Venus as Your Chart Ruler: What it reveals about you

Your chart ruler, or the planet that rules over your rising sign, adds more dimension and detail to your identity. The position and condition of this planetary archetype will add more “flavor” to your chart reading and help describe the version of yourself that you show to the world. So what does your chart ruler say about you?

If your rising sign is Taurus or Libra, Venus is your chart ruler and her placement will help shape your identity. Although Venus will always indicate a need to express love, beauty, and peace, where you find her in your chart will give clues about how you will show those things to the world.

Venus is the planet of beauty, love, and relationships. Regardless of its importance in your chart, it will help define how you “come at” your interactions with your friends and loved ones. As a chart ruler, its role becomes even more important as Venus influenced by its placement becomes one of the many lenses others see you through.

Read on to find out more about how your chart ruler, Venus, can influence the way you present yourself to the world and what areas of life she may influence.

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Venus’ Influence on Your Ascendant

Many people who are familiar with astrology know their rising sign. This is the sign that the cusp of your 1st House, known as your Ascendant, falls into. Your Ascendant, partially shaped by your rising sign, is considered to be one of the “Big 3” in astrology.

Your Ascendant describes the “mask you wear.” This is the version of yourself that you walk around with, the way that the people that know you may describe you. It can also be thought of as the “lens” that you view the world through.

Because Venus rules your rising sign, Taurus or Libra, the placement of this planet will also have influence over your Ascendant. Venus will add more detail to how you would read your important Ascendant angle, and also the way you see and present yourself to the world.

Your chart is to be read as a whole, of course, and each placement adds new layers and dimensions. You have other important placements that will play a huge role in the shaping of your personality. But, as your chart ruler, Venus will definitely weigh in as well. So, what are Venusian traits that could help influence your rising sign?

Venus Traits and Desires

  • love
  • relationships
  • beauty
  • art
  • aesthetics
  • vanity
  • charm
  • style
  • sensuality
  • luxury and comfort
  • pleasure

Venus as Chart Ruler Through the Signs

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Each sign has certain motivations and needs that, if played out in a positive way, can bring greater joy to a person’s life. Below you will find some clues about how your chart ruler, Venus, could be influenced by each sign of the Zodiac.

Remember that this is only one piece in the puzzle of your natal chart. These are not hard and fast rules, but rather one way that a particular energy could play out for someone.

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Venus as Chart Ruler in Aries

Aries can be a challenging placement for Venus as it is in detriment, but don’t let that worry you as areas of challenge mean that it is also a great opportunity for growth! You may express your love and creativity to the world in an enthusiastic way and your affection, whether it be romantically or for friends, may come quick and intense.

The challenge may be to keep those embers burning even after the initial flare-up of the flames has died down and your need for independence clashes with your desire to be considered “part of something.” Find a way to work through that and Aries can influence your Venus chart ruler in a way where fierce loyalty is seen as one of your greatest assets.

Aries shapes Venus to be:

  • enthusiastic
  • intense
  • a bit more independent
  • physical
  • assertive
  • impulsive
  • passionate

Venus as Chart Ruler in Taurus

Venus loves being in Taurus as it is in dignity there so this is a harmonious place for your chart ruler to be. With this placement, you may come across as someone who brings a feeling of ease and serenity to those they are in relationships with. With Venus ruling the chart and sitting in Taurus, others may see you as a quiet force of peace and someone they feel comfortable around just being themselves.

Even though having your Venus in Taurus may seem like smooth sailing, sometimes too much contentment can be too much of a good thing and you could find yourself stuck in “the same old same old” type of rut in your relationships. But, this can be easily avoided by making it a point to push yourself out of your comfort zone from time to time!

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Taurus shapes Venus to be:

  • peaceful
  • simple
  • very reliant on companionship
  • consistent
  • stable
  • more sensual
  • seeking comfort

Venus as Chart Ruler in Gemini

If Venus, your chart ruler, falls in Gemini, then your friends and family may describe you as someone who is wonderful to have a conversation with. Gemini loves conversation and you may love to talk with and listen to the people in your life that you love and you may find that great communication is one of your favorite parts of relationships. People may also love to be around you as you are willing to try new things and push yourself, and them, out of your comfort zones.

