of Venus in Cancer
Venus in Cancer for
the Undeveloped and Average Man
1. Venus in Cancer—the
Love of Form:
As a general statement, the combination of Venus with Cancer
produces a love of the form, and form life. Venus represents ‘love’/desire,
and Cancer (related to the Moon, to the last solar system and to the
third and seventh rays) clearly rules matter and the life of form. This
is one of those influences which contributes significantly to the process
of reincarnation, by means of which the soul (symbolized by Venus) enters
into the “flesh”, or form, (symbolized by Cancer). Cancer
is the “doorway into life of those who must know death”
(the “death” of form life), and Venus in this sign points
with specificity to the process of individualization and to the first
incarnation of all members of the human family.
2. Venus in Cancer—the
Veiling of the Soul:
Cancer is one of the signs most associated with the veiling
process, with obscuration. Venus is, symbolically, the soul. During
incarnation, the soul (Venus) descends into the veils (Cancer). Its
light is, thereby, obscured.
3. Venus in Cancer—Love
of the “Near and Dear”:
Venus in Cancer links affection and love to the instincts
of the lunar vehicles. One ‘loves’ (or, more properly, desires
to give affection to and receive affection from) the “near and
dear”, the familiar and the family.
4. Venus in Cancer—Possessive
Cancer, in early days, seeks to “have and to hold”;
upon the Mutable Cross, Venus functions in terms of interest and affection.
Therefore, with this combination, what one ‘loves’, or desires,
one seeks to hold, to possess.
5. Venus in Cancer—Possessive
Love within the Family:
Possessiveness in ‘love’/desire is applied especially
to family members, to whom there is a definite attachment. In early
days, this is not the love which gives freedom and scope to relatives,
but, rather, tends to bind them.
6. Venus in Cancer—Correlatively,
the Need for Special, Exclusive Relationships:
The energy of Cancer is often directly related to the personality,
and is, hence, personal energy. Cancer craves closeness—not so
much with respect to soul and spirit (this happens later), but closeness
in the personal sense. The urge is for personally intimate exclusive
relationships, with special, cherished people. The soul is definitely
a captive to the mass consciousness and instinctual nature.
7. Venus in Cancer—Environmental
Venus in Cancer inclines those it rules to seek comfort, pleasantness
and beauty in the immediate surroundings, producing the cocoon effect—a
“little Eden”. This is a form of selfish, self-protection.
One “feathers one’s nest”. Harsh reality cannot intrude.
One is spared from having to deal with the light of the soul.
8. Venus in Cancer—Under
the Spell of Kama-Manas:
Cancer is an influence which stimulates the solar plexus and
the emotional vehicle powerfully; Venus represents the intellect, the
mind. In this combination, the thinking mind comes under the spell of
strong feelings and emotions. These adhere to the mental process rendering
9. Venus in Cancer—Sentimentality:
Since this position distorts thought with feeling, clear evaluation
suffers. People, places the things which are close are over-valued and
not seen with any true objectivity. Invested emotions cause a clinging
response, where a more reasonable attitude would demand release. For
reasons of sentiment, however, binding connections are retained.
10. Venus in Cancer—the
Union of Family and Money:
Venus, as ruler of Taurus, and symbol of that which has value,
is clearly associated with money, just as Cancer is with family. Often
financial dealings within family are least objective, most emotional
and most stressful. Money is a symbol of the third aspect of divinity,
and is that which promotes survival and the continuance of incarnation
(Cancerian issues). The soul in incarnation is subject to the laws of
the third aspect, and Venus in this sign symbolizes that subjugation
with all its frequent difficulties and attachments.
11. Venus in Cancer—Miscellaneous
a. An old Victorian home
b. The love of old furniture
c. The family photo album
d. Love of the familiar
e. Keeping all the old greeting cards
f. Mother love; an attitude of loving attachment to mother
g. “I want a girl, just like the girl, that married dear old
h. Possessions and money; family money; “piggy bank”
i. Partner could be motherly and, in the case of a man, the choice
of an older woman.
j. Marriage within the family—to relatives, for instance.
k. Well-behaving personality; civilizing influence; genteel behavior
in the family
l. Fashion food
m. Tasteful clothing
n. Keeping up harmonious appearances. “Be well-behaved; you
are at home”. Nothing unpleasant is allowed to enter the home.
o. A nice day on the ocean or near the water—emotions are beautiful.
p. Personal love. The glamor of “up close and personal”
The violation of privacy .. (But this is Cancer in general)
q. Dining in the moonlight. Romantic
r. More beautiful if it is old or if it occurred in the past.
s. Falling in love with someone from the past.
t. Hungry for personal love.
in Cancer for the Advanced Man
1. Venus in Cancer—Growing
Objectivity About Lunar Life:
The growing intelligence represented by Venus confers upon
the advanced individual increasing vision and objectivity with respect
to the lunar vehicles. Venus represents the capacity to stand back and
see everything as if reflected in the “mirror of the mind”.
