Venus is seen stationary, turning direct, about three weeks after its inferior conjunction
with the Sun, marking the beginning of the approximately nine-month long Lucifer-Direct phase of Venus. During this face of Venus, the emotions become more relaxed, free-flowing and less encumbered by fear of loss, hurt and rejection.
Venus Lucifer direct people are not necessarily more emotional, or even more emotionally demonstrative, than Venus Lucifer retrograde types. But whereas Lucifer retrograde people internalize
emotional difficulties, often to an intense degree, and tend to fear or anticipate future emotional hurt, Lucifer direct people are more emotionally relaxed, at ease and resilient. They seem to quickly bounce back from a romantic break-up, a personal rejection, a disappointment or an insult. Because they appear to bounce back so easily, and because they do not always appear
to register emotional impacts, Lucifer direct types sometimes seem like emotionally detached social butterflies. But such an impression can be deceptive because Lucifer direct people can be very adapt at concealing
their emotions, which are often far more intense, delicate and vulnerable than they care to reveal. This is especially so of people born during the early part of the Lucifer direct phase, because they tend to be working their way out of the Venus retrograde character, and are therefore more delicate emotionally than those born later on in the phase, who tend to possess quicker, more fluid emotional natures.
Venus Lucifer types often conceal the more vibrant (and dark) sides of their emotions because they desire to fit into the cultural mainstream, a tactic Venus Morning Star direct people often feel will at once give them a greater sense of self-worth and enable them to effect their culture and its values and ideals more successfully. Nevertheless, Lucifer direct people can be very direct and demonstrative regarding their feelings, and they tend to have an open and optimistic approach to life and to relationships.
Venus Lucifer direct people are often involved in promoting new values, ideals, outlooks and ways of life
created or exemplified by others. They do not wish to live a life "against the grain," which is more the destiny of Lucifer retrograde types. And because they wish to "fit in," they tend not to "act out" their emotional turmoil as fully as Venus Morning Star retrograde types.
Although Lucifer direct types are not likely candidates for a tragic, misunderstood artist, they are often very successful at producing the sort of social and culture reforms and change the more tormented and misunderstood Lucifer retrograde types dedicate themselves. They excel at politics, leadership and the at art of making things happen. Bestowed with a strong sense of ideals, Venus Lucifer direct people are often of a humanitarian spirit, wishing, and often working long and hard, to make a beneficial contribution to society.
About two weeks after turning direct,
while rising about 40 zodiacal degrees before the Sun, Venus is most brilliant in the pre-dawn morning sky. In natal astrology, it is difficult to gauge if Venus Morning Star natives born while Venus is brightest are more or less emotional than others - especially because they tend not to "act out" as much as others. Indeed, rather than "acting out" they tend to play an acceptable and comfortable role.
While it may be difficult to gauge the emotional intensity of the few people born while Venus is most brilliant in morning
sky, these individuals do seem to be very dedicated to their work, possessing compelling ideas and values
. Examples include Alan Watts, the English cleric turned Zen philosopher; Robespierre, a ruthless leader of the French Revolution; cowboy humorist/philosopher Will Rogers, and opera star Luciano Pavarotti
The birth-chart of Alan Watts
features a well-defined See-Saw
, with a tight conjunction of the Sun, Mercury and Mars in the first house, Capricorn, and with Venus Morning Star in the twelfth house, Sagittarius, trine Neptune retrograde – a suitable configuration for a Zen thinker. Watts was also a gifted promoter and, along with Allen Ginsberg and a few others, played a large role in bringing Buddhism and Mysticism into mainstream Euro-American culture.
In the instance of the birth of Robespierre
, leader of the ruthless "Reign of Terror", we find Venus Morning Star in the first house, near Uranus, the planet of revolution. Saturn is just below the Ascendant - suggesting a strict, stern character - and Mars and Neptune are conjunct in the sixth house, Leo, trine Jupiter and Pluto, both retrograde in the tenth house. Venus is "under-aspected," forming only a powerful tri-octile (135 degrees aspect) to Mars. Venus not only signifies our emotional life and our values and ideals, it also symbolizes judgement
, which is something Robespierre performed with unequaled ruthlessness. Yet the ruthless judgement of the reign of terror
was based on a revolutionary, but limited, set of values, ideals and goals, albeit tinged with vengeance and cruelty.
