ASTROLOGY

YOUR PLACE IN THE STARS

VENUS IN AQUARIUS

THE general characteristic which we have noticed with the other two airy signs still applies to Aquarius. There is, however, a very strong tendency to a development of the affections on humanitarian lines. It is rare to find domesticity; nor is there any great tendency to intensity of passion. The plane of the affections is mostly spiritual and {304} mental. Such love as exists has always the wings of the eagle and the head of the man. With this position of Venus, the religious and humanitarian instincts often take the place of those natural to the great mass of humanity. The founder of the Christian religion had Venus placed in this sign, and so had Brigham Young and Dr. Steiner. The humanitarian impulse is still visible, though in a perverted form, in the anarchist Vaillant; and the perversity is readily explained, since his Venus is squared by a rising Mars.

In science we have the great names of Copernicus, Newton, and Nostradamus. It is very clear in these cases that the interest of the heart was cosmic, and could not be fettered by deep personal attachments.

In the domain of the arts we find the names of Lord Byron and of Chopin. Both these men acquired considerable notoriety in the matter of their love affairs; but this fact must not mislead the reader. In both cases the intention was idealistic. And if, in their search for the rarest thing on earth, they fell from time to time into the hands of vampires, it is to be taken as confirming, not as refuting, our judgment of their quality. Their misfortune, indeed, is common. Unless Venus is extraordinarily well dignified, so as to remove her operations altogether from the personal plane, the native is likely to be called unmoral. He or she may try innumerable experiments, all equally disastrous; but no blame should be attached to such good people. The intention is invariably ideal. One may go further and say that they are deserving of every sympathy, for Aquarius makes them very clear sighted. And, even when most under the dominion of some temporary illusion, the native is all the while aware that he has not gotten what he wants.

It might be surprising, at first glance, to find Pope Alexander VI in this class, but, on reference to the horoscope, one sees immediately that Mars is in exact conjunction. It is only one further illustration of the fatal action of this combination.

People with Venus in this sign often arouse quite unreasonable jealousy in the marriage partner. Attracted intellectually to a stranger on a first meeting, a person under this influence may treat him or her as an intimate friend. The husband or wife frequently fails to realize that this means nothing. It is because love with such people is so entirely divorced from physical considerations that this {305} occurs. They are extraordinarily constant, unselfish and sincere in love; their motto is to render unto Caesar the things which are Caesar’s and to God the things which are God’s. Having given themselves unreservedly on the physical plane to one person, they regard the matter as closed, but naturally see no reason why that should interfere with a warm intellectual friendship. It is just because they know there is no danger that they act in such a way as to make people think that there is.

Venus in Aquarius gives extraordinary power to divine character. In the case of a portrait artist, for example, he may be able to paint the spiritual rather than the physical image of the sitter, showing in the portrait qualities which perhaps are yet undeveloped. Similarly, especially when Mercury is in the same sign, one finds an excellent diagnostician who, with practically no symptoms to guide him, can yet discover in his patients the root of some deep-seated malady. Aquarius is so very spiritual a sign that its action is almost always likely to cause the native to perceive the transcendental reality beneath the mask of form. We have already insisted that the position of Venus exhibits the primary shape in which the non-ego presents itself to the ego, and, when Venus is in Aquarius, one may say that the native sees things, not so much as they are but as they will be.

While the native is not domestic, in the same way as when Venus is in Taurus, the same qualities are manifest, but in a much more intelligent form. A mother with Venus in Taurus is likely to spoil her children; if Venus is in Aquarius she is equally devoted but never foolish. She will pick out the best nurse, not merely the nicest one. She will criticize the child in a most impersonal way and thus develop its real talents, instead of being deluded by imaginary or desired talents into encouraging the wrong one. One may say that the ties of blood are not very important to people with this position of Venus; yet they act as admirably as if they were important, for they base their actions upon the real necessity of the situation, instead of upon mere traditional sentimentality.

The same characteristics apply in such matters as patriotism. President Wilson is a first-grade example of the action of this position. He did not allow himself to be swayed by the cries of the mob. He considered everything with what many people regard as {306} undue deliberation, and took no action until he was absolutely satisfied as to the wisdom of the course proposed. He never allowed prejudice or passion to sway him. This is remarkably indicative of the power exercised by this sign, since Mars is in conjunction with Venus. His personal prejudices were extraordinarily strong, and his character dictatorial and overbearing, yet he did not allow this, as a rule, to hurry him into inconsiderate actions. As an example of the seriousness and general excellence of this position, we have such people as the sculptor Gutzon Borglum, the astrologer Ebenezer Sibley, Ellen Terry, Dr. Weir Mitchell, and George Ade. We have also Admiral Dewey, Bramwell Booth and Elihu P. Root, in whom these qualities may be studied to advantage.

