Pleasing, lovely formed, the most splendid and beautifully eyed is Venus, who is poetical, abounding in Kapha, of Vata nature and curly haired.”
-‐Brihat Parashara Hora Shastra: Nature and Form of the Grahas,
Does Venus hold the highest degree in your birth chart? What does it mean to have Venus, the planet of luxury, love, relationships, arts, and diplomacy as your Atmakaraka?
One of the most obvious interpretations of Venus Atmakaraka is it gives a person a taste for the finer things in life. While this is often the case, it isn’t always. What I have found to be consistently true with the Venus Atmakaraka person, is even if they don’t need the finest/most expensive items, they are sensual creatures and this sensuality always plays a part in how they choose their clothes/food/etc.
Venus is a teacher and advisor regarding worldly matters. With this Atmakaraka you can be a teacher or advise organizations on what is currently popular with the masses. Venus is described as being poetical, and this is true especially with Venus aspects to the moon, this person will write poetry and enjoy fantasy. Venus also gives a great love of the arts with an eye for form, color, and all kinds of artistic expression. With music, Venus’s true strength is in musical style and the emotional impact that music has, more than technical skills. For technical skills related to the arts, Venus usually needs the support of another planet, such as Mercury.
A nice thing about Venus Atmakaraka person is they know how to rejuvenate themselves. They aren’t the kind of people who will run themselves ragged. They know that time must be taken to enjoy the things that make life comfortable and beautiful.
Love and romance is where they draw a lot of their creative energy, and the soul’s desire will be centered around relationships, achieving balance in one’s life, and making decisions that lead to their highest fulfillment. There is an evolutionary intent to learn through partnerships (more so than others).
Going back to making decisions that lead to fulfillment: Venus is actually the planet that helps us make choices, and if Venus is your Atmakaraka there may be lessons around this. If your Venus is strong/healthy you will naturally make decisions in life that are in unison with what fulfills you. If, however you make choices that hurt you (such as choosing a career that’s more prestigious, even if it’s not what makes you happy, or buying things that you can’t afford, or choosing relationships that aren’t good for you) you can be sure that your Venus needs some help.
Not only does Venus represent our romantic relationships, but our relationships with everyone, so Venus also signifies skills in diplomacy and peacekeeping. A strong Venusian influence in a chart wants to make sure everyone is taken care of.
I hope you enjoyed this analysis. For fun, check where Venus is located in your chart – that will be an area of life where you experience a lot of beauty.The body part represented by the house is also supposed to be beautiful.