We all have a “type,” an idealized image of a man or woman. This attraction matches an archetypal pattern within ourselves, corresponding with Venus or Mars. Yet, often who we end up with more closely matches the Moon or Sun in our charts. I like to think of these four planets as symbolic of the four people cards of each suit in the Tarot. Venus is the princess or page, Mars is the prince or knight, the Moon is the queen, and the Sun is the king. When we are young, we are drawn to the princess and prince archetypes, but as we age, we ultimately settle down with the queen or king. Astrologically, a straight woman may fall for Mars but end up with her Sun, while a straight man may fall for Venus but end up with his Moon. (Many articles about the astrology of same-sex love can be found at astroqueer. I’m assuming if you’re a gay man you’d look at Mars and the Sun, and Venus/Moon if you’re a lesbian, but some would argue that many of the asteroid goddesses are relevant for the latter.)
I definitely get really close and bonded with a venus/talking/communicating type of guy, and then end up with a mars/masculine type somehow instead EVERY TIME…. Maybe its that I am a fire sign and the masculine type of guy (cave man) moves that fire in me more. It is not always worth it though. The water in me (scorpio) ends up feeling soooo neglected (like right now, for example!!).
A Personal Example
I have Pluto opposite Venus in Pisces. I’ve had a pattern of being consumed with wispy, willowy artist/poet/dancer types, yet the woman I’ve ultimately chosen to be with has a chart congruent with my Sixth House unaspected Moon in Aquarius. She’s smart, independent and unconventional (Sun square Uranus, the modern ruler of Aquarius) and very focused on health and order/organization (Venus in Virgo, several Sixth House planets).
You’re Not My Type
When you automatically refuse someone’s advances because he doesn’t fit the image of who you want, which part of your chart is talking? And how do you even know who’s good for you? Maybe being with your Moon or Sun scares you, and you’d rather be with Venus or Mars. One reason for this fear may be that the Sun and Moon are the archetypes of the father and mother. Does a guy really want a girl just like the girl who married dear old Dad? It is actually all too easy to choose someone similar to a parent because your mother or father forms the template by which you understand and judge adults of the gender to whom you are attracted.
Of course, different planets express their needs depending on your life priorities. If your biological clock is ticking, you’re coming from your Moon, and looking more for a Sun than a Mars. If you’re looking for adventure and excitement, you may be looking for Mars instead of a Sun. Likewise, a guy may search for the Moon when he wants to settle down and start a family, after he has sowed his wild oats with multiple Venuses. (Or he just stays with his wife and cheats on her with a younger woman.)
These are grand generalizations, and the astrology of desire and mating is more complex than outlined above. But I’d love to hear thoughts!
Comment below: If you’re a woman, what are your Mars and Sun signs, what kind of guy are you attracted to, and what decade of life are you in? And if you’re a guy, what are your Venus and Moon signs?