of Venus in Aries
1. Venus does rule the intellect,
and Aries is a mental sign. Aries is more related to Mercury
than to Venus. If Venus is a planet which evaluates, then the rash and
precipitous nature of Aries does not give Venus a chance to complete its
evaluation. So there is rapid attraction to that which may not be truly
suitable or worth while. The values are distorted by ‘heat’
from fiery Aries. The true love aspect of Venus cannot be so easily activated
in Aries, though the mentality represented by Venus (fifth ray) may be
stimulated in this first ray/seventh ray sign associated with the head.
However, it must be considered that Mars is the orthodox ruler of Aries,
and this Martian presence tends to stimulate more the lower aspect of
Venus relating to desire. Venus may become hasty and overexcited by the
Martian quality. Thus, we have combative Mars related to a planet (Venus)
for which peace is consummately important
2. In the phase of evolution
during which Mercury rules Aries, the brilliant, mental aspect of Venus
may be enhanced. There is possible an affection for and love of mental
things (the “things of the mind”), but the heart aspect may
be somewhat missing from this ‘love’.
3. With Venus in Aries, there
also may be a cerebralization of the affection. In its highest expression
this will be what has been called “Platonic Love”—impersonally,
a love of ideal, archetypal patterns. More personally applied, there may
be a love the ideal person, or the archetype of the individual, but not
of the entire, “flesh-and-blood” person. Self-love may also
be pronounced, as Aries does not promote skill in reciprocity. There may
be a degree of narcissism, and the love of one’s own mind and its
4. Anticipatory desire and
an eagerness to experience with immediacy, tends to overcome the light
value of Venus, as well as its good judgment.
5. The fruits of Aretian initiatives
bring a greater fusion of soul and personality (the Venus process).
in Aries for the Average or Undeveloped Human Being
1. Venus in Aries—Immediate
Enthusiasm for ‘Beauty’:
With Venus in Aries there is a tendency to follow, immediately
and without reservation, that which is seen as beautiful. There is instantaneous
ardor for that which attracts—whether for good or ill.
2. Venus in Aries—Coarsening
Venus in Aries can contribute to a coarsening of magnetism—an
attraction to that which is less refined than would be the case, for
instance, with Venus in Libra.
3. Venus in Aries—Strengthens
Venus is already associated with kama-manas, and Aries (in
early evolutionary days) is passional. This combination, therefore,
strengthens kama-manas (desire-mind). Venus in signs like Virgo and
Capricorn may make it easier to dissociate the mental from the feeling
4. Venus in Aries—Hastiness
Venus in Aries contributes to hastiness in the evaluative
function. On a mundane level this can work out, for instance, as buying
anything that immediately appeals to one without taking time to properly
5. Venus in Aries—Falling
in Love Quickly and Superficially:
Similarly, Venus in Aries can incline one to fall in love
with ‘almost anybody who is appealing’ without really gauging
the quality and suitability of the person to whom they are attracted.
This can be called “love at first sight”—often, with
later unhappy results.
6. Venus in Aries—Indiscriminate
Aries (upon the Mutable Cross) is an energy inclining towards
proliferation as well as towards non-discriminative response to stimuli;
therefore, during the early evolutionary period, an abundance of indiscriminate
magnetisms and attractions are likely.
7. Venus in Aries—Assertive
Approach to That which One Loves:
Under this combination, the one who is attracted does not wait for the
attractive object to “come to him”. Instead, he pursues
the object. There is, therefore, an eager going-out towards the object
8. Venus in Aries—the
“Assertive Woman”; the “Amazon”:
The combination symbolizes the “assertive (Aries) woman
(Venus)”. There is more assertion here than magnetism.
9. Venus in Aries—Heart
Energy Needs Cultivation:
The energy of the heart, a patient energy, may be more difficult
to activate due to the energy of impatient Aries. The solar plexus and
ajna are more easily activated. One wants (solar plexus) what one sees
10. Venus in Aries—Unsettled
Nervous System; Ill-regulated Expenditure:
Venus and prana (the “treasure of vitality”) are
intimately related; Venus also rules the “nervous system”
(EH 143). Because Aries is prodigal, there may be a diverse and ill-regulated
expenditure of prana. This is an unsettling combination; the nervous
and etheric systems may have less equanimity than with other combinations.
11. Venus in Aries—Unclear
Symbolically, Venus focuses the light just like the magnifying
glass; ability to focus, however, is often a problem under the influence
of Aries. Venus is related to good eye sight—the clarity that
comes from focus and appreciation; Aries is not. Thus, this combination
may give some unclarity or obscuration with regard to external and internal
vision. The situation would be quite otherwise with Venus in Sagittarius.
