ASTROLOGY

YOUR PLACE IN THE STARS

VENUS IN ARIES

VENUS in this sign is in her fall, and the position is not fortunate, on the whole. There is evidence of the action of Mars in a certain rash impulsiveness in emotion, but the effect is rarely lasting or deep even at the moment. There is a strong tendency to be what the French call “cerebral,” and so to what is really coldness, though it may manifest itself in fiery sparks.

It is only necessary to study the writings of Baudelaire and Swinburne, to see the attitude taken towards love and art by both of them, to understand this position of Venus. There is fierceness and glitter, but it is the fire of the lightning rather than that of the hearth. Among women we see the same quality—modified in certain ways—in Mme. Steinheil and Queen Victoria. The former example needs no comment; the latter does. Victoria appeared a {252} most domesticated person, but she was not; it was merely part of her ambitious policy to appear so.

In music one sees this fitful brilliancy of Venus represented by Tchaikovsky, and in literature by Bulwer-Lytton. The domestic affairs of the latter are well known, too well known, and show in life what he also expressed in his novels.

The tendency to lack stability is also manifest in Robespierre.

The trouble seems to be not that there is any lack of activity in Venus when she is in this sign, but that that activity is ill-directed. She is not really fickle, but appears to be so because of her idealism. Reality failing to respond to her mental conception, she becomes discontented. At the same time, it must be understood that no fulfillment of her desires, however nearly perfect, would satisfy her. It is in the contemplation of her wishes that she finds pleasure rather than in the enjoyment of them. She is extraordinarily imaginative; the merest hint excites her. She loves by sight, but touch disappoints her. When a person with this position of Venus discovers that Shelley quarreled with his wife or that Browning smoked a pipe or that Matthew Arnold wore whiskers, disappointment and disillusion follow. The poetry is spoiled for them, because it is not written by a creature who not only does not, and did not, but never could exist.

A remarkable example of the idealism of this position is afforded us by Abraham Lincoln, whose Venus trined his rising Neptune. This is an unsurpassable position for unfaltering devotion to an ideal. Lincoln was as conscious as any other man, as prescient as any seer could possibly have been, of what it meant in immediate agony to humanity to call for volunteers, as he did on that dramatic day which changed the whole history of these States. But his high purpose was not overwhelmed by his great sympathy for the temporary sufferings of humanity. To him, right was right, and must be supported, no matter what the cost. Had Neptune been in Capricornus, and Venus in Taurus, instead of in Sagittarius and Aries respectively, he would have thought far more of the material miseries which immediately threatened his country, and secession might have become an accomplished fact. It was his idealism which not only prevented the disruption of the Union, but implanted as a principle, which will never cease to be paramount in this country, {253} to do the right thing no matter what the cost. One can readily understand how this attitude may be misinterpreted by the other party as lack of sympathy.

Venus in this sign is extraordinarily brilliant; she is the beauty of the sparks which are struck from the sword of Mars as he goes into battle, but she is robbed of all the importance which she has as tenderness and graciousness. She becomes the Amazon, panoplied and splendid, with no trace of the Hausfrau. Baudelaire and Swinburne both have this position, and she is buttressed by the most formidable aspects; yet she fails to flower with that voluptuous graciousness that we find, for example, in Michael Angelo who has her in Pisces. She is hard, brilliant, subtle, passionate, but not enduring and not inclined to please. She attacks and she repels, but all her operations are operations of assault and battery. She stirs to activity and quits. In women, this position is exceptionally unpleasant. She may be extraordinarily attractive but, even if she gratifies, will never satisfy. She excites and irritates, never calms and soothes. Even in art, one perceives clearly how unsatisfactory, from the point of view of Venus herself, so to speak, is this position for her. When Swinburne wrote “Dolores,” he was trying to paint a picture of Venus in Libra or in Scorpio; he only succeeded in painting a Venus in Aries type.

We see the same thing in the writing of Baudelaire and the music of Tchaikovsky. It is always irritation without satisfaction; it is not Isis veiled, but Isis in armor. As indicated above, this position is very much better for men that it is for women, but it is good even for them only where Venus is a subsidiary figure, not only in the horoscope itself, but in the general character of the native. Where his general pursuit in life is of the character of Venus, it is bad, but it is not bad for such men as Lincoln and J. P. Morgan to have Venus under arms.

