Costello, Darby – The Joy of Love: Venus and Her Gifts

Venus has always been connected to the ecstasies of Beauty, Joy and Love. It seems, however, that her gifts carry a high price – and it is hard to learn to live with her seasons; their flowering and dying. This lecture will trace the history of Venus’ personification in literature and poetry from ancient Mesopotamian star worship to the Renaissance astrology of Marsilio Ficino. We shall then look at the natal chart, to see what hooks us psychologically into ‘falling in love’, how we handle the loss and pain of loving, and how we become gardeners of love.