Tapestry of the Gods
by Michael D. Robbins
Venus in Aries or Venus in Relation to Aries
“The power of Venus is lessened in this sign (Aries). It is a detrimental sign to Venus. The reason for this is that when the Sun is exalted and blazes forth in all its glory, the other lesser luminaries fade out. Just as the personality is lost sight of in the light of the soul, the solar Angel, so the soul itself disappears and its power and radiance fade out when the Presence, which it has hitherto veiled, appears and dominates the scene at the end of the greater world cycle. We are told that the incarnating Minds, human beings, the solar Angels, came originally from Venus, but they in turn give place to the monad, the One. Mind gives place to intuition and reason to pure perception.”
Specific Expressions of Venus in Aries
1. Venus does rule the intellect, and Aries is a mental sign. Aries is more related to Mercury than to Venus. If Venus is a planet which evaluates, then the rash and precipitous nature of Aries does not give Venus a chance to complete its evaluation. So there is rapid attraction to that which may not be truly suitable or worth while. The values are distorted by ‘heat’ from fiery Aries. The true love aspect of Venus cannot be so easily activated in Aries, though the mentality represented by Venus (fifth ray) may be stimulated in this first ray/seventh ray sign associated with the head. However, it must be considered that Mars is the orthodox ruler of Aries, and this Martian presence tends to stimulate more the lower aspect of Venus relating to desire. Venus may become hasty and overexcited by the Martian quality. Thus, we have combative Mars related to a planet (Venus) for which peace is consummately important
2. In the phase of evolution during which Mercury rules Aries, the brilliant, mental aspect of Venus may be enhanced. There is possible an affection for and love of mental things (the “things of the mind”), but the heart aspect may be somewhat missing from this ‘love’.
3. With Venus in Aries, there also may be a cerebralization of the affection. In its highest expression this will be what has been called “Platonic Love”—impersonally, a love of ideal, archetypal patterns. More personally applied, there may be a love the ideal person, or the archetype of the individual, but not of the entire, “flesh-and-blood” person. Self-love may also be pronounced, as Aries does not promote skill in reciprocity. There may be a degree of narcissism, and the love of one’s own mind and its process.
4. Anticipatory desire and an eagerness to experience with immediacy, tends to overcome the light value of Venus, as well as its good judgment.
5. The fruits of Aretian initiatives bring a greater fusion of soul and personality (the Venus process).
Venus in Aries for the Average or Undeveloped Human Being
1. Venus in Aries—Immediate Enthusiasm for ‘Beauty’:
With Venus in Aries there is a tendency to follow, immediately and without reservation, that which is seen as beautiful. There is instantaneous ardor for that which attracts—whether for good or ill.
2. Venus in Aries—Coarsening of Magnetism:
Venus in Aries can contribute to a coarsening of magnetism—an attraction to that which is less refined than would be the case, for instance, with Venus in Libra.
3. Venus in Aries—Strengthens Kama-Manas:
Venus is already associated with kama-manas, and Aries (in early evolutionary days) is passional. This combination, therefore, strengthens kama-manas (desire-mind). Venus in signs like Virgo and Capricorn may make it easier to dissociate the mental from the feeling function.
4. Venus in Aries—Hastiness in Evaluation:
Venus in Aries contributes to hastiness in the evaluative function. On a mundane level this can work out, for instance, as buying anything that immediately appeals to one without taking time to properly evaluate it.
5. Venus in Aries—Falling in Love Quickly and Superficially:
Similarly, Venus in Aries can incline one to fall in love with ‘almost anybody who is appealing’ without really gauging the quality and suitability of the person to whom they are attracted. This can be called “love at first sight”—often, with later unhappy results.
6. Venus in Aries—Indiscriminate Attractions:
Aries (upon the Mutable Cross) is an energy inclining towards proliferation as well as towards non-discriminative response to stimuli; therefore, during the early evolutionary period, an abundance of indiscriminate magnetisms and attractions are likely.
7. Venus in Aries—Assertive Approach to That which One Loves:
Under this combination, the one who is attracted does not wait for the attractive object to “come to him”. Instead, he pursues the object. There is, therefore, an eager going-out towards the object of attraction.
8. Venus in Aries—the “Assertive Woman”; the “Amazon”:
The combination symbolizes the “assertive (Aries) woman (Venus)”. There is more assertion here than magnetism.
9. Venus in Aries—Heart Energy Needs Cultivation:
The energy of the heart, a patient energy, may be more difficult to activate due to the energy of impatient Aries. The solar plexus and ajna are more easily activated. One wants (solar plexus) what one sees (ajna).
