To understand the concept of Venus Mars 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 (whatever 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 Libra becomes a Mars/Venus theme because Venus always rules Libra. Mars in the 7th house too becomes a Mars/Venus theme because the 7th house is associated with Libra, which is ruled by Venus 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 you 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 Mars connections, themes or analogies?
In most cases, the following configurations are used (there are more though (!) to define Venus Mars 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 Mars connection that will be felt and noticed in the character and life of the native.
What do Venus Mars connections signify?
The Venus Mars connections or analogies are associated with two opposite forces or energies; the male and female one.
When such two opposite forces meet in the natal chart, we get kind of a short-circuit!
It raises questions and issues about distance or closeness, about peace or war, about meeting/relating or going one's own way, about the urges of the own self or the urges of the other, about the ME or the YOU.
People who have this Venus Mars connection or analogy strong in their natal chart love (and need) a fight!
This connection needs tension to live, otherwise there is a complete standstill.
There is often exaggeration in what they do and some mishaps or accidents happen.
There is something rigid in their behavior or way of walking/handling things.
Empirical research has shown that prominent Venus Mars connections are often found in natal charts of first borns or natives who have no siblings or who have siblings of the other gender and thus have a solitary position among their siblings.
In relationships, especially in love unions, it brings conflicts and clashes, confrontations.
It's not a connection of balance, ease or coziness!
One needs passion and some irritation (teasing will do).
Without erotic tension and some teasing, a love relationship with the native will not survive.
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