The meaning of Venus was recently brought up in the forum. It can be daunting to distinguish the line between the attributes of Venus versus those of the Moon. I see it as the difference between esthetics and emotion. Venus is what we like. The Moon is what we need, what we feel. Venus is attraction what we are esthetically drawn to, while the Moon is the embodiment of our emotional needs.
If the Moon and Venus placements agree, are in complimentary signs, house placements or aspect, these similar attributes overlap. There’s no need to understand the delicate difference on a personal level because what one likes also feels right. When Venus and the Moon positions challenge each other it is easier to see the distinctions. In a Moon Venus square a person can be in the position of attracting and being attracted to situations that don’t feel good. Conversely, a situation that satisfies their emotional needs may not be attractive. In this case the challenge (square) is accept the subjugation of one or the other, to consciously choose to like what satisfies or to learn to be satisfied with what one likes.
How is this accomplished? There are two ways, Saturn or Neptune, practical or magical. You can use your Saturn judgment, “this is what is best for me and I’m going to work at accepting it.” Or your Neptune illusion, dreaming one position up and the other down, “He makes me feel so loved; isn’t his leprosy dreaaaaaaamy?”
How do your Moon and Venus placements interact? Is it easy or hard?