10. Venus in Aries—Unsettled Nervous System; Ill-regulated Expenditure:
Venus and prana (the “treasure of vitality”) are intimately related; Venus also rules the “nervous system” (EH 143). Because Aries is prodigal, there may be a diverse and ill-regulated expenditure of prana. This is an unsettling combination; the nervous and etheric systems may have less equanimity than with other combinations.
11. Venus in Aries—Unclear Vision:
Symbolically, Venus focuses the light just like the magnifying glass; ability to focus, however, is often a problem under the influence of Aries. Venus is related to good eye sight—the clarity that comes from focus and appreciation; Aries is not. Thus, this combination may give some unclarity or obscuration with regard to external and internal vision. The situation would be quite otherwise with Venus in Sagittarius.
12. Venus in Aries—Insufficient Understanding of those who are ‘Loved’:
True love requires that the ‘object’ loved be deeply understood. Because Venus in Aries inclines towards haste, perhaps there is a lack of true appreciation and understanding of the ‘loved’ object. Rash, impulsive attraction towards an object—an attraction misnamed “love”—means, fundamentally, that one does not know the quality of the object and does not have the patience to register and assimilate that quality.
13. Venus in Aries—Looking for a Partner “Just Like Me”:
The factor of projection is very strong with this combination. There is not much interest in getting to know the true nature of any ‘loved object’. Rather, there is the tendency to see oneself in such an object. The love of another becomes, really, a love of self.
14. Venus in Aries—Superficial Accumulations and Lack of Assimilation and Appreciation:
The accumulative faculty may be stimulated, but accumulations tend to be of superficial value and of short duration—easily dispersed. Real assimilation of that which is gathered (a real “taking in”) is difficult. Because of a sense of rush, Aries is classically resistant to assimilation (which always takes time). Venus in Aries is also insufficiently or superficially appreciative. This lack of real appreciation may apply to the world of personal relationships, but also to the world of business and investment. Even in the financial world, the word “appreciate” means to gather, and to expand the quantity worthy of what is gathered. This takes time and patience. Thus, with respect to the resources gathered under this influence, there is little “appreciation of value”. This may also apply to the interpersonal field, where love of new attractions may take the place of the appreciation of those relationships already established.
15. Venus in Aries—Disappointment in Love:
With this combination, the result of attraction is so often disappointment, because the focus of attraction does not live up to expectation.
16. Venus in Aries—the Love of Death and Destruction:
Venus bring love and appreciation (and awakened intelligent interest). The sign Aries provides strife and violence. This may bring violence, and even death, into love/‘desire’ relationships.
17. Venus in Aries—Human Love is ‘Hot’:
This is not a warm position for Venus (such as in Leo). Rather it is ‘hot’ and passionate. The serenity of Venus is diminished in the Aretian ‘atmosphere’.
1. Venus in Aries—Mental Beauty:
This combination confers an appreciation of “mental (Aries/Venus) beauty (Venus)”. This can work out as aesthetic appreciation or, for instance, as an appreciation for the beauty and elegance of mathematical formulae.
2. Venus in Aries—Enthusiasm for Ideal Beauty:
Venus in Aries is associated with the beauty of Archetypes— those guiding subjective patterns, which condition all formation below. Under this influence, one can appreciate the beauty (Venus) of the Divine Concept (Aries). The beauty (Venus) of the Divine Plan can be found with Venus in Capricorn.
3. Venus in Aries—Aesthetic Theory:
There may be a capacity for aesthetic theory, because Venus is the planet related to aesthetics (or the philosophy of the beautiful), and Aries (when it begins to be ruled by Mercury) becomes, often, mental-theoretical in expression.
4. Venus in Aries—the Mind as an Organ of Sentiency:
Under this combination the mind can be used as an organ of sentiency; one feels with the mind.
5. Venus in Aries—Love of Concepts:
Much of the energy of love may be directed towards mental concepts: “What a beautiful idea!” This is a fine position for an architect (who creates patterns of beauty in the mind) but less so for a builder. One may also collect examples of inspiring thoughts.
6. Venus in Aries—Concepts of Love:
There may be the concept of love, but will the love express through the heart, becoming “more than just a concept”?
7. Venus in Aries—Theoretical Approach to Experience:
Venus is experiential (entering experience not only mentally, but sentiently). Aries (under the esoteric rulership of Aries) may have a tendency to “remain in the head”. Thus, under this combination, there may develop a more theoretical than participatory approach to experience.
8. Venus in Aries—Strong Ajna Center Focus:
A relatively strong ajna center focus would be anticipated because Aries is associated with the head in genera, and with the directing power of the Ajna center, and Venus is always associated with the ajna center. Venus in Taurus, however, tends towards a more stable ajna functioning.