12. Venus in Aries—Insufficient
Understanding of those who are ‘Loved’:
True love requires that the ‘object’ loved be
deeply understood. Because Venus in Aries inclines towards haste, perhaps
there is a lack of true appreciation and understanding of the ‘loved’
object. Rash, impulsive attraction towards an object—an attraction
misnamed “love”—means, fundamentally, that one does
not know the quality of the object and does not have the patience to
register and assimilate that quality.
13. Venus in Aries—Looking
for a Partner “Just Like Me”:
The factor of projection is very strong with this combination.
There is not much interest in getting to know the true nature of any
‘loved object’. Rather, there is the tendency to see oneself
in such an object. The love of another becomes, really, a love of self.
14. Venus in Aries—Superficial
Accumulations and Lack of Assimilation and Appreciation:
The accumulative faculty may be stimulated, but accumulations
tend to be of superficial value and of short duration—easily dispersed.
Real assimilation of that which is gathered (a real “taking in”)
is difficult. Because of a sense of rush, Aries is classically resistant
to assimilation (which always takes time). Venus in Aries is also insufficiently
or superficially appreciative. This lack of real appreciation may apply
to the world of personal relationships, but also to the world of business
and investment. Even in the financial world, the word “appreciate”
means to gather, and to expand the quantity worthy of what is gathered.
This takes time and patience. Thus, with respect to the resources gathered
under this influence, there is little “appreciation of value”.
This may also apply to the interpersonal field, where love of new attractions
may take the place of the appreciation of those relationships already
15. Venus in Aries—Disappointment
With this combination, the result of attraction is so often
disappointment, because the focus of attraction does not live up to
16. Venus in Aries—the
Love of Death and Destruction:
Venus bring love and appreciation (and awakened intelligent
interest). The sign Aries provides strife and violence. This may bring
violence, and even death, into love/‘desire’ relationships.
17. Venus in Aries—Human
Love is ‘Hot’:
This is not a warm position for Venus (such as in Leo). Rather
it is ‘hot’ and passionate. The serenity of Venus is diminished
in the Aretian ‘atmosphere’.
1. Venus in Aries—Mental
This combination confers an appreciation of “mental
(Aries/Venus) beauty (Venus)”. This can work out as aesthetic
appreciation or, for instance, as an appreciation for the beauty and
elegance of mathematical formulae.
2. Venus in Aries—Enthusiasm
for Ideal Beauty:
Venus in Aries is associated with the beauty of Archetypes—
those guiding subjective patterns, which condition all formation below.
Under this influence, one can appreciate the beauty (Venus) of the Divine
Concept (Aries). The beauty (Venus) of the Divine Plan can be found
with Venus in Capricorn.
3. Venus in Aries—Aesthetic
There may be a capacity for aesthetic theory, because Venus
is the planet related to aesthetics (or the philosophy of the beautiful),
and Aries (when it begins to be ruled by Mercury) becomes, often, mental-theoretical
4. Venus in Aries—the
Mind as an Organ of Sentiency:
Under this combination the mind can be used as an organ of
sentiency; one feels with the mind.
5. Venus in Aries—Love
Much of the energy of love may be directed towards mental
concepts: “What a beautiful idea!” This is a fine position
for an architect (who creates patterns of beauty in the mind) but less
so for a builder. One may also collect examples of inspiring thoughts.
6. Venus in Aries—Concepts
There may be the concept of love, but will the love express
through the heart, becoming “more than just a concept”?
7. Venus in Aries—Theoretical
Approach to Experience:
Venus is experiential (entering experience not only mentally,
but sentiently). Aries (under the esoteric rulership of Aries) may have
a tendency to “remain in the head”. Thus, under this combination,
there may develop a more theoretical than participatory approach to
8. Venus in Aries—Strong
Ajna Center Focus:
A relatively strong ajna center focus would be anticipated
because Aries is associated with the head in genera, and with the directing
power of the Ajna center, and Venus is always associated with the ajna
center. Venus in Taurus, however, tends towards a more stable ajna functioning.
9. Venus in Aries—
At the point of evolution when the ajna center is functioning
more powerfully than the solar plexus and sacral centers, this combination
can incline towards “Platonic Love”—a mentalized form
of love which does not involve the passions as does normal human love.
“Let us not to the marriage of true minds admit impediment.”
10. Venus in Aries—Mental
Venus in Aries promotes the idea of the community of friendship
that is mentally sponsored—a “society of the mind”.
11. Venus in Aries—In
Art, Brilliance, but is there Heart?
