“I was born wise. Street-wise, people-wise, self-wise. This wisdom was my birthright. I was also born old. And illegitimate. But the two big advantages I had at birth were to have been born wise and to have been born in poverty.”
Sophia Loren, Actress ( Venus in the 8th House)
Quoted by A. E. Hotchner in Sophia, Living and Loving: Her Own Story (1979), p. 9
Venus in the eighth house brings beauty, but not as it is usually portrayed in the media, all perfect and pristine. The beauty of these natives is unique, exotic, deep and sensuous. They take time in accepting their beauty, however, and whilst young may well be deemed an ‘ugly duckling’, all awkward and clumsy. Do not fret, as is the case with ugly ducklings, they invariably grow up to be beautiful swans. Proof being Sophia Loren, and all holders of this placement. They grow to make the most of their beauty, on their own terms – which makes them utterly intoxicating. Couple this with being street-wise, people-wise and self-wise and you can see why Sophia Loren is the epitome of seductive beauty.
With Venus, the planet of love roaming in the eighth, love becomes an intense, spiritual union. This can be suffocating to some, wholly nurturing to others. You will know when you are in a relationship with a person with Venus in the eighth. Love is life and death. It matters a great deal, and this can make for a wonderful loving union when the feeling is shared, but when these natives run hot and their partners cold…expect fiery Venus to let rip. Possessiveness needs to be reigned in somewhat with this placement – think crimes of passion, bunny boilers, stalkers. The dark side of the eighth. All hidden.
Once true love is found by these natives, it is honoured – they marry for life, through thick and thin. Sophia Loren was married for many years to a man that she met when she was just 16 years old. On his sad death, Sophia Loren was asked whether she would marry again, and she answered: “No, never again, it would be impossible to love anyone else.” Such is the loyalty and commitment to love so indicative of Venus in the eighth.
As is customary when discussing the eighth, death plays it’s part. Venus in the eighth can indicate the loss of a life-long adored partner, and it can also indicate that the native’s own death will be a peaceful one, beautiful even. What more can any of us wish for at the end, after a long and full life?
I shall end with another quote from the icon that is Sophia Loren, which depicts the benefits of Venus in the eighth – the fountain of youth as is evident -beautifully:
“There is a fountain of youth: it is your mind, your talents, the creativity you bring to your life and the lives of people you love. When you learn to tap this source, you will truly have defeated age.”