What does it mean to have Jupiter Square Venus or Jupiter Trine Venus in the natal chart? In this post, I will address Venus Jupiter Aspects: all the major “hard” and “soft” aspects will be discussed. Please note that these are baseline interpretations and may be modified according to the presence of other factors in the chart. You can also study Jupiter Signs and Jupiter Houses discussed in other posts.
Venus Jupiter: Conjunction
Venus represents our ability to “attract,” our style of relating, and what we value in life. Therefore, this configuration usually symbolizes a generosity of spirit, a general aura of friendliness and sociability, and the priority of “experiences” over “possessions” (this can be significantly modified, though, if the conjunction takes place in an Earth Sign).
Alternatively, one’s mode of relating may be directly connected to one’s style of understanding life. If Venus and Jupiter are relatively comfortable in the chart, other people will be seen as potential allies and will be normally treated with kindness and openness. If, however, this conjunction is under stress in the chart, the individual’s ideological biases may very well affect his or her choice of friends or partners: only those whose basic life philosophy one approves can enter the circle of one’s friends or lovers. The rest of the world, in this case, may be automatically dismissed as “worthless.”
Some individuals with this configuration in their natal chart tend to naturally fall in love with foreign lands or foreign people. They are highly attracted to the “exotic,” be it a country, an experience or a person, and usually display a facility with understanding foreign customs, rituals, languages or lifestyles. They may also be quite open to other religions, philosophies or spiritual doctrines, or they may simply stay fascinated with these issues throughout their life (especially if this conjunction takes place in an Air Sign).
Others may find it difficult to focus on one relationship at a time, as they often need intellectual stimulation or a spirit of adventure as a steady ingredient in their relationships. This, by no means, affects their capacity to commit (as that is generally a Saturnian issue), but it does mean that they tend not to maintain tedious relationships or unstimulating friendships for long.
It is crucial for an individual with this configuration in his or her natal chart to “grow” in a relationship or “gain” something from a friendship or association. The idea of being with people just because they are sexy, rich, or socially influential is usually not quite enough. The relationship has to have an ideological dimension, some form of “hope,” a trajectory that will point people to a mutually foreseen future.
In some cases, this combination symbolizes a high level of idealism with regards to partnership or marriage: expectations regarding the potential partner may be at times difficult to fulfill. However, if these archetypes are relatively well-integrated in the psyche of the individual, he or she may actually find “meaning” in life or spiritually grow through forming a partnership or marriage.
Alternatively, the partner may display Jupiterian qualities, such as being a teacher or mentor figure, being highly spiritual, adventurous or educated, coming from an affluent background, being extravagant, epicurean or generous, or simply having a relaxed (or adversely, irresponsible) view on life.
Venus Jupiter: Square
One may find it difficult to align their personal philosophy, ideological orientation or sense of morality with what they actually find attractive or desirable. This usually results in a consequent sense of “guilt” in relation to the notion of “indulgence” and “pleasure,” which, in turn, may trigger an impulsive attraction towards the “taboo” or modes of behavior which are socially, religiously or culturally “prohibited.”
Alternatively, Jupiterain figures (i.e. fathers or mentors) may have challenged one’s basic, survival-related needs in life. For example, a father who spends all his money on his extravagant habits (drugs, alcohol, gambling, etc.) can jeopardize his child’s well-being by not being able to provide food, clothes or shelter for the child. In this case, the idea of “scarcity” becomes a constant theme in the child’s psyche, triggering a pre-mature necessity in him or her to provide for himself or herself without counting on the father.
As the child grows into an adult, an anxiety may be formed around the possibility of falling back into “scarcity,” or depending on others for satisfying one’s basic needs. This, in turn, may become a relationship pattern: the individual may seem to constantly “attract” partners who are not capable of meeting his or her basic needs, but in fact, it is the individual himself or herself who perpetuates this pattern by “believing” [a Jupiterian function] that he or she cannot count on others for satisfying his or her needs [Venus].
Becoming aware of one’s own role in shaping one’s relationships is the key to change this pattern: in some cases, the individuals with this configuration in their natal chart “expect” a potential partner to compensate for the scarcity brought on them by a parental figure or ideological upbringing, therefore, they put themselves back in the position of the “needy child” whose needs have to be met without compromise.
Reminding oneself that one is not a vulnerable child anymore, that one can now perfectly take care of one’s own needs, and that one’s partner is not supposed to compensate for one’s parental dysfunction or malformed beliefs will help the individual “attract” mature relationships based on a healthy give-and-take, which would be ultimately more satisfying for both parties.
Venus Jupiter: Opposition
One may periodically vacillate between extremes of optimism and pessimism with regards to one’s relationships, social ties, or ability to provide for oneself. At times, this type of ideological “mood swing” may adversely affect one’s circle of friends and lovers, simply because they cannot be sure where they stand in relation to the individual, or what they actually need to do in order to help the individual.
