Sylvia Sky, M.A., is an experienced astrologer and author of "Sun Sign Confidential: The Dark Side of all 12 Zodiac Signs."
How Venus Expresses Her Essence in Virgo
There’s a mystique around natal Venus in Virgo. Venus is love, sex, and romance, and Virgo is called a "prissy" and virginal sign. They seem contradictory. Yet, far more often than chance would allow, the title of “most beautiful woman in the world” or even “of the decade” goes to Venus-in-Virgo women:
- Bridgette Bardot in the 1950s
- Sophia Loren in the 1960s
- Catherine Deneuve in the 1970s
- Julia Roberts in the 1990s
- Meghan Markle . . . more about her later.
Today, women with the goddess planet Venus in the zodiac’s only truly feminine sign, Virgo, keep us almost too conscious of their goddess looks and love lives. Kim Kardashian and her sister Kylie Jenner, a model, both were born with the planet Venus in Virgo.
All of the above-named women, except Markle, have natal Venus stationed high above their charts’ horizons. They are career beauties, most famous for their looks rather than talents. Venus at the mid-heaven crowned Bardot and Kim Kardashian with ultra-feminine curves and glamour—for as long as they can keep them. Deneuve and Julia Roberts, like Markle, have instead the indestructible Venus-in-Virgo touch of class.
Is your natal Venus in Virgo? Own it. You probably already coordinate your clothes and act like a model. Maintain your high standards and feel very fortunate.
Queens of Their Own Lives
Venus-in-Virgo women with world-class and even historic accomplishments include Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling, whose Moon and Mercury are also in Virgo (excellent for a writer, and Uranus and Pluto also in Virgo granted genius and fame); Germany's prime minister Angela Merkel, comedienne Lucille Ball, singer-songwriter Pink, the late actress and bestselling author Carrie Fisher, and humanitarian Eleanor Roosevelt.
Virgo is the sign governing the harvest, and in the above women's natal charts the planet Venus sits to the west, signifying greater achievement and acclaim in later life.
Venus also rules luxury. In maturity, all these down-to-earth Venus-in-Virgo ladies can rest easily on their fortunes or laurels, having lived to their fullest potential. They age like wine. We have all seen the queenly planet Venus, our sky’s brightest object, robed in the lavender and lemon colors of a sunset, the time she is most beautiful.
The "Virgin's" Love Life
Venus in Virgo people fulfill just about everyone’s “soul mate” wish list: intelligent, healthy, well-mannered, moneyed, artistic, and passionate. He or she is a catch and knows it. Their question is, are you a catch? Or do your ears stick out? Is your tie not tasteful? Are you visibly imperfect? If so, Venus in Virgo might advise you to go play in your own league. They are choosy and reluctant to open up or even hold hands with lesser beings.
Denial is Venus in Virgo’s one really laughable trait. She might say, “Oh no, I never smoke” (except out on the patio late at night, or in a rental car), or “Oh no, I would never risk being alone in my Paris apartment with millions of dollars’ worth of jewelry!” In a Cosmopolitan magazine survey Kim Kardashian claimed that she has never “gone #2 or passed gas.” It was a joke, but that’s a very Venus in Virgo assertion. John Lennon once called The Beatles more popular than Jesus. There’s a transcendent ego for you. A Venus in Virgo without that touch of class makes everyone cringe.
Venus in Virgo practically gave birth to the “starter husband” or “starter wife” phenomenon. They will "trade up" for a richer or handsomer partner than you are, no problem. After all, in his or her own mind Venus in Virgo deserves no less.
A Venus in Virgo woman can be easy to fool because she's so used to fooling herself. Remember How Stella Got Her Groove Back? Stella’s author Terry McMillan, a natal Venus in Virgo, in real life married her 20-years-younger man, but it ended in divorce; he was gay. After being burned, a Venus in Virgo might opt out of relationships entirely -- like actor Bill Murray who's been married twice, has six kids and doesn't want a girlfriend.
The planet Venus governs value and the arts as well as love and beauty. Venus in Virgo loves finding a partner who delivers value. Catherine Zeta-Jones boosted her acting career by marrying Michael Douglas, a much bigger star 25 years her senior. Two decades later they are still married. Win-win!
