Venus and Mars are the sexy planets, the two people always pay attention to because of how they relate to relationships, so we’re going to focus on them in this article.
Venus & Mars in the Natal Chart
Venus rules love, how we love and what we want in love. Venus is relationships, and what we want and need. This is seen via the Zodiac sign your natal Venus is in, and the house in your natal chart it falls. Venus also has pleasant energy, and can show areas where we find joy and are pleasant.
Mars rules drive, what gets us going, moving, and is the planet of energy. Mars shows what pushes us to take action and how exactly we take action. This is seen via the Zodiac sign your natal Mars is in, and the house in your natal chart it falls. You often have a ton of energy for whatever the sign and house rule.
Study the placements and aspects of each planet to gain further insight into what you need in a relationship. Just like with the Sun and Moon, the aspect they make to one another is usually the most important, and indicate how you deal with what you desire in love.
The midpoint (exact middle) of Venus and Mars shows how you best integrate the two, and find the perfect balance between your desire for love and drive for intimacy.
Venus & Mars in Prediction
In predictive astrology, transit (moving) Venus shows where you'll experience greater ease in life. Things may develop easier. You may also experience laziness or overindulgence with the areas it's touching.
The areas of life ruled by the house it's going through could also indicate how you can meet a new romantic partner, what you find pleasant currently, and what you find attractive.
Transit Mars shows areas where you'll be most driven, and often the areas of life the house it's going through rules are the ones that are of most concern at the time (I've noticed that when I do a reading for someone, often the thing they want to know most about is ruled by the house Mars is touring).
Venus spends about 1 month in a Zodiac sign and Mars spends about 2 months. Venus doesn’t travel very far from the Sun, so it’s often in the same or an adjacent sign.
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Venus & Mars in General
Venus rules two signs, Taurus and Libra (though Ceres is argued to be the ruler of Taurus, but hasn’t officially been designated so, though I do use Ceres). Taurus is a grounded earth and fixed sign, so it doesn’t budge. It’s stubborn and sensual and indulgent.
Meanwhile Libra rules our relationships and commitments. It strives to keep the peace, make compromises, mediate, and find balance. Libra just wants some peace and harmony.
Venus also rules the 2nd and 7th houses, with the 2nd house connecting to Taurus and the 7th house connecting to Libra. The 2nd house rules money, resources, your values, and your self-esteem and self-worth. The 7th house rules your partnerships and the people in your life.
Mars rules fire sign Aries, the first Zodiac sign, and a leading cardinal sign. Aries wants to take the initiative and goes fully into whatever it wants. It doesn’t have to wait for someone else to pave the way, and will pave it on its own.
Mars is also ruler of the 1st house, the house of new beginnings. This is where we start anew. This house is also our outer self, the way we come across. It’s an important part of our identity as it’s our ego.
Suggested Reading: The Natal Venus page, Natal Mars page, Transit Venus page, and Transit Mars page for general interpretations