Venus By Bananarama

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Botticelli's Venus also know as Aphrodite

Botticelli’s Venus also know as Aphrodite

Aphrodite is known to most of the western world by her Roman name Venus. Aphrodite is a symbol of womanhood so hot that the second planet from the sun is named after her. While she represents an apex of feminine strength and charm, it is very important to understand that Aphrodite is every bit the Goddess of Love as she is the the Goddess of War. In fact, Aphrodite’s association with Innana and Ishtar are solid examples as they are goddesses of love and warfare. If you need further information on Aphrodite’s war-like side, I suggest you read the myth of her son Eros (Cupid) and Psyche. So don’t get confused, she can be a mixture of ethical judge and pampered spa lady; complete with a “mani-pedi.” Venus can also run any board room as effectively as any man with efficiency and finesse.

According to Homer’s Iliad, Aphrodite is a born Olympian and a child of Dione (Gaia) and Zeus (Jupiter). There is also a story about her being born from a clam shell that rose out of the ocean. According to the Greek poet Hesiod, when Kronos castrated Uranus, his man parts were tossed into the ocean and caused such a boil of foam (Aphros) until voila, an instant Goddess arose.

Ixchel "Goddess of Love fertility" and sometimes War!

Ixchel Mayan/Aztec “Goddess of Love fertility” and sometimes War! Depicted over the pyramid of the sun. She is often a consort of Kukulcan (Quetzalcoatl)

Connection with April

 

April is sacred to Aphrodite because many believe that the month is named after her.  Aprilis,  Aphros or Apru, all pertained to Aphrodite since before Rome was established in 743 BCE. April 19 or 20th is when the zodiac sign Taurus begins. (Depending on the year.) Astrologers know that Taurus is ruled by Venus which we know is equivalent to Aphrodite in the Greek pantheon. Apis, the bull is also associated with the sign of Taurus (Horus and Het-Heru {Hathor} in Egyptian Mythology), dating back to the ceiling in Hathor’s Temple located in Dendera, Egypt/Kemet.

Love affair with Ares/Mars and others

Aphrodite was married off to Hephaestus, but she was also the lover of Anchises, Adonis and most notably the God of war, Ares. Aphrodite had two children with Ares (Mars) named Phobos (fear), and Deimos (dread); and according to Homer’s account, Eros. Metaphorically, Mars brought fear and dread with him into each war. This is why in the modern world the planet Mar’s has two moons named Phobos and Deimos.

Eros, Adonis, Phobos and Deimos

Het-Heru (Hathor) The Egyptian Venus, Astarte and Ixchel

Het-Heru (Hathor) The Egyptian Venus, Astarte and Ixchel, The Archetype Ma’at is also associated with Venus/Astrea, the Goddess of Justice and Ethics

According to Hesiod, Eros (Cupid) was a primordial god of sexual love, beauty, intimacy and fertility. Since Eros is considered a primordial god, it means that he is one of the first gods to dream themselves alive, so to speak. According to Homer, Eros was considered yet another love-child of Aphrodite and Ares. Perhaps the birth of Eros was to balance out the fear and dread that his brother’s Phobos and Deimos were known for. Clearly the story about Eros and Psyche has to be connected to the idea that Aphrodite was one of the 12 Olympians of the Greek pantheon; the same group that defeated the Titans.

 

Aphrodite’s relationship with Adonis is shrouded in as much mystery as the Love Goddess’ origins. According to Hesiod, Adonis is of Phoenician origin, while Homer’s Iliad suggest that Adonis is the child of characters who fought in the trojan war. There is also the story of Adonis being kidnapped by Persephone because she was so smitten with him. Kind of funny and ironic considering the fact that Hades (Pluto) abducted Persephone in the same manner from her mother Demeter. There was a conflict between Aphrodite and Persephone that was settled by the eldest muse Calliope on behalf of Zeus (Jupiter). The deal was that Adonis was to spend 1/3 of the year with each of the Goddesses and the remaining 1/3 Adonis could chose who he wanted to spend that time with. So 2/3 of the year Adonis was with Aphrodite. The mortal Adonis and the goddess Aphrodite had a child named Beroe, (goddess of modern day Beruit) but Adonis was eventually killed by a wild boar. Naturally, the biggest suspect is Ares (Mars).

 

Oya, Warrior Goddess of Change and Storms

Oya, Warrior Goddess of Change and Storms. Oya is a fire Goddess (Orisha) and consort to the God Xango.

Aphrodite and Eros

Aphrodite and Eros (Venus and Cupid)

Relation to Pisces

 

There are a few myths involving Pisces and they involve Aphrodite (Venus) and her child Eros (Cupid). The Constellation is supposed to be Aphrodite and Eros tethered together after being transformed into fish to escape Typhoon. Typhoon was supposedly so ugly and vicious that he scared even the Olympians. None of the Olympians could defeat Typhoon alone. Some say that Aphrodite and Eros fled Typhoon by turning into fish and swimming away, another account speaks of two fish saving Aphrodite and Eros by leading them to safety. No matter which myth you prefer, the fish were hung in the sky to symbolize love and beauty being saved for mankind and the Gods.

Ruling over Taurus and Libra

Venus: The Goddess of Love. Also known as: Asarte, Aphrodite, Oshun, Isis and many other names in different cultures.

