Venus, the feminine planet, is in the masculine sign of Aries from May 3rd-29th 2014.
Venus moves relatively swiftly round the heavens being one of the faster-moving planetary bodies and she returns to each sign of the zodiac approximately once every year.
This is similar to the Sun’s transit round the zodiac called your Solar Return which takes exactly one year until it returns back to the place you were born on your birthday, hence the saying ‘Many Happy Returns’. Because Venus’ transit through the zodiac is relatively close to the Sun, these two planetary bodies can never be more than 48 degrees apart. This means you can only be born with Venus in Aries if your Sun sign is Aquarius, Pisces, Aries, Taurus or Gemini.
Venus represents art and beauty but today we associate Venus most closely with love. She rules all kinds of love, physical love, love of humanity, love and devotion. In modern times we have an idealistic perspective on love and everyone thinks Venus represents love as in fidelity and romance. The true picture, however, gives a different story and traditionally Venus embodied love, sex and power.
Venus’ predecessors in the mythology line-up were Inanna and Ishtar, around whom cults developed worshipping both goddesses. Part of the Sumerian pantheon of Gods and Goddesses in ancient Mesopotamia, they ruled sexual love, fertility, prosperity and warfare. Ishtar in particular was known for being “cruel and wayward”.
Move forward to Roman mythology and Venus was Goddess of prostitutes, although she could turn the hearts of men and women from sexual vice to virtue. In other words, Venus ruled all aspects of love (think of the term venereal disease which derivates from the word, Venus).
In Greek mythology, Venus was Aphrodite who ruled sexual love, desire, beauty and fertility. She was forced into an arranged marriage with “ugly” Haphaestus but was vehemently independent and constantly in search of a new lover. One of her more familiar lovers was Ares, God of War, whom she later married. But she had many affairs and many children, Eros, Rhodos, Hermaphroditus and Aneas, to name but a few.
Whilst Venus is in Aries, it’s a chance to readdress the balance of viewing Venus as being only receptive, meek and charming and remind ourselves that the female Goddess was traditionally strong and powerful.
Power Girls with Venus in Aries
Venus in Aries represents girl (Venus) power (Aries) so it’s not surprising that many female performers have Venus in Aries. Aries is the first sign of the zodiac, a competitive sign and when you have a planet in Aries, there’s a part of you that wants to win and come first. Venus in Aries is a particularly powerful placing for women and whether singing power ballads or strutting their stuff on stage, there are some feisty and strong female performers with this placing:
Lady Gaga (b. March 28 1986) Sun Aries, Venus Aries
Rihanna (b. February 20 1988) Sun Pisces, Venus Aries
Shakira (b. February 2 1977) Sun Aquarius, Venus Aries
Leona Lewis (b. April 3 1985) Sun Aries, Venus Aries
Mariah Carey (b. March 27 1970) Sun Aries, Venus Aries
If you have Venus in Aries, typically you have an independent outlook on life and relationships and some Venus in Aries types are happy to be single, at least for part of their lives. Jennifer Aniston (b. February 11 1969) Sun Aquarius, Venus Aries, was most famous for being one of the ‘Friends’ in the popular TV series. Sarah Jessica Parker (b. March 25 1965) Sun Aries, Venus Aries, was famously happy to be single in the hit series, ‘Sex and the City’ until she met Mr Big and one of film’s most popular single girls was Bridget Jones played superbly by Renee Zellweger (b. April 25 1969) Sun Taurus, Venus Aries in ‘Bridget Jones’ Diary’.
Venus in Aries represents a tough cookie, a woman with a sassy attitude who’s not afraid to compete in a man’s world. Two Sun Aries celebrities who both have Venus in Aries and became famous for playing strong women were Sarah Michelle Gellar (b. April 14 1977) who played Buffy in ‘Buffy The Vampire Slayer’ and Keira Knightley (b. March 26 1985) who was Elizabeth Swann in the hugely popular first three films in the ‘Pirates of the Caribbean’ franchise.
Strictly come dancing
The best Venus in Aries ‘girl power’ story this time around, May 2014, was the news that all ‘Strictly Come Dancing’ fans were waiting avidly to hear. Who would replace Bruce Forsyth as co-presenter of the popular Saturday night TV show? Many names were bandied about and the hot favourites to take over were Graham Norton and Anton du Beke.
Whilst Venus was in Aries, however, it was announced that it would be an all female pairing with Claudia Winkleman, presenter of the Sunday night Strictly elimination show for the last three years, teaming up with leading lady Tess Daly.
What a huge success for the power of women and quite unusual for a female double act to front a mainstream Saturday night TV entertainment show. A quick look at their charts reveals that Tess Daly (b. April 27 1969) is a Sun Taurus, Venus Aries combination with her Venus at 10 degrees of Aries and there have been a few times in the last series of Strictly when she’s been sole presenter of the show.
Claudia Winkleman (b. January 15 1972) can’t have Venus in Aries as she’s a Sun Capricorn. However, Claudia has her Mars at 12 degrees of Aries and this is a brilliant planetary showing for this new double act.
Mars is the male planet in Claudia’s chart and it’s teamed with Venus, the feminine planet, in Tess’ chart. This is the perfect male/female balance between the two celebrities. Plus the girls share the same element of earth in their respective Sun signs, Tess a Taurus and Claudia a Capricorn, cue earthy humour and a solid anchor for the popular TV show. Who needs men when women have got it all going on?
Where's transiting Venus in your natal chart?
Whilst Venus is in Aries, it will give one sector of your own chart a welcome boost and here’s a quick guide to let you know where you can make things happen with love, compassion and a bit of oomph. Check your free birth chart and If you are:
Sun Aries: Venus is in your 1st house ruling your self, your image and appearance
Sun Taurus: Venus is in your 12th house ruling quiet pursuits, meditation and self-care
Sun Gemini: Venus is in your 11th house ruling friendships, groups and social concerns
Sun Cancer: Venus is in your 10th house ruling your career, your vocation and status
Sun Leo: Venus is in your 9th house ruling travel, study and wherever you find meaning in life
Sun Virgo: Venus is in your 8th house ruling joint finances, life’s mysteries and sex
Sun Libra: Venus is in your 7th house ruling all your 1-to-1’s, personal and professional
Sun Scorpio: Venus is in your 6th house ruling your routine, service to others and health
Sun Sagittarius: Venus is in your 5th house ruling children, creativity, entertainment and love affairs
Sun Capricorn: Venus is in your 4th house ruling home, family and where you come from
Sun Aquarius: Venus is in your 3rd house ruling communication, neighbours and siblings
Sun Pisces: Venus is in your 2nd house ruling money, personal possessions and values