Sexual Astrology: Eros
Astrology of Sex: Eros in the Natal chart
How can we interpret a
person’s sexual nature using their natal chart? Because sexuality is complex, there isn’t a simple formula for determining an
individual’s sexual preferences, fantasies, and styles of sexual
expression. Although instinct certainly plays a role, human
sexuality is made complex by our intelligence and the role of
society, as sexuality is primarily a social behavior. Reproduction
is certainly a function of our sexuality, but humans do not engage
in sexual behavior to reproduce alone.
A major element of our
sexuality comes under the domain of Mars. The sign and house
position of Mars in our natal charts, as well as the aspects Mars
makes with other planets and points, gives us some insight into our
personal sexual style. However, Venus, the planet of love, romance,
and pleasure, plays a role as well. The Moon, representing our
emotional nature, affects our sexuality. In fact, as sexuality is a
powerful motivator and is part of our identities, we can safely say
that all of our planets and points have something to do with our
sexuality in some way.
When exploring the
astrology of sexuality, I keep in mind that the entire chart of an
individual is involved, but there are some factors that tend to play
a larger role than others. Namely:
Mars. The sign
of Mars shows us the style in which we express our sexual
Venus. The sign
of Venus shows us some of the important “trappings” and
foreplay that helps us get in the mood for sex.
Moon. The sign
of our Moon shows us some of our underlying emotional needs
that may express themselves as sexual fantasies and needs.
Eros. The sign
position of the Asteroid, Eros, can reveal some of our erotic turn-ons,
as well as the level of our erotic nature.
We explore the sign positions of Mars and Venus in relation to sexual styles here, and Eros below:
The Asteroid Eros can shed some light on some of our erotic turn-ons. In mythology,Eros was the god of sexual love and desire. He was considered irresistible. In Roman mythology, Eros was known as Cupid. “In Greek art Eros was depicted as a winged youth, slight but beautiful, often with eyes covered to
symbolize the blindness of love. Sometimes he carried a flower, but more commonly the silver bow and arrows, with which he shot darts of desire into the bosoms of gods and men.” (Encarta Encyclopedia)
Eros overpowers the mind with love and sex. Eros represents sexual objectification,passion and desire, and creativity.
Don’t know your Eros sign? See how you can find it below the interpretations.
Eros in the Signs.
Eros in Aries.
( in)These people instinctively and quickly become infatuated. Their sexual attractions are formed quickly and they get off on the sensations of
the moment in an intense manner. These lovers may seem a little erratic to others, simply because their passions rise and fall so quickly. They are not as
giving and emotional in their sexual expression, but they are
passionate while it lasts. Eros in Aries people are attached to the sensations
of the moment and may see their partner as an object, or an extension of
themselves. They often prefer to do the pursuing in relationships
and may be addicted to the conquest.
Eros in Taurus.
( in )These are highly sensual lovers who may seek to own their partners. Sexual
possessiveness is often an issue with these lovers, and, unlike Eros
in Aries, competition is not a turn-on. These lovers can be somewhat
primitive in their desires and not as attracted to too much sexual
intricacy. Plenty of masturbation is likely, although these lovers
tend to be most unhappy without a steady partner. Their sexual
natures are rooted in the senses.
Eros in Gemini.
( in )These lovers are sexually curious and interested. They like to be
knowledgeable in sexual matters, and often are turned on by the
written and spoken word. They may write letters to their lover, or enjoy
writing and reading erotica. Because it is difficult for these
lovers to turn their minds off during sex, there is a voyeur within the person
during sexual expression, and it may be difficult for these lovers
to simply “let go”. Many Eros in Gemini individuals enjoy talking, and
being talked to, during sex.
Eros in Cancer.
is a need to infuse emotional care and nurture into the sex act.
When the self-image is low, these lovers may use others as sexual
objects, probably as a result of their fear of rejection. The breasts are a big turn-on, and
many are orally fixated, and some may be attracted to a domination
theme. When the self-image is stronger, intimacy and warmth are
powerful stimulants. Eros in Cancer lovers seek to achieve
psychic and emotional renewal through sex. They can be very intuitive bed
partners. Sexual possessiveness is often an issue. Sometimes,
these lovers want their partner to be relatively chaste, but they
don’t have the same standards for themselves. These lovers often
fall in love with their sexual partners.
Eros in Leo. ( in )Fantasies
for Eros in Leo often revolve around their partner’s desire for them.
These lovers generally get
off on what they believe their sex partner must be feeling about them.
They can put a lot of time into autoerotic behavior, and are often
given to much flirtation and many infatuations. Nevertheless, they
can be more loyal than most. Eros in Leo lives for love and
attraction. They are threatened when passion settles down in their
relationships. They feel the need to keep passion alive, and when it
settles in a relationship, they can be addicted to flirting with
other people in order to feel alive and potent. Eros in Leo lovers
have a big ego investment in their relationships.
Eros in Virgo.
( in )Earthiness and intellectuality combine in Eros in Virgo. These
lovers are sensual, especially when they are not thinking too much.
Because of the tendency for Virgo to think and analyze, however,
there can be a tendency to be one’s own voyeur during sex. Vicarious
enjoyment of sex is often highlighted with this placement. A meeting
of minds is important to Eros in Virgo. These are somewhat moody
lovers who may have distinct phases between promiscuity and
celibacy. Virgo is very connected with–and aware of–the body and
its functioning, and Eros in Virgo often seeks renewal through sex,
with an attitude that sex is healthy and good for you. These are
generally sensitive and tender lovers who do a lot to please their
partners. Some awkwardness and shyness in terms of letting
themselves go is often characteristic of this position. Virgo’s
symbol is the Virgin. This should not be taken literally, although
when Virgo is connected to the sexual nature, there is a sense of
purity and independence. These lovers can be promiscuous at times,
and quite kinky, but emerge from their experiences with a sense of
Eros in Libra.
