Venus in Capricorn

This sign brings out the colder and more earthy side of Venus, and exercises a restricting influence, in many cases, upon the temperament. While it gives strong and permanent attachments, yet the nature may be called capricious. The native loves the comic or Panic of intrigue ; he is likely to be somewhat gross and even lustful in the expression of attachment ; he will waste time, health and money in the search for pleasure; yet at the same time he will be extremely petty about it. There is little amiability. Indifference is the real interior attitude. And this is only modified by gusts of storm. The native is usually jealous and exacting. He expects too much of other people ; but that not through optimism or idealism, but, on the contrary, from self-interest. People with Venus thus situated are usually very slow in developing the sexual instinct, and the later they marry the better their chances to make a success of it. Sometimes this tardiness is such that it never develops at all during the life time. This is often the case when other instincts happen to be tremendously powerful. We find many instances of people whose human side has failed to develop through the occupation of the mind with loftier ideals. We may notice the cases of William Blake, Swami Vivekenanda, Joseph Smith and Jeanne d’Arc, all of whom were occupied primarily with mystic conceptions. In the case of the Indian sage Venus took her revenge, as she nearly always does when slighted, and that which might have been after all quite as holy as any amount of meditation expressed itself in ways which nearly led to open scandal. We have examples of a somewhat different kind of enthusiasm in John Ruskin, Dr. Zamenhof and Sir Edward Burning-Lawrence.
In Ruskin’s case, as is well known, there was actual physical disability. Science furnishes us with the names of Pasteur, Davy and Alfred Wallace, while an example of pure coldness of nature, with no enthusiasm to replace it, is given by William III.
It may be a little surprising at first sight to find that Alfred de Musset had this position of Venus. But the explanation is simple, for in his nativity Venus is on the cusp of the twelfth house, squared by Mars, and she is just turning retrograde. The mental attitude displayed in Gamiani, in which he was at least an accomplice, and many other of his writings, and the extraordinary developments of his. personal character are fully explained by these facts. Venus in Capricorn is a little inclined to be suspicious. The native demands that advances shall be made to him unmistakably, before he commits himself. He dreads rebuff. It is, therefore, necessary in dealing with such a person to give encouragement if it is really desired to accept him. There is no danger of perversion in the sign in the ordinary sense of the word, but the native is very likely omnivorous. This applies to all the appetites equally.
The native cannot bear to be bothered with refinement of any of the appetites. He wishes possession and demands the response, even more emphasized than his demand. He desires open demonstration of affection and if he imagines that he is being neglected, or if his pride be hurt, he is likely to change from great warmth of affection to the most icy indifference, but once being on intimate terms with a native of this sign, he may be trusted to behave admirably, so long as those conditions persist. He is constant, and a lover of home, preferring the fireside and domestic joys to social functions and the like. There is no great aptitude for art connected with this sign and no great feeling for beauty in itself. The native is attracted by strength of character and other peculiarities which do not appeal to the ordinary man. Sometimes the character of the native is undeveloped on ordinary Venusian lines. Moral beauty appeals to him more than any other kind. We may mention in this connection the name of the Preacher Moody and of Arthur Brisbane, but much more characteristic of the usual development of character given by this position is the late Stanford White.