Venus, the Roman goddess of beauty, is associated with the power of love, the power of attraction and cohesion, and the power of quiet, gentle persuasion. It stimulates the desire to be sociable. Its influences include balancing, harmonizing and peacemaking. It is symbolic of affection, sentiment, sympathy, romance, friendship, beauty, pleasure, art, music, festivities, manners, attractiveness, values, appreciation and a sense of aesthetics.
If affected (adversely aspected to other planet), the affectionate, warm and sympathetic nature of Venus can be flirtatious, self-indulgent, sensual, vain, lazy and irresponsible.
Venus rules placid Taurus as well as Libra, the sign of harmony. A strong Venus influence has a mellowing effect. The Venus nature is more than gentle it is graceful and tactful. Venus is not easily expressed in the intense signs of Scorpio or Aries. Virgo, because of its excessive criticism and fussiness, can also inhibit the expression of Venus, whereas the loving nature of Pisces reinforces the Venusian influence.
The symbol of Venus is the circle of spirit over the cross of matter. This represents the spirit overcoming matter through love. The glyph of Venus is also the symbol of female. Venus represents the receptive, feminine, or yin, side of our emotional nature.
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