Moon / Venus




These aspects have a strong mental effect that is not always recognized; they enable the native who is fortunate enough to posses them to take a calm and steady view of things, with an accurate perception of relative values and perspective.  For this reason we find them in the maps of great generals, who also very frequently have bodies of importance in Libra.  In a similar manner they are valuable to statesmen and politicians, and also to athletes giving a power to do the right thing at the right time and in the right way.  They have a more widely recognized value to the artist, and they are, in all cases, likely to promote popularity.  Kindness of heart and sociability do seem to be a noteworthy feature of the contact – for example, Bismark.  But there is no doubt that they tend to make the mind cheerful and optimistic, and they are excellent for the family-life, both in childhood and after marriage.  The wife is, in a man’s case, almost always a real help-meet, and she is likely to possess the Venus qualities of form and mind, unless there are severe afflictions.  I am not sure if the same applies to the husband in a woman’s horoscope, but in this case the native will certainly possess considerable charm, and, probably, a liberal measure of the Venus temperament and abilities.



Much the same conditions occur as with the Harmonious aspects, but the effects are very potent.  Among the examples we see statesmen, as with the former class, and Blackbourne, the chess champ, is an instance of the sense of perspective that the combinations give.

There is refinement, sometimes a love of luxury, or at all events of having things “nice”; the love of art is marked, and a cool, collected mental condition is common, with optimism and calm emotions.

It is, again, excellent for the family-life in men, but my female examples show the contrary tendency, two being cases of peculiarly cruel and treacherous conduct on the part of the husband, while in others the partner was unsuccessful, foolish and incapable.  In all cases the Venus qualities were prominent in the natives, who were artistic, sociable and attractive; in one there was a self-indulgent tendency probably due to other influences, since the opposite is true of the rest.

In no case, male or female, was the early life particularly happy or opulent so far as I know, but, as regards the native’s own career, it seems unquestionably better for men than women – why, I know not, except that it makes the latter affectionate and trusting and therefore liable to ill-treatment.

It inclines always to popularity of a general sort, though in this respect the sign occupied is naturally important; in Leo, for example, it would gain the favour of those in good circumstances.



Sorrow through the affections seems inevitable with this influence, except indeed in those cases in which the native voluntarily, and perhaps with no regrets, abandons ties of this kind.  This austere, self-abnegating type certainly occurs when other more severe influences are also at work.   The sphere of the Moon and Venus is a homely and usual one, and aspiring persons sometimes spurn it in the desire to live a larger life, as is recorded of Gautama, and as is also exemplified in the saying of Jesus, “Who is my Mother, or my brethren?”

In more common cases there is simply ordinary incompatibility between husband and wife, or, if there be affection of a kind, nevertheless the woman’s influence is an unfortunate one.  In other cases marriage does not take place owing to some obstacle.  It is probable that this hindrance is usually either a rival (Libra) or a matter of money (Taurus), unless it is due to the signs and houses occupied.

Nor is the influence by any means limited to the married state.  It is unfortunate for all 7th house matters, and the native is likely to suffer through associates of all kinds that come under this house.   It is also bad for money, which will perhaps be rejected together with other worldly things, or may be lost through 7th house affairs – I believe, however, that a voluntary poverty is more common so far as this contact is concerned, and that where the native actually desires wealth the aspects are no serious obstacle.

Sometimes there is a certain amount of weakness and shyness and a gentleness or gentility that may appear effeminate; sometimes, to hide this, the native is moody or rough.  The affections are very sincere and active.  Sometimes the partner is idealised and too implicitly obeyed, with ill results.

The characteristic popularity of these aspects does not seem to be diminished when they are Inharmonious, as the examples will demonstrate.




Edison, Wolseley, Harry Lauder, G.B. Shaw, Bismarck, Victor Hugo, Irving, Lord Roberts, General Grant, Earl Curzon, Solyman II “The Magnificent,” Rudolf Steiner.


The Conjunction

Louis XIV, John Bright, Ramsay MacDonald



Nicholas II, Alan Leo, W.Q. Judge, Charles Dickens, Ghandhi, Jay Gould, Joseph Chamberlain, William Blake, J.M. Barrie, Loubet, “Sepharial,” Mrs. Besant.