Love is definitely the province of this little body. Find Eros in a person's twelfth house and you almost always find someone who wants love, wants to be loved so much, yet who finds themselves always either without someone to love, or in a love situation that brings them great pain. Find Eros in a person's first house, though, and you find someone who has a lot of love to give and who meets each new person with the desire to share this feeling. Initially at least this type has a non-discriminatory approach to people and wants to be close to everyone.
Eros is definitely love, touch, and affection, but it also has a great deal to do with physical love. If the rest of the chart does not contradict, a strong Eros gives a strong need for physical contact with others, especially sex. It can also add charisma, and the ability to charm almost anyone. (This is especially noticeable with Eros conjunct the ascendant. Such a person charms instantly and has what seems to be almost total emotional openness.)
The word 'erotic' comes from Eros, and this is a big factor in the lives of people with close Eros aspects. It is not uncommon to find that a person with a close Eros conjunct Sun, Moon, Venus or Mars is quite promiscuous, or has been for a partof his/her life.
My research verifies Dr. Lehman's observation that "If one person's Eros makes an aspect to another person's planet, the Eros person is smitten with the Planet person." But I have also found the planet person often returns the feeling, even if his Eros makes no aspect in reciprocation.
Mythologically, Eros (love) was in love with Psyche (soul). Eros shows a longing for completeness, and gives clues to finding one's 'soulmate.'
Eros can often be the force of love which changes someone's life. For example: John's Eros is exactly square to Mary's ascendant. She had been trying to break a particular bad habit all of her life but with no success. Shortly after she met him, he told her he would be happier if she no longer gave in to the temptation. She was able to break her habit very quickly, and never started up again during the whole very intense relationship.
In transits, what Eros tends to bring are sudden attractions, erotic feelings, thoughts and dreams. But unless other factors also come into play, nothing significant will usually result.
Kim Falconer has an excellent website, with several pages on Eros, as well as book on the subject. The name of the site is: Astrology, Mythology, Asteroids & Quantum Physics. Head there, and read all she has to say on Eros. And then, check out the rest of her site as well!
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