ASTROLOGY

YOUR PLACE IN THE STARS

VENUS IN PISCES

IN this sign Venus is in her exaltation. The watery nature of the sign does not make her so voluptuous as we saw to be the case with {310} Cancer and Scorpio. Pisces is too psychic for that to happen. Softness and tenderness are brought out strongly, but are expressed as an unequalled capacity for devotion and self-sacrifice. A very striking example of this is given in the relations of Sir Richard Burton with his wife. In all other respects his nature was fiery, arrogant and domineering; but he treated her with a chivalry which did not even succeed in getting itself understood or appreciated. The same spirit, with a slightly wider field of expression, is found in “Chinese” Gordon.

As a general rule, indeed, the affections are likely to be widely distributed. When art is concerned, this position seems to give the faculty of handling large groups of people with ease. This is evident in the cases of Michael Angelo, Zola, Dickens, Victor Hugo and, with slightly less lustre, Rosa Bonheur. The affections, generally speaking, are simple and natural. There is a calm kindliness of feeling towards humanity in general, and there is very little tendency to snobbery, none at all to arrogance.

Possibly as a consequence of this, the native does not easily make enemies. On the other hand, he is likely in some measure to spoil his friends. This position does not excite in others that depth of emotion which leads to grand passions and great sacrifices. Relations with others seem to be taken too easily , and their devotion is not likely to develop, as it does often enough in the case of people far less calculated at the first sight to inspire the noblest sentiments. People with this position are usually devoted to their families. They not only love others, but care for and cherish them. Self-sacrifice is natural to the native, whenever his tender feelings are in question.

There is a great deal of romance mingled with these feelings. The native dissolves himself into the beloved, making a true union, and the greatest sorrow that can be experienced by a person with this position is when the beloved fails to appreciate his devotion to the full. Venus in this sign is not particularly fastidious; she is too ready for the pleasure the yielding gives to others. In some respects this is the highest possible development of Venus. The reader will remember Browning’s poem in which one of the competing lovers says that she does not care what may be the qualities of the beloved, let him be an absolute scoundrel, with no good qualities at all; such a man gives the greatest opportunity for the exhibition of the noblest {311} qualities of love, and the abbe called in to decide the case ends his judgment:

“The love which to one, and one only has reference, seems terribly like what perhaps gains God’s preference.”

Venus in Pisces is not in the lest intellectual; she is intuitive, and this intuition is the outcome of her extraordinary nobility. Her willingness to pay the price, however great, gives her the privilege of a knowledge almost divine in its immediateness.

One of the most beautiful examples of this position is Edgar Allan Poe. In him, as critics have often pointed out, the instinct of love is almost abnormally pure. There is not a word in his writings which can be called coarse, gross or even free, yet his conception of passion is more romantic, more poetic than that of almost any other writer. In his very rhythm one feels the nature of his love. “Annabel Lee” and “Lenore” illustrate magnificently the vision which the poet has of women.

Of course, it is not always to be expected that we shall find this influence in such purity. George Washington took a much more practical view of sex.

Sometimes, we discover a romanticism and idealism not necessarily connected with sex. We may put down the passion for exploration which characterized H. M. Stanley and the Duke of the Abruzzi to this position, at least in part. It is the romantic view of things which is indicated. As we have seen in other signs, Venus represents the exterior of things. These explorers translated into the actions of manhood, boyhood’s dream of the romance of geography. Flammarion is in very much the same position with regard to astrology, and the attitude of C. W. Leadbetter towards the astral plane may also be ascribed to this position.

It is a very good position for actors, who, when they possess it, incline to prefer to undertake the representation of romantic and heroic parts. Henry Irving and William Terris illustrate this point. There is also the example of Mary Garden; the comprehensive character of her art and its extraordinary romance and glow recall the very similar qualities otherwise expressed in Michael Angelo.

