Venus in Cancer

One might generalize the effect of the elemental attribution of the signs upon Venus by calling fire passionate, earth affectionate, air ideal or romantic, and water voluptuous. The passivity of Cancer certainly makes Venus extremely emotional. It is hard for a person with this position to resist the advances of another; at the same time, the lunar force in Cancer makes the nature changeable.
There is little disposition to seek companionship or love, but, when these are offered, they are gladly accepted. There is often deep sentimentality, and the native is apt to take his affairs too seriously ; in reality, wounds heal quickly. It is very unfortunate for any native with this position to be deprived of free normal expression of his or her tendencies ; in such cases the health may suffer. This sign is in many ways the most suitable of all for Venus; she seems to dissolve into a swoon therein. However, the tendency is to sensuality in a very marked degree, though not so much so as we shall find when we come to Scorpio. It is desirable to find some aspect with a tendency to correct any exaggeration of this quality. The desire for comfort in life and general good fortune in minor matters is to be expected in natives with Venus in Cancer.
In art and music, and in literature also, the effect appears to be very intense ; the feelings are very quiet and deep-seated, permeating the whole atmosphere. This quality will be recognized in the work of Dante, Balzac, and Schumann. The peculiar pathos and melancholy of the last-mentioned is, of course, due to the conjunction of the Lord of the Ascendant, Saturn, with Neptune. In all these determinations it must constantly be remembered that one practically never finds any single uncomplicated aspect ; and crude, superficial research is consequently bound to be misleading. A good example of the quiet sentimentality of the configuration is given by Abbas Effendi, who sought to build up a religion on generalities of purely pacific and amiable type. Franz Josef II, Nicholas II, and Maximilian of Mexico all had this position ; the effect is recognizable in the softness and ductility of their characters. In the last case, this became actual weakness and contributed largely to his ruin. We have however three very remarkable cases of a quite opposite tendency.
Sometimes Cancer appears to remember quite suddenly that it is a cardinal sign with Jupiter exalted, and to act accordingly! Even in the types of face given when it is rising, we see these two contrasted, the round, flat, pale moon-like face for one, and the aquiline, red, dominant, aggressive, hatchet-profile for the other. Jay Gould certainly possessed none of the characteristics which we have cited, but his Venus is conjoined with Jupiter, and squared by the conjunction of Luna and Saturn. This is sufficient to determine the sign to activity. Cecil Rhodes had very little of the true Cancer effect on Venus ; but here again Saturn interferes. Another example is Napoleon. Here Venus in Cancer, sextile to Uranus, Neptune, and Mars, accounts for his easy amours, and that indulgence in the pleasures of the table which led to his death. His general method, too, was quite in keeping with this position. It is his actions as a soldier and a statesman which make us think at first of him as an unlikely person to have this position.
But such actions hardly come under Venus at all ; they are only indirectly influenced by her in the same way as hip-disease might interfere with oratory by limiting the use of gestures ; and we may therefore call the very particular attention of the student to this case as highly and aptly illustrative of the effect. There are, however, many manifestations of Venus besides the obvious one. In Cancer, she frequently gives humorous good-nature a gentle and ingratiating method which endears the observer to the native without his quite knowing why it should be so. An excellent illustration of this quality is Oliver Wendell Holmes, and on the stage we see it in Harry Lauder. Julia Marlowe has this same indefinable charm ; but, in her case, it is fortified with a more definite appeal, because Venus is in aspect to the Moon, Uranus and Neptune.
Cancer always makes for popularity, because it is ruled by the Moon, and the presence of Venus in the sign should cause the native to be generally beloved. Napoleon, of course, owed his elevation to the hold which he had upon the affections of the people, and it was no doubt the personal popularity of Franz Josef II, more than anything else, which enabled him to harmonize and build up the nations which he ruled, into one great empire. Their dissensions always stopped short of the person of the emperor, and many a time they were restrained from going to extremes, only by considerations of him. Cecil Rhodes, again, is a figure who struck the popular imagination. So, to turn once more to our own country, did Henry Ward Beecher. Here there is no question of the popularity, and it is also possible that certain other facts which made considerable stir at the time may partially, at least, be attributed to this position.