©11-29-2010 by Donna Cunningham, MSW
For months, Readers have been asking when I’m going to publish the Venus test. I evade the question as best I can. “Oh, soon,” I promise, fingers crossed behind my back. “It won’t be long now.”
So, now we’re at the point where there are only 3 left in the series: the Venus test, the air element test, and the earth element test. I can’t do the air test because you’d need Venus points for Libra. And I can’t do the earth test, because you’d want Venus points for Taurus.
So, yeah, I’ve painted myself into a corner. (Again.) And I have to deliver. What’s my problem with the Venus test, you ask?
The trouble is, I simply cannot buy into Venus as the ruler of Taurus. In all my 43 years in astrology, that has just never rung true for me. Libra, absolutely; Taurus, not on your life.
And, sure, I’ve read all the classical astrology rationalizations—Venus as the morning and evening star, lower vs. higher octave of Venus, yadda, yadda. To be frank, I think those are just ways of justifying an obsolete system of rulerships based on the 7 planets that were known to us at the time it was developed (Mercury through Saturn).
If both are Venus-ruled, shouldn’t they be a good love match? Not so much. Taurus and Libra are quincunx one another—meaning 5 signs and 150° apart. Quincunx (a.k.a. inconjunct) signs are the signs with least in common (like Aquarius and Cancer or Aries and Virgo). Taurus is fixed earth; Libra is cardinal air. NOT promising as partners!
If you have friends—or relatives—with Mercury in Taurus and others with Mercury in Libra, call both kinds up and let them get going on their favorite subjects. LISTEN to them—their speech patterns, their preoccupations, their opinions and politics. Is there ANY resemblance between them at all? Better yet, get them together and see if they have anything whatsoever to talk about. Bling, maybe. They both like bling. Who doesn’t?
How I fathom the nature of any planet is to observe people who have it prominent in their charts in one of the following ways, ranked from the strongest on down:
- Conjunct the Ascendant
- Conjunct the Sun
- Conjunct the Moon
- Conjunct the Midheaven
When I observe people with Venus in those positions, they’re like Librans on steroids—really, really strong people persons. They aren’t Taurean at all. They’re all about their relationships, all about charming people into doing what they want, all about their appearance, and all about keeping the peace. I sincerely doubt if you’d find many of them out in the garden with dirt under their nails, but you’d find many Taureans tending plants.
Check out your own chart collection, folks. Do you know any people with Venus in those positions? Are they more Libran or Taurean in nature?
So if Venus doesn’t rule Taurus, what does? People are rushing to find signs for Sedna and Eris to rule, but why go so far afield? There’s one planet in the solar system we have never acknowledged by declaring it ruler of a sign—our own abundant Earth. Not seeing the Earth as ruler of an earth sign is part of our general tendency to ignore, undervalue, and exploit our Mother.
Think about what the earth is like at the peak of Taurus: the crops are sprouting, the flowers are blooming, and the grass and trees are a vibrant green. This is abundance and fruitfulness at its most primal level.
If you’re outdoors enjoying the warmth and fresh air, it’s an intoxicating time of the year, full of the promise of new life. In fact, according to long-term census data, Taurus is the beginning of a big, annual spike in the birth rate that lasts through the summer.
As the fixed earth sign, textbook Taureans have more earthy qualities than Librans could ever dream about. Unless other chart features intervene, they’re down-to-earth, practical, and great with money.
I was first exposed to the idea of the Earth as ruler of Taurus about 40 years ago in reading a dusty old typewritten, hand-bound copy of a book by Isabel Pagan. The idea immediately had the ring of truth, and I’ve never felt right about Venus as a ruler of anything other than Libra.
You’re wondering, no doubt, how to find Earth in your chart. Look directly across from your Sun, to the degree and minute. For each aspect your Sun makes, the Earth makes a complementary one. But doesn’t that inescable relationship make sense? The two absolute requirements for life as we know it are the Sun and the earth.
What’s the symbol astronomers use for the Earth? I found it on http://solarsystem.nasa.gov. It’s very similar to the glyph for the Part of Fortune—another astrological indicator of abundance and good luck.
The next post will be the Venus test. No fingers crossed behind my back, I’m ready. You won’t be given points for your Taurus planets, just for Libra.
And, yeah, that’s going to create some problems when we get to the test for the earth element. We’ll have to live with it…chill out our Jupiterian need to have all the answers.
PS. I just found something interesting at http://planet-facts.com/planet-venus-facts.php in a list of facts about Venus: “Similar in size, density, and mass, Venus and Earth are often referred to as sister planets. However the surface and atmosphere of the two planets are drastically different.”
What about you, Reader? Do you believe that Venus rules Taurus? Or just Libra? Or Both? Let’s have an AstroDebate in the comment section.
NOTE: As a followup, here’s a chance to look at your own Earth more closely: Mother Earth in your Chart—What on Earth Would It Mean?
AND FINALLY: How Strong is Your Venus? Here’s the Score!
Posts about Venus and Relationships:
- Venus-Saturn Aspects—Waiting for Love
- Chart Clues to Marriage—Will You or Won’t You?
- Readers Ask: Q & A about the 7th House
- Why It’s Hell Being a Libra any More!!
- Venus-Uranus Aspects among the Glitterati
- Venus-Uranus Aspects: Two-Minute Friends and other Modern Relationships
- Relationship Patterns of Venus-Neptune Aspects
- The Steamy Side of Venus-Pluto Aspects—A Photo Gallery
- High Maintenance–a Venus-Pluto Vignette
- Venus in the Elements: Fire, Earth, Air, & Water
- Libra Alert: How to Stop Being a People Pleaser
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