Venus - The Planet of Love

Written by Lynda Filer

In Astrology,repparttar planet Venus stands for our sense of aesthetics,repparttar 122439 arts (especially music) and how we interact in our intimate relationships. Venus is often inrepparttar 122440 same sign asrepparttar 122441 Sun since it can never be more than 45 degrees from our natal sun sign.

When your Venus is inrepparttar 122442 same sign as your Sun sign there is a consistency in how you relate in your romantic relationships as well as in your day to day relationships. Whenrepparttar 122443 Sun and Venus are in two different signs, there may be a marked difference in how you relate to your significant other, showing them a different side of you than is usually revealed torepparttar 122444 outside world. Venus is associated withrepparttar 122445 signs of Libra and Taurus. Venus in Aires

With Venus in Aires you are likely to be an exciting, flirtatious and fun person to be around. You throw yourself into your relationships and it is not unusual for people with this placement to fall in love quickly. Marriages at a young age are also not uncommon.

You are extremely demonstrative in your love and both sexes thrive onrepparttar 122446 thrill ofrepparttar 122447 chase. To live is to love to you and when your romantic landscape is barren you may become rather moody and irritable.

Aires is an impulsive sign and as such you will need to make extra effort to maintain long term relationships past their first infatuated stage.

Venus in Taurus

With Venus in Taurus you will be attracted torepparttar 122448 finer things in life. You may have a tendency to overindulge your appetite for fine food, wine, luxurious surroundings and clothing, as well asrepparttar 122449 more earthy aspects of your nature.

You are a sensual person and nothing gives you more delight than reveling in all your senses. You are a consistent and constant lover, although you may have trouble in dealing with your feelings of jealousy and possessiveness if you find yourself feeling insecure within relationships. Having said that though, you are incredibly loyal and dependable with your loved ones, and often extremely fun to be around.

Venus in Gemini

Venus in Gemini leads to a need for excitement in all aspects of life. In a romantic relationship you seek a partner who can stimulate you intellectually as well as physically, and who will not cling too closely to you.

Your need for independence is strong and you react badly to possessive and demanding partners. With your wit, charm and keen flirting skills you have no trouble attracting people to you.

Even in a serious relationship you are not likely to alienate yourself from your friends to create a special world inhabited by just you and that special someone. You may appear fickle to others at times, flitting from relationship to relationship but you are seeking someone who can not only keep up with you but someone with whom your need for social interaction is not seen as a threat.

Venus in Cancer

With Venus in Cancer emotional stability is very important to you. Cancer is an extremely sensitive sign and at times a sometimes moody one.

You need to feel secure in your relationships and need a partner who will express and show you how much you mean to them. Without this demonstration of love and commitment you are likely to suffer immensely and to make matters worse, may even adopt a martyrs stance and pretend thatrepparttar 122450 hurt that you feel does not matter. It does matter and you need a partner that will reassure you and treasure you.

Until you find a partner that can and will provide this for you, you will not feel fulfilled within your relationship. With your kind and sympathetic nature you should have no trouble finding another with whom to make a cozy and comfortable home. When you have this security within your love relationship you will dote on and cherishrepparttar 122451 object of your affection.

Venus in Leo

Venus in Leo is a theatrical and fun loving sign. Leos love attention and have an appreciation ofrepparttar 122452 finer things in life. Leo thrives in love relationships and adores being pampered andrepparttar 122453 centre of their partners universe. Leos themselves are generous and charming in return and will lavish unstintingly of their time, money and of themselves to show their partner just how valued they are.

Unfortunately when a serious relationship does disintegrate, Leo in Venus will take this extremely hard and may become rather bitter over it. Although they attract a lot of attention and enjoy basking inrepparttar 122454 glow of other peoples admiration they are a loyal and faithful partner.

Venus in Virgo

Venus in Virgo produces a tendency to over-analyze your emotions. You need to feel incredibly secure before giving yourself within a relationship and are likely to come across as cool and shy until you do receive this feeling of assuredness. You don't like to take risks romantically and want to know that when you do takerepparttar 122455 plunge in affairs ofrepparttar 122456 heart, that your partner hasrepparttar 122457 same commitment to being faithful and constant in your relationship.


