conflict, the rewards that you receives by achieving success--the ability to possess and enjoy what you likes--resonates to the second-tenth house trine. Thus, you are likely to be driven by what you values to succeed in order to obtain what you likes. However, what you values is also likely to be influenced by your focus on achievement and success. If you are predisposed by other factors to be driven toward success, then you are likely to be drawn toward those things that are symbolic of success, as well as developing values that enhance your chances of achieving success. If, however, your basic values lie in other directions than in accomplishment, status attainment and/or career service, these values could shape your ideas about success instead. Thus, the relative strength of your pull toward what is represented by the tenth house or that which is symbolized by Venus should determine the extent to which one overpowers and dominates the other. If values such as enjoyment of what one likes, companionship and relationship or moral goodness are strong, this may diminish your drive toward success, as it is conceived materialisticly. This may be a positive or a negative development and may also signify some internal conflict. Even if the super-ego sanctioned concept of success is not emphasized, however, there is still likely to be a drive to achieve your own values (enjoyment, relationship, goodness, etc.). In turn, the interplay between values and success orientation are likely to shape the way that you conceives of and actualizes your relationships.
Your critical mind is turned toward your assumptions about success and accomplishment. Examinng your own values, you evaluates what is worth achieving and striving for and what is not. You realizes that it is senseless running after pleasure in life, because this is continually chasing after an illusion. That which is True and is not impermanent, you adopts as a worthy goal and then bends all of your efforts to accomplishing that ideal. Other goals you discards, except that they be necessary for survival and, thus, subsidiary to your primary, spiritual goal. Within this context, you also sees that you are not of supreme importance, but only one part of the whole, which includes others as well. Thus, kindness and compassion in your relationships with others becomes part of your striving. Seeing the true state of affairs, you recognizes that everything is in balance and harmony and, so, even ceases to strive with your own ego. Instead, you makes effort, but relies on Grace, content in the knowledge that everything occurs in its proper time and place.
Because you judges everything using the touchstone of its status and acclaimed success, you feel that your own relationships and how you are seen by others is determined by your own status, success and accomplishments. Feeling this pressure to succeed, you judges others by how much they will contribute to your own success and status. Your values and your tastes, also, are crafted to enhance your status and to create an image of success and accomplishment. You become disturbed if you is associated with anything or anyone who does not fit this image. You believes that what is important is winning, but it is actually not the goal itself that you ultimately considers to be important, but how your winning will enhance your own image. Your true self-esteem is low and needs to be protected, since there is no authentic self behind the facade of status and success. If you does not enjoy success and status, you must grasp for it and/or manufacture it for yourself. If you cannot see yourself as successful, or perceives that others view you as a failure, you may become discouraged, aimless, display poor judgment and/or become self-pitying.
Your Evaluation Focus
You tend to make evaluations on a practical basis of the likelihood that something will succeed or assist you in reaching your goals. You are likely to place a high value on success and accomplishment and to be attracted to those things that are success-oriented. You generally likes achievement and may dislike people or things that you associates with failure or lack of motivation. To the extent that you has traits of selflessness, you may enjoy accomplishing things that benefit society. You may therefore choose a career that can be described as people-oriented. You may also choose a career in which your talents of good taste and/or judgment can be employed successfully.
Your Relationship Focus
There is often a tendency for you to form relationships that assist you in attaining your goals. Relationships may be very important to you in your career. Therefore, you may choose a career in which interpersonal relationships are an important dimension. You are likely to be good as managing relationships, using relationships to motivate people and to get things accomplished. Relationships may also be used by you as a sign of status. Furthermore, you may bring an achievement and goal-oriented attitude to your relationships. You may see relationships as things that succeed or fail or may see working at a relationship in terms of a series of accomplishments. In essence, you may make your relationship into a career of sorts.
Focus of Your Femininity
You may feel compelled to succeed in her femininity or she may see visible accomplishment as a positive sign of womanhood. This may lead you to demonstrate her success in areas that are not traditionally associated with women, or it may prompt you to develop something that is traditionally associated with womanhood into a symbol of success. In essence, you may make a career of sorts out of her femininity. Failure in the area of femininity may be devastating to your self-image. If you are insecure, she may do anything to prove her femininity. Another coping technique is for you to attach the success of her femininity onto her partner's success. A more liberated and secure woman will, however, set her own goals and accomplish them. For the male native, (besides the application of the above to his own femininity) this placement may signal an attraction to women who display success or are very goal oriented. You may be attracted to women who will motivate him to be successful and accomplish his own goals. You may also see the exploration of his own feminine side as a challenge to be accomplished. Or, you may explore and develop his feminine side in order to better achieve his goals in life.
