Venus: Roman Goddess of Love

Venus is the Roman equivalent of the Greek love goddess Aphrodite. Venus was the most popular goddess is the Roman pantheon and the largest temple in Rome belonged to her. Her symbol is the pentagram, which is associated with the movement of the planet Venus when viewed from earth (this has to do with the turning of the planets around the sun and the wobble of the earth as it spins around its own axis).

Her lover was Mars, the war god, and rumour has it that they might have been married. Love and war was often associated in ancient myths.

Cupid, the Roman god of love was her son. Venus was jealous of Psyche (the soul) and got Cupid to make her fall in love with the ugliest man in the world, but Cupid fell in love with Psyche whom he visited every night while invisible. When Psyche eventually insisted on seeing him he left her and she searched the world for him. The sky god Jupiter took pity on her and granted her immortality so that she could become Cupid's companion.