Posts Tagged ‘Venus’

You remember when you were a kid and they made you learn the figures of speech? Did you hate ‘em? I loved ‘em. Still do. But, really, we owe our English teachers a big “thank you” because where would we be without a fine appreciation of irony?

Take me for instance, I wrote a whole series last year about Venus. I wrote about her  retrograde recently and now that she’s out of the retrograde’s shadow, I’m writing about her again. The irony is that I have the most benighted (is that the same as cursed?) Venus in my chart. By sign, by house, and even by aspect, damn it! Okay, it does conjunct my Mercury and yeah, I love that, but that’s it for something good. I swear!

On another note, astrologers look at the ephemeris and predict events. I know people like that and they’re very good. Me? I look at the events around me and pick up the ephemeris. I did that today and saw that Venus is at 15 Scorpio; she came out of her retrograde shadow on 20-Dec-2011. You see any thematic connections or thematic unfolding happening now that is related to what happened during the recent retrograde? If your retrograde was eventful, then this is another act in the same play. Action moves forward.



I was reading Barbara Hand Clow’s Liquid Light of Sex last night and in it, while talking about the crown chakra, she tells of a story she learnt from her Mayan teachers and her Cherokee grandfather. It’s God talking about why he created us, mankind. It’s wonderfully written, powerfully evocative, thrilling and I think it might also be healing to read it, to feel it, to imagine it. (more…)

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I’m lucky enough to be friends with The Biker Magi. He’s got impeccable manners and a rare honesty of spirit. He’s also a tad unconventional and fearless in expressing what he thinks and feels. I cajoled him into distilling some of his long-term flirtation with astrology into a post. If you want a sanitized look at Venus, then this post is not for you. But if you enjoy the goddess in all her avatars, some of which are raw, then you will find this post a delightful romp!

When I laughed at an advertisement for Little Black Dress Wines in Wine and Spirits Quarterly, remarking to my uncle that it made me think of a drunken slut in a short dress, I realized what I wanted to write about.


That’s right. Shy types can just stop reading right now. Venus isn’t the nice girl in some Christian convent. Being a biker astrologer, I haven’t ever met a woman who grew up in a convent, if you know what I mean. And rather than dissecting the natal chart of another, I’ll dare to examine Venus in my own chart.

In my chart, Venus is located in the eighth house. Forget the politically-correct modern texts that tell you that the eighth house is the house of “shared resources and inheritance.” That’s pure modernistic bull, and it’s not good astrology. It may be part of it, but in traditional, time-tested astrology, the eighth house is – on account of the natural placement of the eighth house in Scorpio – the house of death.

But my Venus isn’t a mean girl. That would be Venus in … Scorpio maybe. Or in cold mental Gemini maybe. But she’s in the sign of Cancer, which – aside from her nefarious neighborhood – means this woman is caring, even if she is the “caring whore.” Forget the moralistic implications of the word. In Italian, “Putanesca” is a dish made from various ingredients thrown together, and the translation means, “what the whore had [in her pantry].” You see, once upon a time, when the rich traveler might be able to afford to stay in grand style, the ordinary wayfaring man might opt to stay with the local prostitute. This could simply have been a girl who wasn’t lucky enough to be betrothed when her parents died. Perhaps she lived in a little shack by the local cemetery [eighth house]. She merely did what she had to, and if treated well enough, she might throw some food together to nourish her patron.

Cancer, however, while it is the sign ruled by the nurturing moon, isn’t really the sign of the virgin, either. Using the animal image associated with that sign, Cancer is the crab. Now crabs aren’t solitary creatures. They’ll crawl over one another, and can be cooked without a lid because, if one attempts to climb out, one of the others will reach out and pull it back! Cancer doesn’t want you to leave; it wants you to endure the same fate as the rest of the group or society. So a man could do worse than a Cancerian Venus whore. In fact, due to the group-related nature of Cancer, it could be fun. She might even bring a friend [or three or ten]. Just don’t try to leave and expect to be remembered fondly. You’re expected to conform to her, with her friends, with society, and if you don’t … well, best you sneak away in the night.

