Venus in Virgo

The cold and earthy and mercurial nature of Virgo may be described as the very opposite to that of Venus. The planet, too, is in her fall and never develops properly. She may make a woman a careful housewife and a good hostess for Virgo distributes the affections, forbids friendships but encourages acquaintanceships but never a loving wife or a passionate mistress, unless there are some remarkably warm aspects to intensify her nature. Women of the town, many of whom are incapable of true feeling of any kind, often have this position.
The native, too, is usually fastidious about people. Others are inclined to consider him cold, heartless and repellent. On the other hand, the scmg-froid and aplomb which his indifference gives often make him a favorite on the lecture platform or the stage. We find it, for example, in the horoscope of Marshall P. Wilder, the dwarf humorist. A very good example of its peculiar manifestation in art is the painter Millet. The perception is extraordinarily keen and accurate. We find little development of the emotional nature in this position. Some of the most notoriously cold and even callous people in history have possessed it. However, it does not always turn to evil, and, in many cases, the position is a decided advantage in life. For example, one may attribute much of Anna Kingsford’s high mentality to this cause. Her tenderer feelings were distributed through intellectual channels. We find a similar case in Thomas Mott Osborne, and these two examples may be considered the very flower of this position.
The same development of emotion on humanitarian rather than on personal lines is clearly marked in Samuel Taylor Coleridge, but here it is noticeable how Virgo works upon Venus in courting the native to be, or at least to seem, cold, and to hold himself aloof, if not exactly from the society of his fellows, at least from any close intimacy with them. Similar qualities are observable in the horoscopes of Edward VI of England. In none of these can the position be described as having worked unfavorably. With Ludwig of Bavaria, however, the theatrical tendency is seen in an exaggerated form. He may be said rather to have acted his life than to have lived it. However, there are worse cases. In Caesar Borgia, this position produced downright callousness. This is, no doubt, emphasized by the shutting up of Venus in the twelfth house, her aspect to Saturn in the eleventh, and the fact that Virgo is actually the rising sign. It may seem at first sight surprising that Goethe, Dumas, and Guy de Maupassant should have this position, but further investigation clears up the difficulty.
Goethe’s Venus has the sextile of Neptune and the opposition of Jupiter and also the semi-sextile of Mercury, and Venus is powerfully placed in the tenth house. Dumas has the conjunction of Jupiter and Saturn, the semi-sextile of Sol and that of Uranus. De Maupassant has Mercury semi-sextile, Mars and Jupiter in conjunction. Such aspects from such great planets overpower the isolated influence of the sign, to a very large extent. It can still be traced, but only in minor matters. The position of Venus does not exactly lack magnetism, but it is a different kind of magnetism from that which is usually understood by that word. James Coates, the mesmerist, had this position. The quality that enables a man to hypnotize successfully is very different from that which makes him a great lover. The position is admirable for a lawyer, giving him the power of insinuating his ideas into the minds of his hearers. Many very attractive speakers have this same position. People with Venus so situated have the power to express emotion without really feeling it. They can weep very convincingly for “Hecuba”.
The position is also admirable for a nurse, where the greatest care and tenderness are required, yet where any trace of true pity or emotion would diminish the efficiency. However, while not wishing to say anything derogatory to the natives who have this position, we must say that, so far as the development of Venus is concerned, it is not her highest development. It is a decided modification of her qualities and a limitation of her powers. It is, however, not to be regarded as so thoroughgoing an affliction as when she is in Aries.