To understand the concept of Venus Neptune connections we first have to go back into the past for a moment.
In the early 80s a "new" approach of assessing major themes in a natal chart saw the light by the "invention" of the so-called "ZIP Code."
It was a method invented by Dr. Zipporah Dobyns (hence the name "ZIP Code") and further propagated by her daughter Maritha Pottenger, that made use of the so-called astrological alphabet.
The concept of the astrological alphabet is that astrology deals with twelve basic ways of being, twelve human drives and modes of operation that are all needed in this world.
These twelve sides of life are mirrored in the natal chart by a planet, a house and a sign.
So it is in the astrological alphabet that Mars, the 1st house and Aries all share the same principles (though they are NOT the same!). Venus, the 2nd house and Taurus also share the same principles and this goes on for the other planets, signs and houses.
What the theory of the ZIP Code or astrological alphabet presents is that certain groups of planet/house/sign combinations share similar themes.
For example: Mars in Libra or Mars in the 7th house share the same principles. The 7th house is in mundane astrology a Libra house (wathever zodiac sign is on the cusp of the 7th house in the natal chart).
This system has been enhanced by German astrologers who developed their own system based on the same principles but they converted the signs and houses to their respective planetary rulers.
For example: Mars in Capricorn becomes a Mars/Saturn theme because Saturn always rules Capricorn.
Mars in the 10th house too becomes a Mars/Saturn theme because the 10th house is associated with Capricorn, which is ruled by Saturn in mundane astrology.
Also, the ruler of the 1st house (in mundane astrology ruled by Mars because Mars always rules Aries and Aries is always the 1st sign in the natural order of the zodiac) in the 2nd house (in mundane astrology ruled by Venus as the ruler of Taurus) is another Venus-Mars analogy.
The more we find such analogies, themes or connections between two planets, the more this planetary combination becomes an important part of the natal chart and the life of the native.
To find out the connections or analogies between planets, we take especially into account:
Planets in houses are more important and powerful than the planets in the zodiac signs because they work on a more personal and individual level (we use the Topocentric house system which gives almost the same results as the Placidus house system).
When do we have Venus Neptune connections, themes or analogies?
In most cases, the following configurations are used (there are more though (!) to define Venus Neptune connections but this would lead us too far and make it more complicated than necessary):
When at least three of the above listed analogies or connections can be found in the natal chart, we have a very powerful Venus Neptune connection that will be felt and noticed in the character and life of the native.
What do Venus Neptune connections signify?
When the planet of encounters and relationships (Venus) blends with the planet of illusions and dreams (Neptune), relationships become more illusive.
People with such a connection may be less discriminating in their relationship choices.
This may result in disappointments, betrayal and confusion.
Often, there is some fear to live in (the harsh) realities of life, resulting in the projection of a dream world with magic encounters.
There are very high ideals that may not always materialize or manifest.
Also, Venus Neptune connections represent the principle of Universal Love.
This is not about physical love but rather about platonic love, the ideal of love, love dreams and/or spiritual love.
Indeed, this connection is about Higher Love, reflecting compassion and helping, combined with some sacrificing traits.
People with strong Venus Neptune connections can be eternal romantics and are not focused on physical 'love'.
They may even dislike sex.
They have very creative and artistic assets and tend to live in a world of wishful thinking.
As with all connections involving Neptune, these people can be 'not of this world', out of this world, not seeing things as they are, as if their perceptions are quite distorted, covered in a fog or hidden behind an unclear veil.
Both Venus and Neptune are rather 'passive' and 'soft' planets and they need outer circumstances, other people, a partner to bring balance and bring some more structure and strength in their life.
Venus Neptune connections point to being swayed easily and lacking some boundaries to block outer interference.
Because Venus also represents one's values, there can be quite some confusion in the life of people with Venus Neptune connections related to values.
Such people may often feel lost, have no sense of purpose or goal in life.
They tend to drift at times and are most vulnerable then.
People with strong Venus Neptune connections are very attracted to people who have strong and powerful Neptune themes in their natal chart.
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