The eighth house does in part encompass the modern insurance industry, and one of the more attractive women I have met in my life was a boss in a large insurance company headquartered in the American northeast. I remember in a meeting that she announced it was her birthday, and I’m thinking, “Sun at about 15 Cancer…conjunct my Venus,” and, in fact, she was exactly what I find attractive. How I drooled over this woman and her tight pants (covering her eighth house parts) and — though she was a manager — she was to my amazement actually knowledgeable, sufficient that I could relate a complex programming problem and feel a sense of connection (Venus) with her! If that woman had only known the power she had over me … (damn, I should have told her the power she had over me!). The eighth house is the second house to the seventh house of “others,” and as such can show the possessions of others, and one of the great loves of my life was and is … well, the possession of another.

Venus also shows what you enjoy, and Cancer has to do with nourishment and therefore the mouth. The eighth house — of course – anatomically represents the reproductive tract and associated naughty bits. Do I need to paint you a picture?

So where’s your Venus?

Venus in Aries is like Xena the Warrior Princess. She likes weapons. If she’s in the military, get the hell out of her way and you won’t get hurt. DO NOT tell her your gun is bigger than hers. If she’s not in the military, she might even be a biker … the idea of iron and steel powerfully combusting between her legs gets her off. She leaves the earth scorched and burned behind her. She probably has more female conquests than you do. You think men are bad?

Venus in Taurus likes to have her “space” the way the bull likes its pen. She’s quiet until you trespass upon her protected area. And then you wake up on your ass.

Venus in Gemini is mental. Remember that gal who played Spock’s betrothed on the Star Trek episode ‘Amok Time?’ She explained what would happen if Spock had actually killed his Captain, that he would be jailed and she would get the man she really wanted. And Spock turned and told her that “having isn’t really so good as wanting.”

Venus in Leo is grand. She’s got the big hair and the big bosom. Probably a porn star. And she’s the user, not the guy. Probably hates dogs, the way lions hate hyenas. Woo her with shiny stuff. Like mirrors.

Venus in Virgo is clinical. A surgeon perhaps. Or a lab technician or some form of computer analyst or someone who makes a living that requires absolute cleanliness and order. DO NOT make a mess in her house, or she’ll probably dissect you. Turn-ons include crisp, ironed linens. Or the scent of the same. Give her the gift of a maid.

Venus in Libra likes pleasantries. It’s more important to her to have pleasant surroundings, pleasing coverings and clothing. Take these away, or argue with her, and she’ll come unbalanced. Hopefully you have health care.

Venus in Scorpio is a spy or assassin. Ask her to see the gun or dagger she has strapped inside her pantyhose and she’ll ask you, “Which one?” Think Sharon Stone.

Venus in Sagittarius is like a learned professional, like a lawyer. If you want to have sex with her, expect to have your argument planned out, and file your pleadings well in advance.

Venus in Capricorn is the accountant. She has a picture of Scrooge that she masturbates to. Do not ask her if you can borrow money.

Venus in Aquarius goes with whatever the group wants. You’re not her only boyfriend. If you buy her something, make it something she can share with all the others.

Venus in Pisces either meditates, prays, or drinks; or she drinks, prays while she is sick in front of the commode, and then meditates that she will never do that again … until next time.

So there it is. Enjoy your Venus. It’s not my place to judge what gets you off.

So sayeth The Biker Magi

ABOUT THE AUTHOR: The Biker Magi was born in the American northeast and grew up in middle class suburbia in a town ranked number one in Money magazine’s list of the best places to live in America in 2005, but that all changed when his father retired and the family moved to Florida. Distanced from what he considered decent society, he was a classic candidate for rebellion and eventually found acceptance amongst both motorcyclists and fellow military veterans. When repairing computers for the local IBM dealer, he inquired to one customer about some astrology software he found on one. “Oh, that’s my wife’s, she’s an astrologer.” Eventually becoming a student of this AFA-accredited astrologer of 50 years experience, he found a pickup line that he could safely retreat into. “What’s your sign? Hey, baby, I’m an astrologer, no really!” And since riding motorcycles necessitated a ‘road name,’ someone thought ‘Magi’ was appropriate due to his predilection for astrology. And it stuck!

