VENUS: Energetic Archetype & Qualities of the Lesser Benefic

Essential Dignities

Domicile: Libra, Taurus

Detriment: Aries, Scorpio

Exaltation: Pisces

Fall: Virgo

Joy: 5th House

Overview of Venus Energy

Venus is the goddess of love, peace, and the arts, representing the finest things life has to offer.

Venus spends about one month in each sign and rules both Taurus and Libra. Taurus is the feminine face of Venus while Libra is the masculine face. With that, Venus is associated with the second and seventh houses.

Much of what Venus gets chalked up to is relationships or falling in love, but it’s also our relationship with ourself – as that’s the foundation. All other relationships reflect that one. In fact, our relationships with others serve as mirrors to better understand our relationship with ourselves, including our shadow patterns and limiting self beliefs.

Since Venus rules love and relationships, its placement in your natal chart can point you toward what kind of energy you’re looking for in a partner or relationship. 

Also, falling asleep requires Venusian energy – to soften the body and the consciousness and intentionally let our cork float, returning to a state of equilibrium. Venus represents our desire and tendency to find a state of equilibrium. The Taurus side helps us find equilibrium within ourselves, while the Libra side represents equilibrium with others.

So what is Equilibrium, anyway? Equilibrium is our sense of inner balance. Physically, it’s how we recover after taking a hit to our nervous system. The gravitational pull of Equilibrium always brings us back into balance, a living example that Wellbeing is Dominant. Always. This process is highly Venusian, utilizing the Taurus/Libra axis to establish both inner and outer balance.

The state of equilibrium creates a sense of inner security, which Venus strives to cultivate.

Venus also represents our value system. What’s important to you? How do you perceive your own self worth? Your Venusian value system also influences the skills you take the time to develop because you deem them to be important. Venus drives us to create value within ourselves in order to have something to offer the world, and to accept a fair exchange of value in return. This is the kind of balance Venus is after, and it also contributes to one’s sense of inner security, another Venusian principle.

What this all comes back to is – how are you investing your time? Venus wants to ensure that the things you’re investing your time into are worth it (based on your own personal value system.)

Venus is also protective and guides us to protect what’s valuable to us. What do you think is worth protecting? Look to your Venus placement for some insight into the things you find most valuable, or use this Core Values exercise.

Venus Keywords

Equilibrium, harmony, balance, reciprocity, values, beauty, love, relationships, cuteness, art, peace, calm, inner security, marriage, union, cooperation, children, fertility

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