Venus is a benefic planet — some astrologers think it is is the most benefic — and I’ll be focusing on both the planetary lines and the house placements over the next couple of weeks. (We’ve covered Sun, Moon, and Mercury planetary lines, as well as Mercury, Jupiter and Saturn house placements, in earlier posts).
First, the planetary lines. Let’s review what an Astro Map looks like. This is the map of someone I did a relocation reading for about a year ago.
You can see both Ascending and Descending lines running diagonally from North to South and back again. This person’s chart almost has the Bowl shape — planets are distributed among 7 houses and 192 degrees, with nothing on the other side. Descending lines are slightly fainter than Ascending lines, and the vertical Midheaven and Nadir lines are solid and dashed lines, respectively.
The Venus symbol is a little hard to make out, but it’s the only set of planetary lines in the color green. Zooming in we see the Venus line:
You will notice that the Venus Ascending line is closer to vertical than any other line on the map. That’s because Venus is at 6 degrees Virgo, which is pretty close to the Libra-Virgo cusp, where, if the planet was a star, would give us pretty close to daylight; Venus spends 12 hours above and below the horizon if it happens to be on the Virgo-Libra cusp (or the Pisces-Aries cusp, for that matter).
You can see the Venus ascending line comes very close to both Montreal and New York City, before passing south through the Dominican Republic, then Venezuela, western Brazil, Bolivia, and Argentina. We are using Time Passages to generate this map and the interpretation for the Venus Ascending line is as follows:
With Venus on the Ascendant, this place puts you in touch with the things in life that bring you pleasure and joy. A sense of wealth could accompany your footsteps while visiting this locale or you could experience a sharpened sense of financial acumen. Your artist self could easily become inspired here. You might also be drawn to the aesthetics of this particular culture and environment. You might desire to collect things, particularly beautiful things, which somehow come easily to you in this place. This location also has a tendency to inspire sensuality in you, and your desire to connect with others. You could find yourself falling into infatuations with people you encounter. You might benefit from bundling some humility and a sense of appreciation into your suitcase. It could be important that you develop a sustaining quality to your passions while you are here, and learn to pace yourself in the pursuit of your pleasures.
Dan Furst, who I like to draw from (his book is “Finding Your Best Places: Using Astrocartography to Navigate Your Life”) has it as follows:
A Venus line pointing east to the Asc is more likely to favor individual artistic achievements than shared success, but it surely can’t hurt that we will appear more beautiful under this line.
Moving on to the Venus in the Midheaven, the map mostly goes through Eastern Europe, including the Balkans, south through Central Africa:
Time Passages has the interpretation as follows:
With Venus on the Midheaven, this place brings aesthetics and partnership with others to the forefront. Linking up with people that you meet or bring to this area will form a large portion of your success here. You may feel a sense of destiny or fate at play when you are in these parts, especially when it comes to expressing your artistry, and that the public accepts, recognizes and even encourages you in your pursuits. This place can also become your very own pleasure-seeker’s paradise, being ideal for investing in your financial future and for acquiring valuable possessions. If your Venus is challenged, you could let your ambitions run away with you, or find you get easily caught up in status symbols. However, with a little luck and a positive focus, you may find that grace and beauty become your implements for success in this locale, and that cultivating a sense of pleasure pays off both literally and figuratively.
Dan Furst has Venus Midheaven line a little differently:
While all four of the Venus lines are good for money, the two best love lines are the ones pointing up to the MC, and west to the Descendant. As the vertical Venus on the MC line carries the nuance of a spiritually nourishing union, it happens often that people find, or have already begun, happy marriages or other intimate relationships with partners who were born under this line, or whom they encounter there.
Looking at the Venus on the Descendant line (the Descendant, being the cusp of the 7th house, is all about partnerships), the map looks like:
You can see the line moving southward through Siberia, eastern China (where there are a LOT of really big cities), and southeast Asia including Indonesia, missing Australia to the south. Time Passages interprets it as follows:
With Venus on the Descendent, relationship issues predominate for you in this place. You may find that here, you feel strangely incomplete unless and until you have formed a deep bond with a significant other. You could find yourself in these parts motivated to learn the art of relationship, mastering your ability to consider other’s needs as important as your own. You might form connections in this part of the world that focus on pleasure and riches of either the aesthetic or financial kind. At its most challenging, you could also attract others in this place who force you into lessons in love, or who over-express Venusian qualities, appearing hedonistically pleasure seeking or extremely materialistic. As you learn to more consciously express your own sense of beauty and the wealth within you, you could find yourself in partnerships here where you easily manifest the finer things in life and pleasurably share in their enjoyment.
Dan Furst simply says:
The Venus-Dsc line is not called the Marriage Line for nothing.
The most fascinating of the Venus lines is the Venus IC line, or Nadir (not really the Nadir, it is really just the lowest point the sun will reach underneath the earth. Many astrologers use the terms interchangeably.
Time Passages has the interpretation as follows:
With Venus at the Nadir, you will find this place to be the embodiment of rest, enjoyment and creativity. You may find that when visiting in this locale you can take a step back from the world and relax into your privacy. Making a home for yourself comes easily here. You could find this to be an ideal place for an artist’s retreat or for raising children or retiring. Your connections with family and friends become more important, and may take precedence over work or partnership concerns. You enjoy touch, and touching beautiful things. If your Venus is challenged, you may find that you have to watch your tendency to get lost in the comforts. At its best, however you take great joy in home, homeland and family when in these parts and begin to master the high art of self-care. Whether you find yourself planting a garden, pulling out the art supplies or wandering through the nearest countryside, you will enjoy a life in the body as well as in the mind.
Dan Furst gives us the goods, though:
The Venus line going down to the Nadir may be the best and most dangerous one, at least for those who are engaged in spiritual practice. Here life is so easy, materially and emotionally — we may be supported by another, and not have to earn a living — that we lack nothing except a soul life, and we may lose all sense of striving toward spiritual goals. That’s why I call this the Gina Lollobrigida line, for the high-end, low-talent starlet who made a life of being supported by generous men. Yes, enjoy this line if you’ve had years of exasperating struggle. But beware of getting stuck there.
The Venus lines do not make all of a Venus interpretation. Most people in the world would have a difficult time moving near a line, mostly because of material restrictions. Venus is also important in whatever house the client happens to be living in. Having a first house Venus versus a second house Venus, etc. makes a huge difference. We’ll cover that (like we’ve covered Mercury, Jupiter, and Saturn), using different interpretive tools, in a future post.