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kissTake off your shoes, slip into something comfortable. Maybe some soft music? Why not? It sets the mood and lifts the spirits. Some chocolate and wine close by? Good, now you’re ready to sit down and curl up with Matthew Currie’s new book Love and Seduction by Starlight.

Whether you’ve got your eye on someone you’ve just met, or you’ve been quietly languishing for a certain somebody for a while now, inside knowledge is always a big help. Here’s what Matt says about why he wrote this book:

Most of the clients I have come to me with one of two major issues:

1) Where is the love that I really want/need?
2) Why is the love I have not working out the way I want it to?

…And to be perfectly honest, more often than not the answer(s) to those questions boil down to two very simple factors:

1) You don’t fully understand the assets you have, or you aren’t using them properly
2) You don’t really understand how your partner is wired.

This e-book will give you the tools you need to understand yourself, your moods, and how you interact with and love others. It will also give you the means to get a fully-formed handle on the people you love (or would like to love, or would like to have loving you).”

And so it does. The book is divided into four sections. The first two cover Sun and Moon signs and help you obtain insights into a person’s basic personality and emotional make-up.  So now you know what makes them tick and what hooks them emotionally and you’ve managed to snag their interest. Good. But now what? How do you hold on to it?

You know what they say, the brain is the largest sex organ in the body. A person’s Mercury tells you about what entrances their mind. Once you’ve entered their thoughts, it’s just a step away from entering their hearts. Venus is the attraction principle. In a man’s chart, it signifies the type women he’s romantically attracted to, and in a woman’s chart it holds the secret of her appeal. For gentlemen reading this, you need to look at your lady love’s Sun and Mars to see what she finds attractive in a man.

But for both sexes, the Venus placement will teach you how to engage your partner’s senses. Once the senses come into play, anyone who knows human physiology will tell you, the next step is action. That brings us to Mars. The book tells us, “It rules what drives you…including your sex drive.”  Mercury, Venus and Mars form the third section and, in my opinion, are the heart of the book.  I found them very useful and full of insights. But my favorite is the chapter on astro-tips for women on making the most of their individual and unique feminine appeal. Here’s what the author says, “You already know far better than I do what colors and kind of outfits look better on you than I do. But there are a few suggestions that can go a long way towards maximizing your sexiness.

There’s no reason for the guys to despair, you haven’t been forgotten. There’s a special chapter for you, too. Here’s a sneak-peek: “How you get the ball rolling with someone romantically often depends on the activities on a first date. Getting the mind and/or body working is the first step to getting a relationship to work. When you’re asking a woman for a date, try basing the activity in question on her Mars placement. What’s well begun is half done…

I would buy the book for these two chapters alone, but, glory be!, there’s more. So, pour yourself another glass of wine and I’ll tell you about the last section on compatibility. If you’re looking for something that lasts beyond an evening of fun and games, then compatibility matters. A smoldering gaze and a soft voice are all very well, but you need a bit more if you want to build something that lasts. If that’s what you’re after, this section will let you know if you’re on the right trail. But whatever it is that your heart’s set on, whether it’s a love that endures or just a brief and sizzling encounter, you’ll benefit by learning more about the astrology of seduction.

At $10, this book’s a steal! For more details, put that glass down and click here.

Oh, and before I forget: if you buy the book, it comes with $20 worth of freebies. Enjoy!



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Sure, I got time to talk. It’s the weekend. So, where do you want to go? On a hill ‘round a fire, drinking cheap booze? Or to Couch despite their loud music, ‘cause they do the best Cosmopolitans in the city? Or do you just want to come over and we can talk late into the night? ‘Cause we’ve got to get the mood right. It’s Neptune, the mood is everything.

