Birth of Venus: mother image

Alexandre Cabanel - The Birth of Venus -1863 Google Art Project
Alexandre Cabanel – The Birth of Venus -1863 Google Art Project

The goddess Venus is often considered an anima image. She is also an image of the mother goddess. The mystical hymns of Orpheus, Sacred texts of the Greek, are considered to be God-inspired. The hymn to Venus beautifully illustrates the praise to Venus as Heavenly Queen and Mother Goddess:

To Venus. Heav’nly, illustrious, laughter-loving queen, Sea-born, night-loving, of an awful mien ; Crafty, from whom necessity first came, Producing, nightly, all-connecting dame : ’Tis thine the world with harmony to join, For all things spring from thee, O pow’r divine. The triple Fates are rul’d by thy decree, And all productions yield alike to thee : Whate’er the heav’ns, encircling all contain, Earth fruit producing, and the stormy main, Thy sway confesses, and obeys thy nod, Awful attendant of the brumal God : Goddess of marriage, charming to the sight, Mother of Loves, whom banquetings delight ; Source of persuasion, secret, fav’ring queen, Illustrious born, apparent and unseen : Spousal, lupercal, and to men inclin’d, Prolific, most-desir’d, life-giving, kind : Great sceptre-bearer of the Gods, ’tis thine, Mortals in necessary bands to join ; And ev’ry tribe of savage monsters dire In magic chains to bind, thro’ mad desire. Come, Cyprus-born, and to my pray’r incline, whether exalted in the heav’ns you shine, Or pleas’d in Syria’s temple to preside, or o’er th’ Egyptian plains thy car to guide, Fashion’d of gold ; and near iys sacred flood, Fertile and fam’d to fix thy blest abode ; or if rejoicing in the azure shores, Near where the sea with foaming billows roars, The circling choirs of mortals, thy delight, Or beauteous nymphs, with eyes cerulean bright, Pleas’d by the dusty banks renown’d of old, To drive thy rapid, two-yok’d car of gold ; Or if in Cyprus with thy mother fair, Where married females praise thee ev’ry year, And beauteous virgins in the chorus join, 61 Adonis pure to sing and thee divine ; Come, all âttrctive to my pray’r inclin’d, For thee, I call, with holy, reverent mind.


  1. The Mystical Hymns of Orpheus: Translated from the Greek, and Demonstrated to be the Invocations which Were Used in the Eleusinian Mysteries by C. Whittingham, 1824