Venus in the 8th house is a placement where Venus falls in your natal 8th house. This represents what you hold onto after you are gone, what you refuse to let go of or release despite the passage of time. The 8th house rules hidden things, sex, other people’s money, and usually anything taboo or off-limits. It also governs legacies one leaves behind or anything that follows you after death.
Venus in the 8th house is highly possessive and has little regard for personal boundaries. It can be emotionally manipulative due to feelings of dependency, jealousy, feeling used or taken advantage of, or simply because it’s hard for them to let things go. It can also manifest as an unhealthy attachment to exes or people you’ve dated.
Venus in the 8th house, people are not always aware of the degree to which they find it difficult to let go, so there is often a stubborn streak involved. This is because they do not want to admit their dependency on others and cling to anything that feels like it might be “the one”. (After all, 8th house people are ruled by the sign Scorpio which is all about denial). They can also believe that they must acquire control over their resources and within themselves before having a serious relationship with someone else. Their style of expressing affection is also likely to be unconventional or secretive, so they may not be very romantic in the typical sense.
How might someone with Venus in the 8th house be different from others?
People with Venus in the 8th house are generally attracted to people who have emotional issues. They are looking for someone they can help who needs support at a deep level. There is often an age difference between them and their partners or companions because 8th house people may not be ready to settle down until much later in life.
8th house Venus is not interested in “light” relationships, so these people are often involved with someone who has their problems to work through. A person with this placement of Venus is more interested in working on their partner’s issues than improving the relationship dynamics. They are willing to put off what they want for as long as it takes to work through their partner’s problems.
People with Venus in the 8th house may be attracted to difficult people and relationships. They feel happy when needed, but if their needs aren’t being met, deep feelings of unhappiness may arise. A person with this placement of Venus is often more comfortable dealing with challenging or emotionally complex issues than lighthearted or superficial topics.
An interesting byproduct of having 8th house Venus is that these people feel comfortable communicating about anything. They are not afraid of sharing deeply personal information, even if it’s embarrassing. An emotional issue is less likely to be a problem for someone with this placement because they are already so aware of their concerns that it doesn’t phase them.
People with 8th house Venus can handle intense emotions in others, whether they’re present at the time or not. This is because they know how it feels to be deeply emotional and sense when someone else needs help facing their own emotions. 8th house Venus individuals may become very involved in other people’s issues, even when the person doesn’t want them to be. This is because they are so attuned to other people’s emotions that they can feel what these people are experiencing.
What are some possible positive and negative aspects of this placement for Venus in a person's chart?
Positive aspects: has an innate understanding of other people’s feelings; can handle intense emotions in others; is not afraid to talk about sensitive issues; can be counted on when someone else is feeling down; comfortable with sharing and discussing personal information.
Negative aspects: attracted to emotionally difficult partners; neglects own needs to focus on partner’s problems; can end up feeling lonely and unhappy if not careful; relationship may break down due to partner’s issues; doesn’t handle rejection or disapproval well.
How can you work with your Venus placement if it's not ideal for you, and what might be some potential benefits?
If you have the 8th house, Venus, your relationships may be complicated. You mustn’t neglect your needs to the point where you become unhappy because it will only make things more complicated when you try to get your needs met later. Try to permit yourself to do something nice for yourself every day. If possible, schedule time for self-care or personal activity daily. This will also help you feel more balanced and grounded, making it easier to connect with others. If you can’t afford to take care of yourself in this way, try doing something free, such as taking a walk outside or listening to music by yourself.
Remember, your needs are just as important as anyone else’s. You can’t help someone who isn’t willing to help themselves, but you also should let go of trying to save people from themselves – it’s not your job, and it won’t make either of you happy.
If you have the 8th house, Venus, there are different ways this placement might play out in your life depending on other stations in your chart. For instance, you might choose a partner who is emotionally distant or unavailable due to having Neptune or Saturn in the 5th house. You may also attract partners who ask for too much from you because they have their planets in your 12th house of subconscious and unconscious processes.
People with 8th house Venus often seek out relationships that challenge them and allow them to gain new insights about themselves. However, they may also attract difficult or abusive partners because they have their planets in an angular house such as the 1st, 4th, 7th or 10th. These people tend to be drawn to powerful partners with strong opinions and an air of authority.
About Dadhichi Toth, the Author
Dadhichi Toth is a revisionary astrologer who works with both Eastern and Western systems of astrology.
He is the founder and CEO of astrology.com.au and previous author of the best-selling astrology series of books for Harlequin Mills and Boon for 9 years.
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