If the declination of Venus in a chart is greater than 23 degrees and 27 minutes north or south, this is considered Venus out of bounds. So what can this tell us about a person?

The Symbology of Venus

In astrology, Venus works as a symbol for a myriad of concepts: personal values, aesthetic tastes, patterns in relating both romantically and in friendship, the divine feminine, nature, women’s rights, financial standing… the list goes on. In the physical realm, Venus can represent women, cats, the kidneys, the arts, sweet foods, parties, certain crystals and flowers. Venus is a benefic planet, and generally brings in positive energies. But Venusian influences can often be over-indulged. Cue Libra, a Venus-ruled sign known for its fixation on balance and harmony. The spoils of Venus are best enjoyed in moderation.

Venus also makes an incredibly beautiful pattern in our sky:

from James Ferguson’s Astronomy Explained Upon Sir Isaac Newton’s Principles, 1799 ed., plate III, opp. p. 67.

The Out of Bounds Signature

So if Venus can show up in so many different avenues of our lives, how can we pinpoint and illustrate the Venus out of bounds signature? Well, to begin, Venus out of bounds simply does not operate within cultural norms surrounding relationship, art (creation of and taste in), or pleasure.


In relationship, Venus out of bounds may be drawn to unorthodox structures. They may date someone of a very different age or station in life. They may be drawn to relationships that are extremely private, or painstakingly public.

Men with Venus out of bounds are likely to relate more smoothly with the feminine than the masculine, and may keep a lot of friendships with females. In such circumstances, these men (when straight) can be challenging to date. Keep in mind that as it is written in the out-of-bounds scofflaw DNA, the Venus out of bounds lifestyle is not chosen out of intentional resistance to norms. These norms simply have never appealed to those with Venus out of bounds.


As for Venus’ artistic realms, the out of bounds signature is often revealed in idiosyncratic tastes and creations. If someone with Venus out of bounds devotes much time and energy to their artistic leanings, their output will only become more and more niche, as will the art/media in which they find pleasure and/or relation.

Speaking of pleasure, I have to wonder: does a person with Venus out of bounds enjoy chocolate in the same way that a traditional Taurian Venus would? So simple, Venus can be.


On the contrary (of course), I would think that each person with Venus out of bounds has their own quirky pleasures. These oddities can be found in the character of each individual Venus out of bounds. Is Venus in Cancer and opposite Mars? This Venus may enjoy henna-dying their hair at home while their cats fight intermittently in the background. Just an idea.

Is Your Venus Out of Bounds?

If you’re curious about your Venus or the Venus of another, you can check your declination measurements with a simple tool on astro.com. Go to your natal chart and click “Additional tables (PDF)” above your birth data, and look for declinations higher than 23’27” north or south in the Planet Positions table.