Wednesday, January 4, 2012
Venus: Goddess of Love
Goddess of Love, Pleasure and Procreation, Venus was the most beautiful of the goddesses. She and Aphrodite have intertwined into virtually the same goddess covering love, marriage, love and fertility.
Worshipped for fertility, Venus is married to Hephaestus, the god of skilled artisans. He worked hard and neglected Venus. She found love with Mars.
Sacred signs of Venus include water and roses. These symbols equate the goddess with her origin and her purpose. She was born from the water. Roses are the symbol of love.
Water is a feminine element used to counter the masculine element of fire. The elements seek balance, male/female to fire/water.
In the story of the Trojan War, Paris prefers the gifts of Venus over Juno & Diana. The gift of love was highly valued and the cults created to worship Venus testified to the lengths the ancients would go to honor and receive love.
Typical to Roman mythology, the Roman lineage came directly from the gods. In later myths Venus is noted as the mother to Romulus, the founder of Rome.