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Venus in Aquarius

Venus in Aquarius or Venus in Relation to Aquarius

(from Esoteric Astrology)

1. Venus Rules the Last Decanate of Aquarius:

“The decanates in Aquarius are governed (according to Alan Leo) by Saturn, Mercury and Venus, and the effect that they will produce upon human affairs and world conditions is already beginning to appear. … When the task of Saturn and of Mercury has been accomplished, then during the third decanate, Venus, which is the union of heart and mind, will usher in the long hoped for era of love-wisdom, of brotherhood and of expressed brotherly relationships. Opportunity— Illumination—Brotherhood: these are the gifts that Shamballa is planning to confer upon mankind during the Aquarian Age, if man will but prepare for them, accept them, and use them. Only the future will make clear man's reaction.” (EA 149)

2. Venus in Relation to Aquarius—Demonstrating as Sex:

The energy which produces opportunity, illumination, and brotherly love as expressed and attained upon the Fixed Cross, demonstrates upon the Mutable or Common Cross as difficulty, the versatile and volatile mind (unstable and dark) and as sex.

3. Venus in Relation to Aquarius—Intelligent Brotherhood:

“Christ was born in Capricorn, fulfilled the law under Saturn, initiated the era of intelligent brotherhood under Venus and is the perfect example of the Capricornian initiate who becomes the world Server in Aquarius, and the world Saviour in Pisces, thus completing the round of the zodiac and able to say triumphantly in Pisces ‘It is finished’.”

4. Venus in Relation to Aquarius—Brotherly Love:

“From the standpoint of astrological interpretation and in the case where the astrologer is not sure which way the wheel is turning, it is the only decanate with its ruler of which he can be sure. The influence of the ruler is, therefore, inevitable. This is strikingly the case in connection with the sign Aquarius into which sign our sun is now entering, its three decanates, Saturn, Mercury and Venus, bringing inevitably difficulty, illumination and brotherly love.” (EA 172)

5. Venus in Relation to Aquarius—the Brotherly Love which is Wisdom:

“The three decanates of Aquarius, from the angle of the disciple, are Saturn, Mercury and Venus. It is in this sequence that they affect him and carry him forward on his desired way, thus giving opportunity through conflict, the illumination of the mind and eventually the achievement of brotherly love which is wisdom.” (EA 283)

6. Venus in Relation to Aquarius—Instinctual Mind or Affection, which is Brotherly Love in Embryo:

“Ordinarily speaking, the mass of men would pass through the sign via Venus, Mercury and Saturn, for the undeveloped man is influenced by those qualities which can be best described as instinctual mind or affection (Venus), which is brotherly love in embryo;…” (EA 282)

7. Non-thinking People Entering Aquarius via Venus:

“Humanity—as a whole and owing to the large proportion of aspirants and thinking idealists—is entering Aquarius, via the open door of Saturn. At the same time, a very large number of men are in the non-thinking instinctual stage and their consciousness is predominantly Atlantean. These enter via Venus and hence the conflict.” (EA 283)

8. Venus in Aquarius—Achieving Brotherly Love:

(In order to achieve brotherly love, the soul wants the personality to do the following and the tasks can then be described according to the nature of the sign in which Venus is found.)

Specific Expressions of Venus in Aquarius

Venus in Aquarius for the Average or Undeveloped Man

1. Venus in Aquarius—Indiscriminate, Extroverted ‘Love’ and Affection:
Upon the early Mutable Cross Aquarius is a sign of superficial extroversion; Venus functions as instinctual mind or affection. Under this combination, ‘love’ and affection will be given to many, but there is no real depth to it.

2. Venus in Aquarius—Superficial Sociability:
Aquarius is one of the social and sociable signs, giving contact with many people; Venus, at this stage of evolution, is pleasant, attractive, magnetic. This combination is, therefore, a gregarious influence. The person is drawn to gather with others, to socialize, meeting, thus, the Venusian need for affiliation and union

3. Venus in Aquarius—Unconventional Relationships:
Aquarius, ruled exoterically by Uranus, is a sign of deviation from the norm—for good or ill. Venus, at this stage of evolution, functions to draw people into relation. Under this combination, relationships will often be unusual, unconventional, even strange by normal standards. Aquarius expresses freedom from tradition and Venus is swept by this freedom, drawn and delighted by those who are not bound by convention.

