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Planet Venus: Astrology, Associations & Magick

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Written by: Dawn Black (Witchipedia)

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Reviewed by: Tina Caro

The Planet Venus has been given many names throughout history. It has been called the evening and the morning star, the dawn star, Eosphorus, Hesperus and Lucifer.

It is the planet closest to Earth and has been called Earth’s sister planet, even her twin. It is easily seen in the sky in the evening and morning and is the brightest “star” in the heavens.

It was second only to the sun and the moon in significance by the reckoning of many ancient cultures.

Sumerian hymn to Innana addressing the planet Venus:

”To her who appears in the sky, I want to address my greeting, to the hierodule who appears in the sky, I want to address my greeting, to the great queen of heaven, Inanna, I want to address my greeting, to her who fills the sky with her pure blaze, to the luminous one, to Inanna, as bright as the sun, to the great queen of heaven.”

KEY TAKEAWAYS

Venus in astrology is often associated with love, beauty, and harmony, but it also holds sway over our finances and material possessions, adding depth to its influence in our lives.

In the birth chart, Venus’s placement can reveal your romantic inclinations, artistic talents, and the type of people who attract you, making it a valuable tool for self-discovery.

When Venus goes into retrograde, it brings a period of reflection and reevaluation in matters of the heart and aesthetics, urging us to revisit past relationships and reexamine our values.

Venus’s pentagram, a five-pointed star, represents the planet’s unique orbit pattern and is a powerful symbol for harnessing its energies in magical practices, particularly those related to love and self-improvement.

Planet Venus; bringer of disaster?

In ancient times, Venus was associated with disaster and people offered human sacrifices to Venus in order to calm its fury.

”You make the heavens tremble and the earthquake. Great Priestess, who can soothe your troubled heart? You flash like lightning over the highlands; you throw your firebrands across the earth. Your deafening command … splits apart great mountains.” (Sumerian)

”And when it [Venus] newly emerged, much fear came over them; all were frightened. Everywhere the outlets and openings of [houses] were closed up. It was said that perchance [the light] might bring a cause of sickness, something evil when it came to emerge.” (Aztec, as reported by Franciscan Monk Bernardino de Sahagún)

The planet has also been associated with the Goddess Eos, as the morning star, and the two torches of Hecate, as it appears in the morning and evening.

Venus in Astrology

In Roman mythology, Venus was the goddess of love and beauty, famous for the passions she could stir among the Gods. Likewise, the calm, beautiful surface of white clouds that the planet Venus presents hides its hot, dense atmosphere and intense volcanic activity!

Venus orbits the sun in 225 days, spending about 18.75 days in each sign of the zodiac. It is the second brightest object in the night sky, next to the moon.

Venus is the ruling planet of Taurus and Libra and the modern ruler of the 2nd and 7th houses, but traditionally ruled the 5th and 12th houses – the 5th house of play and the 12th house of self-undoing. Venus was said to have ‘joy’ in the 5th.

AspectDescription
House PlacementThe astrological house where Venus is located in a birth chart and its influence.
Planetary AspectsThe aspects Venus forms with other planets and their influences.
Retrograde PeriodInformation about Venus retrograde periods and their astrological significance.
Table 1: Astrological Associations

Astrologically Venus is associated with the principles of harmony, beauty, balance; the feelings and affections, and the urge to sympathize and unite with others. It is involved with the desire for pleasure, sensuality, personal possessions, comfort, and ease.

It governs romantic relations, marriage and business partnerships, sex (the origin of the words ‘venery’ and ‘venereal’), the arts, fashion, and social life.

The first-century poet Marcus Manilius described Venus as generous, fecund, and the lesser benefic.

In Chinese astrology, Venus is associated with the element metal (or gold), which is unyielding, strong and persistent. In Indian astrology, Venus is known as Shukra and represents wealth, pleasure and reproduction.

Venus in the Birth Chart

In Western Astrology, Venus rules the hedonistic side of your body. All things that give you joy and pleasure, all the things that turn you on, are indicated by the sign that the planet Venus is traveling through at the moment of your birth.

If Venus is in retrograde at the moment of birth, feelings can run deep, but expression can be awkward and difficult.

