According to the Vedic scriptures and astrology, planet Venus or Shukra Graha is a celestial planet (one of the Navagrahas) which dominates various qualities of humans related to love, sex, attractiveness, music and dance and amusement sources. It is the brightest planet in the sky and can be easily seen in the north direction early in the morning and hence it is also known as the Morning Star. Shukra is the planet for various pleasures and delights such as bodily beauty, attraction, love, relationship, sex, wealth, knowledge and prosperity. A person appears attractive and attracts others, all due to Venus’s energy. Socializing is also a trait of this planet. It is considered to be a munificent planet with feminine characteristics. The placement of Venus in the natal chart determines the pleasures of marital life and luxuries. If Venus is weakly placed in the horoscope the individual may go through a troublesome or failed marriage, he/she may lack an amicable nature and physical appeal. This happens not only due to a weakly placed Venus but also due to the alignment of malefic planets with Venus.
The malefic Venus may cause a person to be controlling and dominating. It teaches us the valuable life lesson of self-worth. Venus rules the following profession: literature, poetry, theatre, film and sex industry, restaurants, textile industry, cosmetic and jewelry shops. Actors, actresses, beauticians, photographers, painters and people in other creative fields have a favorable presence of Venus. It governs the two zodiac signs Taurus (Vrishabha) and Libra (Thula). In Pisces it is exalted and in Virgo it is debilitated.
Venus governs the following body organs: stomach, hands, skin, sexual organs, nose, chin and eyes. The malefic of Venus results in diseases related to these organs.
Astrological Significance of Venus:
Venus rules over the realms of love and emotions and it influences all our relationships. It is all about pleasure, especially the one shared with others. This planet controls the emotions such as love, romance and harmony we feel in our marriage, friendships and other relations. Venus teaches us to appreciate the things we possess and the people we love. It spreads happiness and compassion. With this awareness, it teaches us the lessons of self-worth and instills a sense of value in us. Venus is strongly associated with beauty and our possessions. It teaches us to appreciate the wonderful nature of things and the sensual world.
Venus dictates the people that you like to be around and how to mingle and socialize with friends. It determines various aspects of life such as how you break up with a friend, how close you will be and how emotional you will be with your friends. In case of a clashing Venus there will be misunderstandings due to different expectations. If you and your partners Venus are in Harmony then the relation will have happy moods and a long lasting relationship. The color related to Venus is Pink. Its gemstone is Diamond (Hira).
Lessons of Mercury
In the Vedic astrology, Venus rules over Taurus and Libra. Money and love are the two major aspects of human life that is dictated by Venus. These entities are the simplistic interpretations of Venus. It governs our emotions, the things we value and the joy we take in life. Looks, charm and attractiveness are also ruled by this planet. Venus also makes us aware of our pleasures, tastes, creativity and our joys in life. The planet dictates the way an individual spends money and the possessions we buy with the money. It also epitomizes our leisure activities which includes sexual desires. The biggest lesson that Venus teaches us relates to our monetary issues; it teaches us about earning, saving, spending and safeguarding the financial resources. Venus does this by creating situations where we lose money or wind up in debt traps or be in shortage. After teaching these lessons it blesses us with abundance.
This planet also governs our attachment and attraction to others. It rules attractiveness; it includes attraction to others and the ability to attract others. Those with prominent Venus in their chart are considered peace-makers due to its harmonious energy. It teaches us to appreciate and be appreciated. When we compromise, make peace or love it is said that we are acting out our Venus. A malefic Venus can make us shallow, self-centered and self-indulgent. Venus rules leisure, sensuality, comfort, arts, beauty, love, money and entertainment.