The Story Behind Venus

The Venus archetype represents our capacity to relate to others. It shows what we value and desire, and how we attract people or things into our lives. Venus shows how you love and allow yourself to be loved. Venus is the ruler of Taurus and Libra. The symbol is the circle of spirit over the cross of matter.

VenusKeywords for Venus:
  • Love
  • Sensuality
  • Harmony
  • Aesthetic appreciation
  • Beauty
  • Artistic expression

Venus Myths

There are many gods or goddesses associated with Venus. The Babylonians had Ishtar, a fertility goddess. Her equivalent in Sumerian mythology was Inanna, goddess of heaven. She was also a fertility goddess, and patron of the arts and of battle.

The Birth of Venus
The Birth of Venus

In Greek mythology we have Aphrodite, goddess of love and beauty. Like Inanna, she rules fertility and the arts, as well as being a battle goddess, driving men crazy enough to kill. She was born from the intermingling of the sea with the severed genitals of Ouranos after Kronos had castrated him. Aphrodite is generally depicted as beautiful, vain, jealous and vindictive, but always irresistible.

Aphrodite bore a son with Ares, god of war, called Eros, god of love. Also known as Cupid, he is often depicted as a fat cherub with a bow and arrow ready to pierce unsuspecting hearts with the pain of love. Originally, Eros was a great creator god, a primal generative force present from the beginning of time, whose passion created the universe – often known as Phanes.

Venus Myths on Film

The Crying Game tells the story of Fergus, played by Stephen Rea, a terrorist who is tired of killing and wants to change his life and find love. He is drawn to the girlfriend of one of his hostages, but she doesn’t turn out to be the person he imagined. Fergus is challenged to leave his violent past behind and embrace love, even if it takes an unexpected form.

Slumdog Millionaire tells the story of Jamal Malik, played by Dev Patel, and his quest to find the woman he loves by winning India’s Who Wants To Be A Millionaire? He does so well on the quiz he is arrested on suspicion of cheating, and then reveals his life story: from the slums of Mumbai to working in a call centre, where he was able to track down the girl he loved and lost.

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Image: Venus

6 thoughts on “The Story Behind Venus

  1. I love that Botticelli painting of Venus rising from the sea. Good choice! This series has been interesting – reading about your take on the various signs and planets explained in contemporary terms with current examples from film and actors.


  2. I’m enjoying reading through your pieces on mythology, Jessica. I too am a great fan of Joseph Campbell. Keep up the good work, I’m sure your excellent blog will slowly but surely establish a loyal following.


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