We may pay a little more detailed attention to the case of Robert Burns. Here again, Mars is in conjunction with Venus; but, Venus being the lady of ascendant, the effect upon the personality is as great as in the case of President Wilson, just considered; but the Sun is also in conjunction and lends additional violence to the combination. Hence we find the Scottish poet really very passionate and very fickle, and the influence of the sign is shown mostly by the idealism which gave birth to that fickleness. We also find the humanitarian impulse extremely strong, expressing itself in the broad-mindedness and tolerance which was rather rare for his generation.

The following are the names of well known persons who have Venus in Aquarius:

Frank B. Kellogg

Jack London

Gloria Swanson

David Lloyd George

Gelett Burgess

David S. Bispham

John D. Rockefeller, Jr.

George Ade

Arthur Foote

William Dean Howells

Admiral George Dewey

John La Farge

Frederick Francois Chopin {307}

Sir Isaac Newton

Lord Byron

Ellen Terry

Josef Hoffman

Franklin D. Roosevelt

For the benefit of those who are not in possession of Raphael’s Ephemeris or who are not able to interpret the symbols contained therein, the years when Venus is in the sign Aquarius are as follows:

From February 27th through March 22nd 1840

December 16th 1840 " January 9th 1841

January 29th " February 21st 1842

March 8th " April 3rd 1843

December 31st 1843 " January 23rd 1844

February 12th " March 7th 1845

December 6th 1845 " January 3rd 1846

January 14th " February 6th 1847

February 26th " March 21st 1848

December 16th 1848 " January 8th 1849

January 28th " February 20th 1850

March 8th " April 3rd 1851

December 30th 1851 " January 22nd 1852

February 12th " March 7th 1853

December 5th 1853 " January 3rd 1854

January 13th " February 5th 1855

February 26th " March 21rd 1856

December 15th 1856 " January 8th 1857

January 28th " February 20th 1858

March 7th " April 2nd 1859

December 29th 1859 " January 22nd 1860

February 11th " March 6th 1861

December 5th 1861 " January 4th 1862

March 13th " March 24th 1862

January 13th " February 5th 1863

February 26th " March 20th 1864

December 15th 1864 " January 8th 1865 {308}

From January 27th through February 19th 1866

March 7th " April 2nd 1867

December 29th 1867 " January 21st 1868

February 11th " March 6th 1869

December 5th 1869 " January 4th 1870

March 4th 1870 " March 28th 1870

January 12th " February 4th 1871

February 25th " March 20th 1872

December 14th 1872 " January 7th 1873

January 27th " February 19th 1874

March 7th " April 2nd 1875

December 28th 1875 " January 21st 1876

February 10th " March 5th 1877

December 5th 1877 " January 5th 1878

February 25th " March 30th 1878

January 12th " February 4th 1879

February 25th " March 19th 1880

December 14th 1880 " January 7th 1881

January 26th " February 18th 1882

March 7th " April 1st 1883

December 28th 1883 " January 20th 1884

February 10th 1885 " March 5th 1885

December 5th 1885 " January 6th 1886

February 19th " April 1st 1886

January 11th " February 3rd 1887

February 24th " March 19th 1888

December 13th 1888 " January 6th 1889

January 26th " February 18th 1890

March 6th " April 1st 1891

December 27th 1891 " January 20th 1892

February 9th " March 4th 1893

December 5th 1893 " January 8th 1894

February 13th " April 2nd 1894

January 11th " February 3rd 1895

February 24th " March 18th 1896

December 13th 1896 " January 6th 1897

January 25th " February 17th 1898

March 6th " March 31st 1899 {309}

From December 27th 1899through January 19th 1900

February 10th " March 5th 1901

December 6th 1901 " January 11th 1902

February 7th " April 4th 1902

January 11th " February 3rd 1903

February 24th " March 19th 1904

December 13th 1904 " January 7th 1905

January 26th " February 18th 1906

March 7th " April 1st 1907

December 27th 1907 " January 20th 1908

February 9th " March 4th 1909

December 6th 1909 " January 15th 1910

January 29th " April 4th 1910

January 11th " February 2nd 1911

February 24th " March 18th 1912

December 13th 1912 " January 6th 1913

January 25th " February 17th 1914

March 7th " April 1st 1915

December 27th 1915 " January 19th 1916

February 8th " March 4th 1917

December 6th 1917 " April 5th 1918

January 10th " February 2nd 1919

February 23rd " March 18th 1920

December 12th 1920 " January 6th 1921

January 25th " February 16th 1922

March 6th " March 31st 1923

December 26th 1923 " January 19th 1924

February 8th " March 3rd 1925

December 6th 1925 " April 5th 1926

January 9th " February 1st 1927

February 23rd " March 17th 1928

December 12th 1928 " January 5th 1929