Venus - Shukra

Yoga of the Planets: Venus - Shukra

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Extract from Yoga of the Planets - Venus

ॐ शुक्राय नमः

om śukrāya namaḥ

1. Salutations to the essence of any entity.

Whatever is the finest, most refined or most precious of or in any animate or inanimate entity is Shukra. In the human body, Shukra is the ovum in the female and the semen in the male. Ayurveda calls these the finest products of metabolism.


ॐ शुचये नमः

om śucaye namaḥ

2. Undefiled, pure.

Translations of Shuchi include clean, pure, bright, white, resplendent, virtuous, pious, holy, purified, cleansed, hallowed, honest, upright, faithful, true, guileless, correct, accurate, innocent, living as a celibate for the sake of clarity of mind, and the sentiment of true love.

Thus, Venus indicates purity and essence. Life and happiness depend on our essence being pure. Anything that disturbs purity or healthiness disturbs the external first. Then, if permitted, it goes deeper. When it reaches the deepest level, there is the danger of life-threatening disease. In the ancient science of Ayurveda, there are said to be seven Dhātus or tissue levels from which the body is constructed. On the outer level there is the blood, which directly receives what we eat. The innermost element is called Shukra and is associated with the reproductive tissue. Ayurvedic purification treatments, such as Panchakarma, traditionally go in cycles of seven days because of these seven levels. Just as impurities penetrate through the seven levels, so purification has to work through to the Shukra level to really cleanse our whole system.

Venus is exalted in Pisces. Being a sign of Jupiter, this is where love can turn into deep devotion. This placement of Venus, peaking at the 27th degree, transcends selfishness and opens the doors to a spirit of unconditional acceptance of all. At its best, it sees everything as the Grace of God.

 The sign of Virgo is the sixth sign of the zodiac and is thus associated with the sixth house of health and healing. Venus is debilitated in Virgo. Virgo’s agenda is to seek the sacred, to locate the pure within the impure and thus move from the dross of the material towards the high state represented by Venus in Pisces. Even though Virgo feels strong desire, it can reject the indulgence of this as unsuited to its quest for purity. If it is to enjoy pleasure, then an appropriate space is sought which feels sacred. Thus, the flow of desire can be obstructed and Venus might appear weak but it is not defiled and can give powerful results if well placed in the chart. This is certainly true if Venus is with Mercury or either Mercury or Jupiter is strongly placed in an angle of the Vedic chart.