Venus / Mars



The commonly held opinion that contacts of these planets indicate immoral tendencies is not quite without foundation, for in such cases (and particularly if they are in affliction) there is often a coarsening of the nature in regard to sexual matters and a lively desire for amorous relations.  But the polygamous or varietist tendency should rather be attributed to the action of Jupiter and Uranus; and the Venus-Mars person, once married, may be faithful, though ardent.  To speak of all persons with afflictions between these bodies as more or less libidinous is both inaccurate and unjust.  Sometimes it is rather an indication of being the victim of immorality in some form or other.

There is usually a liking for dancing, singing and music with all Venus-Mars aspects.

These contacts tend notably to operate early in life.  For example, a bad aspect between them may cause separation or unhappiness in the first years of married life, but there will always be the hope of better circumstances later.

They seem to be related to children and one’s fondness for them, say to the age of puberty, after which I think Jupiter might have to be considered and probably Mars and the Sun also.  Good aspects tend to affectionate relations with them, but the Square probably causes them to be disliked or to be a source of sorrow.   Good aspects show benefit from one’s children; for instance, Gladstone, whose good name has been vigorously upheld by his son, had them in Sextile; James I, whose son (and mother) were beheaded, had them in Square; Sir Harry Lauder (Conjunction) lost his only son.   But if there are saving aspects there will probably be separation such as might result from emigration, life at sea or similar causes not of a tragic kind.

These planets seem also to be frequently found in mutual aspect in explorers’ maps.



These tend to make the feelings warm and cordial; they indicate what we should generally call an affectionate warm-hearted person, even though other configurations may deny expression.  On the other hand, in an emotional map there may be expression of an unrestrained kind, or gush; or, again, there may be a highly strung condition due to a lack of adequate expression.

The contacts are invigorating to the sexual nature, but in this respect appear in the maps of spinsters.  This fact is probably due to the feelings of independence which they give and the love of freedom of thought or action; sometimes these traits even verge on the masterful.

They are very favourable for the family-life, provided that the planets are well placed – all depends on this, as has been stated in the Introduction.   The affections are rich and generous, and like will beget like in the shape of many kindnesses received.  Mars, representing the rough side of life, is, as it were, blunted and mitigated by the Venus influence.  It is decidedly good for men in their relations with women; they are likely to be helped in every respect, and often acquire both beauty and affection in marrirage, and, by no means rarely, money as well.



The native is likely to be sensitive and easily angered in a superficial manner; on the other hand, the sympathies are equally active and the annoyance is easily appeased.

The sensuous nature is strong, and there is a love of good living, fun, adventure and amusement.  It has something of a course effect, and the native, if a man, is generally lacking in delicacy in his attitude towards women and may be something of a Rabelais; the language and humour are often not of a drawing-room kind.

Nevertheless, if this Conjunction takes some of the bloom from Venus it likewise greatly softens Mars, making the action of the planet more gentle and sympathetic at heart, if not in manner.  If the Conjunction receives good aspects from other bodies it may be valuable, indicating an harmonious blending of two opposite influences, the charm of Venus and the energy of Mars.



This species of configuration does not favour happiness, and this for a double reason: the native does actually meet more than his due share of unkindness, and, besides this, he is usually more sensitive than the average person to it.   Venus has much to do with interior happiness, as Jupiter influences exterior prosperity, and the bad aspects of Mars put this happiness, so to speak, at the mercy of the rough and rude elements of life.   Venus also rules adaptation and all forms of mutuality and relationship, and the bad aspect of Mars causes these to be unfortunate in some manner or other.  Venus is also significatrix of those from whom affection may normally be expected (in particular mother, sisters, wife) and the action of Mars tends to make these persons either harsh and non-understanding, or it may remove them.

It is true that Mars does impart some robustness of temper, so that the native generally re-acts to injuries in anger rather than grief, and this is a more comfortable condition.  But as Mars diminishes the Venus charm, so Venus weakens the courage and hardihood of Mars.  If Mars predominates we may see a liking for horse-play (cf. ex Kaiser); if Venus predominates, then there is such sensitiveness that the least roughness has a prostrating effect.

The lack of real content makes the Venus-Mars person dissatisfied with himself and a keen critic of others; he cannot take people and things as he finds them; he feels too much and expects too much.

He is often warmly, but capriciously, affectionate.

The affliction does not, as is sometimes thought, centre round the married and other inter-sexual relations.  There will be emotional trouble, and naturally this will often be expressed in the above manner, but the family-life – and particularly the early family-life – is also often the field wherein the contacts will operate.  It is rare to find a person with them who has not lost, or suffered through or at the hands of, one of the parents, who may be unfortunate in his affairs, die, or practise harshness to the native.  In married life the influence is by no means always towards disagreement or unhappiness – in fact, there may be ardent affection.  But separation by force of circumstances is common.   For example, the husband may be obliged to travel, or, again, conditions of health or business may cause separation in some form or other.  It tends also to deny or harm the children, and as a rule there are but one or two.

In fifteen cases before me the fathers died or were unusually harsh in eight, to my personal knowledge.  In three cases there was family disaster.  Other cases were that psychologically unfortunate person, the only child, or there was but one brother or sister, and that one died.

The bad aspects do not prevent marriage – indeed, they seem to promote it in female genitures, perhaps because the pains of parturition are an appropriate field for the expression of these influences.  But the woman who weds a man with this affliction may find him dominating, not too refined, egotistical, touchy and sometimes unprepossessing in appearance.  If she have it herself, then the husband may be licentious, sickly, or unfortunate.  These rules are of course subject to countervailing influences.

The health may be affected through worry, strain, and lack of interior tranquility, or through hurt to the feelings or sorrow.  It may likewise denote harm through self-indulgence.



Note. – None of these combinations seems to be common in the maps of successful persons, speaking in a worldly sense, perhaps because they cause the emotions to be too active, and thus detract from efficiency in business or politics.


Mrs. Eddy, Pierpont Morgan, John Bright, Oscar Wilde, General Gordon.


The Conjunction

Lewis Carroll, King Humbart, Maupassant, Queen Wilhelmina of the Netherlands, Hahnemann (homeopathist), Tortensen, Lindbergh, Queen Alexandra, Hitler, Gandhi



King Edward VII, ex-Kaiser William II, De Musset, James I, Disraeli, Earl Curzon, W.B. Yeats.