Want to talk about love, huh? Freud said that’s all there was: love and work. Sure, we can talk about love. What do you want to drink? Oh, no, not for me. Thanks. I don’t smoke that stuff: freaks me out. I’m sticking to whiskey, grown to really like it and they say it doesn’t give you hangovers.

What did you say? You think he’s really not that into you? Yeah, I saw the movie and read the “book.” The movie was a bit dull except for the opening scene with the little girl, where her mom tells her that the boy who was mean to her is doing it ‘cause he really likes her. Don’t young boys do that, though? They taught us in psych class that till they’re about 10 or 11, boys and girls don’t really mix with the other gender. So, um, no socialization skills, I’m guessing. And unless they have older sisters they wouldn’t know how to behave with girls. Even grown-up boys are hard to understand. When my brother ribs me, I get really mad. My nephew told me that’s how guys show affection. Stuff like that really messes up one’s head, I don’t blame you.

You want some music on? Can we start with Kenny G’s Song Bird? I don’t hold with people who denigrate his work. It’s a very evocative piece, haunting. Or Adnam Sami’s great, too: his Bhigi bhigi rato mein is after all about love and longing and it’s such a great song. Sami it is, then.

Where were we? Oh, look at that alliteration! Sorry about that, my Mercury squares Neptune and I’m always getting distracted with stuff like that. Yeah, so boys. They’re different. Really. I bought my husband a copy of Men are from Mars and Women are from Venus a few years ago. He never did read it, but I did and it helped me for a while. Then I forgot about it. What? I’m rambling? Oh, yeah, it’s a full-on Neptune post, just go with the flow, will ya? And let me get you another drink!

I’m a regular visitor at Jeffrey Kishner’s Sasstrology because I absolutely have to read Matthew Currie’s Daily Sky every day. On bad days, when I remember I haven’t read it, I cheer up, because I still have something cool to read. It’s that much fun. So I’m on Sasstrology at least once a day and sometimes I check out the forum widget to see what people are talking about. It’s mostly along the lines of, “How do I get a Libra man to ask me out on another date?,” “What does it mean if a Taurus guy is ignoring you?” Let me make some up: “If a Capricorn is not returning my calls, does it mean that he is not in love with me?,” “If a Virgo crosses the road when he sees me, does it mean he is just not that into me?” For me, fresh from the Saturn-Venus boot camp, it’s clear: Babe, if he liked you, you wouldn’t be fretting so. See what I’m saying? He isn’t that into you. Give up already. What, you can’t? Addicted, you say? Yes, yes. I get it, it’s that Neptune again. Time to get down to brass tacks now.

I’ll have you know that I’ve been wanting to write a post on Venus-Neptune and unrequited love for over a month now. I’ve got two incomplete drafts already but neither pleases me. They’re too dull, and Venus-Neptune is anything but dull. So I’ve given up on the idea of writing a serious astrology piece about it. I mean, Venus-Neptune is all about love and poetry and heartbreak and addiction and love songs and sighing and pining and dreaming. So hanging out with you here, talking about loves lost and sharing a drink over Rick Astley’s singing…

My heart starts breaking
When I think of making
A plan to let you go
I keep thinking maybe tomorrow
I’m gonna let you know
But when I think about leaving
I think about losing
The only love I ever knew
Every time I think of you

My heart starts aching
My hands keep shaking
And you know’ you
know’ you know

It would take a
strong strong man
To ever let you go to
ever let you go
To ever let you go

 …that’s what Venus-Neptune is all about.

In case you were wondering, here is the first draft (dull, dull):

I’ve studied psychology and now I study astrology. For me the links between the two subjects are clear: both study people, their emotions, personalities, behavior and ultimately their fate (for character is indeed destiny).

