Venus, the Bringer of Peace – Music of the Planets
In astrology, Venus – planet named after the ancient Roman goddess of love and beauty – is associated with harmony, beauty, love, pleasure and comfort and governs romantic relations, marriage, arts and fashion. Venus is a personal planet, the ruler of Taurus and Libra (where is his domicile), having exaltation in Pisces, detriment in Scorpio and Aries, fall in Virgo.
The English composer Gustav Holst wrote, between 1914 and 1916, a seven-movement orchestral suite – The Planets, Op. 32. Each movement of the suite is named after a planet of the Solar System and its corresponding astrological character.
The second movement of the suite has the title „Venus, the Bringer of Peace“ and was written in 1914, in opposition with the previous movement, entitled „Mars, the Bringer of War“.
Holst conceived the idea of The Planets in 1913, partly as a result of his interest in astrology. The writer and journalist Clifford Bax introduced Holst to astrology, in the spring of 1913, in Majorca. Then, Holst became a devotee of the subject, studying natal charts of his friends. He also read the works of the British astrologer Alan Leo (1860-1917), author of „Practical Astrology“, „How to Judge a Nativity“, „The Key to your own Nativity“ or „What is the Horoscope and How is it Cast“.
Holst: Venus, the Bringer of Peace
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