But Venus in Virgo Men Aren't Monks. . .
What you might have heard about Venus in Virgo males being monkish or shy is simply incorrect. Mick Jagger and John Lennon, who stirred things up wherever they went, were born with Venus in Virgo. Bruno Mars has Venus in Virgo. Amazingly versatile, like typical Virgos they work hard. Internationally, Julio Iglesias, a Spanish singer so polished that English speakers and Chinese fans embraced him, recorded songs in 14 languages and sold more than 300 million records. Shy? No. Venus-in-Virgo guys practically own the planet.
Male celebrities with Venus in Virgo tend to have Venus setting in the west, just like their accomplished female counterparts. Examples include Jimmy Fallon, Bill Murray, Sting, and Leonard Cohen, the Venus-in-Virgo songwriter who actually did spend five years in a Zen monastery. But he came back out! All evolved beyond youthful fame and stayed productive and relevant as they matured. Swiss tennis champion Roger Federer has Venus in Virgo, but his horoscope shows Venus rising rather than setting, a hint that success might not follow him into maturity—but at age 38 he’s been a great athlete for over 20 years and on track to becoming the greatest tennis player of all time.
Regardless of looks, gender or marital status, a Venus in Virgo person has much to look forward to. If you are one of them, take care not to overthink everything. Venus in Virgo women, in search of perfection, spend too much time pinpointing and analyzing other people’s problems and faults. The men have sexual worries and tend to blame their personal problems on sex or women, domains of Venus. Jagger once sang, with an edge in his voice, “Some girls give me children I never asked them for," as if he had nothing to do with it.
Always Copycatted, Never Duplicated
To make a successful step up from superficial success, Venus in Virgo people need schooling, mentoring or experience, and friends. Bardot and Deneuve credit their film directors with teaching them how to act. Earth sign Virgo nudges Venus to be realistic and practical because time marches on and conditions change.
Preparing for the future, short-term and long-term, makes Venus-in-Virgos lucky—and when they don’t prepare, somebody steals their jewels.
They can, if inclined, make a career of their perfectionism, like Martha Stewart, who packaged and sold perfection for the home; Louis Vuitton, who makes perfect accessories; and Gene Kelly, the Hollywood dancer, called “ruthless” in his pursuit of perfection, who rehearsed his partner Debbie Reynolds until her feet bled.
Those born with Venus in Virgo are natural role models. From grade school onward they will suffer copycats. People get Brazilian butt lifts to try to look like Kim Kardashian, or want to "move like Jagger," or write poetry like Sylvia Plath, another fierce Venus-in-Virgo perfectionist who tragically preferred death to failure. Meghan Markle, wife of British Prince Harry, is destined to be copied everywhere. Yet Markle’s Venus placement, below her chart’s horizon (all her natal planets are below the horizon!) hints that the trend she sets might be for charitable work and giving rather than jet-setting and stylish clothes, and we know she likes privacy.
Like everyone else Venus in Virgo needs friends, but being rather self-involved and preoccupied, they might choose associates or spouses for status or convenience, then be critical behind their backs because they aren’t true-blue. Yet Venus in Virgo treats customers, clients, fans, students and animals kindly. Brigitte Bardot chose animal welfare as her life’s work. It seems apt that great beauties care most about creatures who offer unconditional love.
More than any other Venus placement, Venus in Virgo knows how rare unconditional love is.
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© 2018 Sylvia Sky
Sylvia Sky (author) from USA on August 25, 2019:
Thank you, HolyMoly, for the correction.
HolyMoly from Earth on August 10, 2019:
Not Doris Day? Did you mean Debbie Reynolds and her bleeding feet on Singing in the Rain?
Jean Bakula from New Jersey on August 28, 2018:
As informative as always! I did a composite chart on Harry and Meghan, I had to basically clean out years worth of notes and charts to be able to remember how to do it. I thought I'd wait a little longer into their marriage to write about them.
Larry Rankin from Oklahoma on May 03, 2018: