Despite its proximity, Venus remains largely mysterious, thanks to its cloudy atmosphere and incredible harsh conditions. A recent study using data from the Japanese satellite Akatsuki revealed an enormous bow-shaped wave in the Venusian atmosphere. The wave appeared at an altitude of about 65 km and stretched more than 10,000 km long, across both the northern and southern hemispheres. Although surface winds on Venus are believed to be small due to its incredibly slow rotation, winds higher in the atmosphere are much faster – so it was strange to observe this wave sitting essentially stationary for five days of observation. 

When the scientists mapped the location of wave relative to the surface, they found it was sitting over the Aphrodite Terra highlands, suggesting that this structure is a gravity wave generated by winds interacting with the topography. Similar, albeit smaller, gravity waves are often observed on Earth near mountains. The finding raises questions about our understanding of Venusian atmospheric dynamics and exactly how disturbances from surface winds could create enormous structures so high in the atmosphere. (Image credit: T. Fukuhara et al.; h/t to SciShow Space)

Zodiac Standards
  • *Look at your 7th, Venus, and Mars.
  • Aries: Their significant other must be able to deal with their combative personality.
  • Taurus: Their significant other must be attractive (and 90% of the time have money, but this is isn't always considered).
  • Gemini: Their significant other must be witty, sarcastic, and intelligent.
  • Cancer: Their significant other must be caring and make them feel special.
  • Leo: Their significant other must have lots of time for them and make them feel special (x2).
  • Virgo: Their significant other must be logical and attractive.
  • Libra: Their significant other must be sweet and romantic.
  • Scorpio: Their significant other must be sexual and emotional / emotionally capable.
  • Sagittarius: Their significant other must be a daredevil / adventurer.
  • Capricorn: Their significant other must be a practical option for them, and must be attractive. (Least likely to date in highschool).
  • Aquarius: Their significant other must be political and observant. (Most likely to date a fellow manipulator).
  • Pisces: Their significant other must be creative and trustworthy.

Aries Venus: Her attraction is fiery, she is not your normal gentle Venus, she goes after what she wants. She is impulsive in love.

Taurus Venus: Earthy with the smell of patchouli, she embodies Venus sensuality and comforts, she is slow-moving but welcoming.

Gemini Venus: You can’t ignore her youthfulness in love, she entices you in a whimsical way, she stimulates you, go and chase her.

Cancer Venus: Here the magical and mysterious Moon entices you, she calls to you like a siren but is protective and private. Nurturing in love.

Leo Venus: Venus energies turn vibrant and bold, she is drama and romance, she is generosity and passion, she burns brightly for you.

Virgo Venus: Practical at heart but if you pay attention you can see her yearning, little devil in disguise, she will take care of you.

Libra Venus: Light, airy, charming, she is Miss Venus/Aphrodite, she can be gentle and dreamy, she leads you in with a beautiful light.

Scorpio Venus: A very intense Venus, replace pinks with reds and blacks, can’t escape her gaze, intimacy and love go hand in hand. Feel her sting.

Sagittarius Venus: Her energy is wild, can you keep up? Here Venus has joy and luck, she shoots her love arrow with great aim.

Capricorn Venus: Cold energy replaces Venus usual warmth but they attract with wit, confidence, a stable aura. Is highly committed. She entices you with her unapproachable vibe, you can sense her hidden passion and desires.

Aquarius Venus: She is odd, electric, her love can be a positive light, connects with your mind, her energy unpredictable, she accepts you.

Pisces Venus: Waters flow with imagination and romance. She brings you into a misty dream. She heals, gives, takes, she engulfs.