The following are the names of well known persons who have Venus in Pisces: {312}

George Washington

Geraldine Farrar

Howard Chandler Christy

Will Levington Comfort

Thomas A. Edison

Dr. William S. Bainbridge

"Buffalo Bill" (Wm. S. Cody)

Rev. Leighton S. Parks

Richard Watson Gilder

Walter J. Damrosch

Charles E. Hughes

Charles M. Schwab

William Faversham

Robert Mantell

Algernon Blackwood

Charles A. Lindbergh

Antonio Scotti

Rosa Bonheur

Victor Hugo

Cammille Flammarion

Sir Henry Irving

William Terris

Charles Dickens

Emile Zola

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

From March 23nd through April 15th 1840

January 10th " February 4th 1841

February 22th " March 17th 1842

April 4th " April 29th 1843

January 24th " February 16th 1844

March 8th " April 1st 1845

January 4th " May 6th 1846

February 7th " March 2nd 1847 {313}

From March 22nd through April 15th 1848

January 9th " February 3rd 1849

February 21st " March 16th 1850

April 4th " April 29th 1851

January 23rd " February 16th 1852

March 8th " March 31st 1853

January 4th " May 6th 1854

February 6th " March 1st 1855

March 22nd " April 14th 1856

January 9th " February 3rd 1857

February 21st " March 16th 1858

April 3rd " April 28th 1859

January 23rd " February 15th 1860

March 7th " March 30th 1861

January 5th " March 12th 1862

March 25th " May 6th 1862

February 6th " March 1st 1863

March 21st " April 14th 1864

January 9th " February 3rd 1865

February 20th " March 15th 1866

April 3rd " April 28th 1867

January 22nd " February 15th 1868

March 7th " March 30th 1869

January 5th " March 3rd 1870

March 29th " May 6th 1870

February 5th " February 28th 1871

March 21st " April 13th 1872

January 8th " February 2nd 1873

February 20th " March 15th 1874

April 3rd " April 27th 1875

January 22nd " February 14th 1876

March 6th " March 29th 1877

January 6th " February 24th 1878

March 31st " May 6th 1878

February 5th " February 28th 1879

March 20th " April 13th 1880

January 8th " February 2nd 1881

February 19th " March 14th 1882 {314}

April 2nd " April 27th 1883

January 21st " February 14th 1884

March 6th " March 29th 1885

January 7th " February 18th 1886

April 2nd " May 6th 1886

February 4th " February 27th 1887

March 20th " April 12th 1888

January 7th " February 2nd 1889

February 19th " March 14th 1890

April 2nd " April 26th 1891

January 21st " February 13th 1892

March 5th " March 28th 1893

January 9th " February 12th 1894

April 3rd " May 5th 1894

February 4th " February 27th 1895

March 19th " April 12th 1896

January 7th " February 1st 1897

February 18th " March 13th 1898

April 1st " April 26th 1899

January 20th " February 13th 1900

March 6th " March 29th 1901

January 12th " February 6th 1902

April 5th " May 6th 1902

February 4th " February 27th 1903

March 20th " April 12th 1904

January 8th " February 2nd 1905

February 19th " March 14th 1906

April 2nd " April 27th 1907

January 21st " February 13th 1908

March 5th " March 28th 1909

January 16th " January 28th 1910

April 5th " May 6th 1910

February 3rd " February 27th 1911

March 19th " April 12th 1912

January 7th " February 2nd 1913

February 18th " March 13th 1914

April 2nd " April 26th 1915

January 20th " February 13th 1916 {315}

From March 5th through March 28th 1917

April 6th " May 6th 1918

February 3rd " February 26th 1919

March 19th " April 11th 1920

January 7th " February 2nd 1921

February 17th " March 12th 1922

April 1st " April 26th 1923

January 20th " February 12th 1924

March 4th " March 27th 1925

April 6th " May 6th 1926

February 2nd " February 26th 1927

March 18th " April 11th 1928

January 6th " February 2nd 1929