Venus (Shukra)
                Venus is also known as  Shukra . It is a feminine planet possesses grace and ease. It is also known as evening star. Venus takes 225 days to complete its orbit around sun. It is never more than 47 degrees from the Sun. It is considered to be the goddess of love, beauty, marriage, romance, passion, wealth, dance, music, rain, bed room, comfort, harmony in our emotional attachments, friendship and other unions (like business partnerships). Venus also deals with the pleasure we derive from our possessions. Luxuries (jewelry, paintings, and expensive cars), good food and drink, a beautiful home and a sense of refinement all please Venus s interests. This Planet asks us to appreciate the exquisite nature of things. It s a sensual, though not necessarily sexual. This Planet is inextricably linked to refinement, art, culture, charm and grace.
Exalted:      Pisces                                    Debilitated:    Virgo
Body Part:  Sexual Organs                       MahaDasha:   20 years
Gem:          Diamond                                Numerology:   6
Colour:    White                                         Nakshtra:        Bharni,Purvasadha,PurvPhalguni
Element:     Water                                     Bhav Karak:    7
Mantra:       Om shum shukraya namah    Day:                 Friday
Positive Venus Traits: Charm, appreciation, of beautiful things, creativity, considerate, social.

Negative Venus Traits:
Vanity, laziness, self-indulgent, indecisive, possessive, jealousy.
Shukra Mantra        Hima Kunda Mruna Labham Daityanam Paramam Gurum
                               Sarva Shastra Pravak Taram Bhar Gavam Prana Maamyaham
Meaning:      I pray to Venus (Shukra), the ultimate preceptor of demons, promulgator of all learning,
                     he who shines like the fiber of snow-white jasmine.
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