Certain diseases and medications produce a complete lack of “affect” or emotion in people. Imagine that, living in a void, being the living dead, feeling nothing. Being in the world, but not a part of it. I can’t imagine anything worse and that is why I think every feeling is valuable, every feeling is an affirmation that you are alive. If someone is going through an emotionally painful episode in their life, and you were to tell them this, they might look at you as if you are mad. And, yet, it is our feelings that weave the rich tapestries of our lives. It is our feelings that give value to our experiences.

Suffering, pain, loss: they mark a pattern in all lives. How they play out is widely divergent: today, I want to focus on unrequited love. In the face of collapsed and collapsing civilizations, limping economies, genocide, war, poverty, what’s a broken heart, you might ask. Not much. It doesn’t matter, from a certain perspective, how many hearts are broken, bruised or aching with longing. It doesn’t matter except to the person who sitting around clutching a pillow with the light in their eyes dimmed. If you have ever undergone heartache, you will know how meaningless life becomes. I read somewhere that Napoleon once wrote this to Josephine, “Without you, the world is a desert.”

Love is the grandest of emotions: when you are in love the world is a brighter place. The highs are higher and the lows are low indeed. A gazal I love says, “It takes a moment to spark a fire and lifetime to put it out.” So how do you go about fixing a broken heart? Lost loves are of many kinds, I will focus on the damndest one them all: unrequited love. Whoever he or she is, they don’t love you. Move on. That’s all there is to it. Or is there? It took me half a Saturn cycle to get over my great unrequited love. For some, the emotional liberation happens sooner, for some it takes longer and some poor souls carry a torch around for a lifetime. I see nothing but an aching fist for those who are roaming the world carrying that infernal torch. If it makes you happy, by all means, go ahead. I’m addressing those who are fed up of living with a persistent ache in their heart.

Does the chart give clues about who is more susceptible to this affliction? It does indeed. In my experience, the harsher aspects of Venus and Neptune are the main culprits. In fact, anything that Neptune touches it imbues with a strange kind of longing that is hard to satisfy. And when it is messing around with your Venus (what you value and love), it creates psychic storms in your romantic life. You will be prone, in this lifetime, to be in love with what you cannot have. Prone, people, I said prone. Please put your weapons down. To continue, you carry Neptune’s signature in your personality, but how far you let it determine what happens to you is your choice. This is a good time to quote something that Linda Goodman wrote in one of her books, “The stars incline, they do not compel.”

And here is the second draft:

Almost every day, I get a hit or two on my blog for people looking for something on “astrology and unrequited love”. So with the transiting Venus in Taurus (now Venus is in Gemini: let’s talk and write about love) about to square the Chiron-Neptune-Jupiter conjunction in Aquarius, this is as good a time as any to talk about the astrology of unrequited love.

The English poet, Francis Thompson, was right when he said that love is a many-splendored thing. But unrequited love’s a b*tch. So can astrology shed light on this plight of many? It sure can. In my experience, there are some people who are prone to pine over someone they can’t get. With them it’s a pattern that occurs over and over again. Do you recognize yourself or a friend here? If you do, it might be a good idea to look at the natal chart and see if there are any Venus-Neptune links, especially the conjunction, square or opposition. These harder aspects between the two planets lead to dysfunctional ways of approaching romantic love.

Venus-Neptune: bad, mad, addictive love: Venus rules romantic love as you and I know it. Neptune is believed to be the higher octave of Venus and in his realm; love is ethereal, other-worldly, mystical. Put these two planets together and you have someone who yearns for something out-of-this-world. Since these aspects also bestow a tendency towards addiction, you literally have someone who is addicted to love. Which is great if things work out. But, here’s the rub, with these aspects there usually isn’t a happily-ever-after.

This is true no matter how the love story ends: if these natives manage to snag the affection of their love object and the relationship becomes normal and stable, they bore faster than you can say How do I Love Thee? Normal and stable is not good enough, it doesn’t allow for romantic projections, you see.  Once they realize that their love interest is human after all, the romance is gone for them. Stephen Arroyo, the astrologer’s astrologer, says these aspects give “divine discontent.” I thought of this when I was reading M. Scott Peck’s In Search of Stones. In this rather autobiographical book he says that his numerous affairs during his marriage were really his way of linking with God. Because what he was seeking and not finding was God and what he did about it was keep on falling in love. And you know what? He’s written the truth there.