the venus signs as romantic french phrases
  • aries: "L’amour fait les plus grandes douceurs et les plus sensibles infortunes de la vie." - Love makes the greatest pleasures and most sensitive misfortunes of life.
  • taurus: "L’amour est la poésie des sens." - Love is the poetry of the senses.
  • gemini: "Tu es ma joie de vivre." - You are the joy of my life.
  • cancer: "Vivre sans aimer n’est pas proprement vivre." - To live without loving is to not really live.
  • leo: "Il n’y a qu’un bonheur dans la vie, c’est d’aimer et d’être aimé." - There is only one happiness in life, to love and be loved.
  • virgo: "Entre deux coeurs qui s’aiment, nul besoin de paroles." - Two hearts in love need no words.
  • libra: "La vie est une fleur dont l’amour est le miel." - Life is a flower of which love is the honey.
  • scorpio: "J’ai aimé jusqu’à atteindre la folie. Ce que certains appellent la folie, mais ce qui pour moi, est la seulefaçon d’aimer." - I have loved to the point of madness; That which is called madness, that which to me, is the only sensible way to love.
  • sagittarius: "Aimer, ce n’est pas se regarderl’un l’autre, c’est regarder ensemble dans la mêmedirection." - Love doesn’t mean gazing at each other, but looking, together, in the same direction.
  • capricorn: "C’est cela l’amour, tout donner, tout sacrifier sans espoir de retour." - That is love, to give away everything, to sacrifice everything, without the slightest desire to get anything in return.
  • aquarius: "L’amour est l’emblème de l’éternité, il confond toute la notion de temps, efface toute la mémoire d’un commencement, toute la crainte d’une extrémité." - Love is the emblem of eternity; it confounds all notion of time, effaces all memory of a beginning, all fear of an end.
  • pisces: "Tes yeux, j’en rêve jour et nuit." - I dream about your eyes day and night.
Surprising Things about the Venus Signs

Aries: Their love life may seem interesting and passionate, many lose interest in it over time because actually? It’s the same story over and over just with different people, they’re predictable as fuck. Sure it’s dramatic every time, but it gets old when they make the same mistakes every damn time for no reason.

Taurus: They seem so romantic and loyal but really? They can be extremely egotistical about their own romance/sex skills. They genuinely think they’re the best lover ever.

Gemini: While on paper it seems like they’d have a million flings, they’re actually chronic monogamists; it’s just that their relationships may be shallow, fake, or they may simply be unsure of the relationship and iffy about it the whole time they’re with someone.

Cancer: They are usually committed and romantic and very vocally love their partner, but they’re actually HUGE flirts without even trying… or with trying; it depends on the person.

Leo: Yes, they’re larger than life and pretty into normal vanilla romance on the outside but they’re actually into really weird shit behind closed doors. I mean kinks and wanting weird ways for their partners to show/express their love.

Virgo: While they seem efficient and practical in love, they’re actually surprisingly open-minded in how a relationship is supposed to work, maybe they’re a polygamist or maybe they have an open marriage!

Libra: They seem like the perfect, committed partner on paper but they’re actually prone to cheating. Often, the relationship doesn’t end after cheating though.

Scorpio: While they seem wildly exciting and passionate and vivacious in their youth, the most exciting chapter in their love life comes in the later half of their own life.

Sagittarius: Oh sure, they act so cavalier about romance and so “devil may care” but the truth is that they’re romantic as fuck inside, they’re just too afraid of seeming “clingy” or “desperate” so they hide all of that or they try their damnedest to beat it out of themselves. They usually don’t succeed fully.

Capricorn: They seem so poised and serious, like their relationships would just be steps to round out their life, but the only way to their heart is to be light-hearted; they need laughter in their life through romance.

Aquarius: They’re the first person to think “yikes” about anything anyone does in a relationship but they’re actually the single most embarrassing little shits in relationships. They’re constantly putting their foots in their mouths and making a total ass of themselves.

Pisces: They’re supposed to be the most romantic and emotional lovers ever but they’re shockingly chill and pretty rational in relationships, most of the craziness and romance is lived out in their heads. Or it’s word vomit in their best friend'a ear.

Why sun sign astrology doesn’t work

Let’s face it: a lot of the time, you won’t relate to your sun sign.

Your sun sign is who you are at your BEST. It’s who you are when you’re in your element, when you’re confident, when you’re in a comfortable situation.

Your sun sign is your identity, but also who you aspire to be. When you think of your sun sign, you think of the qualities that make you special, and make you an individual. It’s probably something you’re proud of. But also, it’s something to live up to; it’s a goal to be the best version of your sun sign that you can possibly be.

The sun sign is extremely important, because it follows you throughout your life in all ways, but it often can’t be pinpointed to specifics like the other placements can. It’s much more broad; it’s always present, but sometimes it’s just out of reach.

People will not always see your sun sign when they first meet you. But close friends will see your sun sign more than anything else, because they see the best in you.

Your RISING sign is who you are all the time, without thinking about it. It’s natural.