Venus: The Goddess of Love. Also known as: Asarte, Aphrodite, Oshun, Isis and many other names in different cultures.

Aphrodite’s association with the Roman myth of Venus and the planet Venus are all linked with the zodiac signs of Taurus and Libra. Aphrodite’s day is considered to be Friday. One can identify that the name is associated with the Norse goddess of love Freya. In fact there are associations with Venus all over the world in various cultures. Venus/Aphrodite is sometimes associated with the original primordial Goddess that is the archetype for the whole of creation. The various accounts of mythology sometimes insist that Dione and Aphrodite are both referred to as Gaia. This association of mother love goddess can be linked to Isis, Astarte, Inanna, Mary, Aine, Astrea, Sukra, Ma’at, RatiIshtar, Ixchel, Quan Yin, Yue-Lao, Oshun, Bastet, Yemaja, Xochiquetzal, Calliope and the  8 other sister goddesses known as Muses.

 

 

 

 

Venus Superior Conjunction

Venus Superior Conjunction: When the Sun is in alignment with earth and Venus but Venus is on the far side of the sun.

There are countless names of love goddesses in various cultures around world. These goddesses are all associated with great power, fertility, ethics and brilliance. No one can deny the brilliance of the planet Venus. Venus looks like a star in the morning and the evening sky depending on which side of the sun it is on. When Venus is in a superior conjunction  (aligns with the sun but Venus is on the far side furthest from the earth next to the sun) with the sun, it is usually the evening star. When Venus is in an inferior conjunction (closest to the earth yet right between the earth and the sun her alignment), it is usually the morning star. So for many years, the ancients did not realize that Venus was the same “star” until they figured out that it was a planet in two different positions over time.

It takes Venus about 225 earth days to fly around the sun and it takes about 122 days for it to turn 1/2 way on its axis. Since it takes 243 earth days to make a full rotation on its axis,  a day on Venus is longer than a year on Venus. Clearly Venus must be a serious fashion model—talk about sachét. Keep in mind that it takes the earth 24 hours to make one complete turn, while It takes Venus 224 earth days.

The Aztecs and the Mayan identify Venus with Kukulcan/Quetzalcoatl and they consider the force to be masculine unlike western mythology. In Mayan Astrology there are 20 day signs and 13 tones to take into account when you do a natal chart in astrology. Just like the ascendent and moon signs are essential to understanding Tropical Astrology, Mayan astrology places great emphasis on where Venus is in relation to the earth when you were born. Those who were born in the evening are considered to be a bit more traditional, while those born in the morning are considered to be “edgy,” unique and often move to their own beat.

Venus Inferior Conjunction

Venus Superior Conjunction: When the Sun is in alignment with earth and Venus but Venus is on the side closer to the earth.

Kagaya's Venus!

Kagaya’s Venus! Please visit this amazing artist’s website at www.kagayastudio.com

As a celestial body or a figure in mythology, Venus/Aphrodite is a captivating subject that has many rich stories from different cultures around the world. So in this month of April it is not enough to know that Aries ends and Taurus begins. Consider why April was the second month of the Roman calendar before they added January and February. March represented the new year that coincided with the start of spring, as well as the beginning of Aries and the zodiac in the Northern Hemisphere.

Aphrodite/Venus raises many more mysteries that I will continue to explore in future posts. Questions such as, how much has changed since the Age of Aries? Was Aphrodite more masculine before patriarchy? Western Civilization fell at the beginning of the Piscean Age, so it leaves me wondering if the next fall of western civilization will arrive with the Aquarian Age, which starts in 2150.

Although we are currently in Mercury Retrograde, we can count on a lot of beauty and love between April 17-19 while the moon is mostly full in Libra. This will be some of the most loving beauty you can ask for under a full moon as Venus ruled Libra never disappoints.

What are your thoughts about April, Aphrodite, love and the ages? Will the many people who bring Aphrodite’s love energy keep our world balanced with good deeds full of joy and beauty?

This post is especially dedicated to all of the Venus agents I know: Aparna Bell, Meghan Crosno, Sandy DeLeon, Kalisha “Kalipeez” Puckett, Anaïs Aïda, Aryeri Calderon, Linda Casey, Cava Menzies, Amy Lee Durkee, Abbey Kerins, Anielka Aragon, Nisaa Bismallah, Kiphanie Radford, Christiana Oatman, Prishni Murrillo, Alejandra Rodas, Guadalupe Virgen, Rafael Directo, Adela Mendoza, Rachel Wood, Iris Montgomery, Erin Berwick and most importantly…Sharron Jones.

It is also homage to our Martian counterparts: Joy Dixon, Carlos Lobos, Arturo “Angel” Virgen, Liz Kimball, Ninon Mayrbaurl, Jennifer Snow, Clarice Woods, Ashley “Athena” Reford, Elaine Whitney, Linda Miles. Happy Spring!

Aphrodite/Venus Feature

Aphrodite/Venus Feature

Anaïs Aïda, born May 14th, is the perfect example of how Hathor, Bastet, Aphrodite channel that irresistible love goddess charm through the voice. Treat yourself to this up and coming artist by listening to this AMAZING clip. You will be happy that you did.

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