Something useful:

My planets in earth signs and earth houses are always focused on how useful something is. So, I’m going to honor them by allowing them to have their say. Here we go:

If harsh Venus-Neptune contacts occur in synastry, you can expect the following themes to play out in your interaction: illusions, delusion, half-truths, drugs, lies, illicit affairs and a bit of the savior-victim drama. The last one, especially, creates an unhealthy bond. Its theme is, “This person is so messed up, they need help. I’ll help them, heal them and then we’ll live happily ever after.” The savior-who-eventually-turns-into-a-victim tires to help the perceived victim-who-eventually-turns-into-a-user with generous outpourings of love, support, money, whatever. It’s mostly done without reciprocity, as a gesture of love. But healthy relationships need reciprocity; because without that, resentment and hurt set in.

When Neptune is casting its shadow over your natal or synastry chart, you always need to have integrity. You need to tell yourself the truth about your relationship and the object of your affection. Neptune clouds the visions, makes it difficult to see things and people as they really are. It also makes you inclined to ignore reality. Many times, you are in love, but not with a real person. Since these aspects also cause one to long after people who are in some way unavailable, it’s easy to nurture delusions of perfection about the other person. This is not ideal for the idol of your worship, either. As someone I know put it, “Who in their right mind would want to be somebody’s Neptune?”

In case you misunderstand me, please know that I’m rooting for these dreamers. But their nature also makes them vulnerable and some things just need to be said. I’ve noticed that they tend to attract people I call “emotional vampires.” Emotional vampires are needy themselves and they know just how to manipulate the gentle Neptunian dreamers. Beware, folks, you tend to get used!

New Agers aren’t helping, either, with their endless harping on about love. For instance, see this, “There are only four questions of value in life… What is sacred? Of what is the spirit made? What is worth living for? What is worth dying for? The answer to each is the same. Only love…” Love is great, babe. But we’re talking about relationships, the real stuff, not some story-book scenario. The urge to give unconditional love is strong here. But if the focus of that love is a distant being that can’t or won’t receive your love, it’s a waste.

At some point you will need to accept the fact that no human being can quite make the grade, that you will tip in and out of love, that your romantic life will be dramatic and that you prefer it this way. Because dull and normal would bore you and Venus-Neptune can’t handle boredom. Once you embrace that, you will find peace, and then you can see how you want to express this aspect of yourself. It’s your choice. Venus-Neptune is looking for perfection, the perfect relationship, the perfect partner, the perfect feeling. They won’t find it in normal interactions. This is the reason why the object of their love is usually someone who is unattainable: a dead writer, a character in a book, a married man or a woman who lives in another country. Neptune is calling you to a Higher Love (like Steve Winwood’s song, remember that one?). You want a soul-mate, your twin-flame, divine love, a fantasy lover.

Neptune Blessings

Now let’s look a little at the blessings this aspects brings: it enhances your sensitivity and creativity. Since nothing and no one, and I mean no one, on this planet will ever quite satisfy your longing for a perfect union, you might want to look at what else you can do with it. Create, dream, write, paint, heal. Your soul is yearning for more, reaching upwards, go with it and bring back to this sad, tired, cynical, harsh world the beauty you know exists.

The arts, especially, owe a large debt to Venus-Neptune people. Many, many poets, song writers, romance writers, playwrights and movie-makers stand honored in their fields because they can grasp the ephemeral, the divine and bring it to the world the rest of inhabit. Go on, take a walk in their world: it’s beautiful and haunting. Just like them.


Good, so now we’re done with that! And it’s late and we’re both pretty drunk. Why don’t you sleep in the guest room? I’ll make tea for you in the morning. It was great fun talking, huh?

