In the natal astrological chart, Venus and Mars are the “go to” planets of love and relationship.
More than almost any other signature in the chart, these planets (and their aspects and house placements), give clues as to how you like to “do love” (Venus) and “do sex” (Mars).
They represent the internal feminine and masculine, giving valuable information about how you like to love and be loved (Venus) and what makes you passionate, lusty and turned on (Mars).
In a woman’s chart, Venus can give indications as to how she relates to her own femininity and sense of herself as a woman.
Mars in a woman’s chart tells how she expresses her masculine energy, and also indicates what she may project onto the men in her life. Mars in a woman’s chart also can describe what she is attracted to in a man.
In a man’s chart, Mars describes what makes him feel “manly,” and gives clues as to how he personally expresses his own inner masculine energy.
Venus in a man’s chart indicates the feminine qualities a man may project onto a woman, what he’s looking for in the women he relates to, and also describes his relationship with his own inner feminine side.
About the use of gender in these posts: Although “she” is used for Venus and “he” is used for Mars, these pronouns are only used for convenience. You can look at a man’s Venus and a woman’s Mars, or the Venus and Mars placements for the partners in a same-sex couple.