4. Venus in Aquarius—‘Groupiness’:
Aquarians on the early and middle Mutable Cross are weak in ‘self definition’—the province of Leo. They seem to gain their sense of identity from their associates and associations. They love to aggregate and congregate. The underlying thought might be expressed as follows: ‘Because we are together, I am.’ :The magnetic power of Venus only adds to these tendencies. Pleasure and enjoyment (the qualities of Venus) are found with and within the group.

5. Venus in Aquarius—Group ‘Love’ as Group Sex:
Aquarius has a close connection to the physical plane through its rulership of the seventh manifested Creative Hierarchy. For early Aquarius, “desire in form [is] ruler”. Venus as the ruler of the first decanate of Aquarius (for the average or undeveloped man) represents the energy of sex. Since in Aquarius love is widely and (at this stage) indiscriminately shared, this position can (when augmented by unfavorable aspects) degenerate into orgy and group sex.

6. Venus in Aquarius—“Highs and Lows” in Relationship:
Although Aquarius has a reputation for aloofness, it is also an emotional sign: “This sign, that of the water-carrier, is a living sign and an emotional sign.” (EA 313) Early Aquarius can bring many instabilities, many “highs and lows”, and in extreme cases, and when reinforced by the fourth ray, manic-depression, Venus, at this relatively early stage, represents the energy of attraction (and repulsion). Is one “in love” or not “in love”. If we combine the fluctuations of Aquarius with the attractions and repulsions of Venus, we find the potential for and unsettled astral condition with many emotional instabilities in relationship.

7. Venus in Aquarius—the Club:
Clubs are associations of people which are gathered on the basis of some distinguishing feature which they share in common. They drawn together (Venus) for a shared purpose (Aquarius)—be that purpose trivial or profound. Under this the influence of this combination, the associated people like each other because they are like each other. - loving each other because they are like each other again a limitation of the love aspect. Such arrangements are often exclusive; love is shared among those who reflect each other, and not with those who are different.

8. Venus in Aquarius—Friends as Lovers; Lovers as Friends:
What is the difference between a friend and a lover? For some there is a great difference; for others, hardly any difference at all. Venus-in-Aquarius persons often fit into this latter category. They seek flowing, non-binding relationships—such as those more frequently found among friends than lovers. They may have difficulty discriminating between the two, but are not troubled by this, and do not consider it a difficulty. Under favorable circumstances their attitude to love is friendly and non-possessive

9. Venus in Aquarius—Difficulty Finding the Self in Relationships:
Venus in Aquarius people may have difficulty finding their own identity in relationships because, initially, their sense of self is weak. If two people who do not really know themselves well fall into relationship, they will necessarily demonstrate a degree of superficiality towards each other. They will often justify their association with some reason having little to do with their true natures, for instance—“We both belong the same biking club so we have a lot in common.” Affection will remain superficial and extroverted until Venus (the intelligent mind) turns self-reflective and self-illuminating.

10. Venus in Aquarius—Fear of Intimacy:
Unconsciously, the average Aquarian knows that he or she lacks depth. The planet Venus usually attracts towards intimacy, but in Aquarius, the attraction may be dispersed and diversified for the very purpose of avoiding intimacy. Intimacy is self revealing, and somehow, it may be revealed that there is less to oneself than one thought. If, for the average Aquarian, all the wares are in the front window, intimacy may reveal that there is very little in the store behind. This could be a threatening and self-minimizing realization, which is avoided by refusing to get really close and personal with others.

11. Venus in Aquarius—Popularity, Sociability:
Venus is magnetic and Aquarius reaches many people. People with this combination may appear attractive to many. They will have the “love of the crowd” (especially if the Cancer or the Moon is also emphasized). Celebrities and all those within the public eye, can only be helped by this combination if popularity is what they desire.

12. Venus in Aquarius—Personal Reinforcement through Extensive Association:
How is ego-strength built? One can give approval to oneself, or, more usually, one can seek it from others. Love (Venus) reinforces the sense of personal identity. With Venus in Aquarius, the person craves this kind of appreciative reinforcement from many rather than few, and certainly not from himself alone. This attitude could be expressed as, “Many (Aquarius) love me (Venus) , therefore, I must be someone.”