Your personality may also express undertones of Venus-in-Capricorn.-- Gargatholil Back to Top
House on the Relationship of the Individual to Society
As with many of the Venus house placements, Venus in the eleventh house is harmoniously placed with challenging potential. The eleventh house is in natural trine to the Venus-ruled seventh house, and thus the relationship functions symbolized by Venus are easy and accentuated. The eleventh house is square to the second house, however, also ruled by Venus. Here, the more personal-oriented evaluative functions of Venus may come into conflict with the socially-oriented eleventh house. For instance, you may have a generous and humanitarian impulse, but with nagging doubts about the wisdom of giving too much. For the most part, however, Venus is comfortable with this placement. Relationships are used as a vehicle whereby the individual connects with society and your social purpose. Your life partner relationship(s) may have a strong flavor or social interaction. There may also be a strong sense of concern for the future present in relationships, and relationships are likely to bring change into the life of you, rather than being a force for preserving the status quo. Yous tastes and attachments are likely to be affected by the group identity that you adopts. There is a danger that you will not own enough of your identity to establish preferences that truly reflect your character. One challenge of this placement is to project one's individuality, in a balanced fashion, through the expression of taste and preference.
You have expanded your concept of group to include all of humanity--even all the biosphere. Your sensibilities are therefore attuned to the needs of others, especially those needs that must be fulfilled in a systemic way. This includes the need for consciousness raising. Your judgments reflect your perception of the greater good, and are not fettered by the narrow bounds of class, religion, ethnicity or other group identity. Your relationships reflect your concern with the social good and have a broader base that transcends the personal.
You fails to develop a sense of your own individuality in the context of the group and society, and your ego is dominated by the group-ego. In this way, you protects your ego from the risk of exposure. Your relationship is to the group, and your personal, life partner relationship(s) is likely to be role dominated, with the primary emphasis of the relationship being its societal function (married couples with children are likely to call each other "mommy" and "daddy"). Your tastes are also completely formed by the group, and you are likely to severely judge opinions and lifestyles that are outside of the group.
Your Evaluation Focus
You generally judges things according to a group standard or in terms of how it affects your relationship to the group. You may ask not "is this good/pleasing for me?" but "is this good/pleasing for society?" or is this good/pleasing for my group?" There tends to be a broader frame of reference to the evaluative function than simply the personal. There may also be a tendency for your judgment to be influenced by the group of which you are a part. You may also be attracted to group activities, humanitarian endeavors or projects to benefit society and is likely to value such things highly. You may hold group or social values in higher regard than personal values and will often have a value system that is centered around the good of the whole.
Your Relationship Focus
You will find your relationships tending to be group oriented. These may be formal groups, such as clubs, or informal, identity groups (people with a certain lifestyle, similar tastes, or a cause). There will be an emphasis on forming relationships within groups. There is also likely to be a focus on the nature of relationship within society. You may, therefore, have a very dynamic social life, forming relationships with many others, but with these relationships held together by your allegiance to the group. Your own personal primary relationship is often influenced by the attitude and expectations of the social group of which you feel a part.
Focus of Your Femininity
For you with Venus in the eleventh house, femininity tends to be find expression in group or social activities. You are likely to hold progressive ideas concerning femininity Pallas Athene is the mythological counterpart to the eleventh house anima. You may see her femininity reflected in the group to which she belongs. She may also see her group identity and/or activities that she does in conjunction with a group as enhancing her femininity or leading to a fuller experience of womanhood. You who is insecure about your femininity may embrace the group's anima, rather than your own. For the male native, (besides the application of the above to his own femininity) this placement may signify an attraction to women who are socially involved or who cause him to undertake more social responsibility. You may also turn to a group or an exploration of group identity (e.g., how society affects the male attitude toward the feminine) in finding and developing his own feminine side.
Your personality may also express undertones of Venus-in-Aquarius.-- Gargatholil Back to Top
House Focused on Selflessness
There is often a natural tension represented by Venus
in the twelfth house between the quality of selfhood that is a
necessary component of both relationship and evaluation and
your conscious or unconscious focus on losing your selfhood. You must learn to balance the
legitimate interests of the self with your desire to attain
selflessness if you are to be successful in your relationships
and if you are to authenticate your values.