2. Venus in Cancer—Soul
Light upon the Ancient Past:
Cancer rules the subconscious responses characteristic of
mass consciousness. Under the clear beam of Venusian light, these emerge
increasingly into the lighted area of consciousness. Mental light, fortified
by soul light, is throws upon the ancient, subconscious patterns of
3. Venus in Cancer—the
Opportunity to Begin Separating Manas from Kama:
The incarnated mind begins to gain some independence from
the forces of kama, and achieves greater objectivity within the field
of sentiency. Sentiment no longer prevails.
4. Venus in Cancer—Personality
Integration—Making the Personality Whole:
Venus becomes positively activated within the lunar field,
unifying and harmonizing the lunar elementals, thus contributing to
personality integration. Cancer “makes whole”, and Venus
is a fusing and blending power. Sacred planets have the function of
fusing the personality, and this is especially so of Venus (and Jupiter).
The integrating individual builds within matter and form (under Cancer)
guided by the light of the soul which Venus begins to transmit to and
through the form.
5. Venus in Cancer—From
Instinct to Intellect:
Cancer rules the instinctual, lunar nature. Venus (though
a lesser Being by far than the Lord of the Constellation Cancer) manifests
powerfully in relation to our planet because it is so close—both
physically and psychically. There is an analogy here between the disproportionate
effect of constellations and planets (planets being equal to or greater
than constellational effects), and the visual and absolute magnitudes
of stars. Stars of greater absolute magnitude seen dimmer because they
are father away. Stars of lesser absolute magnitude (but greater visual
magnitude) seem brighter and more important because they are closer.
In any case, the intellect of Venus begins to dominate the instinctual
tendencies fed by Cancer. The intellect grows in power within the personality—fortified,
additionally, by the third and seventh rays of Cancer. In any case,
this combination offers the opportunity to illuminate the instincts,
alchemically transmuting them at first into intellect, and eventually
(during the stages of discipleship and initiation) trans-substantiating
intellect until it becomes intuition. The power of Mercury will also
be involved in the transition to intuition.
6. Venus in Cancer—the
Beautification of the Personality:
When this combination operates externally it represents the
beautification of the home or immediate environment (perhaps also of
one’s community or, even, nation). On a higher turn of the spiral,
the form and expression of the personality are beautified.
7. Venus in Cancer—a
Venus is the planet of art and beauty; Nep-tune (the “higher
octave” of Venus) is the ruler of Cancer and one of the most musical
of planets. Venus in Cancer (manifesting something like a Venus/Neptune
aspect) and has a strong affinity for musical expression.
8. Venus in Cancer—Culture
and Refinement in the Home:
The Master Morya has considered modern homes as nurseries
of vulgarity. Increasingly, however, the higher human values (Venus)
are taught and exemplified in the intimate surroundings of the home
(Cancer), with the result that all of society will eventually be elevated.
This combination indicates the capacity to bring culture and refinement
to the near and dear ones linked by the instinctual nature and “ties
9. Venus in Cancer—Miscellaneous:
a. Gradual transition
from feeling and kama-manas towards a more mental approach. More light
for the personal.
b. The process of personality integration using the mind.
c. Harmonizing the personality fields
d. The ajna center in relation to the personality and personality
e. Beautification of the familiar surroundings, the home.
f. Harmonious behavior in the home
g. Preservationism; the restoration of old homes and sites
h. The arts for children
i. Artistic talent passed on hereditarily
j. Mother as the carrier of culture
k. Building in beauty; architecture
l. Fine arts—if traditional. Appreciation of ancient cultures
for their contribution to beauty
m. The arts of indigenous people
in Cancer for the Disciple/Initiate
1. Venus in Cancer—the
Redeemer of the Humanity:
Venus is the soul descending for purposes of redemption into
the mass consciousness ruled by Cancer. This would only be so in the
case of the initiate, free from the mass consciousness, and able to
use the liberated powers of Venus for the purposes of elevating the
2. Venus in Cancer—Ancient
Venus brings light, clarity, lucidity. Cancer (as it applies
to the three worlds) rules the emotional and physical planes—the
planes of glamor and maya. In Glamour: a World Problem we are given
the “Technique of Light” for the dissipation of glamor.
