Venus is a beneficial planet by nature and is also considered to be a teacher. Venus is the planet governing sensuality and is the embodiment of love. All attributes of love, romance, beauty, sensuality, sexual pleasures and passion are under the rule of Venus.
The Sanskrit name for Venus is “Shukra”, which in one instance means “semen”, making Venus the presiding deity of semen. Shukra is the son of the great sage, seer and astrologer “Bhrigu”, who taught his son all spiritual sciences and the Vedic scriptures.
Venus is also very important in determining wealth and conjugal relationships. It represents marriage and the ability to gain a good wife. The privilege of having a comfortable home, luxuries, quality cars, furniture, and paraphernalia are also under the control of Venus. Like Jupiter, Venus also gives wealth and material prosperity, but Venus often concentrates on the material rather than the spiritual attributes, unless the subject has the ability to utilize its “higher” aspects.
Venus is connected to the chanting of mantras, Tantra, hypnotism, alchemy and the medical arts. Venus rules artists, actors, musicians, dancers and poets. Those that make a living dealing in the sensual things available on earth also usually have a strong, prominent Venus in their horoscopes.
In the physical body, it rules the reproductive system, kidneys, eyes, cheeks, chin and throat. In nature it especially rules over flowers, jewels and tropical places. Venus is the lord of the signs Taurus and Libra.
It is exalted in Pisces and debilitated in Virgo. Birthstars ruled by Venus are Bharani, Purvaphalguni and Purvashada. Friends are Mercury and Saturn; Sun and Moon are enemies and Mars and Jupiter are neutral, although Venus is hostile towards Jupiter.
When Venus is strong in the chart, subjects may be loving and charismatic, able to infuse others with a sense of happiness and well-being. It brings wealth, comforts and a beautiful face and body. It makes for mutual attraction between the opposite sexes. Venus may bestow a gentle and tender nature, having great consideration for others around them. It gives an affinity for fine jewelry, beautiful clothes, ornaments and perfumes. Those with a prominent Venus will usually enjoy both rich and delicious foods and have a love for the fine arts. They may have the inspiration necessary to become artists, musicians or poets. Hopefully they may also be seekers of truth and the knowledge of the obscure, or secret sciences. Qualities of expression, appreciation and affection are apparent in those with a well-positioned Venus.
If Venus is weak or afflicted in the horoscope, problems in marriage often result. The subjects may be lacking in physical beauty, as well as grace and charm. Insensitivity may be seen along with lack of love and affection. A weak Venus can result in coarse and vulgar behavior. Romantic affairs will be seen to be tumultuous and short-lived. There appears to be difficulty in expressing feelings. In men, relationships with women are extremely difficult and in women, it may be seen to bring about lack of feminine qualities.
Physically, it may cause weak kidneys and reproductive system, or even infertility. Energy may be low and the immune system may also be feeble. Chronic urinary tract infections may be manifest. Even if Venus is strong, if it is in an undesirable position, it may cause an overindulgence in sex, eating or drinking, bringing on innumerable physical inabilities.
Venus was the master and teacher of the demons. The demons harassed the gods greatly and during one such war, Venus angered Lord Shiva while using his powers to revive demons that had perished. Shiva captured and swallowed Venus in order to turn the tides of the war. Venus wandered and meditated in Shiva’s stomach for 1,000 years. When Shiva ejected Venus back into the world, Venus immediately paid obeisance to Shiva without delay. This so impressed Shiva that he granted Venus the status of planet