You must realize, at some level, that the ego--though
it be an illusion--is a necessary tool for functioning within
the illusion of existence. Such a
balance having been attained, you are capable of sensitive and
compassionate behavior in relationships, true concern for
others, a perception from a higher perspective and the
adoption of a value system that is based upon selfless service
to others. While engaging in
compassionate social interaction, it is often the case that
you feel the need to withdraw temporarily and focus within
yourself. This serves to recharge
you, provide a needed rest and preserve the balance that you
have established. You are prone
to take the needs of others into consideration before your own
needs are met. You evaluates your
situation and that of others from a selfless and sensitive
perspective and is ever ready to respond with empathy and
care. For this reason, it is
generally essential that you spend some time alone with
yourself, or you risks burn-out. If
your attitude and assumptions are not in balance, the drain
upon your psychic resources that others impose generally will
Your natural compassion for others and selfless attitude cause you to see and to feel so much pain and suffering in the world. You may also experience heartbreak in your own relationships. Rather than wallowing in this suffering, engaging in either self-pity or self-congratulation over your "sympathy" and "charity," you have risen above this suffering, seeing the reality behind it. This world, being a place where suffering is inevitable, you realizes the futility of running after pleasure and the impossibility of creating a "heaven on earth." You does what you can as you are called to do it to relieve suffering of those around you, but places your own effort and attention on rising above the condition of "self." Living in the world, you recognizes its practical necessities, but is not of the world. Your values have become transcendent and you see your relationships in the world for what they are--temporary and, ultimately, illusory. You yearns for that Real relationship which you can only have within yourself with that One who is Eternal. As you focuses more and more within and brings everything within and without into perfect balance, you grows to see the beauty that is all around you. Even in the suffering and loneliness, you perceive the Hand of the Eternal and Its ultimate Beauty and Good. In the end, fully realized, you are the Perfect Human. Your relationships are all based upon love and compassion and you selects only the path of True Goodness to follow.
You have no idea of an authentic self and is, therefore, at the mercy of each and every pull from without. You may think that you gives to others, but in reality either they take until you have nothing left or you "gives" to feed your ego and to try to establish some identity as a "selfless soul" of "superior character." Whatever defense mechanisms your subconscious may try to insert in order to protect the ego, you are more likely to be taken advantage of. Thus, you may engage in a series of self-destructive relationships in which your partner takes from you and leaves you in pain. You may make choices that are extremely poor and lead down a self-destructive path. You are often attracted to that which will be your own undoing. Often, this attraction is bound up with some illusion or fantasy. Frequently, you are deceived. Having been deceived so often, sometimes you, in self defense, becomes the deceiver and exploiter yourself.
Your Evaluation Focus
Your tendency is to evaluate people, things and situations from a selfless point of view. Sometimes, you may have no clear idea about your own values, but attempts to please others by adopting their tastes and values. You who is able to define your values generally will find that you ranks highly such qualities as generosity, service to others, contemplation, sincerity and sensitivity. However, you who has not examined your values may remain confused. You may be subject to deception and being led astray or may find yourself living in an illusion, unable to distinguish the real from the false. Sometimes, yous values and choices may be borne out of your experience of suffering.
Your Relationship Focus
There is a tendency for you to lose yourself in a relationship. You may become so totally focused on your partner that you forgets yourself. This may be the essence of love--thinking always of the other person. However, if you does not have any self-confidence or identity--any sense of your authenticity—you may be an empty partner rather than a true lover. You are likely to find yourself used or abused by your partner. The relationship may contribute to your own self-destructive tendencies. You may also find yourself isolated from others by your partner. In a healthy relationship, however, you will generally be sensitive to your partner, treating you with respect and compassion. There are likely to be times when you needs time alone, away from your partner, and your partner needs to appreciate this quality.
Focus of Your Femininity
It may be very difficult for you to express her femininity. She may be confused about her femininity or she may feel that asserting herself or developing herself as a person is anti-feminine. She may view isolation, loneliness and/or suffering as inevitable consequences of womanhood. She may see the role of woman as being taken advantaged of. Alternatively, you may wrap her femininity in illusion and mystery. She may cultivate a mystique of the unknown, while actually hiding her real self behind this role. Another manifestation is for your femininity to be absent or not expressed. A more positive expression of femininity is for you to find her real self through spirituality and real selflessness. This may involve the adoption of a feminine ideal that may involve images of sainthood, martyrdom (of the ego) or the Blessed Virgin. Real Love becomes the goal and expression of this femininity. For the male native, (besides the application of the above to his own femininity) this placement may signify an attraction to women who are subservient, non-evolved and passive. You may seek someone whom he can exploit and take from. More positively, you may be attracted to women who are caring, sensitive and compassionate. There may still be an element of wanting to be given to by a woman, but the desire is not aggressive. Still more positively, you may be attracted to women who manifest a spiritual and selfless aura, and this relationship may even be Platonic. You are likely to explore within his own subconscious in order to find and develop his own feminine side. This quest for his feminine may also take on spiritual dimensions.
Your personality may also express
undertones of Venus-in-Pisces.
-- Gargatholil Back to Top