Venus – the farrier benefic, lady of love and beauty. In modern astrology, we often think of Venus in relation to the seventh house. After all, the seventh house is the house of relationships, and there’s nothing Venus does better, right? But in traditional astrology, Venus rejoices in the fifth house, not the seventh. It might not be the most intuitive connection, but understanding it can help you to understand both Venus and the fifth house more deeply.
The fifth house is too often overlooked in astrology, taking a back seat to more “important” topics like career in the tenth house or family in the fourth. But the fifth house is actually one of the most important houses in the chart. It’s where we find joy and pleasure. It’s how we express our souls. It’s how we contribute to the world. It’s what we create and what we love the most. It makes life worth living. And that seems pretty Venusian to me.
When we think of Venus, it can be helpful to remember that in the ancient world, she had multiple aspects. She was the fertile empress, the playful ingénue, and the protective mother. And all those things come into play when we’re talking about the fifth house.
The fifth house is, above all, the house of creation. It’s the source from which all abundance springs. It’s what we put our hearts into, and what beauty springs from it. And when Venus is here, she brings the heart and the beauty. She is the impulse that pushes us to make our vision manifest. She is the sudden inspiration that strikes in the shower. She is the muse who subtly guides the painter’s hand. She is the voice that whispers just the right word into the writer’s ear. She is the smile that gently encourages the child to get up on stage and sing. She is the nourishment that helps seedlings spout. She is Abundance herself. Even her ancient Orphic Hymn says, “All productions yield alike to thee.” So when Venus is in the fifth house, she pours her abundance forth and teaches us to do the same. We express ourselves and bring new life into being.
And speaking of new life, there is no more powerful and literal manifestation of that than an actual child. The fifth house rules children, and Venus, in her motherly form, helps us not only to procreate, but to raise our children with joy. The fifth house is associated with the sheer joy of being alive, and anyone who has ever observed a child knows that they are brimming with it. Curiosity, playfulness, and pure joie de vivre are their animating force, and Venus knows how to nurture that energy better than anyone else.
And speaking of joy and creation, what better way for them to combine that with sexuality and pleasure? The fifth house reminds us that enjoying life and feeling pleasure is not only a part of life, but it is a vital necessity. In traditional astrology, it is even known as the house of good fortune. And Venus, who makes her home in Taurus, reminds us that not only are we fortunate to be alive, but that life is meant to be enjoyed. She teaches us to be fully embodied, and that our bodies are as much a source of joy and abundance as anything else. She helps find the playful, responsive, carefree youth inside us all. She reminds us how much pleasure the world can give. The sun on our skin, the starry night sky, our lover’s embrace. These are Venus’s gifts, and there’s no better place for her to give them than in the fifth house.
The Natal Chart
When Venus is in the house of her joy, she functions beautifully no matter what sign she’s in. If you have Venus exalted in Pisces in the fifth you’ll have a loving, poetic soul that bubbles up beauty like a delicate spring. But if you have Venus in detriment in Aries, you still enjoy a powerful Venus. You will boldly seek your own pleasure and create only what is fully authentic to you. You will chase joy like it’s a sacred quest. Regardless of sign, Venus in the fifth house will bring the joy.
Bringing It Together
The fifth house is the house of creation. It rules joy, art, creativity, children, sexuality, and all the things that make life sweet. Venus is sweetness embodied. If the sky was made of candy, Venus would be Willy Wonka. She reminds us that love, joy, pleasure, and creation can exist for their own sake. We can exist for our own sake. It’s okay to just enjoy life, because life is meant to be enjoyed. And when Venus is in the fifth, life is enjoyable indeed.
Do you have Venus in the fifth house? What is it like?