Since the beginning of time ancient peoples looked at the planets as gods. Appearance and behavior mirrored the divine image ascribed to them. These planetary gods played out mythical dramas that reflected human emotions and experiences.
Astrologers have believed for thousands of years that the planets' movements described the behavior of each god.
That the position of each planet at the time of ones birth and during major life moments are more than symbolic; they occur in a synchrony with the forces that shape life in ways that can be positive if understood or dire if not anticipated correctly.
When thinking of major bodies in our Solar System, we think of 8 planets plus the Sun and Moon. In the next ten weeks I will take you through each, starting with my personal planet Venus, and we'll explore their character, special qualities, and general astrological significance.
And no, I will not be taking into account that Pluto is now considered a dwarf and that there is a new sign added to the wheel......sorry!
What could only be a coincidence of the dangerously alluring goddess, the conditions of the planet Venus are fatal to any earthly human that would enter this planet's atmosphere. The carbon dioxide and solar radiation that drives the temperature up to 460 degrees Celsius, and, oh yeah, the heat gases, 200 mph winds, and the sulfuric acid clouds. These combine to give Venus the right to brag as being the 3rd brightest star in our heavens. (SHEESH!)
Venus is known as the Morning Star and Evening Star--this might be because these are the times we as humans prefer for lovemaking. Which makes sense since this planet has always been seen as the goddess of love.
Venus was born from the sea, full grown and absolutely beautiful. She married a blacksmith god by the name of Vulcan but birthed 3 children by the god of war Mars. When Vulcan learned of his wives affair, he created a net from bronze and set trap to their bed. He then told Venus he was leaving on vacation, only to return a few hours later to find her and Mars tangled up.
It's said that he then called the gods Neptune, Mercury, and Apollo to see the two wrapped up and naked just to shame them (Hmm).
Vulcan, still in love with Venus, kept her for his own. Though she still came to bare Mercury's child among other gods and mortals.
She was the embodiment of natural sexuality, not shameful of her actions, promoted love and lovemaking. For this was the way to gain joy and true passion.
BUT like everything, she did have a downside. The energy she exuded caused people to sacrifice family and responsibilities. She was devious and demanding. She is sometimes called 'The Dark One' because the passions she inspired lead to tragedies.
Astrologically, Venus has always been associated with all things admirable and desired: love, beauty, and the love of beauty, appreciation of the arts, the feminine nature in women and men, harmony, peace and reconciliation, and the enjoyment of pleasure.
She is seen to influence us in all different types of relationships. Business, social ties, and sexual bonds.
If you are born under this one of a kind creature, you are thought to be gentle, warm sentimental, graceful, and artistic. Negatively, you pull tendencies to be indecisive (don't I know it!), vulnerable, excessively romantic, impractical attitude, envious, and prone to jealousy.
This planet rules two signs, Taurus and Libra (Yeee!). In the body, she controls our throat, kidneys, and physical beauty.
And to end this piece with a fun fact, ironically enough, a man born under Venus was thought to die at the hands of a woman.
Up Next - The Sun