Sex-Symbol Marilyn Monroe
was born shortly after Venus Morning Star was brightest. Her birth-chart shows Mercury rising four degrees before the Sun - she liked smart men, said Albert Einstein was the sexist man she had ever met, and had an over-powering attraction to Robert F. Kennedy. Venus is the most elevated planet, and it is trine Neptune in the first house, Leo - a fitting symbol for a glamorous film star. But the most powerful and revealing configuration of the chart is a tight T-square in fixed signs, formed by Neptune opposing a conjunction of the Moon and Jupiter in the seventh house, with Saturn retrograde in the fourth house square both ends of the opposition, suggesting potent parental complexes.
Venusian qualities become more pronounced,
and the emotional nature more active and responsive, between the time of Venus' maximum brightness and its maximum elongation from the Sun (about 47 degrees ahead of the Sun); that is, about thirty-six to seventy-two days after its inferior conjunction with the Sun, while Venus is still moving through the zodiac slower than the Sun.
Rock icons David Bowie
and Jim Morrison
were born two to three weeks before maximum elongation. In Morrison's instance, there are no planets between a Sagittarius Sun and Venus at the first degree of Scorpio, but the tenth house Sun broadly opposes Uranus, Mars and Saturn in Gemini. The latter three bodies are retrograde. Additionally, the chart features an outstanding number of quintile aspects, and Pluto retrograde is conjunct the north lunar node, just below the Descendant, and square the Moon. David Bowie was born just after a conjunction of the Sun and Mars, and both Mars and Mercury stand between the Sun and Venus, suggesting Bowie's Venus Morning Star qualities are somewhat filtered through Mercury and Mars, symbolizing his faculties of intelligence and self-promotion, reinforced by a quintile linking Venus and Mercury. Pluto retrograde is seen just below the Descendant, with Saturn retrograde and the Moon nearby. The latter two bodies are trine Venus.
Leader of the 1916 Russian Revolution, Nicolai Lenin
was also born soon before maximum elongation. In Lenin's birth-chart a conjunction of Mars and Neptune in Aries (suggesting a ruthless, ideological attitude toward life) is found between a sixth house Sun and a third house Venus. Additionally, the Mars-Neptune conjunction forms a tight square to Uranus, which is on the north lunar node. Saturn retrograde has the focus, in the first house, Sagittarius.
Singer-songwriter, painter Joni Mitchell
was born ten days before the maximum elongation of Venus Morning Star. In her horoscope, Mercury rises one-degree before a fifth house Sun, in Scorpio, while Venus is conjunct Neptune - appropriate symbols for her multi-faceted talent. Her chart also features a tight T-square in mutable signs, formed by Venus opposing the Moon, with a conjunction of Mars and Saturn (both retrograde) at the apex - a stressful and difficult configuration from which she probably draws much material.
"Live fast, die young, and leave a good-looking corpse." Film icon James Dean
was born just three days before the maximum elongation of Venus Morning Star. His chart features Venus in the first house, quincunx (150 degree aspect) Mars retrograde and a trine to Neptune (film, glamour, suicide) and a sextile to a Scorpio Moon. Saturn and Mercury lie between Venus Morning Star and the Sun, and the pair opposes Mars retrograde, Pluto retrograde and Jupiter retrograde. Both ends of the compound opposition square Uranus in the fourth house, Aries.
Early abstract artist Paul Klee and modern composers Maurice Ravel and Alexander Scriabin were born two to three weeks after
the maximum elongation of Venus Morning Star - that is, when Venus began to "loop back," moving toward the Sun
, attaining at geocentric velocity greater than the Sun, and gaining.