13. Venus in Aquarius—the Spread of Venereal Disease:
We live in a period of world history when the various venereal diseases, always dangerous and at times destructive, have now become life-threatening. Venus is, naturally, the ruler of venereal diseases; the word “venereal” derives, in fact, from the word “Venus”. Aquarius, the great sign of sharing, is also the sign of epidemics. Average humanity is entering the Age of Aquarius via the decanate ruled by Venus. The current AIDS epidemic (which reminds all people that the blood of humanity is one blood) is correlated to the power of Venus in the first (third) decanate.

14. Venus in Aquarius—Miscellaneous:

a. A conflict in dynamics may be present: Venus draws to the center, but Aquarius disperses and is the sign of decentralization. The vibrancy of Aquarius different from Solar Fire of Venus
b. There may be the possibility of social awkwardness because of the prominence of the fifth ray expressing through both Venus and Aquarius.

Venus in Aquarius for the Advanced Man

1. Venus in Aquarius—Group Harmony and Peace:
Aquarius is the sign of the group and Venus the planet of love and harmony. Individuals with this combination are frequently the peace-makers and harmonizers within the group setting. Their pleasant, non-confrontational attitudes help preserve the group cohesion they so highly value.

2. Venus in Aquarius—Appreciating the Quality of Group Members:
For the advanced man, Aquarius gives more tolerance for diversity; it give positive appreciation. Eventually, Venus confers the ability to see the soul in others, but even for the advanced man, it gives a capacity to see the good, and in general, that which is of value in other people. Venus in Aquarius recognizes and appreciates quality and does not hesitate to say so. This appreciative attitude, naturally, brings out the best in people.

3. Venus in Aquarius—Group Integration:
Integration within a group is dependent upon clear group purpose, mutual appreciation, and the avoidance of disruptive frictions. The combination Venus and Aquarius contributes to these three; it brings clarity of mind, appreciation of quality in others, and the power to harmonize. Group members functioning under this combination are, customarily, agents for group integration.

4. Venus in Aquarius—the Ability to Harmonize Diversity:
One tendency of the Aquarian energy is to level difference and standardize diversity. In the advanced man, there emerges an appreciation of diversity, and a capacity to unify differences, or to see diversity as complementary to unity. There is a growing love for people in their own right, and despite the fact that they might deviate from more conventional expectations. This combination, therefore, can help very different people not only “get along”, but become part of a really effective, harmoniously functioning team.

5. Venus in Aquarius—Unity within Diversity:
Venus works for unity; Aquarius (ruled by individualistic Uranus) brings diversity—at least once a more advanced evolutionary level has been achieved. Toleration and, even, appreciation for diversity are not enough to produce a team; that diversity must be unified by means of intelligence and love (two qualities exemplary of Venus). Venus radiates a kind of magnetism which fills all group members with a constructing sense of belonging; this keeps them working harmoniously for a common group ideal.

6. Venus in Aquarius—Loving Friendship:
For the advanced Aquarius, love and friendship are united. Friends are loved as true friends, and lovers, too, are loved as friends. Relationships are non-binding and promote the emergence of individual quality.

7. Venus in Aquarius—Sharing:
The Age of Aquarius will be the Age of Sharing. Sharing is usually considered a positive action, but illusions, glamors, destructive etheric patterns and diseases can also be shared. Generally however, both Venus and Aquarius are energies which give. Venus represents the sharing of garnered quality and Aquarius the wide-spread distribution of all energies. Under Venus in Aquarius the purpose of sharing is to enhance the quality of those among whom the sharing occurs. In short, such sharing, motivated by love, enhances group life.

8. Venus in Aquarius—the Scientific Mind:
Interestingly both Venus and Aquarius are distributors of the fifth ray. Venus represents the intelligent mind and Aquarius often represents science—especially science as the progressive thought of humanity. Today’s science is collaborative; it is a group endeavor. In many ways, the scientific mind is the group mind, which Venus in Aquarius certainly enhances.

9. Venus in Aquarius—the Creative Mind:
Aquarius is one of the signs in which the Ray of Creative Intelligence is strong; always, new solutions emerge from Aquarius. Venus represents the creativity as the emergent pattern of the soul. Whether or not the advanced man believes in the soul, he will certainly believe in the mind and its creative potential. This combination is open to higher inspiration, bringing through values which the world considers “new”, but which are already resident within the higher human faculties which both Venus and Aquarius represent, and with which they have resonance and rapport.

