In Vedic astrology or Jyotish, each sign of the zodiac is ruled by a planet. Just like humans, planets are comfortable in their own space. Venus owns the signs of Taurus and Libra. Venus returned home to Taurus on June 18, 2014. This was the same date that Jupiter entered its exaltation sign of Cancer. Venus is the planet of love, beauty, the arts, sensuality, passion, romance, and luxury.
Jupiter and Venus both play the role of advisors in Vedic astrology. They are the only planets that are considered pure “natural benefics”. Benefics can bring out desirable experiences. With both Jupiter and Venus being strong, it can be an ideal time to seek wise counsel or to take on the role of an advisor.
Taurus is the second sign of the natural zodiac and a fixed sign (disliking change and constant activity). It’s a money house and signifies accumulated money, i.e. your savings and investments, not money from your career. Taurus also signifies clothing, jewelry, small objects, speech, and ingested items. Venus loves all that is beautiful and sensuous, so it is particularly attracted to buying the finest silks and striking jewelry made from precious metals and gemstones, artwork, new home décor, the latest handbag or briefcase, top-of-the line cosmetic and perfume, etc. Be careful not to excessively treat yourself to rich, caloric or unhealthy foods. The craving to try a new daily desert can easily manifest with Venus in Taurus.
Additionally, Venus represents the romantic partner. Those with a Taurus or Scorpio ascendant may find their love lives enlivened while we have Venus in Taurus. This period can bring in new romances, or the return of an old flame. Since Taurus also represents the extended family, there may be issues regarding finances with your spouse, siblings, parents, kids, etc.
Venus is associated with the day Friday in Vedic astrology. It is known as Shukra in Sanskrit. In Ayurveda, shukra dhatu is one of the seven tissue systems in the body and relates to the reproductive organs. As Ayurveda and Jyotish are sister sciences, we can look at Venus’s placement in a birth chart to see how the reproductive system will function.
Lakshmi (phonetcially Luck-shmee) is the Vedic deity associated with Venus. So you may wish to chant a Lakshmi mantra to propitiate Venus on Firdays. We will have Venus in Taurus until July 13, 2014. Then, Venus joins Sun and Mercury in Gemini.
If you are in a Venus dasha or bhukti, or a a Taurus ascendant in Vedic astrology, you will most feel the Venusian energy that Venus in Taurus brings.