When poetry or music is produced, the result may be brilliant,
but depth of heart and deep magnetism may be missing. There may be fire
and flash, but the beauty is more superficial than profound.
12. Venus in Aries—Athena-like
Venus in Aries can represent the Athena like woman—brilliant
and beautiful, but not exactly soft, compliant and “cuddly”.
We might also call this quality, ‘Amazonian beauty’.
1. Venus in Aries—the
Contents of the Causal Body Initiate Effects in the Lower Worlds:
Venus rules the qualitative content of the causal body. Aries,
governs the initial impulses towards incarnation. The human soul (when
liberated from the personality) is focussed within the causal body.
Before each incarnation, this causally-conscious human soul ‘consults’
with the pervading Solar Angel, and (through the instrumentality of
the powers and patterns of the causal body) initiates causes which work
out as personality pattern in the lower worlds. Venus in Aries represents
this causal initiative.
2. Venus in Aries—Soul
Venus in Aries is a position associated with “soul impulses”,
for Venus is, paramountly, the planet of the soul or Solar Angel, and
Aries, the sign of impulse. Soul-impulses begin upon the higher mental
plane which is ruled by Venus (though other co-rulers can be justified).
Aries represents the first steps of descent into incarnation, and Venus
(the soul) enters into a weakened position, detrimental to its full
expression. There is, therefore, something self-sacrificial about this
combination (at least for the disciple or initiate, who are beginning
to remember the origin of individual incarnations, and the origin of
the entire cycle of incarnations).
3. Venus in Aries—Seeding
Things of Value:
Aries represents the process of seeding, and Venus is the
symbol of all that is valuable. Thus, with Venus in Aries, ‘seed
values’ are planted—whether by the soul, or the enlightened
personality. One day these will come to fruition as manifested soul
4. Venus in Aries—Uniting
Spirit and Personality:
Venus is always a planet which (in later days) unites soul
and personality. But Aries is particularly related to the spirit aspect,
and transmits the first and seventh rays (the seven ray being a concrete
reflection of the first). Venus is also the hierarchical ruler of Capricorn,
which also transmits the first and seventh rays (as well as the third).
The first and seventh rays can be considered as the rulers of spirit
(first ray, first principle) and matter (seventh ray, seventh principle).
Magnetic Venus is instrumental in holding them together, just as it
does, eventually, in its exalted position in Pisces (for Pisces represents
both the ocean of matter and the liberation of the spirit). Other planets
also assist in the binding of spirit and matter, but Venus (representing
the soul or middle principle) is the archetypal bond between spirit
5. Venus in Aries—Venus
in Aries in Relation to the Third Initiation—with Reference to
Aries is related to the third degree as Capricorn is.
“The secret of
Aries is the secret of beginnings, of cycles and of emerging opportunity.
At the third initiation, the initiate begins to understand the life
of the spirit or the [Page 388] highest aspect; until that time, he
has expressed first the life of the form and then the life of the
soul within that form. This experience is of so high a nature that
only those who have passed through it could in any way comprehend
anything I might say.” (EA 388-389)
the secret of the soul itself and this it reveals to the initiate
at the time of the third initiation. This is sometimes called the
"’secret of the hidden glory’.” (EA 165)
Venus as the hierarchical
ruler of Capricorn is powerful at the third degree. Venus emphasizes
the fusion of soul and personality. When Aries is connected to the third
degree, it represents the rising of the exalted Sun of spirit, and the
diminution of Venus (which represents the soul). Both signs (Aries and
Capricorn) are active at the third degree, but Capricorn emphasizes
the light (“supernal”) which relates it to the combined
second and third aspects, and Aries emphasizes the power of the Monad.
6. Venus in Aries—Considering
the Venus in Aries “Detriment” as an Advantage:
There is a difference in the light quality of Venus in Aries
and Capricorn in Aries. Venus in Aries, generally not a luminous position
(because incarnation which is sought in Aries obscures the light) touches,
in relation to the third degree, monadic light. Every planetary “fall”
is can really be understood as a “dignity”, for a “fall”
can be a ‘fall away’ from the lowest As the Tibetan states:
“It is to the ‘fall’ of the highest aspect that the
symbolism refers, and then later to the fall or disappearance of all
that is base and low.” Thus, too, a detriment can become an advantage,
and Venus can be considered well-placed in Aries when it comes to the
task of blending the light of the soul and of the spirit.
7. Venus in Aries—the
Soul as a Reflector of Monadic Light:
Venus in Aries can represent the combination of soul (Venus)
and being (Aries). At and after the third initiation, the soul can become
a reflector of a new kind of light—monadic light.