10. Venus in Aquarius—Love of Culture; Culture and the Arts:
Culture is, in many important respects, Aquarian. It arises from the creativity of the group—from the best efforts of many creative individuals. Venus stands for culture as the cultivation and preservation of quality. Venus in Aquarius represents cultural values (Venus) held in common (Aquarius), and the appreciation and enjoyment of those values. Whereas Venus in Leo may represent the beauty of individual works of art, or the works of distinct and distinctive creative individuals, Venus in Aquarius represents the beauty created by an entire society, and an appreciation of that beauty.

11. Venus in Aquarius—Cultural and Cultured Groups:
Just as Aquarius governs the idea of the “club”, and Venus helps unite and integrate such associations, on a higher turn of the spiral, Venus in Aquarius represents those groups which come together for the appreciation, enjoyment, promotion and preservations of the highest cultural values of society. Every society produces its “fruits” representing its highest values. These fruits are exemplary works of beauty and quality. Venus in Aquarius governs those cultured groups which keep these values alive, reminding the members of any society of the highest and most refined products of its collective labors.

12. Venus in Aquarius—Group Creativity:
The Piscean Age has been an historical period in which many creative individuals have emerged, making their contribution to humanity. Venus is always associated with this creativity, just as the soul (which Venus represents in the chart) is, fundamentally, the creative factor in the life of the personality. The soul is group conscious and Venus promotes this group consciousness. Similarly, Aquarius is the sign which, more than any other, promotes group consciousness. Combining these ideas, we find the emergence of group creativity, first for reasons that serve the personalities of the various group members, and later, for soul-inspired purposes.

13. Venus in Aquarius—the Artistic Ensemble:
The term “ensemble” means, essentially, “together”. Venus rules the arts. Both Venus and Aquarius bring people together for creative purposes. A number of art forms—for instance, dance, theatre, music—most frequently require an ensemble for their presentation. Venus in this sign stands for the ability to put group values first in the creation and presentation of works of beauty and cultural significance.

Venus in Aquarius for the Disciple-Initiate Man

1. Venus in Aquarius—the Aquarian Christ; Christ within the Group:
Venus (with Jupiter and Neptune) is a planet of love-wisdom. Christ is the “Morning Star”—Venus. In other ways, Christ is both Neptune and Jupiter. Venus promotes group consciousness which is, essentially, “Christ Consciousness” and Aquarius is the sign of the group. When Venus is functioning positively in relation to Aquarius, we have the love and illumined energy of the Christ working powerfully within the group.

2. Venus in Aquarius—Soul Consummation Beyond Venus in Capricorn:
The soul body is not destroyed until the fourth initiation. Venus in Capricorn represents the third initiation as a culminating moment, but (with respect to the soul) not an absolutely consummating moment. Soul development actually continues beyond the third initiation, and it is this consummation (leading to the moment of the Great Renunciation) which Venus in Aquarius can represent (for the initiate). Aquarius is a sign of penultimate fulfillment (Pisces being the sign of ultimate fulfillment). Venus is raised in Aquarius to a point of consummation, though a still greater consummation is symbolized by Venus in Pisces. How interesting that Venus should be so spiritually powerful in the last three signs of the zodiac!

3. Venus in Aquarius—Group Love-Wisdom:
Venus can represent “pure love wisdom” (EA 281) In the Aquarian group setting, it unifies all aspects of group life—etheric body, emotional body, lower and higher mind—under the pure love-wisdom of the group soul, and, eventually, of the Hierarchy, itself.

4. Venus in Aquarius—Group Light:
Venus is from our little geocentric perspective, the brightest planet. As far as our Earth is concerned, Venus is truly the light-bearer. Venus (planet of the group-conscious soul) is also the light-bearer to the Aquarian group. The new Aquarian groups can become instruments for the distribution of soul light through the illumined group mind.

5. Venus in Aquarius—Unified Group Mind:
The mind of the individual is often at odds with itself; this is ever more true of the mind of the group. The ideal exists, however, and Hierarchy represents that ideal—the unified, triadically-inspired group mind. The Hierarchy is an Aquarian Body and (even given the differing perspectives of its members) thinks as one. Under the influence of Venus and Aquarius, disciples learn to emulate the higher initiates; they learn to create an harmonious, invocative group mind which evokes light from the higher sources of light. Venus in Aquarius promotes such a harmonious circulation of thought among the minds of the group, that a process of fusion begins, and before long, thought becomes the thought of the group, and not the thought of any one individual within the group. This fusion is the creation of group mind.