In the instance of Paul Klee
, Mercury Sagittarius retrograde – standing in the ninth house very near the Midheaven – is situated between a Sagittarian eleventh house Sun and Venus in the eight house, Scorpio, symbolizing the mental approach and philosophical values he shared with many early-modern artists. Additionally, Venus forms a trine with Jupiter and the Moon in the first house, Pisces, and a tight opposition with Mars conjunct Neptune retrograde in the second house Taurus.
The birth-charts of early modern composers Ravel
both show Venus rising about forty-four degrees before the Sun, and both have Saturn and Mercury retrograde standing between the Sun and Venus, though not in the same sequence. In the instance of Ravel - who was born at a New Moon – Venus is seen in the third house, Aquarius, at the apex of a tight T-square with Neptune (the planet of music) just below the Descendant and Jupiter retrograde just above the Ascendant. Additionally, Uranus is at the Midheaven.
We now come to a long segment of the Venus Lucifer direct phase
during which a much larger number of people are born than during the "sub-phases" discussed above. Coming out the its maximum elongation from the Sun, Venus Morning Star spends about six months increasing velocity and moving closer to the Sun
- advancing toward the superior conjunction. This part of the cycle of Venus symbolizes a gradual refinement of goals and values, as well as a more deliberate and confident approach to relationships. In a sense, Venusian qualities are being honed and better defined as they become closer integrated with Solar will. The emotional nature becomes more fluid, spontaneous and fearless as Venus gains velocity over the Sun, and individuals born during this period tend to be more emotionally secure and demonstrative than those born before maximum elongation. Yet other horoscope factors, such as Saturn retrograde, may figure into the picture, which may symbolize a tempering or repression of the emotions and the expression . . . or, at times, just the opposite. Additionally, individuals born toward the close of the Venus Morning Star direct phase often seem to take on some of the characteristics of associated with Venus Evening Star types.
In astrological symbolism the planet Venus and the sign Taurus represent the throat, the vocal chords, the voice, vocalists and singers. Early woman of Rock, Ann Wilson, and alternative singer/songwriter Alanis Morissette, were both born a couple months after maximum elongation of Venus Morning Star, and the horoscopes of both feature Venus in the sign Taurus.
During the early-70s Ann Wilson
and her younger sister, guitarist Nancy Wilson, joined Heart — one of the first rock bands to strongly feature female members. Among the strongest and most compelling voices of Rock, Ann Wilson was born with Venus rising about thirty-six degrees before the Sun, with Mercury situated between the two. In her chart Venus is seen in Taurus just below the Descendant, square a powerful Moon-Pluto conjunction in the ninth house Leo. Additionally, Venus is the focus of a number of quintile and decile based aspects (derived by division of 360 by 5 and 10, or multiples of 5 and 10, producing aspects of 36 degrees, 72 degrees, 108 degrees, 144 degrees, and so on. See my The EON: The 36 Cyclic Aspects Symbolically Depicted
for more on the aspects). In addition to forming a decile (36 degrees) with the Sun, Venus is also involved in a triangular formation consisting of a bi-quintile (144 degrees) to Neptune and a quintile to Jupiter, with a bi-quintile between Jupiter and Neptune. It is an apt configuration for talent, fame and success as a vocalist and songwriter, but there might be a story behind the singleton Jupiter standing alone at the Nadir.
The birth-chart of Alanis Morissette
also features a number of decile and quintile based aspects. Venus in the tenth house, Taurus, rises forty degrees before the Sun (a novile aspect) and is bi-quintile Neptune in the fifth house of creativity and self-expression - a fitting symbol for a highly expressive singer. Significantly, Venus is exactly opposite the Moon in the forth house, Scorpio, which is conjunct Uranus retrograde – a striking symbol of the female angst
which in 1997 brought Alanis worldwide attention (and unparalleled success) with her album Jagged Little Pill
was born a bit further along the Venus cycle, when Venus rose about twenty-two degrees before the Sun; that is, midway between maximum elongation and the superior conjunction. Both Venus and the Sun are in Leo, with Venus in the eleventh house of associations, connections and aspirations, and with the Sun in the twelfth house (with three other planets), suggesting she is much deeper and more complex than her public image. Notably, the edgy and non-conformist planet Uranus stands midway between the Sun and Venus. Additionally, Venus forms a tight square to Neptune (music) in the second house (money), which is conjunct Jupiter (expansion, compensation, success) and the north lunar node (what one aspires toward). Saturn is retrograde in the fourth house.