8. Venus in Aries—Soul
Values Overcome by the Brilliance of Spirit:
From another perspective, the unfettered brilliance of spirit
could be threatening to the soul and its values. Soul values could be
“blotted out” by the overpowering spirit. This could be
thought of as the “blotting out the light of form”, or,
alternatively, “blotting out all form”.
9. Venus in Aries
Represents the Threatening of the Causal Body—Soul Color Overcome:
The causal body could be somewhat ‘threatened’
with this combination. One can imagine the light of spirit becoming
so dominant that it would “blot out” the multiple colors
of the causal body—the many varied hues of qualitative soul-consciousness
(for quality is color). Venus, then, would become brilliant rather than
colorful—as if diamond white—and would represent the beauty
of the pure white light. The normal qualitative expression of the soul
within the causal body would be reduced, but its brilliance enhanced.
Perhaps, this is a good position for the enhancement of the functioning
of the “jewel in the lotus”, just as Venus in Capricorn
would be (and perhaps Venus in Taurus and Virgo—ruled in part
by Vulcan, the “fashioner” of the “jewel”.
10. Venus in Aries—Beauty
of Violence, Destruction and Death:
The kind of beauty that might be appreciated by Venus in Aries
(especially at the stage when spirit is becoming positive in the life)
would be of a very assertive and destructive kind—the beauty of
destruction, the beauty of death, the beauty of the blast, the beauty
of boundary-annihilating synthesis.
11. Venus in Aries—Mental
Societies; Hierarchy as a Society of Minds:
The Hierarchy has been called the “Society of Organised
and Illumined Minds” (DINA I 788-789); the mentalized love of
Venus in Aries has a natural enthusiasm for participation in such societies
and for this great spiritual “Society”, itself. Venus in
Aquarius is perhaps even more indicative.
12. Venus in Aries—the
Power which Shines through the Jewel in the Lotus:
Aries has very little to do with creating the form of the
“jewel in the lotus” (more the task of the Venus and Vulcan
in the earth signs), but relates to the power that shines through the
form of the “jewel”.
13. Venus in Aries—Pure
Ideas and their Embodiment:
Aries is the “birthplace of ideas”; at a certain
relatively high point of unfoldment, there may be a love of pure ideation
and of mental abstraction. There will be a focus upon the higher mental
plane, and the possibility of developing “buddhi-manas”—the
combination of reasoning mind and intuitive mind. True ideas come from
a dimension even higher than the buddhic level.
Aries indicates fertility
of ideation. Ideas descending are in need of embodiment in form—first
upon the mental plane. Venus provides the higher mental focus for the
formulation of abstract ideas. This formulation is mentally tangible,
but, at first, tangible in no other way. Examples of such formulations
may be mathematical patterns expressive of mental beauty—a beauty
which reflects the relative perfection of the Fixed Design.
14. Venus in Aries—Rays
Expressed through the Venus Mind:
Through the agency of Aries, the first and seventh rays are
expressed through the fifth ray of the mind ruled by Venus. The second
ray, also related to Venus, is not so congenially placed in Aries. The
very high sixth ray expressed by Venus, is has some resonance to the
fiery atmosphere of Aries, ruled in part by sixth ray Mars.
15. Venus in Aries—the
Love of the Ideal, of the Archetypal:
Venus in Aries confers the love the ideal and the archetypal.
There is a special love of ideal beauty—not beauty as it is expressed
16. Venus in Aries—the
Magnetization of the Divine Plan:
At a high level of development, Aries represents the possibility
of recognizing the Divine Plan and working within it—intelligently
and willfully. Venus in Aries adds magnetism to this work, helping,
especially, to keep the beauty of the archetypal outline of the Plan
17. Venus in Aries—the
Beauty of the Divine Mind:
Aries comes forth “from the plane of mind” and
rules. God’s Mind expressed the Law. There is Divine Beauty in
the conceptions of the Divine Mind. Venus in Aries (when its usual detriment
is considered an advantage) reveals the archetypal beauty of the Divine
Mind, and the beauty of the Divine Laws which it expresses.
18. Venus in Aries—the
Attractive Declaration of Principle:
Aries declares and enunciates laws and spiritual principles.
These can come forth seeing harsh, cold, uncaring, impersonal. Venus
in Aries renders these laws and principles more attractive, magnetic—beautiful.
This combination reveals the beauty of first principles—albeit,
at a very high point of evolution.
19. Venus in Aries—Blending
Will and Mind:
Venus is the illumined mind and Aries, the will. Venus in
Aries can blend the two, helping to reveal and express “spirit
(Aries) values (Venus)”.