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You may be aware of your own Venus sign, but there are also two types: Venus Morning Star and Venus Evening Star.

These are the names given to the sects of the planet's cycle. In each complete cycle relative to the Sun, Venus makes two conjunctions. The first sect begins when the Sun and Venus meet in an inferior conjunction; when Venus is in retrograde. The second half begins at the superior conjunction when Venus is direct, and continues until the next inferior conjunction. It is at these times when Venus transitions between its two appearances, recognized by modern astrologers to have significance in Inanna, worshipped by ancient Mesopotamians.

Inanna, later known as Eštar or Ishtar, is the Mesopotamian astral goddess of love and war, associated with the planet Venus. As related by Pliny the Elder, "When in advance and rising before dawn [Venus] receives the name of Lucifer, as being another sun and bringing the dawn, whereas when it shines after sunset it is named Vesper, as prolonging the daylight, or as being a deputy for the moon."

Locate the Sun in your chart: if Venus is clockwise from the Sun, your Venus type is the Morning Star. If Venus is counterclockwise, your type is of the Evening Star.

You may also determine your type through the use of an ephemeris: if the Sun is further along the zodiac than Venus, your type is Lucifer, and if Venus is further along than the Sun, it is Hesperus.

Venus Morning Star, Venus Lucifer, or Venus Φωσφόρος: these are the names for the first half, characterized by a spontaneous and eager emotional nature. People born during this Luciferian half generally let their feelings lead the way, tending to emote first and think later, especially if natal Venus rises before Mercury. These people are inclined to recover quickly from emotional disappointment. It is also important to consider whether natal Venus was in retrograde, and to consider the interpretations subsequently.

Corresponding with the waning hemicycle of the lunation cycle (from Full Moon to New Moon), Venus Ἕσπερος denotes a deliberative emotional makeup seeking to distill the meaning of experiences and ideals formulated during the first half. Where emotions are eagerly rushed forward during the Luciferian period, they are now more introverted in the Evening Star period, though not at all less intense. Although Evening Star people may not show emotions as easily, they often tend to become more internally involved with their emotional life. These people are more likely to carry deep seated resentments. Feeling after the fact, so to say, these people may think about missed connections, bitter disappointments, or broken romances for years. However, this also manifests as a serene placing where the Morning Star is a bright blooming rose.

When misunderstandings occur, they may be explained through a sense of being out of sync. It is not unusual for this to manifest in a manner such as the Morning Star partner getting over a disagreement, while the Evening Star may require much longer to forgive. One may be angered that the other can so easily disregard a painful incident, or that it made such a minor impression; the other may be annoyed that their partner still brings up an old issue.

On the other hand, the cycle of two parts returns to itself eternally. Here there is beauty in analyzing relationships by Venus types: a Morning and Evening Star complete the other. Two of the same type understand one another being born under the same cycle.

WHEN BRINGING ASTROLOGY into your relationships, the reality is you're going in loaded with ammo. When you date someone and choose to examine your relationship astrologically, you are interacting with their whole chart. There is always going to be something you can point at to explain why your relationship fails. But what about love? What if you love someone? Love cannot be reduced to an equation. This is why I do not typically agree with "compatability" in its pop astrology contexts. So what if you love someone whose Moon squares your own? Challenging aspects, in truth, are not all that bad. Sometimes they are an invitation for change to occur.

Then again, sometimes people rarely realize the challenge they pose to their partner. Today, people want their partner to deliver, bliss and hot sex and total agreement- or else! Or else they're out the door.

SYNASTRY, as opposed to compatability, is defined as the "coincidence or agreement of the influences of the stars over the destinies of two persons." It is the art of relational astrology, and it is an illuminating source for the interactions between people. While more complex than compatability, the results of synastry readings are as worthy and unique as our own personalities. One common method for synastry reading is the practice of creating a composite chart.
A COMPOSITE CHART is a chart of the midpoints between two separate charts. Say again?

What you're doing is merging the two charts to come up with a chart of their relationship. The mathematical midpoint between the two Suns becomes the composite chart's Sun. The midpoint between the two Moons becomes the composite Moon, and so forth. Thus the composite Sun shows the purpose of a relationship; where and how the couple shine and express their vital life energy. When evaluating a relationship, pay mind to the house in your chart where your partner's sun falls. That house will be lit up and energized by your partner's solar energy. This attraction is indeed "written in the stars."

Partner's sun in your 1st house – You immediately identify with this person. A great overlay for any relationship.

Partner's sun in your 2nd house – This person will affect your self esteem. You're likely to value them highly, and may be possessive of them.

Partner's sun in your 3rd house – This person will give you a lot to think about. Creative or clever ideas.

Partner's sun in your 4th house – Nurturing. This person will light up your home and all things domestic. They'll put you in touch with your roots. They energize you emotionally and bring light and warmth (Sun) to your home and family.