9. Venus in Aries— “Platonic Love”:
At the point of evolution when the ajna center is functioning more powerfully than the solar plexus and sacral centers, this combination can incline towards “Platonic Love”—a mentalized form of love which does not involve the passions as does normal human love. “Let us not to the marriage of true minds admit impediment.”
10. Venus in Aries—Mental Affiliations:
Venus in Aries promotes the idea of the community of friendship that is mentally sponsored—a “society of the mind”.
11. Venus in Aries—In Art, Brilliance, but is there Heart?
When poetry or music is produced, the result may be brilliant, but depth of heart and deep magnetism may be missing. There may be fire and flash, but the beauty is more superficial than profound.
12. Venus in Aries—Athena-like Women:
Venus in Aries can represent the Athena like woman—brilliant and beautiful, but not exactly soft, compliant and “cuddly”. We might also call this quality, ‘Amazonian beauty’.
1. Venus in Aries—the Contents of the Causal Body Initiate Effects in the Lower Worlds:
Venus rules the qualitative content of the causal body. Aries, governs the initial impulses towards incarnation. The human soul (when liberated from the personality) is focussed within the causal body. Before each incarnation, this causally-conscious human soul ‘consults’ with the pervading Solar Angel, and (through the instrumentality of the powers and patterns of the causal body) initiates causes which work out as personality pattern in the lower worlds. Venus in Aries represents this causal initiative.
2. Venus in Aries—Soul Impulses:
Venus in Aries is a position associated with “soul impulses”, for Venus is, paramountly, the planet of the soul or Solar Angel, and Aries, the sign of impulse. Soul-impulses begin upon the higher mental plane which is ruled by Venus (though other co-rulers can be justified). Aries represents the first steps of descent into incarnation, and Venus (the soul) enters into a weakened position, detrimental to its full expression. There is, therefore, something self-sacrificial about this combination (at least for the disciple or initiate, who are beginning to remember the origin of individual incarnations, and the origin of the entire cycle of incarnations).
3. Venus in Aries—Seeding Things of Value:
Aries represents the process of seeding, and Venus is the symbol of all that is valuable. Thus, with Venus in Aries, ‘seed values’ are planted—whether by the soul, or the enlightened personality. One day these will come to fruition as manifested soul values.
4. Venus in Aries—Uniting Spirit and Personality:
Venus is always a planet which (in later days) unites soul and personality. But Aries is particularly related to the spirit aspect, and transmits the first and seventh rays (the seven ray being a concrete reflection of the first). Venus is also the hierarchical ruler of Capricorn, which also transmits the first and seventh rays (as well as the third). The first and seventh rays can be considered as the rulers of spirit (first ray, first principle) and matter (seventh ray, seventh principle). Magnetic Venus is instrumental in holding them together, just as it does, eventually, in its exalted position in Pisces (for Pisces represents both the ocean of matter and the liberation of the spirit). Other planets also assist in the binding of spirit and matter, but Venus (representing the soul or middle principle) is the archetypal bond between spirit and matter.
5. Venus in Aries—Venus in Aries in Relation to the Third Initiation—with Reference to Capricorn:
Aries is related to the third degree as Capricorn is.
“The secret of Aries is the secret of beginnings, of cycles and of emerging opportunity. At the third initiation, the initiate begins to understand the life of the spirit or the [Page 388] highest aspect; until that time, he has expressed first the life of the form and then the life of the soul within that form. This experience is of so high a nature that only those who have passed through it could in any way comprehend anything I might say.” (EA 388-389)
“Capricorn—Guards the secret of the soul itself and this it reveals to the initiate at the time of the third initiation. This is sometimes called the “’secret of the hidden glory’.” (EA 165)
Venus as the hierarchical ruler of Capricorn is powerful at the third degree. Venus emphasizes the fusion of soul and personality. When Aries is connected to the third degree, it represents the rising of the exalted Sun of spirit, and the diminution of Venus (which represents the soul). Both signs (Aries and Capricorn) are active at the third degree, but Capricorn emphasizes the light (“supernal”) which relates it to the combined second and third aspects, and Aries emphasizes the power of the Monad.
6. Venus in Aries—Considering the Venus in Aries “Detriment” as an Advantage:
There is a difference in the light quality of Venus in Aries and Capricorn in Aries. Venus in Aries, generally not a luminous position (because incarnation which is sought in Aries obscures the light) touches, in relation to the third degree, monadic light. Every planetary “fall” is can really be understood as a “dignity”, for a “fall” can be a ‘fall away’ from the lowest As the Tibetan states: “It is to the ‘fall’ of the highest aspect that the symbolism refers, and then later to the fall or disappearance of all that is base and low.” Thus, too, a detriment can become an advantage, and Venus can be considered well-placed in Aries when it comes to the task of blending the light of the soul and of the spirit.