The focussed beam of mental light used in this technique is related
to Venus. At the second initiation Venus is powerful, seeking to clarify
and elucidate the ancient, glamorous situation imbedded within long
sub-conscious patterns of lunar response.
3. Venus in Cancer—Venus
Counteracts the Moon:
In relation to all three vehicles of the personality (as well
as to the personality as a whole) Venus in Cancer can demonstrate a
counteraction to the lunar way—a counteraction to instinctual
response. The light and love of the higher mental plane stands opposed
to the normal unconscious or sub-conscious response of the lunar vehicles.
4. Venus in Cancer—an
Ajna-Solar Plexus Interplay:
With Venus in Cancer there is accentuated a relationship between
the ajna center (Venus) and the solar plexus center (governed by Cancer
and its ruler the Moon). The ajna center (Venus) is the seat of higher
personality and the solar plexus of the lower—“the lunar
orb is a symbolic way of expressing the solar plexus” (TWM 98).
The instincts (solar plexus) are alchemically transmuted into intellect
(ajna), and thence (for the disciple/initiate) into intuition governed
in part by the heart center. Lower lunar instincts become, through this
elevation, “soul instincts”.
5. Venus in Cancer—an
Important Stage in the Process of Soul Infusion—Building the “Lighted
Cancer is the “house”; Venus is the light which
is to pervade the house. Cancer is to build the “lighted house”,
but this depends upon the light of the soul; the “dark light”
of matter will not suffice. When the “house” is fully alight,
soul-infusion has occurred.
6. Venus in Cancer—Building
the Lighted House on Higher Planes:
The causal body is the “Holy Place”, the “Temple
of Solomon”. The personality is the “Outer Court”,
and also the “Tabernacle in the Wilderness”. The personality
is, for the soul, the “home away from home”—really,
a “home” in the wilderness of the three lower worlds. Venus
in Cancer represents the attempt to make a “home” for the
soul in an inhospitable place—the lower worlds. The inner “Temple”
however, is also a “home” for the incarnating soul, and
Venus in Cancer can be seen as related to the building of this higher
“Lighted House” as well as to the building of the outer
and lower “lighted house”. The causal body as a higher “home”
is also ruled by Cancer, and not only by Leo.
7. Venus in Cancer—The
Beauty of the Causal body:
As the causal body develops it become an object of increasing
beauty until, on the eve of its destruction, it manifests as a gorgeous
display. The causal body, like all vehicles is ruled in part by Cancer
and its culminating beauty by Venus.
8. Venus in Cancer—Soul
Relationships in the Home:
For the initiate parent, the physical home becomes a place
of soul culture. It is so possible to let instinct rule the home; the
guard is down; the point of tension is reduced; the demands of the lunar
vehicles are unrestrained. But the disciple and initiate will seek to
counteract this tendency, and apply the refining ray of Venus to situations
which, so often do not prove either elevating or edifying.
9. Venus in Cancer—Preparing
the Personality Vehicles for Initiation:
Many are the necessary preparations, and long it takes. Venus
in Capricorn represents true initiation (the transfiguration). With
Venus in Cancer, it is as if the personality vehicles are being slowly
prepared for infusion by a greater light represented by Venus in Capricorn.
These vehicles must become accustomed to the growing light. Venus in
Cancer can represent a waxing soul presence within the form. The combination
can, of course, be utilized by one who has already experienced the transfiguration,
in which case this combination is that of the “light bearer”
or “light bringer”, who descends into the veils with the
light received upon the mountain top.
10. Venus in Cancer—the
Five over the Four:
As stated, just because Cancer is a powerful constellation,
and Venus is a mere planet, does not mean that their effect upon the
human being will be proportional to their absolute status. In the case
of this combination, we have a symbol of the elevation of the fifth
kingdom of nature (represented by Venus) over the fourth kingdom (represented
by Cancer, the fourth sign) The implication is that the disciple or
initiate can think about membership in the fifth kingdom even while
enwrapped in the fourth.