6. Venus in Aquarius—Unified Group-Soul Consciousness:
Under the influence of Leo, the disciple/initiate understands himself as an individual, or later as an individualized soul—still later as the One. Under Aquarius (and especially when Venus, the planet of the soul, lends its energy), the disciple/initiate understands himself as the group. Before he thinks, “I”, he thinks, “We”—at least when Aquarius and Venus have done their work of decentralization. With individual ego-identity subdued, soul identity can emerge, and soul is ever group conscious. Venus in Aquarius is one of the preeminent signs of group-soul consciousness. It promotes an awareness of all group members as one consciousness and one being.

7. Venus in Aquarius—the Soul-Infused Group Personality:
Venus is symbolically the soul, which must infuse the personality (symbolically represented by a number of planets—the Sun, the Moon, the Earth, Mars and Saturn. Venus in Aquarius is particularly related to the group soul, but, as well, is shows a special facility for creating the soul-infused group personality. Aquarius represents the free circulation of all forces through the personality vehicles, and Venus ensures that this circulation will be balanced, harmonious and in line with a higher and more ideal pattern.

8. Venus in Aquarius—Intelligent Brotherhood Based upon Appreciation; Brotherly Love:
We are told that Venus (as ruler of the last decanate of Aquarius) will inaugurate the era of intelligent brotherhood. This is far different from mindless, sentimentally affectionate togetherness. Venus is the intelligent mind, and at this stage, the intelligent soul-infused mind, which confers upon the individual the capacity to see, understand and venerate the soul nature of his brother. Under this combined influence, all human being are understood as arising from a common spiritual origin; not only are they are “of one blood”, but they are of one soul and one spirit. Thus, they (factually) inseparably united to each other. Venus in Gemini also indicates brotherhood, and so does Venus in Libra, but Venus in Aquarius (the pervasive sign) ensures that the sense of brotherhood extends to one and all.

9. Venus in Aquarius—the Light and Love of the Ashram:
Aquarius is the sign most associated with Hierarchy, and equally with those sub-divisions of the Hierarchy, the Ashrams. Each Ashram is an Aquarian association, society, family, fellowship—many are the possible names. Each Ashram comes generically under Venus—the planet from our initiatory regime originated. Each Ashram is, essentially, as distributor of Venusian light and love. The Ashram is the group in which the power and quality of Venus can finally express. This is even more true of Hierarchy and Shamballa (which has its own very powerful Venusian connections due to the Venusianly inspired origin of the Lord of the World).

10. Venus in Aquarius—Distribution of Soul Light and Love Through the Etheric Body:
Aquarius (with Gemini) is associated with the structure and dynamics of the etheric body. Venus, interestingly, is said to rule the nervous system (EH 143) which is a reflection of the nadis of the etheric body. Both Venus and Aquarius are involved in the redemptive process. Venus raises the Earth to its stature; Aquarius brings the Earth and all its beings nearer to their archetypal expression. This process of redemption and transformation must manifest upon the physical plane, which requires the transmission of soul energies through the etheric body. Venus through the Aquarian etheric body is light and love come to Earth.

11. Venus in Aquarius—Blending the Light and Love of the Soul with the Light and Love of the Ashram:
The process of soul-infusion may be well underway, and yet the disciple may not yet be a conscious member of an Ashram. Venus in Aquarius encourages the disciple (in the midst of his spiritual training and culture) to undertake conscious affiliation with the inner group (the Ashram) with which he is already subjectively affiliated. This combination certainly stimulates progressive soul infusion, and expands the process to include attraction to, integration with and fusion into the Ashram. The light of the soul and the light of the Ashram become one light.

12. Venus in Aquarius—Impersonal Love:
The Aquarian attitude is often impersonal, and at the stage of disciple/initiate, so consumed by the love of the soul, that the love of the personality definitely becomes secondary. In addition, true Venusian love is impersonal rather than personal, for it is inspired from the level of the soul (which transcends interest in ordinary personality involvements). This impersonal love need not be cold however; the warmth of true friendship can radiate through it. Venus in Aquarius thus, confers the capacity to share and distribute the impersonal love of the soul.