With your chart ruler in Gemini, the world may see you as someone who is cool, confident, and charming. Just be aware of the speed at which you move through relationships and if you have the tendency to jump from one to the next. Finding new adventures or areas of life to explore together can help keep you stimulated in a relationship more long-term.

Gemini shapes Venus to be:

  • curious
  • restless
  • adventurous
  • a great communicator
  • quick-minded
  • a sweet-talker
  • extra charming

Venus as Chart Ruler in Cancer

With your chart ruler, Venus, in Cancer, those that know you may see you as their safe place to fall. Others may describe you as someone who loves with their entire being, a selfless, nurturing, and warm person who will protect those they love with everything they’ve got. When you commit to a relationship, whether it be a friendship or romantic, you are loyal to the end and expect nothing less in return.

Those who give you that loyalty will be rewarded with reliability and endless, nurturing love. With Cancer as your chart ruler, you love to make a “safe space” for others and yourself, but just be sure that you aren’t hiding inside of it. Consciously strive to find a balance between protecting yourself from rejection and seeking out people to care about.

Cancer shapes Venus to be:

  • compassionate
  • protective
  • a homebody
  • intuitive
  • selfless
  • moody
  • imaginative

Venus as Chart Ruler in Leo

Expression of love and beauty is the name of the game if Venus, your chart ruler, is in Leo. Others may find that you express your love easily and eagerly and are very dedicated in relationships, both romantic and friendships. Yes, you may love to be complimented and doted on by those you love, but you are more than willing to do the same for them in return. This is because, for Leo, outward expression of what is on the inside is paramount.

Those that know you will see, hear, and feel your devotion and you need the same from them. You are willing to put the work into a relationship in a way that your loved ones never have to wonder how you feel or if you have their back. You show it. While you need those who love you to frequently demonstrate their devotion to you, be careful to keep this a balanced give and take in your relationships.

Leo shapes Venus to be:

  • larger than life
  • devoted
  • magnetic
  • expressive
  • appreciative of attention
  • generous
  • passionate

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Venus as Chart Ruler in Virgo

If Venus is your chart ruler and lies in Virgo, your friends and those you love may see you as a perfectionist. This may sound negative, but there is much more to this story. With Venus in Virgo, you may always strive for relationships to be as great as you know they can be. You might see the gold in every person in your life and want to help them polish it up so the world can see it shine. For those you allow to be closest to you, you may even require it.

If you are my loved one and have a flaw, why wouldn’t you want to improve it to better our relationship? This isn’t a double standard as you may be most critical of yourself in this regard. There will be no room for immature, irresponsible behavior in your relationships.

With your chart ruler in Virgo, the obvious pitfall to watch out for here is nitpicking and being overly harsh of your loved ones for their flaws, but turn that energy toward recognizing their strengths and encouraging the process of improvement, not the outcome.

Virgo shapes Venus to be:

  • detail-oriented
  • hard working
  • mature
  • practical
  • seeking improvement
  • not satisfied
  • extra sensual

Venus as Chart Ruler in Libra

If you find your chart ruler, Venus, in dignity at home in Libra, other people may see you as charming, and well-mannered, and you may find it easy to form relationships, both friendly or romantic. People like you. You might find that you require fairness in your relationships so it is important to you to treat others with courtesy and respect and you expect the same in return.

If tensions do arise, you see no reason to use that as an excuse to lose your tempers and not find a way to talk it out in a civilized way. You may like to romance your partner and love to be romanced in return. Because Venus is in dignity, your relationships may feel easy-breezy, but make sure that by trying to keep them that way you aren’t ignoring issues that do need to be addressed and may be uncomfortable to deal with.

Libra shapes Venus to be:

  • peaceful
  • diplomatic
  • very reliant on partnerships
  • extra charming
  • indecisive
  • strategic
  • appreciate of art and aesthetics

Venus as Chart Ruler in Scorpio

With your chart ruler, Venus, in Scorpio, others may see you as honest, sometimes intense, but easy to talk to about anything on their mind. Anything. You may not be easily scared off from talking about topics that others want to steer clear of. The phrase “it is what it is” goes perfectly with Scorpio. The truth, whatever that may be, won’t be judged. Scorpio is only concerned with dragging it out of the shadows and into the light where it belongs.