7. Venus in Aries—the Soul as a Reflector of Monadic Light:
Venus in Aries can represent the combination of soul (Venus) and being (Aries). At and after the third initiation, the soul can become a reflector of a new kind of light—monadic light.
8. Venus in Aries—Soul Values Overcome by the Brilliance of Spirit:
From another perspective, the unfettered brilliance of spirit could be threatening to the soul and its values. Soul values could be “blotted out” by the overpowering spirit. This could be thought of as the “blotting out the light of form”, or, alternatively, “blotting out all form”.
9. Venus in Aries Represents the Threatening of the Causal Body—Soul Color Overcome:
The causal body could be somewhat ‘threatened’ with this combination. One can imagine the light of spirit becoming so dominant that it would “blot out” the multiple colors of the causal body—the many varied hues of qualitative soul-consciousness (for quality is color). Venus, then, would become brilliant rather than colorful—as if diamond white—and would represent the beauty of the pure white light. The normal qualitative expression of the soul within the causal body would be reduced, but its brilliance enhanced. Perhaps, this is a good position for the enhancement of the functioning of the “jewel in the lotus”, just as Venus in Capricorn would be (and perhaps Venus in Taurus and Virgo—ruled in part by Vulcan, the “fashioner” of the “jewel”.
10. Venus in Aries—Beauty of Violence, Destruction and Death:
The kind of beauty that might be appreciated by Venus in Aries (especially at the stage when spirit is becoming positive in the life) would be of a very assertive and destructive kind—the beauty of destruction, the beauty of death, the beauty of the blast, the beauty of boundary-annihilating synthesis.
11. Venus in Aries—Mental Societies; Hierarchy as a Society of Minds:
The Hierarchy has been called the “Society of Organised and Illumined Minds” (DINA I 788-789); the mentalized love of Venus in Aries has a natural enthusiasm for participation in such societies and for this great spiritual “Society”, itself. Venus in Aquarius is perhaps even more indicative.
12. Venus in Aries—the Power which Shines through the Jewel in the Lotus:
Aries has very little to do with creating the form of the “jewel in the lotus” (more the task of the Venus and Vulcan in the earth signs), but relates to the power that shines through the form of the “jewel”.
13. Venus in Aries—Pure Ideas and their Embodiment:
Aries is the “birthplace of ideas”; at a certain relatively high point of unfoldment, there may be a love of pure ideation and of mental abstraction. There will be a focus upon the higher mental plane, and the possibility of developing “buddhi-manas”—the combination of reasoning mind and intuitive mind. True ideas come from a dimension even higher than the buddhic level.
Aries indicates fertility of ideation. Ideas descending are in need of embodiment in form—first upon the mental plane. Venus provides the higher mental focus for the formulation of abstract ideas. This formulation is mentally tangible, but, at first, tangible in no other way. Examples of such formulations may be mathematical patterns expressive of mental beauty—a beauty which reflects the relative perfection of the Fixed Design.
14. Venus in Aries—Rays Expressed through the Venus Mind:
Through the agency of Aries, the first and seventh rays are expressed through the fifth ray of the mind ruled by Venus. The second ray, also related to Venus, is not so congenially placed in Aries. The very high sixth ray expressed by Venus, is has some resonance to the fiery atmosphere of Aries, ruled in part by sixth ray Mars.
15. Venus in Aries—the Love of the Ideal, of the Archetypal:
Venus in Aries confers the love the ideal and the archetypal. There is a special love of ideal beauty—not beauty as it is expressed through form.
16. Venus in Aries—the Magnetization of the Divine Plan:
At a high level of development, Aries represents the possibility of recognizing the Divine Plan and working within it—intelligently and willfully. Venus in Aries adds magnetism to this work, helping, especially, to keep the beauty of the archetypal outline of the Plan vividly present.
17. Venus in Aries—the Beauty of the Divine Mind:
Aries comes forth “from the plane of mind” and rules. God’s Mind expressed the Law. There is Divine Beauty in the conceptions of the Divine Mind. Venus in Aries (when its usual detriment is considered an advantage) reveals the archetypal beauty of the Divine Mind, and the beauty of the Divine Laws which it expresses.
18. Venus in Aries—the Attractive Declaration of Principle:
Aries declares and enunciates laws and spiritual principles. These can come forth seeing harsh, cold, uncaring, impersonal. Venus in Aries renders these laws and principles more attractive, magnetic—beautiful. This combination reveals the beauty of first principles—albeit, at a very high point of evolution.
19. Venus in Aries—Blending Will and Mind:
Venus is the illumined mind and Aries, the will. Venus in Aries can blend the two, helping to reveal and express “spirit (Aries) values (Venus)”.