Written by Stephanie Pflumm

Whenrepparttar Greek scholar Pliny wrote that Topaz gave man strength and protected him from poison, he might have actually been writing about Citrine. The huge (weighs 1,680 carats) Portuguese crown jewel,repparttar 122438 Braganza, is a beautiful clear Topaz was thought for a few centuries, to be a diamond. Evenrepparttar 122439 origins ofrepparttar 122440 name Topaz stirs confusion. Some references point to a Sanskrit word tapas, that means Fire. Or was it named for Zebirget, an island inrepparttar 122441 Red Sea thatrepparttar 122442 Greeks once called Tapazius? Except that Peridot isrepparttar 122443 gem currently mined onrepparttar 122444 island.

Today's scholars write with a higher degree certainty onrepparttar 122445 properties and origins ofrepparttar 122446 Topaz crystal. Aluminum, silicate (Quartz), fluoride and hydroxide molecules were bonded together during volcanic eruptions. Left to cool in pegmatite's and granitites for thousands of year,repparttar 122447 aluminum bonding withrepparttar 122448 oxygen (hydroxide) formed a chain of connected octahedrons, held together by silicate tetrahedrons, that sometimes grew into gigantic crystals.

One ofrepparttar 122449 largest Topaz ever found was a 600 pound specimen in Brazil. You can see it today atrepparttar 122450 Museum of Natural History in New York. A rare, perfect blue gemstone was discovered inrepparttar 122451 Ural Mountains of Russia in 1965. It weighed 100 kilograms. In Norway, a 137 pound crystal was found in 1901 that was two feet long.

Its unique crystal structure makes Topaz a hard and dense gemstone. In fact, pure clear Topaz has often been mistaken for Diamond because of their similar density, clarity and hardness. Topaz crystals can terminate in a variety of ways, some are dome-shapped, pyramids, prismatic, tabular and often with striations.

Its crystalline formation also allowsrepparttar 122452 gem to hold an electric charge for up to 30 hours. You can charge a Topaz by rubbing it with your fingers. Some Brazilian stones acquire a charge just by holdingrepparttar 122453 ends ofrepparttar 122454 crystal between your fingertips. Heatingrepparttar 122455 gem then allowing it to cool slowly builds an electrified charge greater than any achieved with other stones. Plusrepparttar 122456 stone will retain that energy for more than a day after cooling down.

Most Topaz is found in its purest form, clear. Sometimes referred to as silver or white Topaz. Blue and green arerepparttar 122457 rarest colors. Most commercial blue Topaz are clear crystals that have been irradiated then heat treated to createrepparttar 122458 color. Imperial, or golden Topaz isrepparttar 122459 second most common variety. These stones often contain chromium and are heat-treated to bring out a rosy-red to pink hue inrepparttar 122460 gem. Pink Topaz does occur naturally more often thanrepparttar 122461 rare blues. Still it's always best to ask your jeweler ifrepparttar 122462 stones you are considering have been treated to enhance their color. Topaz is found aroundrepparttar 122463 globe; Australia, North and South America, Russia, Sri Lanka, Japan, Tasmania, Africa, Pakistan, Norway and China. Tourmaline, Fluorite, Quartz and Mica are just some ofrepparttar 122464 gemstones that can occur with it.

Many ancient traditions and beliefs have created a brilliant history for Topaz. Clear, terminated Topaz was referred to as an iris stone because of is double refractive qualities andrepparttar 122465 way its facets would project Light's rainbow spectrum. If worn in a ring onrepparttar 122466 left hand,repparttar 122467 gem was believed to restrain lustful desires.

Egyptians thoughtrepparttar 122468 Imperial Topaz wasrepparttar 122469 captured light ofrepparttar 122470 Sun God Ra. It was worn in amulets for protection from accident or attacks. Greeks and Romans also associatedrepparttar 122471 golden crystals with their Sun God, Jupiter. They believedrepparttar 122472 stone increased their strength and could neutralize enchantments.

Bushmen in Africa used Topaz in healing ceremonies and rituals to connect with ancestral spirits. In medieval courts, Kings, Judges and other noble persons were often presented with an engraved Topaz to win favor and cultivate positive relationships. Falcons were a favorite carving subject. A powder ground into wine was believed to relieve asthma. Leaving a crystal in wine for three days produced an elixir that was used onrepparttar 122473 eyes to improve vision. Some beliefs heldrepparttar 122474 stone could make you invisible during moments of danger.

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