Sun conjunct Venus can be a paradox. This is because modern astrology deems this aspect wonderfully positive while forgetting about the phenomena of… combustion! Venus becomes invisible under the rays of the Sun when it is closer than 8º. In this case she is invisible and therefore distrusted. The positive expression of Sun conjunct Venus comes when she is able to shine. So the wider conjunction will make one gracious and popular, and also a fantastic diplomat or counsellor. This peace-loving native finds a resolution no matter what, but sometimes the avoidance of conflict can create a somewhat fake veneer. Relationships of all sorts intrigue Sun conjunct Venus and they are quite nosey about other people affairs. In romance Sun conjunct Venus can be the typical serial-monogamist, and find it hard to spend any time solo. It is quite easy for them to stay in relationships, just because they are often so very attractive and have bags of natural charm. Sun conjunct Venus usually comes across as very polite and will carry themselves with great dignity if this conjunct happens to be configured with the ascendant.
Power Of Attraction
In the case of combustion however, the Sun’s ego can completely consume the grace of Venus! This might explain why there are some very aggressive characters in the list of natives below. Combust does not necessarily mean that Venus has no power, but that the native has to put extra effort into owning it’s sovereignty. If Venus is burnt out like this by the Sun, the native finds compromise difficult and it is hard to accept love from others. Sun combust Venus can feel quite unlovable as the ego burns away any complements. What happens then, is that the native constantly needs an audience to shower them with praise and adoration, which it is never enough.
There is an exception to combustion, which is known as cazimi. This is when Venus is under 18′ (less than half a degree) away from the Sun. Generally cazimi is considered highly fortunate as it means Venus is literally sitting in the throne of the King. This gives her Queenly power, but also huge responsibility. With this force the Sun cazimi Venus native can influence and work magic over vast amounts of people. Indeed the list of cazimi natives includes two high profile female criminals.
Sun Cazimi Venus
Teal Scott Swan ( Sun conjunct Venus in 12th House). Teal is a great example of the use of Venusian allure to gain publicity as she is quite a pin-up guru for the New Age movement. Her focus is the philosophy of ‘The power of attraction’, popularised by the book ‘The Secret’. Venus works magic by pulling abundance towards her. Teal’s website states “Teal Swan was born with a range of extrasensory abilities, including clairvoyance, clairsentience, and clairaudience. Because of these extrasensory abilities, she became the target of a cult where she survived 13 years of physical, mental, and sexual abuse before breaking free at age 19 and beginning her own process of recovery and transformation.” ~ Teal Swan. Teal has been subject to much criticism from New Age rivals who claim she is a narcissist and a fraud. I’ll leave it to you to decide wether she is using her ‘glamour’ to educate or bewitch.. Here’s her Youtube channel; The Spiritual Catalyst. In any case, Teal Scott Swan is a fascinating example of Sun cazimi Venus. The polar opposite manifestation of the cazimi effect is in the form of tyrannical businesswoman Leona Helmsley ( in 1st house), known as the ‘Queen Of Mean.’ Leona was imprisoned for tax evasion and Venus rules money of course. Other cazimi examples are; Billionaire, Oprah Winfrey (6th House), environmental activist Ern Brockovich whose rise from rags to riches was made into a film, Frances Newton, mother who murdered her husband and 2 children and lastly film director Martin Scorsese (4th House).
Sun Combust Venus
Composer Richard Wagner has Venus in Taurus conjunct his Gemini Sun & Ascendant. Even though Venus is still technically in the 12th, it’s still just 2º from his Ascendant. This makes the Sun combust Venus very descriptive of Wagner personally and also describes much of the drama of his life. Wagner is most famous for his operas, but unlike most other composers wrote both the libretto and the musical score. This meant Wagner had total artistic and intellectual control over his productions. Sun rules the theatre and Venus is the arts of course. “His compositions, particularly those of his later period, are notable for their complex textures, rich harmonies and orchestration… His advances in musical language, such as extreme chromaticism and quickly shifting tonal centres, greatly influenced the development of classical music.” ~ Wiki. Although Wagner is regarded as one of the greatest composers of all time, he spend much of his life in great debt. His marriages were turbulent too. 1st wife Manna left Wagner for another man, later to return but with depression that left her an invalid. The second wife Cosima was 25 years younger than him. At the beginning of his career Wagner was banned from German because of his socialist learnings and as a result of some minor political activism. He was then exiled to Switzerland leaving him without a regular income for 12 years. Wagner’s fortunes changed when the young Ludwig II succeeded to the German throne. The gay King adored Wagner and became an enthusiastic sponsor. At this point Wagner was allowed back into his beloved Germany. True to Sun combust Venus, Wagner attracted controversy, due to his strong political views. These days the objections are mainly because of his connection with German nationalism and writings like “Jewishness in Music” (1850). But Wagner wrote many essays on the importance of music and was generally regarded as influential over many other great philosophers and artists.
Other combust examples are; William Lily, Terence McKenna, Marie Antoinette, Eleanor of Aquitaine, Condoleezza Rice, Leonardo DiCaprio, Demi Moore, Gene Hackman, Robert Downey Jr, Charlotte Rampling, Linda Evans, Ryan O’Neal, Jessica Lang, Isabella Rosselini, Gary Cooper, Julie Christie, Yul Brynner, Jayne Mansfield, Patrick Macnee, Gordon Ramsey, Charles Manson, Prodigy, Sylvester, Tori Amos, Duffy, Richard Wagner, Louis Pasteur, Paloma Picasso, Percy Shelley, Al Parker, Amedeo Modigliani, Francisco de Goya, Diego Rivera, Enzo Ferrari, James Hunt, William Burroughs, World War II, Berlin, Vicious/Spungen Davison. (All under 2º, but over 17′)