In Arabic, Egyptian Arabic anyway, when you want to describe someone as really beautiful, you say she is like the Moon, or she has a face like the Moon. (How unlike “moonface” in English).
When Venus is in the sign of the Moon, two of the most feminine energies in astrology are blended; these energies lure you in. It’s notable that currently two of the world’s “most beautiful women” not only share Venus in Cancer, but for each of them, the planet of beauty is placed exactly on an angle of the chart.
As you know, the purpose of these posts on Venus through the various signs is to see how beauty expresses herself in each of the 12 signs of the Zodiac. Traditionally we look at the Ascendant and maybe the Sun sign for appearance, but Venus seems to play a part also. The Venus placement is obviously important for people whose looks play a role in their careers. Remember all those mesmerising Venus in Aquarius Vogue covers, or the cheekbones on Venus in Capricorn.
It’s interesting that with several of these beautiful people, Venus has quite literally been a curse as well as a blessing.
Halle Berry’s Venus is in the very last degree of Cancer. This is called the anaretic degree in astrology and supposedly it can debilitate the planet placed there. But we can see the opposite is true here. In fact, Berry embodies Venus in Cancer beauty. It’s as if all the potential beauty of the sign has been poured into a single vessel, caught just before Venus moves into Leo. What is more Venus is precisely on her IC. The bottom angle of her chart influencing her whole life.
(I just briefly looked at a biog for Berry and it turns out that she was diagnosed with diabetes at 21 years of age. Venus rules sugar; in watery Cancer we’re talking about food; there’s the Venus acting up in the anaretic degree! And influencing her whole life. Also on the IC: it must run in the family or the disability’s the very thing that drives her.)
Angelina Jolie’s Venus is close to Berry’s but it’s smack on the Ascendant. I read an interview with her a few years ago in which the interviewer described her as glowing. Apparently, her skin is burnished like the Moon. Both Berry and Jolie have two features which seem to be common to Venus in Cancer, the prominent or high, shining forehead and luminous wide-set eyes. Jolie’s Venus in Cancer look is enhanced by Cancer Rising.
Apparently, Jolie only wears white, black or beige.
With Cameron Diaz — again Venus right on the Ascendant — you can see a perfect example of the Moon-like beauty of Venus in Cancer: the wide-apart eyes, wide lips, wide face and dazzling silvery eyes. She’s wearing silver here too, like Berry in the top picture.
You can see that Judy Garland again has a broad brow and eyes like the Full Moon. Since Diaz, Garland and Jolie all also have Cancer Rising, you get a very clear picture of the beautiful lunar face.
But what happens when a man has this astrological signature. Is he all softly feminine? Judge for yourself.
Ben Affleck is also blessed with Venus on the ASC. The Venus is less boldly obvious — no silver eyes — but again he has that broad forehead and wide light-reflecting face. Also, like some other men with this placement he has a heavy jaw. Not feminine at all really.
And look at this fellow. Cancer Rising and Venus in the first house: the body beautiful. Arnold Schwarzenegger admitted much later in life that he’d taken steroids to achieve the fleshy lunar breastplate (although he didn’t put it quite like that). Another drug that changes the body; like Halle Berry, although not at all with the same motivation.
I think you can see a kind of hyper-masculinity here, and a vast expanse of flesh attached to a normal human skeleton.
The following people do not have Venus so close to the angles of the chart, but I think you can see the allure of the Venus in Cancer at work.
But rock & roll queen Stevie Nicks, has Venus on an angle. Like Berry, it’s exactly on her IC, and like Berry, Nicks has overcome an issue with white powdery substances. Cancer is, of course, a permeable sensitive sign that needs to watch out for poisons.
Kate Bush’s Venus is a couple of degrees from Nicks’ but not on the IC. Both divas are known for their clothes sense. Unfortunately, Bush’s birth time doesn’t seem to be available. I know it was the 1980s but they do look similar: big eyes, red lips.
If Capricorn Venus is all about the bones, Cancer is all about the flesh and the liquid eyes. It seems as if there’s more skin to reflect the light with these people.
And finally, speaking of shining divas: here is Grace Jones wearing a Moon on her head.