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History of Venus's Sign and Name

This is the symbol of the planet Venus. Venus was named after the Roman goddess of love. Venus is the only planet to be named after a goddess instead of a god.

Venus is the name of the Roman goddess of love and beauty. The Greeks named her Aphrodite. She was the beautiful and graceful daughter of Zeus who was born from the sea. Venus, with her perfect soft and round forms was a popular muse throughout Greco-Roman history. Famous depictions of this goddess are some of the most valued Renaissance treasures.

For the Babylonians Venus was Ishtar, another goddess of love. But, not all Venuses were gorgeous and desirable. In ancient Mesoamerica, now part of Mexico and Central America, Venus had different personas, some symbolizing life, and some symbolizing the "underworld". For example, the Aztec's Venus was represented by a feathered serpent called Quetzalcoatl. The icon was a teacher/saviour deity. The icon was later adopted by the Mayans with the name of Kukulcan, god of the wind.

In Vedic myths, Venus is Sukra, a divinity symbolizing long life, wealth, happiness, children, property and good education.

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