It may be of great value in the horoscope of any man of the more studious and serious sort not to have Venus flower too fully. We find her in this position in the horoscopes of such men as Emerson, Alexander Graham Bell, Dr. Quackenbos and the Hon. Stephen A. Douglas. Where, however, the native is an artist, the limitations may be regarded as troublesome. Thus we find Palmer Cox in art and Frank R. Stockton in literature somewhat lacking {254} in the graciousness and floridity that seem appropriate to the artistic temperament. Occasionally, the effect of Venus in Aries is very bad indeed, implying heartlessness, and this will particularly apply when the general temperament is already mercurial. We class the position as a decided restriction upon Venus. She always fails to attain her full development, and whether this be good or bad for the native, in a general way, must depend upon considerations entirely foreign to her. It is evident, for example, that a great soldier will not be benefited by having Venus of equal importance with Mars, or a great man of science by having her stronger than Uranus, Saturn and Mercury. Consideration, such as the foregoing, must always be taken into account, in estimating the real value to the native of any particular position of any particular planet. Each description must be regarded as an isolated statement, merely one pawn in a complex position of many pieces.

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

Oscar Hammerstein

Palmer Cox

J. P. Morgan

Percival Lowell

Ralph Waldo Emerson

Emile Coue

Bessie Leo

Reginald de Koven

Bliss Carman

John Burroughs

Abraham Lincoln

Bulwer-Lytton

Queen Victoria

Algernon Swinburne

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 Aries are as follows: {255}

From April 16th through May 10th 1840

February 5th " March 3rd 1841

March 18th " April 10th 1842

April 30th " May 25th 1843

February 17th " March 12th 1844

April 2nd " April 25th 1845

May 7th " June 4th 1846

March 3rd " March 26th 1847

April 16th " May 9th 1848

February 4th " March 3rd 1849

March 17th " April 10th 1850

April 30th " May 24th 1851

February 17th " March 11th 1852

April 1st " April 24th 1853

May 7th " June 4th 1854

March 2nd " March 26th 1855

April 15th " May 9th 1856

February 4th " March 3rd 1857

March 17th " April 9th 1858

April 29th " May 24th 1859

February 16th " March 11th 1860

March 31st " April 24th 1861

May 7th " June 4th 1862

March 2nd " March 25th 1863

April 15th " May 8th 1864

February 4th " March 3rd 1865

March 16th " April 8th 1866

April 29th " May 23rd 1867

February 16th " March 11th 1868

March 31st " April 23rd 1869

May 7th " June 3rd 1870

March 1st " March 25th 1871

April 14th " May 8th 1872

February 3rd " March 3rd 1873

March 16th " April 8th 1874

April 28th " May 23rd 1875

February 15th " March 10th 1876

March 30th " April 23rd 1877 {256}

From May 7th through June 3rd 1878

March 1st " March 24th 1879

April 14th " May 7th 1880

February 3rd " March 3rd 1881

March 15th " April 7th 1882

April 28th " May 22nd 1883

February 15th " March 10th 1884

March 30th " April 22nd 1885

May 7th " June 3rd 1886

February 28th " March 24th 1887

April 13th " May 7th 1888

February 3rd " March 4th 1889

March 15th " April 7th 1890

April 27th " May 22nd 1891

February 14th " March 9th 1892

March 29th " April 22nd 1893

May 6th " June 2nd 1894

February 28th " March 23rd 1895

April 13th " May 6th 1896

February 2nd " March 4th 1897

March 14th " April 6th 1898

April 27th " May 21st 1899

February 14th " March 10th 1900

March 30th " April 22nd 1901

May 7th " June 3rd 1902

February 28th " March 23rd 1903

April 13th " May 7th 1904

February 3rd " March 5th 1905

May 9th " May 27th 1905

March 15th " April 7th 1906

April 28th " May 22nd 1907

February 14th " March 9th 1908

March 29th " April 21st 1909

May 7th " June 3rd 1910

February 28th " March 23rd 1911

April 13th " May 6th 1912

February 3rd " March 6th 1913

May 2nd " May 30th 1913 {257}

From March 14th through April 6th 1914

April 27th " May 21st 1915

February 14th " March 9th 1916

March 29th " April 21st 1917

May 7th " June 2nd 1918

February 27th " March 22nd 1919

April 12th " May 6th 1920

February 3rd " March 6th 1921

April 26th " June 1st 1921

March 13th " April 6th 1922

April 27th " May 21st 1923

February 13th " March 8th 1924

March 28th " April 20th 1925

May 7th " June 2nd 1926

February 27th " March 22nd 1927

April 12th " May 5th 1928

February 3rd " March 7th 1929

April 20th " June 2nd 1929