What do Elizabeth Taylor, Katharine Hepburn, Marilyn Monroe, Sarah Jessica Parker, Jennifer Aniston and Audrey Hepburn all have in common (besides being fashion icons, obviously)?
They were all born with Venus in Aries.
And yet we don’t typically associate the sign Aries, or, more specifically, Venus in Aries, with kick-ass fashion sense.
After all, Venus, as the traditional ruler of Libra, is said to be in its detriment in Aries and Aries is known as being the most “macho” and masculine of signs…
It is related to mythic warrior-rebels Zeus, Ammon and Marduk after all...
Venus in Aries: Fashion Influencers and Style Goddesses
Call them fashion-forward, call them trend-setters, style goddesses or fashion influencers, the women on this list seem to exemplify the visionary, forward-thinking spirit of these ancient gods and provide us with a fresh look at what it means to have Venus in Aries.
Although it may be hard to imagine what the fragile, doe-eyed Audrey Hepburn could have in common with the bombastic, freewheeling Zeus, she provides us with a surprising dimension and unlooked at connection between the cardinal fire sign Aries and impeccable style.
Aries: Rams’ Horns and New Style Beginnings
Venus rules style and adornment and Aries rules new ideas and objective manifestation and what better way to manifest one’s vision than with beautiful, envy-inducing clothing and trendsetting styles?
The Greeks associated Aries’ ram with Zeus, the god who reigned supreme in the heavens. His name means the “light of heaven” and his countless love affairs (and the children engendered by these loves affairs) speaks of his boundless fertility and procreative power.
Zeus was the “one god” in the heavens, and Venus in Aries, enjoys being the “one god” (or goddess!) in the heavens, responsible for ushering in new styles and trends…
As the first sign of the Zodiac, Aries embodies the energy of new beginnings. It denotes the beginning of springtime (the spring equinox) and a new spiritual vision. The ram, which is Aries’ astral emblem, represents the Egyptian god Ammon whose soul was said to be the animating principle behind all earthly phenomena. He was known as “the god who abides in all things” and was said to be the force behind the invisible wind.
Ancient man believed that the horns of the ram were capable of stimulating great mental activity and so rams were associated with accessing higher schools of knowledge. This is why Aries is typically associated with curiosity and an active imagination –an imagination that must constantly be fueled and refueled.
The horns of a ram never stop growing and get larger and stronger with each passing year, which is what eventually causes them to curl under. Rams “lock heads” because it is important for them to test their strength with an equally valiant opponent.
Rams must constantly be challenged and stimulated which is why Aries is known as a competitive sign that wants to vanquish and quash any competition that stands in its way. As we shall see, Venus in Aries likes to exercise this innate power and potency through its fierce aestheticism and killer dress sense.
Venus in Aries: “The Birthplace of Divine Ideas”
Aries is known as the “birthplace of divine Ideas” and initiates the cycle of manifestation. The “first impulse” is said to be awakened in Aries, where an old order must die so that a new one can take its place. This is why Aries is associated with dominance, phallic power and potency.
A new spiritual vision needs strength and valor in order to replace old, outmoded visions and when Venus is in Aries the impulse is to be a trendsetter: to boldly go where no one else has gone.
According to Alice Bailey:
“Aries is connected with soul intention, the vibratory activity of which initiates successive involutionary periods which produce appearance upon the physical plane,”
And so it is no surprise that people born with Venus in Aries take adornment so seriously: in them lies the seed that paves the way to new style beginnings.
“Style is saying who you are without having to speak,” as the saying goes and Aries leads by example.
Marilyn Monroe: Gentlemen Prefer Blondes
When Coco Chanel said “fashion changes but style endures,” she may as well have been talking about Marilyn Monroe.
Although it has been 55 years since Monroe’s death she is still the poster child par excellence for glamour, femininity and allure, and, like Zeus ruling from his invisible mantle in the heavens, her style continues to cast an impressive shadow.
Countless coffee table books have been made deifying her indefinable style. There have also been: biographies, photographic exhibitions, knock-off Halloween costumes and, of course, the classic Andy Warhol pop-art painting made of her face repeated in garish neon colours.
Andy Warhol was obsessed with portraying consumer objects and his classic painting of Marilyn Monroe suggests that by the time he made the painting she had become a commodity, something people consume and devour for its replenishing and life-giving properties.
But can Marilyn Monroe’s essence really be distilled and distributed to the hungry masses, all desperate to get a piece of her inimitable style and charisma? Never! She owned each and every one of her outfits. That white dress. That black sequin frock she had to be sewn into in Some Like it Hot. Then there was also the Happy Birthday Mr. President dress (which recently sold for $4.8 at auction). And the wool skirt-suit in Gentlemen Prefer Blondes. And, and, and…
The list is endless...