Venus in Retrograde

Approximately every 18 months, Venus goes retrograde or appears to be moving backward in the sky for about 40 days. This period is considered challenging for relationships and not a good time to make any major decisions or changes related to relationships; especially ending or beginning them.

It is a good time for closure, tying up loose ends, examining your honest feelings regarding relationships and take a good hard look at why certain things aren’t working out.

This period may have people feeling both extra-needy and extra-sensitive, bringing up old issues, long buried but not resolved. Any communication issues will become relationship issues and will need to be resolved.

Venus also rules aesthetics, and the retrograde may have you thinking about switching up your look or redecorating your surroundings. Go ahead and sketch out that tattoo and pick up those paint samples, but don’t do anything permanent until after the retrograde has passed.

Planetary Energies

Venus is associated with love, passion, beauty, grace, charm, aesthetics and also our personal tastes, pleasures, artistic inclinations and those things that bring us joy and pleasure. It is looked at in the natal chart regarding both relationships and leisure activities.

As Venus is often the first light that appears in the evening sky, it is often referred to as the “wishing star”.

Symbols and Associations

The astrological and astronomical symbol for Venus is a circle with a cross below, similar to an ankh but the circle is more rounded. It is also the symbol for female.

Venus is associated with the feminine in opposition, or cooperation, with Mars.

In medicine, Venus is associated with the lumbar region, the veins, parathyroids, throat and kidneys. Venus was thought to be moderately warm and moist, and was associated with the phlegmatic humour.

AttributeDescription
Astrological SignThe zodiac sign ruled by Venus and its characteristics.
ElementThe element associated with Venus.
Day of the WeekThe day of the week corresponding to Venus.
MetalThe metal traditionally associated with Venus.
GemstoneThe gemstone associated with Venus and its metaphysical properties.
ColorThe color associated with Venus and its symbolism.
Table 2: Planetary Associations

Venus is the planet of Friday. In languages deriving from Latin, such as Spanish and French, the word for Friday often resembles the word Venus (viernes and vendredi respectively). Dante Alighieri associated Venus with the liberal art of rhetoric.

Animals associated with Venus include the goat, elephant, partridge, sheep, pheasant, sparrow, dove, pigeon and swan.

Friday is Venus’s day.

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Venus’s Pentagram

The Pentagram of Venus or the Rose of Venus describes the shape made by the apparent orbital path of Venus as seen from Earth. This takes about 8 Earth years. (The actual orbit of Venus around the sun is nearly circular.) This has been cited as evidence of the pentagram’s ancient association with Venus though the historic record doesn’t seem to play that out. It is very interesting from the perspective of sacred geometry.

For further discussion, see: http://www.freemasonry.bcy.ca/anti-masonry/venus.html

Venus Energy in Magick

Venus energies are often utilized in love potions and spells and those related to healing, garden magic, immortality, relationships, harmony, artistic talent, the creation of art and performances.

CorrespondenceDescription
DeityDeities associated with Venus and their attributes.
Ritual and SpellworkTypes of magick and rituals aligned with Venus energy.
Symbols and SigilsSymbols and sigils associated with Venus and their uses.
Herbal MagickHerbs and plants associated with Venus and their magickal properties.
Love and Beauty SpellsExamples of love and beauty spells utilizing Venus energy.
Table 3: Magickal Associations

Herbs associated with Venus often have fragrant red flowers or fruit. Healing herbs that have astringent qualities, that are toning to the skin and/or affect the kidneys and urinary system are often associated with Venus as are any with aphrodisiac qualities and those that help balance the female system.