Any time you feel threatened, need to put up a front, want to “appear” a certain way…that is your rising sign. Many people don’t consider the rising sign as important as the sun. But in reality, it’s more important.

Some people aren’t even aware of their rising sign. Some people will be surprised when they read the description. But if you ask anyone around you, they will see it immediately. You can’t hide your rising sign, you have to just accept it.

If you meet someone for the first time, that is their rising sign.

Your moon sign won’t be seen by the world at first either, but a lot of times it can be seen more than the sun sign. Your moon sign is your instinctual reactions and ways of living.

Any time you’re upset, you’re happy, you’re jealous, you’re disappointed…these are all times that your moon sign will show. Depending on the sign, of course, it will show in different ways.

Anything to do with the emotions cannot be defined by the sun sign. That is the realm of the moon sign. People wonder why they don’t relate to their sun sign on a lot of different posts - this is why. The moon sign is far more important, because it is your immediate needs and behavior.

People who see through you see your moon sign; people who are able to connect with you emotionally. They have to look deeply enough to get through the wall put up by the rising sign, though.

Mercury is how you get your message across. When you meet someone, there’s a bit of mercury thrown in there too, since they’ll be communicating with you.

Sometimes people will not consider you to be a lot like your sun sign. That’s probably because your mercury is in a different sign than your sun. It’s a bit conflicting, because the words you say are quite different from who you actually are - you might seem more like your mercury sign in some ways.

Mercury is probably the least appreciated and noticed placement in astrology. People always seem to forget about it, but it’s absolutely vital to understanding someone’s personality.

“What is an *insert sign here* like in love?” This is the question that everyone wants to know. Unfortunately, people usually answer it with sun sign. Again.

Venus is your true “love” placement. You might get a sense of what someone is like with their sun sign, but in a relationship you might be surprised when they act so differently. Their idea of romance might be drastically different from their central identity.

Mars is where to look if you want to get an idea of the overall energy someone gives off. Rising sign has a part in this too, but mars is how someone takes action.

Mars, in a sense, is also related to love because it’s how someone does the pursuing. Mars has to do with initiative (and how much of that you take).

Next time you make an astrology post, read an astrology post, or think about astrology in any way, remember this. Most people don’t do their research, and make assumptions that all sun signs are a certain way, and all people will relate to all aspects of their sun sign. This is not the case.

Think to yourself: is this asking about me on a daily basis? My emotions? How I communicate? How I act in love? My impulses?

Chances are, it’s not your sun sign.

Self-Esteem

May apply to Ascendant or sun as well. Aspects to the sun & Venus matter.


ARIES VENUS

Self-esteem is generally fragile. They seem confident and self-assured, but on the inside, their opinion of themselves fluctuates wildly, ranging from sheer conceit to self-loathing. They need validation from others, and if they’re deprived of that, there can be a lot of anxiety surrounding their value. They judge themselves harshly and it’s difficult to recover from embarrassment.

Self-esteem is increased by victory; coming in first place or being the best; encouragement; feelings of strength, bravery, and capability; independence; proving themselves (especially to themselves); learning from mistakes/defeat.


TAURUS VENUS

Self-esteem is generally steady. They’re humble and down-to-earth about themselves, with a very realistic opinion of their worth. They can have difficulty with feeling secure inside in the beginning of their lives, but once they have a solid grasp on what makes them unique and valuable, nothing can shake their confidence, and they’ll seldom depend on others to define them.

Self-esteem is increased by self-acceptance; surrounding themselves with pleasant possessions & people; being spoiled/pampered; taking time to relax & replenish their energy; low stress; aesthetic beauty; feeling natural/elegant.


GEMINI VENUS

Self-esteem is generally erratic. Their opinion of themselves fluctuates with their mood & the context. They easily become dissatisfied with the state of themselves due to their many various interests, which leads to inconsistent admiration and consequentially inconsistent aspirations. Their confidence relies on the “facts” about their beauty, accomplishments, etc.

Self-esteem is increased by satisfying details; being able to keep up with themselves; freedom to develop & change; variety & constant stimulation; having options; engaging people; being able to express their thoughts.


CANCER VENUS

Self-esteem is generally introspective. Their confidence can be unstable and inhibited, particularly when they’re young, but they tend to be more secure in themselves once they have a good awareness of their nature/identity. Their value must be discovered before they can feel or appreciate it, and it may take a long time for them to do so if they’re on their own in that endeavor.