Alternatively, as the energy of Venus is also connected to the material plane, the individual may become generous to a fault, or expect an unrealistic level of generosity from others. Showering others with expensive gifts and then getting offended why they did not return the favor is not an unusual experience for individuals with this configuration in their natal chart. Going out of one’s way and then feeling sad or betrayed why the other did not do the same is also possible if the archetypal energies of Venus and Jupiter have not been properly integrated in the psyche of the individual.
One of the most important evolutionary lessons for the individuals with this opposition in their natal chart is to learn the art of balancing their needs with their expectations: needs are simple and limited, whereas expectations can be quite complicated and infinite. The key here is to prioritize one’s needs over one’s expectations, and not to waste the precious psychological energy in the form of “disappointment” every time an expectation is not fulfilled. To recognize that one’s basic needs are not and should not be complicated can help the individual avoid frustration and instead, refocus on what is truly important in life.
Venus Jupiter: Quincunx (Inconjunction)
One’s style of attracting or relating may have been formed through excluding a need for expansion, adventure or meaning in life. “Love” and “abundance” may be perceived as utterly incompatible in the psyche of the individual, i.e. attaining happiness may entail the sacrifice of one’s desires or surrender to loss on some level — similar to the image of a virgin (Venus) who has to be sacrificed to gods (Jupiter) in order to keep them functioning.
Alternatively, one may philosophize, analyze or obsess over one’s desires without actually aiming at fulfilling them, as the desires, especially of a carnal nature, may be held in contempt or perceived as “pathetic” by the ideological upbringing of the individual.
In some cases, the individual may actually use his or her desires as a means of testing himself or herself. This is succinctly reflected in a quote by Hermann Hesse, the German novelist who had this placement in his natal chart:
Love isn’t there to make us happy. I believe it exists to show us how much we can endure.
As the energy represented by a quincunx in most cases cannot be appropriated by the psyche, there is a higher chance for somatic manifestation regarding the archetypes involved: the kidneys, reproductive organs, and the neck may be especially vulnerable (as well as any other body parts symbolized by the Signs involved in the quincunx); therefore, it is recommended that one performs regular check-ups and take special care regarding these areas.
Venus Jupiter: Semi-Sextile
One’s need to survive is polarized from one’s impetus for expansion, the quest for meaning, or experimenting with life. The result is a gap between the sphere of the “necessary” and the sphere of the “ideal.”
If Venus is relatively well-integrated, this aspect can symbolize a flair for the provocative, unusual and unique forms of artistic or creative expression. If, however, the Venusian functions (such as the ability to compromise, negotiate or relate on equal terms) are under-developed or over-developed, this aspect may just symbolize that an already-present condition with regards to Venusian functions are exacerbated in the psyche, or that a particular desire may simply fail to manifest properly in the outside world.
Venus Jupiter: Trine
One’s basic needs have usually been met at the early stages of life, which, in turn, creates a space for kindness and generosity in the psyche of the individual. Alternatively, one may carry an innate understanding of the concept of “relationship” as a “gift” rather than a “necessity”: friends and lovers are there not because we need them, we are special, or we deserve them, but because we have been blessed by the benevolence of the universe.
There may also exist a tendency to feel attracted to “goodness” in others, relating to them through seeing their positive side first, rather than projecting negativity onto them (as is the case with difficult Saturn/Venus contacts) or searching in them too many of one’s own missing pieces (as is the case with difficult Venus/Neptune contacts).
In some cases, this placement may hint at the possibility of gaining material profit through utilizing one’s natural talents, especially artistic and creative aptitudes. There may also exist an attraction towards diplomacy, peaceful negotiations (leading to “win-win” situations), foreign people, cultures, languages, and cuisines.
Alternatively, if this configuration is stressed by the presence of other factors in the chart, the individual may fall into cycles of indulging in pleasure or hedonistic behavior, which, in the absence of a strong Saturn or Sun, may very well become a prevalent characteristic or even a lifestyle.
Venus Jupiter: Sextile
An early exposure to philosophy, religion, foreign languages or diverse cultures may have helped the individual in the process of establishing inner security; one’s childhood friends, classmates, siblings, relatives or environment may have had a positive effect on one’s self-esteem, or may have helped one understand how to relate to others on friendly terms.
An individual with this configuration in his or her natal chart may also find opportunities throughout life to relate to others in an objective and accepting manner, thus forming valuable and meaningful friendships. Opportunities for artistic and creative expression may equally arise, which may, in turn, facilitate one’s spiritual or ideological development.
In some cases, this aspect may simply show that the individual has an appreciation for arts and beauty, or has a well-developed capacity for enjoying the idyllic aspects of life. Alternatively, relationships may help the individual gain a better understanding of the “bigger picture” (the philosophical or spiritual systems at work, or simply our place in cosmos). Romantic partners or friends may introduce the individual to new philosophical or ideological views or may act as teachers or mentor figures who will help the individual mature ideologically or spiritually.
In the next post, I will address Jupiter in Aspect to Mars in the Birth Chart.