With Venus in the 8th house, you have something of the mystique around your sexuality and attractiveness. These seductive qualities, which are not always obvious, represent a smoldering love nature at work underneath. Within you, there will always be an aspect of the hidden force at play, which is not consciously visible as there is much that tends to get buried. Hence, the shadow side of relationships is a powerful theme, and it will be in the area of love that will bring you to the area of the mysterious and the esoteric.
Venus here can indicate jealous, intense, and magnetic attractions. As Venus is placed in the house of the personal battlefield this often also means that relationships need balancing. There tends to be power, trust, psychological issues, and something hidden in the family background. You desire to penetrate into a deeper level of relating than most people, and there is a fascination with the darker aspects of the psyche, drawing you towards deep sexual partners. You may also be fond of throwing your significant other into emotional turbulence and enjoy the powerful hypnotic influence over lovers. You need to understand that you can bring about change in others but may be drawn into power-struggles and destructive relationships in desiring to influence partners.
Venus in this position moves through the various highs and lows of emotions from ecstasy to feeling despairing, but what you definitely don’t want to feel is a sense of mediocrity. When Venus is colored in a darker palette there exists a need to love in extremes to satisfy your essential love nature. A partner must have the emotional depth you crave, and there must be something irresistible below the surface that doesn’t always feel safe, and sometimes this means being pulled towards complicated lovers. Often your relationships tend to plunge you into crises, and only then does it feel deep and meaningful. Along with this is a powerful sense of fate running the show, and many relationships bring a great test of loyalty, and perhaps even some loss or immense struggle.
A crisis in a relationship serves to deepen the bond, but the more unconscious conflicts often threaten to tear you apart. Venus in the 8th house usually demands a high level of commitment. When Venus is in this position you can love with all-consuming, total devotion and expect the same from a partner. Casual and light relationships hold no appeal. Your Venus is drawn to the unconscious side of relationships and you’re attracted to deeper and dangerous levels of engagement. In other words, you crave intense, deep, emotional relationships, and would prefer a stormy, tumultuous relationship to one which is smooth but lacking in depth.
Money is attracted through inheritances, legacies, and business transactions. You may be gifted at regenerating finances and finding profound depth and wisdom in your interactions on these levels. The 8th house represents merging with others emotionally, sexually, and financially. Planets in this house are concerned with the fundamental issues of life – birth, death, and sex. Intimate relationships expose your hidden self and close relationships require a high level of trust and honesty. The experience of Venus in this sphere of existence can sometimes mean the death of a parent at an early age or the loss of a lover or spouse. The experiences are not necessarily tragic, but the event will plunge Venus into the necessary intensity and depth.
It has not always been certain what the Venus challenges will be in the area of relating, and astrologers only know that something will happen to take Venus way below into the depths. Venus in the house of transformation will always bring an element of life-death and rebirth into the arena of intimate relationships, and all aspects of love have the potential for psychological change. Moreover, love can be the magic potion that will change your inner values, desires, and relating style forever.