Planet Venus in Astrology

Venus in Astrology

Venus in astrology is a popular topic among astrologers and astrology enthusiasts. As the planet of love, Venus always comes up when one is doing an astrological compatibility reading. In this article, you’ll discover how this planet plays a role in more than just your love life.

Let’s dive in!

Venus in Astrology
Venus (Aphrodite)

Venus (Aphrodite) in Mythology

Throughout numerous cultures, Venus has her own unique name.

The Babylonians called her Ishtar (or Inanna), the Hindus named her Lakshmi, the Nordics referred to her as Freya, and Aphrodite, (which will be used in conjunction with Venus throughout this article), is what the Greeks called her. Venus is the Romans name for her.

Aphrodite has a number of origin stories. One account says that she is the daughter of Zeus and the sea nymph Dione, while a popular version claims that she arose from the sea as a fully formed goddess out of an oyster shell.

Whatever the case, Aphrodite was considered the most beautiful of all the goddesses. Because of this, when she first went to Olympus, all the gods fell in love with her, making many of the other goddesses envious of her.

To decrease the tension, Zeus married Aphrodite off to Hephaestus, who was considered ugly and bad-tempered.

Throughout their marriage, Aphrodite was involved in countless affairs. Her most long lasting one was with Ares (Mars), whom she had children with (including the Cupids). She also had an affair with Adonis, a mortal who was said to be extremely beautiful, and they also had kids. Aphrodite and Hephaestus, however, had no children together.

Because of her affairs, Aphrodite was accused of being self-indulgent. She didn’t seem to understand when enough was enough.

She was also considered vain because of her mirror that she would look into often, and for getting into contests that would decide if she’s the most beautiful.

In all, Aphrodite was a gorgeous goddess who was adored by many and spread beauty and charm wherever she went.

Venus in Astrology – House Ruler

In astrology, Venus rules the 2nd house. The second house in astrology represents money and possessions.

This materialistic planet loves having nice things, so it only makes sense that it would rule the house that provides the resources for what you desire to acquire.

Venus in Astrology – Zodiac Sign(s) Ruler

Venus rules the zodiac signs Taurus and Libra. Taurus is the female version of Venus, while Libra is the male version.

Taurus is social and enjoys being around others – to an extent. They don’t mind being alone for long periods of time.

Taurus Venusians appreciate physical beauty and values having lots of money to buy the things they want.

Libras, on the other hand, are very sociable. It’s hard to find them without someone else near by. They crave the company of others – sometimes too much.

Libras appreciates beauty as well, but being an air sign, it’s more of an ideal or concept, and they desire to create balance and harmony in their life more than acquiring materials.

For more information on these two signs, check out the article THE ZODIAC: WHAT’S YOUR (SUN) SIGN?

Venus in Astrology: The Many Roles It Plays

Known for its influence on love, beauty, and romance in one’s horoscope, many people don’t realize that Venus has other traits and characteristics that coincide with these three factors.


Your Venus sign tells you what you are attracted to and how you attract others. With men, the placement of your Venus tells you what kind of woman you’re attracted to. For women, it shows you how you come off and attract the opposite sex.

For example, if you are a man and your Venus is in Leo, you will be attracted to women who are flamboyant, dramatic, confident, and outgoing. If you’re a woman with Venus in Scorpio, you get men’s attention by being mysterious and sensual.

Tastes & Values

Your Venus sign influences what you deem valuable and worthwhile. It influences the music you listen to, the kind of clothes you wear, what you do in your free time, and even who you date.

Because of this, Venus affects the choices you make because you are only going to choose what you deem beneficial.

Someone with Venus in Cancer may enjoy sentimental objects and spending time with family, while someone with a Venus in Capricorn prefers indulging in business pleasures and expensive materials that show off their success.


As mentioned earlier with Aphrodite’s mirror gazing and her ridiculous contests, Venus can influence one to become vain and narcissistic.

This person will be easily acceptable to flattery and crave attention. It’s important for everyone to know that being vain or conceited is really one feeling empty inside. Learn that it’s more important to love yourself in a healthy, respectable way.


As others were jealous of Aphrodite (and she could be jealous herself at times), with attraction comes envy, a negative trait of Venus.

When you have strong feelings for someone, you may get jealous if you see them looking or talking to someone else. This is especially true if you don’t have confidence in yourself or the relationship.

You can also become the green-eyed monster if you see that someone else has something that you desire. Many wars (small and large scale ones) are caused due to jealousy over money, love, and other commodities that others desired.


Venus looooves luxury. The more opulent, the better in Venus’s eyes! This can be anything including material possessions and life itself.

Those who are well aspected will enjoy life pleasures, yet they are balanced and know when to work and when to have fun.

On the other hand, some may be prone to laziness if their Venus is badly aspected. A person with this influence will put more value on pleasure and ease than self-discipline and willpower. They feel that life should be handed to them on a silver platter with no work on their part.


Venus’s placement in a natal chart and its interaction with other planets helps to determine one’s personal magnetism. The more well aspected it is to other planets, the more likely a person will be popular.

Venus will determine whether you are charming and sociable, or if you are anti-social and others find you boring.

Money & Self-Worth

As Venus rules the 2nd house of money and possessions, money is going to be a huge factor with this planet.

Venus will show you what you like to spend your money on and why, and if you’re a penny pincher or big spender.

Your self worth is also dependent on Venus in regards to money. When you have an abundance of money, or at least enough to be comfortable, you feel good about yourself. On the other hand, if you don’t have much money, or none at all, you may become depressed and feel worthless.

Love & Intimacy

Of course you can’t talk about Venus without mentioning love! Venus will show you how you express your love. You may be dramatic and want the whole world to know when you’re in love, or you may be more shy and secretive in your love affairs.

While Venus shows how you express yourself when it comes to love, Mars is what indicates how you go about conquering love. Those with Venus and Mars combinations in their natal chart are especially powerful with their seduction charms. For more information about the combined effects of Venus and Mars, check out this article on Cafe Astrology.

Fun Facts About Venus

  • It’s the second planet from the sun.
  • Known as Earth’s sister planet because it’s similar in size, mass, and density.
  • Takes 225 days to complete its journey around the sun.
  • Brightest in the sky, next to the sun and moon.
  • Goes into retrograde no more than 43 days in a year (may not occur every year).
  • Rules the weekday Friday.
  • Is the ruler of the Third Age of Man (ages 14-21).

Venusian Careers

  • Florist
  • Fashion designer
  • Interior Designer
  • Painter
  • Gardner
  • Hair Stylist
  • Poet
  • Model

I AM Leah LaNae. I AM an avid reader and writer who has been studying the occult and metaphysics for the past 9 years. Although I have learned much through my studies, I realize I have so much more to learn and want to be able to share my findings with others of like-mind. When not doing research and writing, I love to write stories, spend time with my family and friends, dance, skate, travel, and party!

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