A key concept in dealing with the Venusian symbology and attributes is harmony. The balancing force represented by one of Venus's rulerships, Libra, may be taken as a good metaphor for the playing out of balance on every level. Venus, being the archetypal manifestation of beauty and aesthetics, also symbolically represents, love — self love, one love, and empathy.
Within the astrological chart, the study of Venus reveals how the person derives pleasure and fulfillment. This includes the appreciation of things of beauty both in the arts and nature. Love and beauty also fall under the rulership of Venus. Romantic love, to be sure, but also love of family, friends, community, the planet and all other beings. It is this Love, this coming together in empathy which creates the harmony of Venus. They say 'beauty is in the eye of the beholder' and so it is with the Venusian appreciation of form in harmony. Beauty is found within the natural perfection created by two opposites, within the union of two forces, within the exquisite balance created by nature. This planetary energy is not just aesthetics, it embodies the many layers of joy, whether casual or spiritual, that all of us seek.
Same goes for herbs. Venusian herbs aren’t just herbs for “beauty” as in our skin, and outer layers, it also contains the herbs for happiness, herbs of the heart, euphoric herbs that spike our mojo, along with reproductive toners, and spirit herbs that calm our core and attune us to love.
Venus rules over the metamorphosis of the cells, the reproduction and enrichment and transformation of cells, the preservation of the body, the complexion, the reproductive system and the harmony between all the systems of the body.
Venus is also said to rule all functions of the throat, for Venus is assigned as the ruler of Taurus. Through Venus’ association with Libra, it is said to rule the kidneys. As a planet which is usually indicative of aesthetic values, Venus is correspondent with the skin and hair. Modern medical astrology has also incorporated the thyroid, parathyroid and thymus.
It rules the reproductive system (fertility / infertility), correlates to the urinary system (and its connection to the kidneys).Venus within our lives can also dictate how (and if) we are able to receive from others, and from life in general. Venus is like the midwife to our happiness; how we are able to accept the deepest pleasure in our life, and access our natural state of joyfulness.
*It’s important to see where Venus is located within your natal chart, along with its aspects. This can provide great clarity as to potential strengths and weaknesses
within the body.
Venusian herbs work with the energies of attraction. Many of these herbs have been used in ritual by different traditions, as they are said to be the agents that fuel the dream into manifestation. Although each herb has its way of yielding its power, they have the common thread that they are known to assist in materializing what we love.
HERBS of VENUS
HERBS FOR BEAUTY:
He Shou Wu (also ruled by the Sun), Bergamont, Balm of Gilead, Camu Camu, Horsetail (also ruled by Saturn), Rose geranium, Mangosteen (also ruled by Jupiter), Orchid, Schisandra, Ylang Ylang.
APHRODISIACS + SPIRIT HERBS:
Albizzia, Damiana, Catuaba, Kava Kava, Catnip, Mucuna, Muira Puama.
Black Cohosh (also ruled by Pluto), Crampbark, Lady’s Mantle, Roses, Rose Hips, Red Raspberry leaf, Hibiscus, Mugwort (also ruled by the moon), Shatavari.
Fox glove, Motherwort, Pau d'arco
Apples, Blackberries, Cacao, Currants, Gooseberries, Maca (also ruled by Mars), Pear, Peaches, Raspberries, Strawberries, Watermelon.
Wild Dagga, Blue Lotus (also ruled by the Moon)
*Keep in mind some of these herbs fall under several categories.
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