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IT is very unfortunate for Venus to find herself in a sign which is both marital and watery. It completely destroys any altruistic tendencies, and it may turn her amiability not only into sensuality but into something grosser still. Her influence is often extremely violent; passion is intense and physical; unless gratified it is likely to turn into hatred; and, even when it is reciprocated, its career is likely to be stormy, in particular afflictions it may end in treacheries and tragedies. People with this position run the greatest danger of getting themselves into social trouble. It is particularly important to guard against misalliance either with or without the assent of the law. The extreme violence of the feelings may also react ultimately upon the health; since, great as the capacity is, the desires are still stronger and may easily lead to dangerous excess. {289}

A disappointment also frequently arises from too great straight-forwardness. Such people are likely to frighten the birds which they wish to ensnare. They are sometimes unscrupulous in the pursuit of their plans. No consideration seems to weight with them. This naturally results in what may pass with the world for success, and unquestionably the physical magnetism is as great of its kind as in any other sign. In fact Libra alone rivals it. But the magnetism of Libra is subtle and perverse, whereas that of Scorpio is coarse and gross.

In dealing with the nativities of people who have lacked the refining influences of education, this position stands for quite animal dissipation and is nearly always associated with drunkenness. People of a higher type naturally escape such extremes. But frequently the cynical temperament develops as a result of satiety. This is marked in the cases of Sante Beuve, Benjamin Disraeli, and Marie Antoinette. In the last case one may regard this position of Venus in her horoscope as one of the principal causes of the French Revolution. One has only to examine the innumerable pamphlets which were written against her to see how this came about.

Venus in Scorpio does not appear compatible with any striking tendencies towards artistic development, and she is also here very weak in tact and amiability. It must be remembered that in this sign she is in her detriment. Of course, the usual modifications caused by aspects are always to be considered, but the position is so sensual that it takes a great deal to overcome its natural tendencies.

People with this position are extremely self-possessive in the matter of affection. Jealousy with them is a passion far more consuming than the love which has given birth to it. A trifling disappointment will turn love into hate, relentless and unscrupulous. The character of the passion is as physical as when Venus is in Taurus, but in the earthy sign, she connects with all the natural, genial, domestic, human qualities. Venus in Scorpio may be called almost demoniac; weary, but unsatisfied, is her motto. She never rests. Scorpio in many of its aspects is symbolized by the sea in storm, and the qualities of that element accurately symbolize this temperament.

The magnetism is extraordinarily strong, but may be called primitive. There is a kind of fascination which the innocent frequently {290} fail to recognize, and which consequently makes them fall an easy prey. This type is curiously open to flattery. A compliment is always taken as surrender, as a tribute to the superiority of the native.

Venus in Scorpio is extremely passionate and irresistible. It will not be content with anything but exact fulfillment of its desires. It is consequently necessary for the loved one to comply absolutely, or at least to seem to comply with sufficient skill to pretend; and this is, evidently, by no means a dignified or worthy position for anyone to maintain.

It is noticeable that few people with this position have attained great fame, and the reason is clear. However brilliant may be the other qualities in the nativity, this one influence leads us so frequently to plain dissipation that it is not possible to pursue the career with that single-mindedness and greatness of heart which are necessary to consummate success.

It must be borne in mid that, when Venus is in Scorpio, the Sun and Mercury may, at the same time, be in either Libra or Sagittarius; in such case, much that has been said would be largely modified, or the education and circumstances of the native would be such that the qualities imparted by the pure Venus in Scorpio would be latent and never be brought to the surface. They might be expressed through a feeling of great dissatisfaction and suppression.

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

A. J. Drexel-Biddle

Henry George

Frederick Remington

George W. Vanderbilt

John Philip Sousa

Duke of York

Mahatma Gandhi

Edith Cavell

Ralph Waldo Trine

Col. William Mitchell {291}

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 Scorpio are as follows:

From January 1st through January 6th 1840

October 4th " October 27th 1840

November 18th " December 11th 1841

September 9th " October 6th 1842

October 20th " November 12th 1843

December 1st " December 25th 1844

September 20th " October 14th 1845

November 3rd " November 26th 1846

December 9th 1847 " January 6th 1848

October 4th " October 27th 1848

November 18th " December 11th 1849

September 8th " October 6th 1850

October 19th " November 11th 1851

December 1st " December 24th 1852

September 19th " October 13th 1853

November 3rd " November 26th 1854

December 9th 1855 " January 5th 1856

October 3rd " October 26th 1856

November 17th " December 10th 1857

September 8th " October 6th 1858

October 19th " November 11th 1859

November 30th " December 24th 1860

September 19th " October 13th 1861

November 2nd " November 25th 1862

December 9th 1863 " January 5th 1864

October 3rd " October 26th 1864

November 17th " December 10th 1865

September 8th " October 6th 1866

October 18th " November 10th 1867

November 30th " December 23d 1868

September 18th " October 13th 1869

November 2nd " November 25th 1870

December 9th 1871 " January 5th 1872

October 2nd " October 25th 1872 {292}

From November 16th through December 9th 1873

September 8th " October 6th 1874

October 17th " November 9th 1875

November 29th " December 23rd 1876

September 18th " October 12th 1877

November 1st " November 24th 1878

December 9th 1879 " January 4th 1880

October 1st " October 25th 1880

November 15th " December 8th 1881

September 7th " October 6th 1882

October 17th " November 9th 1883

November 29th " December 22nd 1884

September 17th " October 12th 1885

November 1st " November 23rd 1886

December 9th 1887 " January 4th 1888

October 1st " October 24th 1888

November 15th " December 8th 1889

September 7th " October 7th 1890

October 16th " November 8th 1891

November 28th " December 22nd 1892

September 17th " October 11th 1893

October 31st " November 23rd 1894

December 9th 1895 " January 3rd 1896

September 30th " October 24th 1896

November 14th " December 7th 1897

September 7th " October 7th 1898

October 16th " November 8th 1899

November 29th " December 22nd 1900

September 17th " October 12th 1901

October 31st " November 23rd 1902

December 10th 1903 " January 4th 1904

October 1st " October 24th 1904

November 15th " December 8th 1905

September 8th " October 8th 1906

December 16th " December 25th 1906

October 16th " November 8th 1907

November 28th " December 22nd 1908

September 17th " October 11th 1909 {293}

From October 31st through November 23rd 1910

December 9th 1911 " January 4th 1912

September 30th " October 24th 1912

November 14th " December 7th 1913

September 7th " October 9th 1914

December 6th " December 30th 1914

October 16th " November 8th 1915

November 28th " December 21st 1916

September 17th " October 11th 1917

October 30th " November 22nd 1918

December 9th 1919 " January 3rd 1920

September 30th " October 23rd 1920

November 14th " December 7th 1921

September 7th " October 10th 1922

November 29th 1922 " January 1st 1923

October 15th " November 7th 1923

November 27th " December 21st 1924

September 16th " October 11th 1925

October 30th " November 22nd 1926

December 9th 1927 " January 3rd 1928

September 29th " October 23rd 1928

November 13th " December 6th 1929