Venus / Neptune




The combination of the influences of these planets is probably one of the most delicate known to us, and neither its good nor its discordant effects are always very perceptible except in the case of those of sensitive temperament.  Even among such there are many who are unable to express the effects in such manner as to render them intelligible to others.

Probably the contact is most easily expressed in the form of music, but it may also come through the finer expressions of other forms of art, and in the hands of a genius, it may be, even appear in the guise of poetry.  It is pre-eminently the artist combination and is more nearly related to beauty than to either the moral or the scientific spheres.

It is sympathetic, but, like most Venus contacts, there is some limitation in the practical expression of sympathy; it is too refined an influence to care about work of a sordid description.

Among ordinary people it usually signifies good taste, a liking for music and other forms of art, good nature but much emotionalism, with little capacity for settled employment or hard work, except of an artistic character.  It may be dreamy and visionary.

There may be high spiritual development, but in itself the influence is not sufficiently powerful to achieve much either on the mystic path or any other – in this respect the Inharmonious aspects, being more energetic, are better.  Sometimes it may indicate a tendency to indolence and dependence on others; it is certainly likely to cause others to be helpful to the native in his need.

On the practical side it is good for all matters under the houses occupied and ruled, for all transactions with Venus-Neptunian persons, such as artists, actors, musicians and young women who are in any way connected with the sea or the seaside.  Similarly the Neptune influence may come through other Neptunian channels, such as liquor, tobacco, drugs or marine affairs.  It favours easy fortunes and a certain degree of luxury, but it can be its own enemy through imprudence and lack of energy and sense.

In respect of health this combination is never very important, and even good aspects tend to a certain delicacy of constitution and a susceptible bodily condition.



The temper is usually very kind-hearted, with particular fondness for animals, but it is rare to find persons with this configuration who are not highly-strung, temperamental and more than averagely sensitive.  Frequently there is a peculiarity of the temperament which is best described by the hackneyed adjective “sweet” with the most abundant sympathies for all suffering.  There may be interest in art, or in mysticism, or in mystic art, but it is necessary not to expect too much from any aspects of these planets unless the remainder of the map is of a high order.

It often happens that the affections are disappointed or denied full expression.

Though often weak in itself, it may form a constituent part of the nativities of artistic geniuses.

There is a tendency for this Conjunction to bring sorrow and loneliness into the life, often with some inhibition of the health, such as nervous weakness or a general delicacy of constitution.   It does not favour any kind of worldly success or ability to combat or overcome the harsh realities of life.  Frequently the native is in some way sheltered or he seeks or is brought into retirement.  It often denotes disappointed attachments or anxiety through the partner, such as his being sickly, in which case the aspect may take on a markedly protective and cherishing character.

In two cases at least (King George of Greece and “the Girl in the Peasanhall Case,” Notable Nativities, 786) this Conjunction has been associated with murder, although it can only be regarded as an accessory in such matters, being scarcely of a violent nature.



In some respects these seem to lead to more definite results than the Trine and Sextile, for they bestow a divine discontent, and a constant restless seeking for an ideal which is not easily realisable on earth.  This is particularly so in matters of the affections.  The ideals are indeed very high, and there may be a persistent dissatisfaction both with things and persons, varying from a petulant or peevish attitude, to a noble aspiration and persistent endeavor to seek for a fuller realisation of inner visions.  There may be a difficulty in adapting oneself to surroundings or to people with whom contact is made; almost always the affections are extremely sensitive and responsive.

The devotion to art may be as great as the good aspects, but there will be difficulty in following this path, or there may be eccentricities of expression – nevertheless, the Inharmonious combinations are frequently found in the nativities of great artists.

Although the good aspects of these two planets are naturally more favourable for happiness and easy conditions, it seems that, so far as achievement, moral character and artistic ability go, the Inharmonious aspects are in no way inferior to them; in fact, they may be better inasmuch as they may produce more energy.

A tendency to “sit on the fence” and to avoid definiteness in judgment and action seems sometimes to occur.  As a result of the fact that the emotional nature is abnormally sensitive and unstable, happiness in all relationships with others, and particularly in marriage, is frequently endangered, a slight difference often assuming imaginary importance, whilst the native may easily form clandestine connections with others owing to his or her extreme susceptibility to affectional influences coupled with a dislike of open rupture or violent “scenes.”

This tendency externalizes in the shape of confused and deceptive conditions, uncertainty, treachery and instability.

The imagination is very active and this may also lead to moral lapses.

Much the same circumstances generally arise in matters of the 2nd house.  The native may himself be victimised, or, in a generally weak natus, there may be attempts to defraud others.  Sometimes it is to be observed that the native himself seems to have some kind of mental warp which makes him unable to see clearly in these matters, so that he appears hardly to realise what he is doing and his very victims cannot believe that his intentions have been evil.  In money matters persons with this contact should be careful to avoid any sort of entanglements and would do well carefully to avoid anything that has the Neptunian characteristics; they may otherwise easily be involved in some kind of “South Sea Bubble” collapse.

Females ought to be particularly careful in their male associates, for the contact threatens deception, and the men that are met are likely sometimes to prove by no means what they seem.  Any trace of addiction to drink or drugs may lead to something very serious.  Sometimes ultimate ruin is hidden by an illusive preliminary happiness.

In a word, the native should practise utter directness and straightforwardness in all his dealings, and should rigidly require the same behaviour from others, in so far as it is in his power to do so.

Often the reputation suffers through questionable relationships, and sex or finance are usually the grounds of attack.  One may mention Nicholas II of Russia, who suffered destruction in large part through Rasputin, the monk.

Needless to say, any psychic, or other mediumistic practices are particularly dangerous to those with these positions.

Since Venus has a general reference to objects of affection, these contacts may indicate anxiety with regard to the mother, sisters, children and even pets.

The health is usually to some extent affected; and if either planet has special reference to physical well-being, then sensitiveness, especially to drugs, may be expected.  The vicinity of the sea is harmful, and dry bracing air is beneficial.

There is often a tendency to experiment with diet and to practice vegetarianism, owing to the sensitive character of the contact.  But this course is likely, in the case of the bad aspects, to prove difficult or unsatisfactory.




Queen Victoria, Lord Northcliffe, Goethe, Rupert Brooke, Mussolini, Byron, Edward VII, Lindbergh.


The Conjunction

Victor Hugo, Valentino, S.T. Coleridge, Louis I of Bavaria (lost throne through infatuation for dancing girl), Swindenburne.



Rider Haggard, W.B. Yeats, President Harding, the ex-Kaiser, Joseph Chamberlain, the poet Crabbe, Lord Roberts (lost son in Boer War), Marie Antoinette, Edgar Allan Poe.