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 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 occurs. They are extraordinarily constant, unselfish and sincere in love; their motto is to render unto Caesar the things which are Csesar’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 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 broadmindedness and tolerance which was rather rare for his generation.