( in )This is a rather flirtatious and charming position of Eros. Libra’s tendency
toward a “tit for tat” attitude shows up as a desire for
equality on a sexual level, but in practice, Eros in Libra lovers
their own sexual needs because they are focusing on those of their
partner. Communication is sexy to these lovers. These people
can be hopelessly addicted to all of the “trappings” of
falling in love, so much so that when a relationship settles, it may
seem boring. Highly romantic and charming, Eros in Libra people
enjoy the social “game” surrounding making connections
with lovers, and they can be quite seductive.
Eros in Scorpio.
( in )This is an especially erotic position of Eros. These lovers can be
addicted to the thrill of getting to know a person inside and out,
and to the power of love and sex. Intensity is important to these
lovers. They don’t just want their partner’s body, they want a bit
of their soul as well! This position suggests very little fear in
the area of sexual intimacy, and these lovers will pretty much do
anything and everything with a willing partner. They are passionate,
and the more intense the relationship is, the better. Animal
magnetism is high, probably because these people think about sex and
intimacy a whole lot, and others may sense their intensity. They can
easily get under your skin, tapping into others’ desires.
Eros in Sagittarius.
( in )These lovers have an enthusiastic and exuberant appeal. Sex is meant
to be fun for Eros in Sagittarius, and some roughhousing and plenty
of hearty laughs are turn-ons. Sexuality is sometimes viewed as if
it were a sport by these people. They may surprise you with a very
open and almost innocent attitude toward sex and intimacy. Sex is a
bit of a game, and how this attitude is received will depend a lot
on the audience! There can be a bit of an addiction to the chase,
and avoidance of intimacy when it feels restricting in any way.
Tenderness and romance are not the kinds of expressions that come as
easily to these lovers. Laughter and fun are aphrodisiacs for this
position of Eros. Sexual exploration and freedom are important, as
well as a need for sexual honesty—sex without the frills and
trappings that these lovers may find to be unnatural and even
dishonest. Eros in Sagittarius can show up as passion for knowledge,
hunger for new experiences, and a love of travel and exploring new
lands and cultures.
Eros in Capricorn.
( in )These natives are sensual and earthy in their sexual desires. The
libido is strong, but controlled. Saturn-ruled Capricorn is a sign
that likes to be in control—not necessarily in control of
others, but in control of themselves. Many Eros in Capricorn
people channel much of their desire nature into accomplishing
Eros in Aquarius.
( in )These
lovers are intrigued by the unusual, finding variety exciting. The
detachment of Aquarius can mean finding sensuality in non-contact
scenarios in addition to contact ones. Sexual creativity is one of
the strengths of this position. Their open minds with regards to sex
can stimulate creativity in their partner.
Eros in Pisces.
( in )There
is a chameleon in this position of Eros, as these lovers are very
adaptable to their partner. This is not to say these lovers don’t
have sexual preferences or possess a strong identity. Instead, the
Pisces compassion, and ability to understand and accept virtually
every color of the rainbow shows through in a sexual/romantic way.
They tend to be most comfortable and at ease when their partner is
expressing him or herself confidently. This position also suggests a
passion for Pisces-ruled subjects.
Eros in Aspect.
When Eros is prominent
in the chart (for example, if Eros is conjunct the Ascendant, or if
it conjuncts the Sun, Moon, Venus, or Mars), Eros themes are strong
in the individual’s life. Often, the individual oozes sexuality in
some way. The mind is often focused on sex and infatuation.
examples: Justin Timberlake has
Venus conjunct Eros () within a 2 degree orb (in Capricorn) and square
to Pluto. Elizabeth Taylor has a particularly powerful Eros: her Eros
is in Pisces, conjunct both Sun and Mars, and opposing Neptune!
Pamela Lee Anderson has Eros conjunct Moon (in Aries) opposite Mars,
square Mercury, and trine Venus. O.J. Simpson has Eros in
Sagittarius opposite Mars. Marilyn Monroe had Eros (in Capricorn)
square Venus. Prince has Eros in Pisces square Sun and Saturn.
Eros in Love.
Eros represents our
awareness of our mortality. Because we know we are going to die, we
continually recreate feelings (confirmation, if you will) of our own
vitality. We can so do in a Leonine way—for example, through
romance, bearing children, and creativity. Eros love is very
self-centered. Eros is, indeed, turned on by the idea that they are
arousing someone else, but this kind of “feedback” is very
much used to feed our own need to feel alive and vital.
Finding Eros in Your Chart.
Because Eros is a
minor asteroid, finding its placement in your chart isn’t quite as
straightforward as finding that of your Sun, Moon, and so forth. The
books referenced below contain ephemerides for Eros. You can also
find the placement of Eros in a chart online:
The sign positions of Eros and Psyche can be found
on our site here: Eros & Psyche
The position of Eros
can also be approximated by using the ephemeris tables on our site
(this is best for those who are familiar with using ephemerides). See
monthly positions of Eros, Psyche, and Sappho by sign.
An ephemeris for Eros
(Asteroid # 433) is available through Astrodienst here.
This ephemeris shows the position of Eros every 5 days, which is
generally sufficient for finding the sign of your Eros. Another
online source is ephemeral.info’s Asteroid Ephemeris Generator which
can be found here.
At the same site, there is an Asteroid
Position List for any date of birth. You must input your time of
birth, time zone, and the latitude and longitude of your place of
You can also use
Astrodienst’s free chart services by selecting “Extended Chart
Selection” and moving down to the bottom of the page where the
number of the asteroid you would like to insert into your chart can
be inputted. Eros is Asteroid # 433.