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Tribute To Venus
Many Moons ago (1996 to be exact), when coming up with a design for the Zodiac Master section on Love, I decided it would be the better part of wisdom to pay proper tribute to Aphrodite (known to the Romans as Venus), the Greek goddess of love, beauty, and pleasure...
Therefore, in the Astrology Planetarium section of this site - only, Aphrodite (Venus), the goddess of love, beauty, and pleasure has been given an entire Menu section (the Love Shack) dedicated solely to Aphrodite (Venus) and to her delights (and tortures)!
Are you listening, Aphrodite?
of Love, Beauty, and Pleasure
Whoops! Did I just mistakenly say: "captures?" Just kidding, Aphrodite! Never in a million years, could a mere mortal - not even wise Plato - capture your exquisite essence...
But simply stated - as taught by the Zodiacal Sign of Taurus: What we (each, as unique individuals) find to be the most beautiful is, also, what we (each, as unique individuals) usually end up valuing the most...
As Homer once asked of the Muse:
It's common knowledge that the Greek goddess Aphrodite (Venus) gets a wee bit green-eyed jealous and downright annoyed if she’s ignored and not given proper tribute. If ignored or, worse yet, criticized and castigated – then there’s always a very high price to pay to Aphrodite. However, we’ll get back to that high price in just a minute.
From Plato's Phaedrus
According to astrologer Liz Greene, this passage from Plato's Phaedrus contains: "the most profound meaning of Venus – the beloved, be it person, object or intellectual idea, as the mirror of one’s own soul.” Liz Greene from The Inner Planets
Conflicts, and High Prices
Heck! Despite what one might think, even for the Greeks it was no surprise that Aphrodite (Venus) enjoyed stirring things up. In her form as the ruler of Taurus, Venus is highly involved what she considers to be valuable. Most often this includes being interested in money, possessions, and/or other commodities that are considered to be valuable. How many wars and conflicts have been fought over money and/or the control of natural resources?
In her form as the ruler of Libra, Venus was paradoxically known as the Zodiacal sign of both diplomats and military generals. Fickle Aphrodite just can’t seem to make her mind up as to whom her lover should be. As such, Aphrodite knows all about jealousy and envy being a root cause of many conflict and wars. On a more personal level, she can often be found stirring things up when she functions as the irrational source at the heart of the proverbial “Lover’s Triangles” that we humans, throughout the dawn of history and until now, keep repeatedly getting caught up in.
Trust me, these Venusian “Lover’s Triangles” have been the cause of a war or two. Personally, just about any day of the week, I’d pick getting lost in the Bermuda Triangle over that of getting caught up in one of Aphrodite's “Lover’s Triangles.”
When Aphrodite - already married to the lame god Hephaistos - got together for a little passion with the War god Ares in her own personal "Lover's Triangle," together she and Ares produced her children named Harmonia, Deimos (Terror), and Phobus (Fear). Get the message?
Prices of Cutting off Venus
The further out into the desert that these holy men moved and the harder that they worked at exorcising and purifying themselves of any, and all, of their worldly and lustful desires for women – all the more that these holy men were then plagued and tempted with disgusting, impure, and polluted thoughts that they then attributed to attacks of the "evil one."
Although times have changed over the past almost 2,000 years, it appears that the pleasure-seeking archetype of Venus is still busily at work harassing those that would dare to demean, devalue, and/or diminish her realm.
Nowadays, Venus plagues Christian fundamentalist preachers, celibate Catholic priests, and conservative politicians with desires for unnatural sexual acts and/or fetishes that are most often much more repulsive, ugly, and sick than what they so zealously fight, preach, and/or guard against.
For Plato, the spiritual journey - where one entered into a heavenly type existence that he called "full sensuousness" - was not a voyage where one could hope to skirt around and/or avoid "the sensuous." For Plato, no shortcuts around Aphrodite and her son Eros are allowed.
It's in the "Symposium" that Plato explains Eros is the soul's driving power that leads the soul from the physical love of one body all the way up to the intellectual love of everlasting "ideas."
Wow! Plato's concept regarding the divine mysteries of love may feel more than a wee bit foreign to you? It certainly doesn't feel comfortable to the average person, as the majority of our major religions have taught us the morale morays of looking down on our sensuality, desires, and sexuality and viewing them (Venus) as being patently "unspiritual" if not "sinful."
The prevailing Collective Consciousness (Society) of the past 2,000 years has managed to successfully create an uncrossable chasm separating spirituality from sexuality. To the typical societal way of thinking... our sensuality is certainly not a pathway to the Divine! Rather, the two (spirit and flesh) are split apart and most generally considered to be antithetical.
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