13. Venus in Aquarius—Group Integration Promoting Soul-Personality Fusion:
The group is a testing ground for struggling personalities seeking to become soul-infused. At the same time, the group offers tremendous opportunity for soul-infusion, because the group-disciplines to which the personalities of group members must submit are precisely those which promote the reduction of selfishness and the emergence of the group-conscious soul. Under the magnetic power of Venus and the coordinative energy of Aquarius, the disciple integrates with his group merges and fuses with his group and, simultaneously, discovers that his own soul-personality fusion is steadily advancing.

14. Venus in Aquarius—Love: the Key to Telepathy:
The key to telepathy is to “think outwardly towards each other in love.” (DINA I 80) Venus unites individuals soul-to-soul (as it were) under the Law of Magnetic Impulse. Further, Venus rules the ajna center which impulses the higher forms of mental telepathy (thought telepathy is of many varieties—some higher, some lower than those impulsed by the ajna center). Group-conscious Aquarius is ever conscious of affiliated associates, and rules the many lines of subtle-energy connection between them. Under the influence of Venus in Aquarius, the disciple/initiate is well-equipped to “think outwardly (Aquarius) towards each other (Aquarius) in love (Venus)”.

15. Venus in Aquarius—the ‘Individual Soul’ and the Group Soul, Fused:
There is really no such thing as the “individual soul”—there is no “my soul and thine”, but there are individual causal bodies which preoccupy the attention of points of view within the group soul—for every individual, is really a “point of view”. If Venus in Leo represents the focus of consciousness within the individual causal body, Venus in Aquarius helps consciousness to transcend such a focus, and to embrace the causal state and contribution of affiliated associates. The sense of the reality of group soul is, thus, confirmed, and the “treasures” of all causal bodies are considered the treasures of the one group consciousness. Venus in Aquarius (a decentralizing influence), thus, contributes to the process of decentralization even upon the higher mental plane. By means of these dynamics, the illusory individual soul widens its horizons and merges which the group soul which it has ever been.

16. Venus in Aquarius—Distribution of ‘Causal Value’ in Service; Spiritual Sharing:
Causal bodies are treasures, repositories of value. Aquarius is a major sign of distribution, and service. Venus rules all that which is of value. Venus in Aquarius governs the process by which the contents of the causal treasury is widely distributed in service. This distribution applies both to the individual causal body, or to aggregates of causal bodies found in group formation. Accumulated and refined value is offered in service to many.

17. Venus in Aquarius—Science of the Soul:
The science of the soul is studied upon the fifth ray. Both Venus and Aquarius are important distributors of the fifth ray, and will be increasingly so as the Aquarian Age progresses. The scientific Aquarian energy will help to create outer instrumentation for the study of the causal body and its informing consciousness. Venus (stimulating the ajna center which becomes more psychically active at the time of the third initiation) will stimulate the inner instrumentation for such study. The world of the causal body will have to be investigated psychically (yet scientifically) investigated, and to this investigation Venus (reinforced by Aquarius which rules some of the higher psycho-mental powers) makes its definite contribution.

18. Venus in Aquarius—Group Use of the Light for Scientific Penetration into Higher Realms:
Modern science is a group activity; this will be even more so for modern psychic science. Scientific group investigation of the soul realm will develop during the Aquarian Age. Individual psychic testimony will be corroborated by peers with reliable psychic powers. Groups will intelligently enter the higher worlds together, with their “eyes” wide open.

19. Venus in Aquarius—Esoteric Group Psychology:
The new esoteric psychology is group psychology and cannot be understood without reference to the Laws of Group Work (the Seven Laws of the Soul). The two rays needed to study this type of psychology are the second and the fifth. Venus is amply endowed with both rays, and Aquarius with the fifth, constellationally, and the second via Jupiter and a veiled Neptune. The soul is the true psyche, and Venus is the symbol for the soul. Aquarius is the group sign, and the laws of the soul are group laws. We can see how the study and understanding of esoteric group psychology is facilitated by this combination, whereas, for instance, Venus in Leo or Scorpio would have more individual application.

We have already discussed how Venus in Aquarius represents the energetic quality of the Ashram, which is group soul expressing in relative perfection. It is interesting to realize that all members of the Brotherhood are considered to be esoteric psychologists regardless of what their ray emphasis may be. To be a member of the Hierarchy confers this ability.

