Lust is to the other passions what the nervous fluid is to life; it supports them all, lends strength to them all ... ambition, cruelty, avarice, revenge, are all founded on lust.
L’Histoire de Juliette, ou es Prospérités du Vice
Marquis de Sade
In traditional horary as well as electional astrology we usually do not differentiate between weakness to do good and strength to do evil. Neither a weak benefic nor a malefic (unless it is strongly dignified) is going to get the job done; we want a strong, well placed benefic. Nevertheless, it is important to think carefully about the qualities displayed by planets when they are weak as well as when they are strong and how their energy is modified as they move through the Zodiac and are modulated by the various essential dignities and their rulers.
Let's take a look at what the English astrologer William Lilly says about Venus when she is strong and when she is weak or afflicted,
Manners & Actions, when well dignified. She signifies a quiet man, not given to Law, Quarrel or Wrangling, not Vitious, Pleasant, Neat and Spruce, Loving Mirth in his words and actions, cleanly in Apparel, rather Drinking much then Gluttonous, prone to Venery, oft entangles in Love-matters, Zealous in their affections, Musical, delighting in Baths, and all honest merry meetings, or Maskes and Stage-playes, easie of Belief, and not given to Labour, or take any Pains, a Company-keeper, Cheerful, nothing Mistrustful, a right vertuous man or Woman, oft had in some Jealousie, yet no cause for it.
When ill dignified. Then he is Riotous, Expensive, wholly given to Loosenesse and Lewd companies of Women, nothing regarding his Reputation, coveting unlawful Beds, Incestuous, an Adulterer; Fennatical, a meer Skip-jack, of no Faith, no Repute, no Credit; spending his Means in Ale-houses, Taverns, and amongst Scandalous, Loose people; a meen Lazy companion, nothing careful of the the things of this Life, or any thing Religious; a meer Atheist and natural man.
(emphasis added) William Lilly, Christian Astrology  (Regulus, 1985) pages 73-4. Note that the emphasis on love and sex remains constant, but the nature varies.
The rest of the election is fairly orthodox. Venus is well placed in the 11th house and actually surprisingly well dignified despite being in detriment as she is dignified by triplicity, term and face.
Venus is the almuten of the first and ruler of the fifth house of pleasure. In traditional astrology we do not use the 8th house as the house of sex, but the 5th. Lilly says that the 5th, "...its the house of Pleasure, Delight and Meriment..." Christian Astrology page 53.
In traditional astrology the 8th house is the house of death, wills and the resources, friends and wealth of 7th house subjects like wives, partners, defendants and enemies as it is second from the 7th. Christian Astrology page 54-5.
The Moon is making an applying trine to Venus with strong reception by exaltation and triplicity. As she is in the same degree as Venus the aspect is partile and in fact it is only one minute from perfection. So we have managed to have appropriate house rulers, placement and aspects with only Venus' presence in Scorpio making this somewhat unusual.
Similarly, Saturn in Taurus or Libra, "...the Native shall be given to venerous acts and chiefly with vile or lewd Women..." Doctrine of Nativities  page 75. We get a similar effect placing Venus in Saturn's signs, Capricorn or Aquarius, "...the Native shall covet lewd Women..." Doctrine of Nativities  page 79.
We can manifest the same qualities with aspects. The English astrologer William Salmon says of the square or opposition of Mars and Venus, "...the native is given to Vanity, Wickedness, Lust, filthy pleasures and all matter of Abominations of the flesh..." The Soul of Astrology  Bk I. Chapter 25, page 83. The conjunction of Saturn and Venus, "...shews one libidinous..." The Soul of Astrology  Bk I. Chapter 23, page 66.
While I am not seriously suggesting that anyone actually undertake this sort of election it is a useful exercise in understanding the ordered variation in the qualities signified and embodied by the planets and signs. In the Liber Fructus attributed to Ptolemy the point is made that, "None can know the mixtures of the stars, unless he first know their natural differences and mixtures one with another." Liber Fructus Aphorism 7, cited in John Partridge, Mikropanastron  page 307. A natural feel for the energy of a planet and an understanding of how it acts when strong and weak and in combination with other planets is the cornerstone of traditional elections. Again quoting the Liber Fructus, "Make no election of days and hours, before you know the quality of the thing intended." Aphorism 11, cited in John Partridge, Mikropanastron  page 307.
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