The (Kind of Creepy) Birth of Venus
In the second post of her three-part series on the myth of Saturn, guest blogger Isy Tifft, takes a look at what can happen to a flying penis when it hits the ocean waves.
|Alexandre Cabanel’s Birth of Venus (1875).|
You can see why Napoleon III wanted this painting for himself.
In my first guest post, we saw Saturn, the youngest Titan, with extraordinary self-management and merciless timing, cut his criminal father away from his furious mother and win dominion over the gods. Let’s look a little more closely at what else happened, and how it relates to Saturn’s distinctive energy.
Saturn attacked his father Uranus for transgressing against nature on three counts.
- First, his father’s rape of his mother was an abuse of sexuality, a core part of being.
- Second, Uranus had trapped and imprisoned his youngest children, a negation of his own seed, his stake in the future.
- Third and most importantly, Uranus had taken Earth’s fecundity – in her children – and buried it away from any chance of growth, flourishing and further procreation.
The rape of Gaia was considered by the ancient Greeks to be a marital issue, hating one’s children to be a personal one, but contravening the fecundity of Earth was a transgression against the essential nature of things.
Uranus was doomed by his actions.
We left the story right after Saturn thought, planned, waited, then slashed open the gap between Earth and Sky, sending his father’s wedding tackle flying just at the critical moment. The blood that spattered onto the Earth became giants, furies, ash-tree nymphs, and other mythical beings.
When Uranus’s (let’s not beat about the bush) falling penis, anointed by Earth’s body and full of sperm, fell into the sea – realm of Saturn’s older siblings Oceanus and Tethys – it caused a great foaming, agitation, and froth. Aphrodite, later romanized to Venus Urania, was born from the froth and the waves, midwifed by fishes who swept her safely to shore. (This is one of the Pisces origin myths and Venus is exalted in Pisces.)
Thus, Venus Urania has roughly five parents, and was born as a result of punishment/sacrifice for multiple transgressions against love, duty and care. And she could have been born in no other way.
Venus’ very existence depended on Saturn doing everything exactly right, although that’s not why he did it.
The least deviation from his course would not only have meant disaster for himself, it would have meant that the Venus of heartfelt love, cherished children, and rational comfort could never have come into being… She was a natural outcome, as it were.
So, on a personal level,
Saturn requires the correct course, regardless of whether you relish the task or fear failure. But, when you do exactly what he calls for, the doors that seem to bar your way simply disappear. Moreover, the fertile opportunities this creates can provide the most unexpected, but perfectly logical, additional benefits.
In my next and last in this series, I’ll look at the dark side of Saturn, and what happens when he, too, transgresses against himself and his family.
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