11. Venus in Cancer—the
Irradiation of the Form:
Angel (Venus) is immersed in form (Cancer); the form becomes more radiatory
as a result. The light and love of the soul are reflected into and through
12. Venus in Cancer—the
Relationship Between the Fifth Manifested and the Fifth Unmanifested
The Cancerian Creative Hierarchy (the fifth unmanifested Hierarchy)
has a definite inspiring connection upon the Capricornian Hierarchy
(the fifth manifested Hierarchy). Both are related to the Christ impulse—the
Cancerian Hierarchy (ruled by Neptune) expressing the Christ impulse
more abstractly and in relation to the entire cosmic physical plane
(and with reference to the cosmic astral plane), and the Capricornian
Hierarchy expressing the Christ impulse more concretely in relation
to the three worlds of human evolution. Venus is directly involved with
the Capricornian Hierarchy, and indirectly (through numerical affinity)
with the fifth unmanifested Hierarchy. Interestingly, Neptune is the
ruler of the Cancerian Hierarchy, and Neptune is the higher octave of
Venus, and the planet into which Venus most probably resolves. (cf.
The following words of the
Tibetan describe something of the relationship between the Cancerian
and Capricornian Hierarchies:
“The fifth Creative
Hierarchy (also numbered 8) is on the verge of liberation. It is peculiarly
connected with the tenth Creative Hierarchy, with the constellation
Capricorn and with the human personality which veils and temporarily
hides the Christ principle behind both form and mind. Eight is, under
some numerical systems, regarded as the number of the Christ.”
13. Venus in Cancer—the
Creation of Humanity:
Venus has an archetypal connection to Cancer because Cancer
represents for the soul (Venus) the “doorway” into incarnated
life. The “Angel” (Venus) is becoming human (Cancer—the
fourth sign in relation to the fourth kingdom). Esoteric history also
tells us that some of the “gods” (i.e., the “Angels”)
actually incarnated directly into the substance of the then humanity
by clothing themselves in physical bodies. Venus in Cancer is one of
those combinations (Venus in Virgo is another) that represents “heaven”
coming to “earth” and “God” becoming “Man”.
14. Venus in Cancer—The
Makara in its Lower Manifestation:
The Makara are a dual Creative Hierarchy, one aspect connected
with the Solar Angels and the other with the personality of the human
being. Venus and the Solar Angels are intimately related, as Cancer
is to the lunar vehicles.
15. Venus in Cancer—Love
For the disciple and initiate, who have worked themselves
through and beyond the mass consciousness, Cancer represents the “One
Humanity” as a field of service. Venus in Cancer indicates that
the love and light of the soul (Venus) can be offered in service to
the human race (Cancer).
16. Venus in Cancer—the
The Ashram is the advanced soul’s internal “home”,
and is, in part, ruled by Cancer. As a soul, the disciple is Venus.
Venus in Cancer, thus, represents not only the exile of the soul in
a “home away from home” (the outer three planes), but also
the soul’s true home (now upon the buddhic plane). Cancer, it
should be remembered, is esoterically and hierarchically ruled by Neptune,
a co-ruler (with Mercury and Jupiter) of the buddhic plane. The Ashram
is, therefore, the soul’s refuge (considering the soul, really,
as the Triad). The lower and false reflection of this refuge is the
physical home as self-protective shelter.
17. Venus in Cancer—Philanthropy:
Cancer cares, and, as well, transmits two financial rays—the
third and the seventh. Venus (as ruler of Taurus) represents money and,
in general, that which is of value or symbolizes value. Together they
can indicate the giving of money under soul impulse, which works out
practically as philanthropy. Jupiter in Cancer is another philanthropic
18. Venus in Cancer—Miscellaneous
a. Gradual transition
from mentality as applied in the personality to soul influence within
the personality, towards the mental. More light.
b. The process of the integration of soul and personality using the
focussed, illumined mind.
c. The clarification of the kama-manasic response.
d. Clarity is emerging into mental field—it is an integrative
tool for personality and of personality with soul.
e. The refinement of the lunar vehicles. Venus cultivates the lunar
f. The cultivation of soul values within the lunar vehicles.
g. Preparation of lunar lords for being pure instrument of the soul
in preparation for initiation.
h. Extracting something of value from ordinary experience; this will
go to the building of the causal body.
i. Soul relationship in home—no longer so personal. Soul relationship
among one’s intimates.
j. The love and light of the soul are in the house immediate environment
k. Inviting people out of the dark into lighted places; spiritual
l. Attraction between people through the quality of the light.
m. Love of humanity. Seeing the good. Appreciating ‘people’.
Treating all like one ‘soul-family’
n. Home for the soul—the Ashram.
o. Philanthropy in relation to the culture and the arts.