Venus through the Elements

Venus as a Morning Star was known as Lucifer: the Light Bringer.

The morning star phase is often characterised by temptation, unbridled passion and treacherousness.

Temptation doesn’t have to mean infidelity and great deception; Venus rules pleasure and desire, it can be in all realms, leading to both pleasure or distress. Look to the element that your Venus is in for clues.

Venus’ temptations through the elements

Fire design by Jessika Fancy @jfancydesigns
Fire design by Jessika Fancy @jfancydesigns

Venus in a fire sign might be tempted to break free, be bold and exaggerate, or push the limits. It might be rash, angry and/or impatient. It might need greater than usual physical output like exercise, sex and/or fighting.

Venus in Aries, Leo and Sagittarius

Air design by Jessika Fancy @jfancydesigns
Air design by Jessika Fancy @jfancydesigns

Venus in an air sign might be tempted engage the mind in daydreams / fantasy or spiral down rabbit holes that lead nowhere good. It could be tempted to to communicate with those they “shouldn’t”, stay up late binge-watching tv or listening to podcasts / reading / writing, or going online when the mind actually needs a break. Venus in an air sign might need to reign in the mind and mental capabilities.

Venus in Gemini, Libra and Aquarius

Earth design by Jessika Fancy @jfancydesigns
Earth design by Jessika Fancy @jfancydesigns

Venus in an earth sign might be tempted by physical pleasures: touch, food, alcohol, ignoring the mind and reason for the sake of physical pleasure. It might feel threatened by a lack of physical security and cling to old habits, wanting things to remain the same even though we’ve just moved through a great deal of change and release.

Venus in Taurus, Virgo and Capricorn

Water image by Jessika Fancy @jfancydesigns
Water image by Jessika Fancy @jfancydesigns

Venus in a water sign might be tempted to dig up old stories that have great emotional attachment and seek stimulation that enables escapism. Water sign Venus’s might be tempted to take on the problems and weight of other people’s emotions, needing to enact better boundaries during this time.

Venus in Cancer, Scorpio and Pisces

Venus in Aztec culture

As in most ancient cultures, Venus was watched and revered by the Aztec’s and Mayans. The rising of Venus was often greeted with hysteria and great dread as the potential for destruction and disaster intensified. It was not uncommon for a human sacrifice to be made to appease the wrath Venus could bestow.

“These pages from the Dresden Codex form part of a Maya Astronomical Table designed to chart the course of the planet Venus. Each 8-day interval preceding morning heliacal rise (when the planet first becomes visible above the eastern horizon at dawn) is followed by a (middle) picture showing the male Venus deity flinging spears (omens), which represent the dazzling rays of light that accompany his morning star appearance, at victims (lower picture). An offering to the deity is made in the top picture. The left-hand page is a user’s manual consisting of a multiplication table and entry dates.” –

Bernardino de Sahagun, a Franciscan friar in the 16th century, recorded the Aztec’s perception of Venus:

“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.”

The Birth of Venus by Sandro Botticelli
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