venus astrologyVenus astrology and horoscopes represent how we appreciate and measure our experiences and how we value life. The worship of Venus (Earth’s “sister”) has been practiced since the first, bright twinkling of man’s imagination. Every culture has been mesmerized by exquisite charms of Venus, and the numerous names given it (Diana, Aphrodite, etc.) all represent a goddess of love and beauty.

Not realizing that it was the same planet, the Greeks called its morning appearance Phosphoros (light-bringer) and its evening apparition Hesperos (evening) – the Roman’s Lucifer and Vesper. The name Lucifer was later bestowed, by the Christians, upon the brightest angel in heaven, who through pride of his beauty and power led to rebellion against God, and his banishment to Earth. Our lovely goddess became male.

Venus is the second planet from the Sun and the sixth largest. Its orbit is the most circular of the planets and is by far the brightest object in the sky except for the Sun and the Moon.

In astrology, the Venus is feminine, temperately cold and moist, and the author of mirth and sport. It is the ruler of Taurus and Libra. Those born under the vibrations of Venus are attractive and well formed but not tall, with a clear complexion, bright hazel or black eyes, dark brown or chestnut hair that is thick, soft, and shiny. Their voice is soft and sweet, and he/she has a very striking aspect.

If Venus is well dignified, the native is cheerful, friendly, musical, fond of elegant accomplishments, and prone to love but frequently jealous. If it is ill dignified, the native is less handsome in person and in mind, given to every licentiousness and to dishonesty.

Since Venus is an inferior planet, it shows phases when viewed with a telescope from Earth. Venus’ rotation is very slow and retrograde. One Earth day is 243 Venus days (which is also a Venus’ year). Venus’ rotation and orbit are synchronized such that it always presents the same face toward Earth when the two planets are closest.

Venus is very similar in size to the Earth and both have few craters indicating relatively young surfaces. Their densities and chemical compositions are also similar, however studies reveal Venus to be the least hospitable place in the solar system.

The pressure of Venus’ atmosphere at the surface is about the same as the pressure at a depth of 1 km in Earth’s oceans. It is composed mostly of carbon dioxide with several cloud layers many kilometers thick of sulfuric acid. This dense atmosphere raises Venus’ surface temperature to over 740 K (hot enough to melt lead).

Venus probably once had large amounts of water like Earth but it all boiled away. If the earth had been just a little closer to the sun, it would have suffered the same fate.

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