Unearthing the Divine Feminine, one archetype at a time...
|The Birth of Venus, detail from the Ludovisi Throne, ca. 460 B.C., marble, Musee de Thermes|
One person mapped the shadow of Venus' progress (tiny dot at upper left.)
I snapped this photo through the eyepiece of another telescope.
A few folks rigged up home-made viewers.
People of all ages had an interest in this celestial event.
Venus - called Aphrodite in Greek - is the Goddess of Love and Beauty.
|Aphrodite, Eros and Pan, ca. 100 B.C., marble, National Museum Athens|
|Birth of Venus, Sandro Botticelli, ca. 1486, tempera on canvas, Uffizi|
|Postage stamp, Cyprus, 1979|
During the Trojan War, Paris was asked to judge which of the three Olympian Goddesses was most beautiful, Hera, Athena or Aphrodite. Even though Hera and Athena tried to bribe him with the power to be victorious in battle, Aphrodite won, offering the love of the most beautiful woman in the world - Helen of Sparta. Aphrodite was married to the lame smith-god, Hephaestus, to whom she was unfaithful with the god of War, Ares (also known as Mars.)
This lovely structure at the top of our city's park where the transit was viewed is an appropriate spot to search the heavens for Venus, and recalls the lyrics of a popular song:
Goddess on the mountain top
Burning like a silver flame
The summit of beauty and love
And Venus was her name
She's got it
Yeah, baby, she's got it
I'm your Venus, I'm your fire
At your desire
Well, I'm your Venus, I'm your fire
At your desire
(From Venus, originally recorded by Shocking Blue in 1969 and covered by Banarama in 1970)
And yes, in case you noticed, I have changed the name of this regular feature on Travels with Persephone, shifting from Dirt to Dust.