131 plants associated with Venus:

  1. Alkenet,
  2. American Alder,
  3. Persimmon,
  4. American Styrax,
  5. Almond,
  6. Ambrosia,
  7. Angle’s Trumpet,
  8. Angelica,
  9. Apple/Crabapple,
  10. Apricot,
  11. Artichoke,
  12. Asparagus,
  13. Pea,
  14. Baby’s Breath,
  15. Beans,
  16. Bergamot,
  17. Birch,
  18. Birthwort,
  19. Bishop’s Weed,
  20. Bitter Melon,
  21. Bramble,
  22. Blackberry,
  23. Blue Vervain,
  24. Broccoli,
  25. Brugmansia,
  26. Brush Box,
  27. Buckbush,
  28. Bugleweed,
  29. Burdock,
  30. Cabbage,
  31. Gooseberry,
  32. Cardamom,
  33. Cashew,
  34. Catsfoot,
  35. Lesser Celandine,
  36. Cherry,
  37. Cinquefoil,
  38. Clover,
  39. Coconut,
  40. Collard,
  41. Coltsfoot,
  42. Columbine,
  43. Cowslip,
  44. Cucumber,
  45. Daisy,
  46. Damiana,
  47. Datura,
  48. Desert Four O’Clock,
  49. Dianthus,
  50. Dropwort,
  51. Sumac,
  52. Elder,
  53. Filbert,
  54. Garden Sorrel,
  55. Geranium,
  56. Gobo Root,
  57. Goldenrod,
  58. Gooseberry,
  59. Great Blue Lobelia,
  60. Groundsel,
  61. Gypsophila,
  62. Herb Robert,
  63. Heartsease,
  64. Hickory,
  65. Hollyhock,
  66. Honeysuckle,
  67. Jasmine,
  68. Jerusalem Artichoke,
  69. Jimsonweed,
  70. Kidneywort,
  71. Lady’s Bedstraw,
  72. Lady’s Mantle,
  73. Lambsear,
  74. Larkspur,
  75. Lettuce,
  76. Lily,
  77. Lotus,
  78. Mallow,
  79. Meadowsweet,
  80. Mescal, Mint,
  81. Moneywort,
  82. Monkshood,
  83. Motherwort,
  84. Mugwort,
  85. Myrtle,
  86. Olive,
  87. Passionflower,
  88. Peach,
  89. Pear,
  90. Periwinkle,
  91. Pistachio,
  92. Plantago,
  93. Plum,
  94. Pomegranate,
  95. Oak,
  96. Primrose,
  97. Pumpkin,
  98. Quince,
  99. Ragwort,
  100. Raspberry,
  101. Mangrove,
  102. Rose,
  103. Sanicle,
  104. Sassafras,
  105. Sea Holly,
  106. Selfheal,
  107. Sesame,
  108. Sicklepod,
  109. Silverweed,
  110. Soapwort,
  111. Sorrel,
  112. Spider Flower,
  113. Strawberry,
  114. Sweet Breath of Spring,
  115. Sweetgum,
  116. Sycamore,
  117. Tansy,
  118. Thyme,
  119. Toloache,
  120. Tomato,
  121. Tonka,
  122. Venus Flytrap,
  123. Venus Looking Glass,
  124. Verbena,
  125. Vervain,
  126. Violet,
  127. Visnaga,
  128. Willow,
  129. Witch’s Butter,
  130. Woodbine,
  131. Yarrow

Other associations

  • Metal: Copper
  • Stones: Emerald, Turquoise
  • Colors: Green, Rose, Sky blue
  • Card: The Empress
  • Element: Water, Earth or Air
  • Fragrances and incense: African violet, almond, apricot, benzoin, cherry, honeysuckle, jasmine, lilac, mint, myrtle, palmarosa, red sandalwood, rose, strawberry, tonka, vanilla, violet
  • Gods Associated with the Planet Venus: Akka, Aphrodite, Astarte, Estsanatlehi, Freya, Frigg, Ilmatcuhtli, Quetzalcoatl, Innana, Ishtar, isis, Lalita, Lucifer, Medb, Qetesh, Renpet, Sukra, Selket, Tauret, Yolkai Estsan, Oshun
About Morningbird (Witchipedia's Founder)

I am a homesteading hearth witch who grew up along the shores of the Hudson River and has lived among the Great Lakes for the past 20 years. Together with my musical husband and youngest child, I steward a one-acre mini homestead with herb, vegetable and flower gardens, chickens, ducks, geese and rabbits, and areas reserved for native plants and wildlife. 

I have three children; two are grown, and I have been practicing magick alone and with family and friends for over 30 years.

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