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Venus in Astrology: Meaning and Significations

Venus in Astrology: Meaning and Significations

In episode 315 astrologer Becca Tarnas joins the show to talk about the meaning of Venus in astrology, and how ancient and modern astrologers conceptualized it.

Venus is traditionally thought to signify things like beauty, love, relationships, desire, sensuality, romance, harmony, pleasure, art, marriage, and other topics.

This is the fourth installment in our series on each of the planets, where we do a deep dive into their meaning in astrology.

We anchored the discussion by reading through a series of excerpts about Venus from different ancient and modern astrologers, including Vettius Valens, Abu Ma’shar, William Lilly, Reinhold Ebertin, Steven Forrest, and Richard Tarnas.

We then used these passages as jumping off points for an extended discussion about some of the deeper meanings of Venus, and the role that it plays in birth chart interpretation.

You can find out more about Becca on her website:


This episode is available in both audio and video versions below.


Here are some timestamps for topics covered at different points in the episode:

00:00:00 Intro
00:02:49 Vettius Valens Significations
00:07:17 Venus as Benefic
00:10:34 Venus Glyph
00:11:35 The seasons of Taurus and Libra
00:15:55 Venus, the Moon, and the feminine
00:22:16 Redefining planets based on current cultural norms
00:24:00 Tradition isn’t static
00:24:48 Aphrodite
00:30:04 Archetypes manifesting through different cultures
00:33:50 Venus the brightest star
00:38:00 Venus Mars relationship
00:41:48 Diagram of Venus opposite Mars
00:42:58 Venus and Jupiter in night sky
00:45:00 First Principles
00:50:10 Venus’ connection to religion and breath
00:53:44 Myth of Annona
00:58:54 Venus Synodic Cycle
01:06:15 Abu Ma’shar Significations
01:20:00 Venus on the Ascendant
01:22:05 Venus aspects and beauty
01:24:53 Venus and Music
01:28:33 Venus and Relationships
01:31:55 Venus Saturn
01:35:05 Venus Mercury
01:37:16 Venus Sun
01:38:35 Venus Moon
01:41:31 Fred Rogers Chart
01:42:50 Venus Mars
01:47:06 Venus and Friday
01:50:21 Venus Jupiter
01:51:40 Beyonce’s Chart
01:58:33 Venus Saturn
02:00:54 Venus Uranus
02:02:13 Katy Perry’s chart
02:08:23 Venus Neptune
02:10:55 Tolkien’s chart
02:13:46 George R. R. Martin’s chart
02:16:37 Venus Pluto
02:17:17 Frida Kahlo’s chart
02:21:22 William Lilly Significations
02:33:56 Reinhold Ebertin Significations
02:41:02 Gary Kasparov’s Chart
02:43:37 Steven Forrest Significations
02:49:00 Venus placement variations throughout life
02:52:04 Richard Tarnas Significations
02:58:41 Becca Tarnas Significations
03:00:45 Becca’s Chart
03:09:31 Becca’s website
03:10:02 Becca’s upcoming courses
03:12:15 Closing remarks

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  • #grabber
    I have Saturn in Capricorn 7th house and Venus in Pisces in the 10th. My husband and I have lived both separately and together in our 43 years of marriage. Currently together since 2nd Saturn Teturn.

  • Hi Chris,
    Love listening to your podcasts!
    Would be great if there was a podcast on unaspected luminaries.
    Becca Tarnas made a comment that when she was born her Father was concerned at Becca having an unaspected Sun, until he bought midpoints into it.
    I have an unaspected Pisces Sun and Aquarius Moon…..no aspect to any planet. Christian Borup’s Astrologer has said that with an unaspected Sun….letting someone in is a big step, it takes a long time to get close to someone with an unaspected Sun (very true of me) don’t want help from anyone (very true of me) there is so much more he wrote. I actually don’t see any problem with anyone who has no aspects to their Natal Sun, I see it as a positive. The Sun does eventually make aspects to transits and progressions.
    As for my Unaspected Moon (conjunct my Chiron & IC) I have not found notes on this but, again, I care deeply for others and it makes aspects to transits and as it progresses.
    Love your work and have on my to do list, your course on Hellenistic Astrology, after listening to your Podcast on it!