Oh, and if you want to learn more about the astrology of Neptune in relationships, please check out this article by Annie Heese, one of my favorite astrologer-writers. She’s the real deal, click here.

For surcease from Neptune sorrow, go here.

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Deconstructing Venus

A reader called my piece on Jupiter a “rant.” She was quite complimentary about it and the good news is that I’m not done with this solar system yet. For the past two weeks, I’ve been seeing hearts in cloud formations and in water stains, the Morning Star on days I wake up too soon and, today, there was a rash of Venus-themed posts on AstroDispatch. That’s just asking for it. So, today, we’ll take a close look at Venus and see if she stands up well to scrutiny.   

If you are expecting to read a fair and balanced (two words the Venus-ruled Librans love) post, then please stop right now. I suspect that I have an ax to grind when it come to Venus: She is both debilitated and badly aspected in my chart and I can hold a grudge as well as any Scorpio. 

pink460You rarely meet pure types in real life, so I can’t pluck a convenient acquaintance and try and rip ‘em apart here. But there’s enough Librans and Venus-kissed-dimples-and-cleft-bearing people in my life for source material.  Let’s begin with the duo I call “the Librans.” I have no fear that they will stumble across this because how can you read when you buff your nails 10 times daily on a weekday and 50 times on the weekend?

They are both people you like: they dress well, smell good, their clothes and accessories are color-coordinated, their nail polish is never chipped and they re-apply their lipstick frequently. It’s like being surrounded by cabin-crew lookalikes all the time. Every hair in place, nose always powdered, wrinkle-free clothes. But put all that effort in one direction and other areas of your life are bound to suffer a bit. But Venus blesses her children with a unique perspective on the world and reality doesn’t bite. Being rightly upbraided by the boss for doing a half-baked job? This is what one of them had to say about it: “As I listen to her, I’m glad I’m dressed so well because then I can look down on her.” But, yes, of course! If you are wearing the exactly right shade of L’Oréal, what does it matter how you’ve mucked up what you’re paid to do? You looked great while doing it, right? Good Lord, what more do people want from one these days?

But I would be doing Libra and Venus an injustice, and we know Libra stands for justice, if I led you to believe that looks are all they care about. They read as well, quite a bit in fact, I was wrong about that before. There’s always reading material lying around when you go to a salon to get a pedicure. How else do you think they know the exact shade of pink to buy this season? Reading, man, it improves the mind. And their minds gets quite a work-out, a warm-up even because of their close affinity to their best friend, the hair dryer.  

Astrologers call Jupiter and Venus the “benefics” because the former bestows good luck and the latter beauty, to name a few of the goodies that… Wait! Put that kitten down! Before you sacrifice it to appease these two, here’s one random piece of information: sometimes, when this happy guy and this pretty lady are batting eyelashes at each other in your nativity, it’s almost certain that you will be afflicted by diabetes. I see that the well-glossed Venus smile is a little dimmer now. Good, it was hurting my eyes.

Dear God, I just realized that today is Friday, a day holy to the goddess Venus. Despite my vituperative tirade, I know it is unwise to call her wrath upon my head. James Hillman, a Jungian psychiatrist, has written an essay titled “Pink Madness” on Aphrodite.  In it he talks about the harm we cause ourselves and the society if we do not honor Venus is our lives. Maybe the heart-shaped clouds are trying to tell me something. Maybe it is a good idea and only fair (thank you, Libra) to reconsider the value the goddess of love and beauty brings to all our lives. A confession: I’m rather susceptible to Venus men. Beauty calms my soul and I say a silent prayer of gratitude wherever I find it: in a man, in nature, in spiffy hotels or in a piece of work well done. In Terry Pratchett’s Going Postal, every time Sam Vimes, Commander of the City Watch, enters his son’s nursery his “world turns pink.” The image invariable makes me smile and softens the edges of my sometimes harsh and frenetic world.  Love, beauty, fairness: we need them all. Every day. Just as we need balance, the lesson that Venus-rules Libra teaches. So, that’s it for now. I gotta go buff my nails!

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