was also born midway between maximum elongation and the superior conjunction. In his instance, Mercury rises between Venus and the Sun. Venus and Mercury are conjunct in the fifth house Pisces, and Mars and Jupiter are also seen in the fifth. Uranus (conjunct the south lunar node) is rising and, significantly, Mercury (the scribe) and Venus are opposite Pluto retrograde in the eleventh house of friends, associations and social enjoyments. Casanova was more than a famous lover who wrote a lot about his sexual exploits (Venus, Mercury, Mars, and Jupiter in the fifth house), he was also a penetrating social historian and his autobiography not merely depict his sexual escapades, they also provide an inside look at the courts and aristocracy of his time.
was one of the most important women of the 19th century, and one of the most Promethean women of all time. An early feminist, one of the first truly liberated women, a consort of J.P. Morgan, an early health food advocate, a financial advisor, one of the first "channel writers," and a candidate for the office of the President of the United States, Victoria Woodhull was born with the Sun and Jupiter at the Ascendant, both in the last degree of Virgo. Venus rose twenty-one degrees before the Sun, and Jupiter and Mercury retrograde are seen between the Sun and Venus.
The birth-chart of nineteenth-century social satirist Oscar Wilde
shows Venus rising fifteen degrees before the Sun. Venus is the focus of a number of septile based aspects (derived by the division of 360 by 7 and by multiples of 7). Venus also forms a bi-quintile aspect with Uranus (he was persecuted for his unconventional, homosexual lifestyle) and a decile with Mercury, symbolizing his literary artistry and talent.
As Venus draws near the Sun, it attains its maximum velocity through the zodiac.
When the arc between the two reaches about ten zodiacal degrees, Venus is so near the Sun that it is no longer visible in the morning sky. The period of "invisibility" lasts several weeks before and after the superior conjunction; it symbolizes an integration of Venusian guiding qualities and principles with solar will geared toward the fulfillment of an ideal, vision or creative goal . . . or solar will (or egotism) eclipsing and overshadowing Venusian values.
Romantic composer Frederic Chopin
, scientific genius Nikola Tesla
, and singer/songwriter Tori Amos
were born at the close of the Venus Morning Star phase, just before the superior conjunction. Chopin's horoscope shows Sun and Venus just below the Descendant, with Pluto on the Descendant, and the three form squares to Neptune and Saturn, which straddle the Nadir. In the instance of Tesla, a lifelong celebrant, the Sun and Venus straddle the Nadir, in Cancer, while forming squares to the Moon and Mars (the latter is also conjunction the south lunar node) in the sixth house, Libra. The Sun quintiles Pluto, which is rising - suggesting Telsa's energy discoveries, as does the bi-quintile linking Mars and Uranus in the first house. Tori Amos was born when Venus rose two-degrees before the Sun, and her horoscope shows both bodies in the ninth house Leo, along with Uranus in Virgo. But the focus of her chart seems to be placed more on Saturn retrograde in the fourth house (always a powerful symbol, often indicating a father complex) and Jupiter retrograde (symbol of compensation) in the fifth house, both of which stand alone.
I am reluctant to provide gender specific interpretations for Venus Lucifer direct for a number of reasons. As we have seen, this particular face of Venus comprises a number of "sub-types", and it is better to attempt to achieve a integrated understanding of the entire Venus cycle, and the gradations of the Venus Lucifer direct type, in basic human terms
. Additionally, in this phase, and in the corresponding Venus Hesperus direct phase, gender shadings regarding the Venus function - especially concerning core issues and physiological complexes – are far better symbolized by Venus' place in the chart as a whole
and by her connections with other planets.