'The Venus personality temperament remains a mystery'
concluded Michel Gauquelin1. He was not able to link it to success in any profession, or show any character-traits linked to it. The key here may be quite simple: Venus as Morning Star (Lucifer) versus the Evening Star (Hesperus). The 'sweet' and attractive Venus-traits were more traditionally linked to the Evening star. To separate the data in this manner, one subtracts the longitude of Venus from that of the Sun.
In the previous section, the complete data-set included these five likely-sounding traits:
Charming, loved (aimé), elegant, graceful, seductive
These applied to 566 biographies, within the four different professional groups as explained in the previous section. These gave no result2. However, upon separating out that half of the subjects who were born under the Evening Star, a 32% excess appeared in the four cadent-house sectors. But the numbers here are rather small (as we only have half of the data), so another group of likely-sounding traits was selected:
Ardent, passionate, amitié, amiable, amoureux
These formed a bigger group. Putting the two groups together gives these Venus-traits, with the total counts for each:
Ardent (230), passionate (221), amitié (friendly) (168), charming (111), aimable (101), aimé (loved) (62), elegant (54), gracious (graceful) (50), seductive (36), amoureux (34).
This data-set is given here - you can see that one column says whether the natives were born under the Evening or Morning Star. Out of this total we get six hundred Evening Star births. Here is the graph, shown using 18 sectors circle (nine for Venus above the horizon, and nine below). It's a clearly fourfold structure. Overall, this set of data gives a 32% excess in the four sectors.
One can generate solar and Venus longitudes for each set of birthdata using Solar Fire: it will input the data as a text file, and export it again as a text file with the longitudes added on. One then subtracts these on a spreadsheet.
Not surprisingly, these traits were most common in the actors, appearing in over one-third of their bios, whereas they were uncommon for sportsmen, featuring in less than 10% of their bios.
Initially the trait 'doux' (gentle) was included in the second group (score: 145), however this was found to reduce the effect in the four sectors: suggesting that 'gentle' is not in fact a Venus-trait. But 'doux' is included in the data-set, if you want to check it up.
Surprisingly, plotting that same group of ten traits by the Jupiter-day gave a +26% excess in the four sectors, only a little bit less than Venus.
The traits 'passionate' and 'ardent', we may ask, do they apply to Mars? In her Psychology of the Planets (1982) Francoise gave only the latter as being Martial. Plotting the data in the usual manner, the 'ardent' birthdata came out as strongly Martial, showing a more than 70% excess in the cadent sectors, while 'passionate' was weaker, more like 25%. So 'ardent' can be added to the five tested in section 9, as being a Mars-trait.
We've here presented 31 character-traits, in such a way that anyone can select them and test them for any planet:
active, amitié, amiable, amoureux, ardent, authority, charming, combative, cold, courageous, deep, director, dreamer, dynamic, elegant, energetic, fantasy, gentle, graceful, imaginative, jovial, loved (aimé), organizer, passionate, pride, pure, seductive, severe, silent, solitary, tranquil.
Only one of these applies to two heavenly bodies, in fact to the two nearest to the Earth: ardent. That character-trait appears as both Martial and Venusian.
1. The Truth about Astrology MG 1983 p.63
2. But see Ch. 7, 'Venus and Personality' in MG, Spheres of Destiny 1980
Thanks to Dr. Nicholas Kollerstrom for collecting the material and drafting this section.