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Venus

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Venus is the second planet from the Sun and is the second-largest terrestrial planet. Venus is sometimes referred to as the Earth’s sister planet due to its similar size and mass.

A year on Venus lasts 225 Earth days, but a day on Venus lasts 117 Earth days. Venus, however, rotates in the opposite direction to any other planet in the Solar System.

After the Moon, Venus is the brightest object in the night sky and is often called the morning or evening star.

Because of the greenhouse gases, Venus is the hottest planet in the Solar System and has a surface pressure 92 times greater than on Earth.

Venus in Astrology

It symbolises emotions of love, beauty, and harmony. She creates the condition for physical contact with others. When the planet is well-positioned in the birth chart, it grants them: bias, refinement, and civilisation.

Venus symbol on a green background

Just like the planet itself would lead you to believe, its warmth and atmosphere will preoccupy you and make you feel hazed, in love, drunk on emotion, or dependent on food, people, and all sorts of numbing, relaxing, or even hallucinogenic substances.

Venus rules both Taurus and Libra, two signs that have difficulty accepting each other, one being practical and physical to the core, and the other turned to expressive beauty, reflection in other people, and everything we want to be seen.

Venus in Mythology

Venus was the Roman goddess of love, maternal care, sexual reproduction, and erotic desire. The loveliest of all deities, Venus desired—and was desired by—mortals and gods alike. Venus was adapted from the Greek goddess Aphrodite, with whom she shared a mythological tradition.

As the goddess of love and sex, Venus possessed the ability to make mortals and gods fall madly in love. Venus’ chief weapons were her charm and erotic appeal, and in her mythological tradition, many fell victim to them.

Technically, Venus’ father was Uranus, the father of Saturn and grandfather of Jupiter. Her mother was the sea, which embodied the passive female principle in Roman thought.

In her maturity, Venus married Vulcan, the god of the kiln and master of metallurgy. Their marriage, fraught as it was with mistrust and infidelity, did not produce children. Venus’ frequent lover was Mars, the fiery and furious god of war, passion, and anger.

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