Self-esteem is increased by support; sympathetic people; reassurance; emotional openness, catharsis; close loved ones, people who are interested in being intimate with them; positive reactions; healthy expression of self.


LEO VENUS

Self-esteem is generally glowy. They radiate confidence and pride; they’re typically secure within themselves, knowing their value & easily sharing it with others. If they doubt themselves, it’s because something external is obscuring their inner light – true self-value shines boundlessly from inside them and it’s invincible once they claim it and learn how to own it intrinsically.

Self-esteem is increased by validation; praise; attention; compliments; popularity; affection; positive, enjoyable experiences; creativity; inspiration; being received well; self-expression; grand gestures of love & adoration.


VIRGO VENUS

Self-esteem is generally weary. They can be extremely insecure, lacking confidence due to trying too hard to be worthy of it. They’re harshly critical of themselves and constantly strive to be beautiful and valuable, which takes its toll on their very essence – they tend to shrink further into themselves the more distance they feel stands in the way of what they intend to be.

Self-esteem is increased by making progress, noticing positive results of their efforts; good health & hygiene; appreciation; acknowledgement; feeling able, organized, and useful; being thanked; admiration; being understood.


LIBRA VENUS

Self-esteem is generally buoyant. Their confidence fluctuates erratically, yet gracefully; the lows are taken in stride and the highs are positively elating. They reflect the opinions of others and tend to take things very personally but they typically convince themselves that their insecurities are silly, and return to airy self-acceptance, which can easily turn into oblivious vanity.

Self-esteem is increased by acceptance; integration; inclusion; positive social interaction; peaceful bonds; being well-liked; having fashionable interests & friends; being talked about; attracting & being interesting to others; romance.


SCORPIO VENUS

Self-esteem is generally all or nothing. They’re very cutthroat in the inner competition to be better than they used to be and they can sink into terrifying depths of self-hatred if they fail themselves. If they achieve what they aspire for, they can become obnoxiously conceited. There is rarely a balance – it goes from one extreme to the other very easily (but it’s not exactly unstable).

Self-esteem is increased by distance or extreme closeness; knowing other people intimately; being mysterious; having an impact on others; loyalty; deep connections; intensity; becoming stronger after being hurt; being guarded.


SAGITTARIUS VENUS

Self-esteem is generally carefree. They always try to let go of their insecurities. This often leads to arrogance and vanity, since they sometimes their desperate aversion to being weighed down by negative feelings can result in being carried away by positive ones. They tell themselves a lot of things “don’t matter” because they don’t want to face the discomfort of low self-value.

Self-esteem is increased by enjoyable distractions; trying new things; adventure; discovery; realizations; feeling wise and untamed; being free to do what they wish & make their own decisions; getting away with bad behavior.


CAPRICORN VENUS

Self-esteem is generally brutal. They lack self-compassion and they’re critical of themselves, but they’re also down-to-earth and pragmatic about their value. Self-hatred motivates them. They use their insecurities to their own advantage, to improve themselves, even if it’s unhealthy or painful. Sometimes it works too well & they become conceited. Other times, they end up hurting themselves.

Self-esteem is increased by success; accomplishments; respect; having influence and authority; being self-sufficient; solving their own problems; having answers; leading; control; wealth; being considered important.


AQUARIUS VENUS

Self-esteem is generally contrary. They’re very concerned with what they’re not and this is how they discover their value – by resisting insecurity & criticism of all kinds and trying to prove the opposite. They do this to positive things too sometimes; they’re essentially playing devil’s advocate when it comes to their value, and that’s where they find equilibrium between the inner & the outer.

Self-esteem is increased by breaking rules; being unpredictable; challenging standards & assumptions; being given the space to openly express & define themselves; changing the minds of others; inspiring others; being a role model.


PISCES VENUS

Self-esteem is generally amorphous. They vaguely absorb both positive and negative perspectives on who they are, and the result is fluid confidence that relies on their emotional state (and the emotional states of those who surround them). They’re typically unaware of the “truth” about themselves so they never feel secure in any opinion they form about their worth/beauty/etc.

Self-esteem is increased by fantasy; absorbing positivity; devotion; sacrifice; powerful emotional experiences & connections; artistic expression; mutual reflection of beauty; being explained; poetic love, “magical” relationships.