In relationships, this could look like a mutual search for the truth, taking the form of complete acceptance and trust. You may be seen as someone who others can be their authentic selves around. Venus is in detriment in Scorpio and the Venusian ideal of beauty doesn’t mesh well with Scorpio’s desire for even ugly truths. Being aware of what level of “real” another person can handle can go a long way.

Scorpio shapes Venus to be:

  • intense
  • extra passionate
  • emotionally deep
  • honest
  • moody
  • tenacious
  • compassionate

Venus as Chart Ruler in Sagittarius

People may view you as optimistic, enthusiastic, and ready for adventure if you find your chart ruler, Venus, in Sagittarius. You may find that you need to always find a balance between feeling free and the obligations you have to the people in your life. Others may see you as independent and as someone with who they love to find adventure with.

With your chart ruler in Sagittarius, you may need a partner who shares this love of adventure and trying new things, but who can also talk with you at length about ideas, beliefs, and philosophy. You need those in your life to let you be who you are and who allow you the space to follow your curiosities. Just be sure that you don’t confuse freedom with the need to be unattached.

Sagittarius shapes Venus to be:

  • adventurous
  • passionate
  • restless
  • independent
  • philosophical
  • enthusiastic
  • open-minded

Venus as Chart Ruler in Capricorn

With your chart ruler, Venus, in Capricorn, people may describe you as someone who is incredibly dependable and cool-headed. In your relationships, you may take commitment very seriously and enter into it slowly. Once you are committed, you are willing to work to keep the stability.

Those important to you may see you as their rock. You may be unwavering in the face of challenge and disciplined enough to do whatever needs to be done in a relationship. You may not be seen as a flirt or overly silly, but your stability and reliability are seen as a virtue.

Check in with yourself from time to time to make sure you aren’t always giving more than you are taking. Those that love you will be willing to be the ones to lend you a hand or pat you on the back once in a while.

Capricorn shapes Venus to be:

  • devoted
  • practical
  • mature
  • hard working
  • less dependent on others
  • patient
  • self-driven

Venus as Chart Ruler in Aquarius

If your chart ruler is Venus and it sits in Aquarius, others may see you as someone who has a unique approach to relationships. You may have friendships or partnerships other people may describe as “unconventional,” but this doesn’t bother you in the slightest. For Aquarius, the truth is important, not what society thinks. So, if you want someone in your life you’re going to go for it regardless of what your family or coworkers may think.

Those that you do let into your life may see you as someone who fiercely protects their independence and identity within that relationship. It may be a struggle to find a balance between feeling like an individual and part of a relationship at the same time, but planning alone time along with exciting activities to do with your friends and loved ones can help keep everyone happy.

Aquarius shapes Venus to be:

  • self-sufficient
  • unique
  • concerned with fairness
  • idealistic
  • imaginative and inventive
  • loyal
  • honest

Venus as Chart Ruler in Pisces

With Venus as your chart ruler sitting in Pisces, others may see you as someone who sees and celebrates the good in everyone, even when others can’t. Pisces has a need to be connected to the spiritual side of themselves and may require that in those they have relationships with as well. You may be drawn to people who also see their life through a spiritual lens, deep people.

Your conversations may take on more philosophical tones rather than frivolous matters. Others may describe you as devoted, affectionate, and giving. Be aware of not “losing yourself” in relationships where you are so drawn to their depth that you fail to notice their bad behavior or mistreatment of you.

Pisces shapes Venus to be:

  • compassionate
  • instinctive
  • devoted
  • imaginative
  • mystical or spiritual
  • seeking others to connect with
  • vulnerable

Remember that your Venus chart ruler is only one detail in your chart and, although it is important, there are many other important factors that shape your identity as well. This includes, but isn’t limited to, aspects with other planets, transits, and the house Venus resides in. Deciphering your natal chart can be a long process, but the self-acceptance and guidance it gives can be incredibly rewarding!

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