"Venus is the Roman goddess of grace & love, called Aphrodite by the Greeks. She evolved from an early Italian nature goddess, a bringer of spring blooms & vines, a goddess of growth & the beauty of nature. The goddess of desire, Venus was the irresistible personification of both physical & spiritual love. She gave her name to the second planet of dawn & dusk, as did her sister goddesses, Inanna (Sumeria) & Ishtar (Babylonia). The story of Venus's birth tells how she arose, naked, from the sea, the source of all life (primordial creation) & a symbol of both the collective unconscious & eternity. It is a wonderful image for the emergence of a young woman into her full femininity. Venus is a striking affirmation of the love of beauty & the pleasure of the senses. Risen from the sea, she is a guide through both the stormy & calm waters of our physical desires & emotions."