Moon conjunct Venus
Because this aspect aligns two “yin” energies, it’s not one of those aspects that defines a person, but the characteristics are there, even if they’re in hiding! Every conjunction is modified by any planets that aspect it, and with Moon-Venus, perhaps even more so, as both the Moon and Venus are receptive energies and easily modified. And, this concept extends to character traits. There is a part of the nature that is very sensitive, and although they’re not necessarily “easily modified”, their sensitivity to others and to their environment suggests a part of the personality that automatically acquiesces. Whether this is an obvious trait or one that is carefully hidden, it’s there, and it often has roots in the experience of the mother. For whatever reason, this experience gave the message to the child that one has to submit to others in order to find happiness, although in absolute terms, of course, it is not true. Different expressions of this aspect can include people who constantly feel the need to adapt to others, those who use roundabout ways to charm others into getting what they want, or people who do everything they can to avoid conflict. The mother or mother figure may have herself displayed these tendencies–using charm rather than directness to get what she wanted, or she may have been submissive and adaptable, always tiptoeing around others so as to avoid conflict. Or she may have been susceptible to charm–the child may have discovered early in life that to get what he or she wanted (attention, generally) from the mother, the most effective vehicle was charm, pretense, and other indirect tactics.
These people are highly sensitive to criticism and rejection. They usually spend a lot of time and energy finding ways to avoid both. Men with this aspect can be especially appealing to women, as they seem to be quite sympathetic to women, or at the very least they possess a romantic and gentle side that makes women feel very comfortable. Both sexes attract women to them easily, in fact.
Some of these people have an air of accessibility surrounding them–an unmistakable charm. The nature of that charm is found in the characteristics of the sign the Moon and Venus occupy. If in signs like Aries or Scorpio, the charm is less accessible in nature, but it’s still present in spades. Appearances are often important to these individuals, and/or there is a distinct need for peaceful, beautiful, and balanced home environments. There is often a strong connection to animals, and most people with this aspect truly hate to see others in pain. They are empathic people, possessing much sensitivity themselves. However, they generally don’t like getting their “hands dirty”, and would prefer that others deal with difficult emotional, or other such “messy”, situations.
The Moon represents our innermost needs, and with Venus attached to it, Venus is one of the vehicles by which Moon-Venus people attempt to satisfy their emotional needs, and the Moon is one of the vehicles by which they try to satisfy their needs for companionship. The desire for companionship, therefore, becomes a need. A soft, gentle, and charming approach is generally employed in order to attempt to satisfy emotional needs. There can be a great love of comfort food and a sensuality that is sometimes felt to be insatiable. These people shop–or eat–when they’re unhappy! It’s especially important to avoid the tendency to mistake pleasure for love, or to use pleasure as a substitute for love.
Some Famous People with Moon conjunct Venus: Anjelica Huston, Crystal Gayle, Clint Black, Glenn Close, Billy Crystal, Phil Donahue, Dick Clark, Brad Pitt.
Moon square or opposition Venus
Because these people value harmony, they may find themselves giving in to others too easily, especially in the first half of life. Resentment is possible, as they feel that they are the ones who seem to do all the acquiescing. There can be a distinct tendency to become friends (and lovers) with people too readily, simply because there is a strong need for approval and a hunger for receiving affection. As such, these people may get involved with people who seem to really like them, and they don’t consider whether they actually like them back! It’s somewhat of a weakness, as these people are very charmed by the idea that someone seems to really like them and appreciate them. Generally, one of life’s lessons for these people is to learn to discriminate more and to get in touch with what they truly want and need.
The functions of the Moon (which rules the emotions and feelings, amongst other things) and the functions of Venus (which rules social relationships, harmony, and partnership, amongst other things) are at cross-purposes. When these people attempt to feed the needs of one function, it is often at the expense of the other, until they find some sort of balance. This can play out in a variety of ways. For example, there can be conflicts in partnerships about parenting or whether or not to have a family. They can find themselves compromising their own emotional needs in order to find and keep love. Peace and harmony are important to these people–perhaps too much so, as they can easily be taken advantage of. Insecurity is something that these people need to deal with at some point in their lives.
Very sensual, people with Moon in hard aspect to Venus sometimes replace love with food or shopping! They are also usually quite sexually active and sometimes quite lustful. They are usually skilled in the arts. There is a distinct lazy streak. Most are able to work hard, but they truly appreciate luxuriating and enjoying as many pleasures as possible, and self-discipline simply isn’t always at their disposal!
Some Famous People with the Moon in Hard Aspect to Venus: Squares – Katie Holmes, Don Johnson, O.J. Simpson, Dwight Yoakam, Alice Cooper, Greta Garbo (the aspect is exact) ; Oppositions – James Caan, Al Pacino, Bono (U2), John Travolta.
Moon sextile or trine Venus
Amiability is a distinct characteristic of those people who have the sextile or trine of the Moon and Venus in their natal charts. There is something soft and yielding about them, and their natural charm is usually obvious. Highly imaginative and sympathetic, these people make excellent mediators and go-betweens. They are keenly aware of their need for relationships and for intimacy. Whether male or female, these people have a well-developed respect for qualities typically associated with the feminine. As such, men with this aspect are often unusually popular with women, as they seem to be in touch with their softer, sympathetic side in a most natural manner that takes nothing away from their “masculinity”. People appreciate both sexes for their tender hearts and friendly, diplomatic disposition.
Unless afflicted, these aspects usually promise a good measure of personal popularity and success. Although generally considered “lucky” with relationships and with money, this is less about luck than it is about a certain level of inner peace and positive energy that attracts pleasant situations. The only real down side to these aspects is a tendency to be somewhat complacent, downright lazy, and over-indulgent in the “pleasures” of life. If unchallenged, there may be a tendency to expect things to come to them without much effort, perhaps relying too heavily on charm. However, people with these aspects are often peace-makers at heart and have an unusual ability to help and heal others.
The trine aspect is the more dynamic of the two harmonious aspects. Those with the sextile can call upon these traits when needed, and those with the trine between the Moon and Venus have incorporated the traits of the aspect into their personalities, expressing them naturally and consistently.
Some Famous People with Moon in Harmonious Aspect to Venus: Sextiles – Belinda Carlisle, Matt Damon, Willem Dafoe, Geena Davis, Jean-Claude Van Damme, Cameron Diaz; Trines – Nathan Lane, Kim Novak, Ben Affleck, Shannen Doherty, Brendan Fraser, Larry Hagman, Whitney Houston, Ava Gardner, Graham Greene.