Venus conjunct Mars on the surface will be seen as the most romantic, passionate aspect one could ever have. It conjurers up the image of a chivalrous knight and ace seducer. It should balance the libido well since Mars will ignite Venus into action while Venus will take the edge off Mars’s raw and impulsive energy. I say ‘should’ because as you will see, there are some interesting anomalies with this conjunction.
Venus conjunct Mars is highly competitive when it comes to love and enjoys the chase in relationships. It is also sexually possessive and jealous. The native with this conjunction will be naturally erotic without effort and attract lovers easily. The energy is archetypical of the classic sex symbol when it comes to show business.
Venus conjunct Mars definitely has its dark side however as you can see from some of the natives in the list below. Lovers and serial killers Ian Brady and Myra Hindley gruesomely combined ‘love’ with murder in their Davison while Madonna and Penn had many slamming-doors type rows as implied by Madonna’s song; “Till Death Do Us Part”
Lyrics ~ “She takes the keys, he breaks the door. She cannot stay here anymore. He’s not in love with her anymore…He takes a drink, she goes inside. He starts to scream, the vases fly.” However sometimes this aspect is all bark and no bite. Madonna maintains that “While we certainly had more than one heated argument during our marriage, Sean has never struck me, ‘tied me up,’ or physically assaulted me” ~dailybeast
Although violence in a relationship is possible this aspect, the positive side of this combination is a passion that creates fantastic art and music. Energy is channeled into making things beautiful. Style is extremely important but the artwork can also be quite cutting edge too and not always traditionally harmonious since this conjunction can be hard aspect.
The quality of this aspect depends very much on the sign that one finds this conjunction in. If it is in Aries or Scorpio for example, Mars will become the more potent and Venus will have a hard time taming Mars. In Taurus or Libra Venus will have the upper hand and the aspect should play out in a more benefic way.
However, Hitler and Gandhi are good examples of when astrology works not how you would expect it to. Hitler had this conjunction in Taurus with Venus being stronger while Gandhi had this in Scorpio with Mars being stronger. I say this because I always want to stress that we always have to look at any aspect holistically.
At the same time we are looking at classic archetypes here so it is beneficial to look at this conjunction and how it plays out in these two very apparently polarised figures. Both Hitler and Gandhi were nationalists and fought for their version of ‘peace’ in their respective lands.
(I’m sure Hitler thought he was bringing harmony back to his land after the Weimar Republic, it just wasn’t for peaceful for everyone.) Obviously Hitler activated his Venus in a far more radical way than Gandhi, but it is interesting how this aspect can play out and how Venus can turn malefic and obsessional even when she is supposed to be strong and ‘benefic’.
Venus conjunct Mars often has issues with sexuality. It can be a very provocative and precocious conjunction and I have seen it figure in clients who are polyamorous. On the other hand I have also seen this aspect in celibate clients too. We should also note that Gandhi was given to some dubious practices in relation to his sexuality.
“ It was no secret that Mohandas Gandhi had an unusual sex life. He spoke constantly of sex and gave detailed, often provocative, instructions to his followers as to how to they might best observe chastity.” ~ The Independant. Gandhi ‘tested’ his own celibacy by sleeping with the naked wives of his followers while at the same time instructing the husbands not to have sex with their wives…
Hitler seems to be another paradox, condemning homosexuality while “For most of his life, Hitler was predominantly homosexual. In his teens and early twenties, he had a string of “exclusive male companions”, including August Kubizek, Reinhold Hanisch, and Rudolf Hausler. He shared accommodation with these men in seedy Viennese or Munich backstreets and in “homes for the destitute”. ~ Irishexaminer
Venus conjunct Mars then can be paradoxical and may behave the opposite of what it seems behind bedroom doors. I would say that I think this aspect in its most negative expression can become quite a ‘bunny boiler’, while falling in love can be both its greatest muse and downfall (Winehouse.)
Being addicted to love and sex can also be a problem with this conjunction. Love and anger are also strongly linked and those that have this aspect will often be turned on by having rows with their partner. (As we saw with Madonna and Penn)
There is a problem that these folk will think that their partner doesn’t love them enough if they aren’t willing to fight for them. Venus conjunct Mars will often construct love triangle scenarios where the object of their desire has to choose between themselves and a rival. These natives can find love boring if there is no conflict or their beloved is won over too easily.
Venus is also money, so this aspect can be extremely materialistic and ambitious. This need for adoration is even more marked when found in the arts and entertainment industries. Venus conjunct Mars suffers from FOMO, wanting to be seen at all the most prestigious social events.
Social climbers and gold-diggers are found here as these folk are prone to use their looks to advance their careers. They might also marry for appearances and fame too. Perfect Aryan Beauty Eva Braun could have served as a ‘beard’ for Hitler too if he really was a homosexual.
Artwork: ‘Passion ~ 10 Of Cups’ Voyager Tarot © James Wanless james-wanless.com
Venus Conjunct Mars Natives
Adolf Hitler (19′), Mahatma Gandhi, Christopher Columbus, Prince Andrew, Vincent Van Gogh, Eleanor Of Aquitaine, Woodrow Wilson, Amy Winehouse, Marc Almond, Tom Jones, Kanye West, Bruno Mars, Herbie Hancock, Chaka Khan, Barry White, Keanu Reeves, Rosanna Arquette, Bette Davis, Eva Gabor, Deborah Kerr, Richard Pryor, Joaquin Phoenix, Sandra Bullock, Carmen Electra, Emily Bronte, Lewis Carroll, Cristiano Ronaldo, Alberto Giacometti, Rudyard Kipling, Martin Heidegger, David Koresh, Release Of Titanic Movie, Brady/Hindley Davison, Madonna/Penn Davison, New York City, Switzerland
More Venus Aspects
SUN: Sun conjunct Venus MOON: Moon conjunct/quincunx Venus • Moon square/opposite Venus MARS: Venus conjunct Mars. JUPITER: Venus conjunct Jupiter SATURN: Venus conjunct Saturn • Venus square/opposition Saturn. URANUS: Venus square/opposition Uranus. • Venus sextile/trine Uranus NEPTUNE: Venus conjunct Neptune