Audrey Hepburn: Fair Lady of the Screen
Her classic clothing, refined elfin features and otherworldly charm are the stuff of legends.
It may have been Helen of Troy’s face that launched a thousand ships but it was Hepburn’s face that launched a thousand knock-off capris, elfin crops, ballet pumps, LBDs and oversized sunglasses. Not to mention sex-kitten black eyeliner, Breakfast at Tiffany’s fancy dress costumes and “Sabrina’s” hats, luggage boxes, ball gowns and skirt suits.
When Roman Holiday was released in 1953, Audrey Hepburn’s avant-garde threads caused a sensation. From her pedal pushers and ballet slippers to her waifish hairdo and elaborate hoop skirts, she embodied the “new look” revolution of the 40s and 50s and helped usher in a new aesthetic with 1000s of women hoping to emulate her style.
The black Givenchy dress she wore in Breakfast at Tiffany’s has been credited with single-handedly making the LBD a “staple” in every woman’s wardrobe and in 2010 LOVEFILM voted it the best dress ever worn by a woman in film, while the white outfit she wore in My Fair Lady was voted sixth.
Helen Cowley stated:
"Audrey Hepburn has truly made the little black dress a fashion staple which has stood the test of time despite competition from some of the most stylish females around,”
showing again Venus in Aries’ ability to stamp out potential fashion competition years after the trend first erupted.
Polished, groomed and demure, the gamine Audrey Hepburn continues to peer out at us from the glossy pages of coffee table books, coasters, t-shirts, keyrings, postcards, posters and tea mugs.
Elizabeth Taylor: "Delightful Vulgarity"
Venus in Aries has a reputation for being a little gaudy and a little flashy... maybe even a little tacky, with a penchant for designer names, garish bling and statement jewelry –anything that highlights its potency.
Violet-eyed, raven-haired Taylor sure loved highlighting her wealth and status through her fashion choices, which was wonderfully documented in Simon Doonan’s article “The Bawdy and the Beautiful: Elizabeth Taylor’s Delightful Vulgarity.”
She plumped for large, flashy gemstones, ultra-tanned skin, low-cut dresses and was often described as being show-offy and vulgar:
“like a peasant woman suckling her young in Peru,” as Cecil Beaton so pertinently remarked.
The horns of the ram are a form of defense as well as a status symbol and Liz loved to flaunt her goddess-like power through her clothes and jewels.
Rams symbolise bringing forth the power of the mind and imagination as well as the ability to seek out new heights and new adventures.
Liz was constantly upping the style ante with her fashion choices: bigger, brighter bijoux, gaudier bracelets, flashier diamonds.
She won the CFDA award in 1998, which honoured her influence on fashion and is constantly credited for being a fashion muse, icon and all-round poster-child for espousing la dolce vita.
Katharine Hepburn: “Elegance is Refusal” –Coco Chanel
As a child Hepburn confessed to shaving her head, climbing trees and wearing men’s clothing... And it was precisely this defiant, boyishness that led her to become one of the most influential fashion icons of all time.
In the early 30s people dressed according to their sex: men wore trousers, women wore dresses and it was considered perverse for women to wear trousers. In fact, it could easily land them in jail as it was illegal for women to “impersonate men.”
Hepburn stubbornly and defiantly stood up to these outworn collective mores which stated that women must dress to reflect their gender. She famously showed up to a film set wearing blue jeans, which were then confiscated from her after she’d put on her costume. Instead of being persuaded to put on a skirt she paraded around set in her underwear until her jeans were returned.
A 1934 article for Hollywood magazine read:
“Revolution has hit the Hollywood ranks! Revolution of a startling new order. And Katy Hepburn did it with her little overalls and hatchet.”
Like the story of Jason and the Golden Fleece, which so faithfully underpins the Aries archetype, Hepburn had to usurp the “Terrible Fathers” of gender-prescribed fashion by taking a defiant stand against them. Just like Jason had to stand up to his uncle Pelias to remove the kingdom from its deadlock, so did Hepburn have to stubbornly fight for her rights to wear “men’s” clothing.
As Marcie Bianco and Merryn Johns note:
“it’s remarkable how much that decision to wear pants continues to set her apart—not just from her Old Hollywood peers, but from modern stars who still aren’t nearly as daring.”
