Venus is the brightest natural object in the night sky, after the Moon, which is the most glowing nighttime Luminary. Never venturing far from the Sun, Venus is the closest planet to Earth, calling our attention to what we love and appreciate here in the material plane of existence.
Venus is associated with feminine principles and Aphrodite, the Goddess of Love and Pleasure. Using Psychological Astrology, this yin quality is seen archetypically (in men & women) as the Lover, Seductress, Prostitute, as well as the Artist, Poet and Muse. The function of Venus is appreciating all that is most valuable: giving and receiving love, enjoying the simple pleasures of life/beauty, and forging fulfilling intimate bonds.
Like the Moon, Venus desires closeness and mirroring, but in a more unfettered state of cooperation and mutual give and take. Where the Moon unconsciously grasps to satiate security needs, Venus seeks to love for the sake of loving without a hope for reward. Where the Moon needs “Mother-Fusion” to rescue/protect one from the big scary world, Venus wants to discover what is naturally reflected in the love given and received out in the world. From this perspective, a true sense of self-esteem/worthiness is solidified for healthy bonding in all forms of relating, including socially.
The negative characteristics of Venus initially operate unconsciously until alignment with the Hero’s quest toward actualizing one’s Sun (wholeness) is brought to consciousness. These Venusian archetypes typically act out (Who will love me?!) in a childish manner as jealousy, vanity, shallowness, conceit, indulgence, materialism, narcissism, and manipulation to gain wealth and adoration. From this dark place one is perpetually Un-Lovable, Un-Attractive, and Un-Able to see Life as bestowing upon Oneself the pure Grace of Love.
As Venus attunes toward conscious alignment to serves the Sun’s Purpose (to shine), Balance and Equilibrium are restored. Co-Dependence drops away and Venus naturally extends into shared Co-Independence; connecting, engaging, appreciating, enjoying, giving and attracting Love, Peace and Harmony. Venus now proclaims- Who & What Will I Love?!
Written By Corey Gilbert- Astrological Counselor/Mentor