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Is Venus hot or cold? Insights from 1644

An analysis of planet elemental behavior using Richard Saunders' tables from 1644. An analysis to answer the question: Is Venus hot or cold?

Is Venus hot or cold?

There is a debate about the natural elemental qualities of Venus. Some people say that Venus is hot, some say it's cold, and some are more than comfortable sitting on the fence.

In the article “Is Venus cold and moist? Or is it hot and moist?” I offer my view of the reason behind Venus’ elemental nature.

In this article I am going to use information from the book “The Astrological Judgement and Practice of Physick” published by the traditional medical astrologer Richard Saunders in 1644, to analyze the behavior of different planets in different places in the Zodiac. The complete information in table format is available in the Humoral Diagnosis Tables, by Richard Saunders article.

Is Venus hot or cold?

Let’s find out.

The main concept to keep in mind in this analysis is that as the planets progress through the zodiac, the degree of intensity of the elements increase.

For example, Aries is a hot and dry sign. Leo will be hotter and drier than Aries. And Sagittarius will be even hotter and drier than Leo and Aries. And so on for all the elements and signs. The planets respond accordingly to the degree of intensity of the sign and degree they are in.

For the purpose of this demonstration we’re going to deal only with Jupiter, the Moon and Venus. And I’m going to analyze their behavior in two signs: in a hot and moist sign and in a cold and moist sign. And then at the end we’re going to look at Venus and see if Venus behaves like the Moon or Jupiter. And that will tell us if Venus is hot and moist or cold and moist.

Let’s start. Refer to the images as you read the text.

Jupiter is a hot and moist planet. Libra is a hot and moist sign.

If we place Jupiter between 0 and 6 degrees of Libra, Jupiter will become hot in the second degree and moist in the second degree.

Now let’s look at the Moon.

The Moon is a cold and moist planet. And Libra is a hot and moist sign.

If we place the Moon between 0 and 6 degrees of Libra, it’s going to become hot in the first degree and moist in the second degree.

Let’s compare the Moon’s behavior with Jupiter’s behavior in Libra.

They’re both moist planets so have moisture in common. So, they both become moist in the second degree.

However, in relation to heat, Jupiter gets hot in the second degree in this place in Libra. And the Moon gets hot in the first degree. So, the Moon gets less hot than Jupiter.

The reason obviously, is because Jupiter has heat. So, it becomes hotter in a hot sign. And the Moon, since it does not have any heat, becomes less hot in a hot sign.

The coldness from the Moon counterbalances the heat of Libra. So, it becomes hot in the first degree, while Jupiter becomes hot in the second degree.

So, that’s the logic, basically.

This applies to every planet and every sign and every element in the zodiac.

If you analyze the tables fully and in detail, you will see these patterns repeating themselves all over the place. If you are interested in diagnosing using the elements, I really recommend you do this analysis. It will broaden your view of this incredible system and hot it can be applied.

Now, let’s take a look at how the Moon and Jupiter behave in a cold and moist sign.

Jupiter is a hot and moist planet. In a cold and moist sign, it becomes cold in the first degree and moist in the second degree.

However, Scorpio is a moist sign, so it will become moist in the second degree just like in Libra, also a moist sign. And if we look at the Moon, it will also become moist in the second degree, just like in Libra. Because Jupiter and the Moon have moisture in common.

So, they will become moist just as before. However, in terms of heat, Jupiter is a hot planet, will become cold in the first degree. The heat from Jupiter will counterbalance the coldness of Scorpio and will become cold in the first degree.

But the Moon, being a cold planet in a cold sign, will become cold in the second degree. So, it becomes colder than Jupiter. So, the Moon is a cold planet, becomes colder in a cold sign.

Jupiter is a hot planet, it does not become as cold as the Moon in a cold sign. So, we see how these two planets behave in signs corresponding to each of their natures. 

Now, the debate is about Venus, right? 

Is Venus hot and moist like Jupiter? Or is Venus cold and moist like the Moon? Let’s see what the table shows us and that will tell us the answer.

Venus in Libra, which is a hot and moist sign, will become hot in the first degree and moist in the second degree. And in Scorpio, which is a cold and moist sign, Venus will become cold in the second degree and moist in the second degree.

Which planet behaves like Venus? The Moon or Jupiter? 

As you can see in the previous analysis, Venus behaves like the Moon.

Based on this analysis and the information coming from Richard Saunders from the 17th century, Venus is a cold and moist planet.

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