Jennifer Aniston: Everyone’s Best “Friend”
True style isn’t just about the clothes that we wear. It’s also about the way we present ourselves, a certain allure or je ne sais quoi that defies any rational explanation when we try to put it into words.
According to Coco Chanel:
“fashion is not something that exists in dresses only. Fashion is in the sky, in the street, fashion has to do with ideas, the way we live, what is happening.”
People with Venus in Aries seem to be able to tune into “what is happening” and channel new trends with very little effort.
Back in the 90s everyone and their grandmother was sporting “the Rachel” do (myself included!) but it wasn’t just Rachel’s hair that had (and still has) us hooked. Aniston continues to appear at the top of “best dressed” lists and “best dressed” polls for her flawless fashion sense, age-defying beauty and envy-inducing figure.
The word charisma is derived from the Greek “gift from the gods” and it is hard to deny that Aniston possess it in spades. She is the perfect blend of approachable girl-next-door and untouchable screen goddess who has effortlessly been channeling (and wearing) what the public finds beautiful, sexy and desirable since she first sashayed onto our screens in the 90s.
Conclusion: Venus in Aries and the “One God(dess)” Principle
There is only room for one god in the heavens: Zeus’ sovereignty would mean nothing if there were other gods ruling on equal footing with him.
From this we can deduce that people with Venus in Aries like to be noticed.
“Style is saying who you are without having to speak,” as the saying goes, and no one knows this better than the Venus in Aries native who represents “the force behind the invisible wind” in their clothing, allure and general style chops.
Venus in the birth chart is our magic girdle: our source of beauty, grace, magic and charisma. The sheer power and beauty of Venus' magic girdle could render even the most button-lipped, straight-laced man totally helpless and wherever there is passion and beauty there is bound to be envy and intrigue.
Venus in Aries wants to shine, to be the best, to stamp out competition and, as we have seen in this article, Venus in Aries has a knack for doing this through its iconic style, which is a “silent” manifestation of its power and potency.
Other Famous Women with Venus in Aries
Sarah Jessica Parker (American actress)
Lady Gaga (American singer)
Jean Harlow (American actress)
Liza Minnelli (American singer/actress)
Jayne Mansfield (American actress)
Taylor Hill (American model)
Alessandra Ambrosio (Brazilian model)
Rihanna (Barbadian singer)
Cate Blanchett (Australian actress)
Sofia Coppola (American director)
Lily Allen (British singer)
Gigi Hadid (American model)
Shakira (Colombian singer)
Doris Day (American singer/ actress)
Mia Farrow (American actress)
Rooney Mara (American actress)
Tara Emad (Egyptian- Montenegrin model/ actress)
Anna Ewers (German model)
Bebel Gilberto (Brazilian singer)
Judy Collins (American folksinger)
Maud Adams (Swedish actress)
Mimi Baez Fariña (American singer/ activist)
Emily DiDonato (American model)
Andrea Corr (Irish singer)
Ashley Judd (American actress)
Emily Blunt (British actress)
Giulietta Masina (Italian actress)
Alida Valli (Austrian- Italian actress/ singer)
Leona Lewis (British singer)
Keira Knightley (British actress)
Ana Beatriz Barros (Brazilian model)
Renee Zellweger (American actress)
Mariah Carey (American singer)
Gizele Oliveira (Brazilian model)
Lily James (British actress)
Josephine Skriver (Danish model)
Joan Crawford (American actress)
Eva Longoria (American actress)
Laura Pausini (Italian singer)
Sharon Corr (Irish singer)
Sarah Michelle Gellar (American actress)
Julia Stiles (American actress)
Christina Ricci (American actress)
Carey Mulligan (British actress)
Lana Turner (American actress)
Rosario Dawson (American actress)
Anna Magnani (Italian actress)
Jewel Kilcher (American singer/songwriter)
Paulina Porizkova (Czech model)
Jill Goodacre (American model)
Donatella Versace (Italian fashion designer)
Stella Maxwell (New Zealander model)
Kelly Gale (Swedish model)
Gal Gadot (Israeli actress)
Lupita Nyong’o (Kenyan actress)
Alek Wek (Sudanese model)
Helena Bonham Carter (British actress)
Carrie Underwood (American singer)
Fairuza Balk (American actress)
Bridget Moynahan (American actress/model)
Esther Cañadas (Spanish model)
Jaime King (American actress/model)
Tonia Sotiropoulou (Cypriot actress)
Kenza Fourati (Tunisian model)
Georgina Chapman (British actress/ fashion designer)
Niki Taylor (American model)
Renée Zellweger (American actress)
Melissa Joan Hart (American actress)
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