Partner's sun in your 5th house – This is a fun overlay. It's like being on a date, even if you're married thirty years!

Partner's sun in your 6th house – This person will help you. It's good, but sort of utilitarian.

Partner's sun in your 7th house – This person will seem a natural partner. They'll bring balance to your life; not that everyone wants that!

Partner's sun in your 8th house – I think, "symbiotic," when I see this overlay. This person will light up the dark recesses of your psyche. This couple lives (and shines) in the shadow. People are attracted and repelled. You are comfortable in uncomfortable places and are attracted to them. You deal in depth. You are intensely loyal and lack interest in anything superficial. You live for transformation via exchange of energy and thrive in the 8th house realms of death and psyche, healing and regeneration.

Partner's sun in your 9th house – This person will open doors of all kinds for you. It's freeing and it's fun. You'll travel, literally or otherwise. You'll expand.

Partner's sun in your 10th house – This person might give you status. Their energy will enhance your public image, bring you attention of some kind.

Partner's sun in your 11th house – This person will encourage you to be yourself and live freely.

Partner's sun in your 12th house – This person blends with you. You're in communion, basically.
THE QUINCUNX— also known as the inconjunct— is a 150° angle formed by planets five signs apart. With the presence of this aspect, people are asked to reconcile the irreconcilable, and thus the quincunx requires a creative leap to blend the two sets of needs and traits. Oppositions can balance one another– with sufficient give and take. It's a kind of partnership. It is inevitable.

Squares butt heads because the two planets are in competition with one another, yet clash in part because they want some of the same types of things. The quincunx, however, is a "does not compute" aspect. The wants and needs of the two signs involved have no real connection—instead it's a disconnect. They're unrelated by element or mode, so there's no natural point of contact, no easy affinity or resonance. What do they have in common? The quincunx is classified neither as a harmonious nor as an aspect of tension. It indicates potential that is difficult to realise. In contrast to the square or opposition it doesn't usually feel like a significant source of tension, demanding action. A quincunx can involve an effort to reconcile two planets' meanings in the chart, but even when the initial signs seem positive, there is no guarantee of success. In the end, it may not prove possible to truly integrate the energies involved. For example, if Venus and Mars stand in quincunx to one another a person may try to boost her self-confidence by investing large amounts of energy (Mars) in order to achieve aesthetic goals (Venus). But she may feel that the energy invested never produces the desired results. For this reason the quincunx is thought to be difficult to deal with and is often referred to as an aspect of desire or longing. On the other hand it shows important themes which the horoscope owner must face. The lack of success can be an impetus to consider and possibly change established patterns of behaviour. In this sense the quincunx hints at new possibilities.

Any aspects with Mars (energy. Spark. Action. Stimulus) or Venus/Jupiter (expansion. Ease. Joy) or Saturn (commitment. Obstacles. Endurance) shows endurance- the prospect for a relationship to endure. Houses of moon & venus: unconscious needs. What kind of life satisfying to individual. Saturns house areas of frustration and perceived lacks. Neptunes house shows what eludes one in finding their satisfaction.

For needs

Look at individual charts. 7th, 8th, Venus, Moon

Compare what one offers that meets the other's needs

Sun, Moon, North Node, Asc, Dsc very strong

A Venus conjunct B Moon = juicy reward

Important points of contact: conjunct, opposite, square

Sun + Moon = a real knowing, blending which takes place

Sun + Mars = can be very competitive

Sun + Saturn = fated. People have work to do together which holds them in the relationship.

Sun + Asc

Moon + Asc

Moon + Saturn = very fated

Mars + Moon = very erotic, exciting

Mars + Asc = very stimulating

Jupiter + Sun, Moon, Venus, or Mars = joyfulness, expanding, risking, opportunity, harmony, excesses

A contact + B ruler of 7th house = has to be there for the relationship to last. Any planet or contact counts here, but some (like trines) are weaker ties.

Subtler but still powerful contacts

A fills in a missing element for B

A has planets in sign of B's interception, particularly important if B has no planets there

A has planets in contact with B's Juno

Sharing the same or opposing planetary pair by sign or aspect

Venus + Moon = true affection

Venus + Jupiter = happy together

Venus + Mars = yin yang exchange

Sun or Venus + Uranus = excitement

Sun + Saturn or Jupiter = success, "they make me feel so good" is really "they open that part in me"

Lesser contacts to consider

Venus + Moon or Sun = like each other, genuine affection between them

Mars + Venus (A,S,D,F) = stimulation

A has planet(s) in B's 7th house

Planets that fall on another's angles (Asc, dsc, mc/ic)

A Venus or Moon conjunct B MC = they will further your goals or career, person has an affection for what you want to do and is unselfish in nurturing or giving to you

Mars + Mars or Venus + Venus = any aspect, you're moving in same direction or have similar values