Venus in astrology is one of the personal planets, along with Mercury and Mars. We feel the personal planets in a personal way, and they deeply connect with our personal lives.
Venus Astrology & Your Natal Chart
There are ten planets in a standard astrology chart (I personally also add Ceres, and there are others, but we start with the ten). Each planet links to a different part of your personality and life. Your natal chart is a snapshot of the locations of the planets, other bodies, and houses in the Zodiac at the moment you're born and from the location you're born at.
Venus is the natural ruling planet for two signs, earthy Taurus who is sensual and indulgent, and airy Libra who rules connections and relationships, Venus naturally connects with two houses, the second house of money and seventh house of commitment.
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Venus in Astrology: Connections
In your natal chart, your natal Venus rules your relationships, how you are in relationships, who you gravitate toward, and the kind of relationships you're in. This is mostly found via your Venus sign, and the house in your natal chart natal Venus falls in can show areas where you deal with people a lot, need a more pleasant environment, make compromises, and want to keep the peace with others.
Conjunctions (alignments by other planets to your Venus) tend to be strong, and can dominate your natal Venus and your relationships. You can feel surrounded by people and relationships who are ruled by that planet, and that planet can be most important for your connections.
When it comes to transits, the transit (moving) planets aspecting your natal Venus can be felt in your dealings with others. They can impact your ability to connect and commit, to get along, and to be invested in others.
Venus in Astrology: Attraction
Venus is the planet of attraction, and this means what we attract and how we attract it. How we attract can be found via the sign Venus is in, and where this can occur can be found via the house Venus is in. Venus doesn't necessarily need to go out and take things itself, and rather lets things come to it.
Attraction can also mean the attraction we have with others and with ourselves. What we find attractive in others, and what others find attractive in us, can be seen via Venus.
Venus in Astrology: Sensual
Venus is a sensual planet. Venus is ruler of the senses, and is one of the planets that connects to the physical world. Venus wants to experience everything via the senses, and can overindulge. This links to Taurus.
Venus in Astrology: Grounded
Venus in astrology is a grounded planet. Venus doesn't want to rush, and this is part of its attractive energy. Venus doesn't need to rush, and this allows Venus to be grounded and centered. This also helps Venus with maintaining peace, balance, and harmony. It's a blend of Taurus and Libra.
Venus in Astrology: Charming
Venus is a charming planet. This aids its attractive quality, and helps with getting along with others. Venus is pleasant, easy, and can understand how to win people over. It can turn up the charm in just the right way to get others on its side.
Venus in Astrology: Feminine
Venus is one of only two feminine planets in astrology, with the other being the Moon. If you also count Ceres as a main planet, then there are three, but the Moon and Venus are the OG's.
This means the Moon and Venus are feminine energy, and with Venus, this can be an alter ego for women. It can link to the women in your life, and transit Venus can impact issues affecting all women.
Venus in Astrology: Values
Venus connects with our values, with what makes us feel secure and confident, and what brings grounding to our lives. Venus can show where our values come from and what we value most.
Where Your Venus Energy is Found
For everyone, look to the Zodiac sign and natal house your Venus falls in. The energy of the Venus sign is how you connect and commit, while the areas of life ruled by the house your Venus falls in are where you need to come together and work with others. Also look to the natural planetary ruler of your Venus sign (the natural planetary ruler of the Zodiac sign your Venus falls in) as this can also connect to the Venus energy.
Planets that are conjunct (aligned with) your natal Venus can be super important and have a direct impact on your relationships. They might be more dominant than the sign Venus is in since Venus is easily overtaken by other bodies.
Transit (moving) planets aspecting your natal Venus can bring some temporary energy for Venus matters. This can impact your relationships with Venus, but can also impact the areas of life ruled by the house your Venus falls in, as well as the areas of life ruled by the houses your Venus rules (so the houses that fall in Taurus and Libra).
The most challenging aspects to your natal Venus can be hard transit Pluto (since Pluto brings out power struggles, control issues, and old relationship baggage and trauma), hard transit Saturn (since Saturn restricts and can wipe people out of your life), and hard transit Uranus (since Uranus is change and can bring sudden breakups and betrayals).
Make sure to sign up for the free monthly worksheet to keep track of the transit planets impacting your natal Venus and aspects by transit Venus every month!
A Strong Natal Venus in Astrology
Some may have a more important natal Venus. This can be the case for you if you have:
- a stellium (3+ planets) including your natal Venus
- your natal Venus conjunct an angle
- your North or South Node in your Venus sign
- your 1st house ruler conjunct the natal Venus
- your natal Venus anaretic (at 29 degrees)
- natal Venus retrograde
- retrograde Mercury or Mars conjunct your natal Venus
If your natal Venus is in a stellium, this can make your relationships an important part of that stellium, and your connections with others can be super important for your life happiness but may come with a myriad of challenges to work through. If your natal Venus is conjunct a retrograde Mercury or Mars, or is retrograde itself, you may struggle with connecting with others in what you'd consider a "normal" way. There is likely something different about the way you connect with others, and you have to be accepting of being different with this. If you have Venus retrograde, make sure to check out THIS ARTICLE about it.
An anaretic natal Venus can show you either are constantly with others and never alone, or constantly alone and afraid of others. That's the nature of the anaretic degree, and you need to find middle ground. Work on healthy connections with others that benefit your life, and don't be so afraid.
Venus conjunct an angle makes your relationships more important for that angle; conjunct your North Node, and healthy connections can be the key to happiness in your life; conjunct the South Node, and you may rely on others too much and need to learn more interdepence; and conjunct the first house ruler, you can be more charming, pleasant, diplomatic, attractive, and able to connect.
Suggested Reading: Natal Venus and Transit Venus pages for general interpretations