Goddess of

Love, Beauty, Pleasure, and Procreation.

- Born of the sea foam created by the mutilation of Uranus by his son Kronos adorned in birth with pearls scallop shells and clams.

- Son of Zeus

- Her eyes were as blue as the sky, her skin as fair as the white sea-foam from which she came, and her hair as golden as the yellow rays of the sun.

- When she stepped from the water upon the beach, flowers sprang up under her feet; and when she was led into the assembly of the gods, every one admired and loved her.

- Zeus mandated she must be married at once (in an attempt to quell any conflicts over her) and awarded the goddess to his son, Hephaestus, god of the forge.

- Her most notable lovers were the gods Ares, Dionysius, Hermes, Poseidon, and the mortal, Adonis.

- Plants sacred to her are myrtle, poppy, rose, and apple.

- Could talk to birds - mostly doves and swans


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