20. Venus in Aquarius—Group Idealism:
Aquarius is an idealistic sign; it ever seeks to improve the present condition and raise it closer to ideal performance. Venus, too, represents the ideal (and, probably monadically, distributes the sixth ray). The soul is the ideal towards which the personality strives; Venus is one of the major symbols for (and energizers of) the soul. When the idealistic tendencies of Aquarius are combined with its group orientation, group idealism arises. There are militantly idealistic groups which (under Mars) serve personal or material ends. Venus (in combination with Aquarius) elevates the idealism of the group and brings it in line with soul objectives.

21. Venus in Aquarius—the Beauty of Group Unity:
Probably all have had the experience (when gathered with the members of a spiritual group) of the influx of buddhic energy. This unifying energy (related in part to Venus) carries a beauty of its own. Beauty appears in unity; unity appears in beauty. Venus in Aquarius is an influence ideally attuned to the registration of the quality of beauty which emerges within sufficiently soul-unified groups.

22. Venus in Aquarius—Revelation of the Potencies of the Soul:
The soul is the genius within every human being. Aquarius is that synthetic sign in which genius emerges (not narrowly but in breadth) as the harvest of many lifetimes of particularized labor. Venus, too, is associated with all the higher soul qualities which, taken in their aggregate, express as what the world calls “genius”. Venus in Aquarius is one of those combinations which contribute to the revelation of the potencies and higher vibratory capacities of the soul. This revelation is not confined to the individual soul. The revelation of the potencies of the group soul are even more important, and express what might be called ‘group genius’ which exists just as certainly as individual genius.

23. Venus in Aquarius—Values Stored in Hierarchy (and in the Causal Body of Humanity):
Although Hierarchy exists (now, for the most part) beyond the realm of the causal body (since in re-focussed upon the buddhic plane after 1925), it still must be considered as a great repository if higher values, (sublimated, of course through elevation into triadal realms). Aquarius represents the “Life more Abundant” available through Hierarchy and Shamballa. Venus represents the accumulated value harvested through the experience of all members of Hierarchy—an immense treasure. Venus in Aquarius represents the radiant release of this accumulated value for the welfare of humanity and the planet. Of course, other planets, such as Jupiter and Uranus participate in this release, but Venus is the symbol of the stored treasure. The causal body of humanity as a whole contains extraordinary treasures (if compared with the impoverished personality expression of the majority of the human race). How much greater must be the treasury of Hierarchy, awaiting its time of distribution! Perhaps humanity must learn to use and fully express the contents of its causal body, before Hierarchy can release the value it has in store. The formula is ever—“Use, Demand. Take.” First, we human beings must use what we have accumulated; then the treasures of Hierarchy will be more available. Over these treasures, Venus rules. Aquarius makes them broadly available.

24. Venus in Aquarius—the Beauty of the Full Spectrum of Ashramic Living:
Hierarchy expresses all colors and hues of the spectrum. Aquarius is the sign of the Hierarchy and, symbolically, Aquarius represents the “coat of many colors”. The Light of Shamballa, passing through an ‘emanative prism’ becomes the sevenfold spectrum of Hierarchy. Venus represents the beauty of the full spectrum of the Aquarian Ashramic Life.

25. Venus in Aquarius—Miscellaneous:

a. Group Initiation: The initiator wields the fifth ray (both Venus and Aquarius), and initiation must occur in the group (Aquarius).
b. “Friends of the Christ”
c. Ashramic Culture:--high level of refined group interplay. The culturing effect of the Ashram. The process of “spiritually civilizing” humanity.
d. An excellent energy to be wielded by the Lord of Civilization.

Individuals with Venus in Aquarius

Marc Antony
Roberto Assagioli
Clara Barton
Tycho Brahe
Louis Braille
George Gordon, Lord Byron
Carlos Casteneda
Paul Cezanne
Charles Goren
Jacob Grimm
George Frederic Handel
Stephen Hawking
Robert E. Lee
Cosima Liszt
Margaret Mead
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Sir Isaac Newton
Franklin D. Roosevelt
Gioacchino Rossini
Konstantin Stanislavsky
Rudolf Steiner
J. R. R. Tolkien
Arturo Toscanini
Mao Tse-Tung
George Washington
Eli Whitney
Oprah Winfrey

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