There’s just nothing as refreshing and inspiring as those first warm winds of spring…and for someone who lives in a cold climate, that’s especially so. There’s an incredible sense of liberation the first time one can open the kitchen window to hear the sweet song of returning birds. My heart swells at the idea.
Perhaps that’s why spring is associated with all kinds of warm feelings, including love. Spring even “looks” like love, with all those colorful, budding flowers and all that vibrant green grass defying the colorless snow it’s been buried under for months. It’s all about renewal, rebirth and rediscovery. The cycle of life, always repeating itself, and always in color. And of course there’s Venus, goddess of love, using that warm sunshine to warm hearts. It’s beautiful – and so is the goddess herself. The pic on this blog is one I snapped of the Capitoline Venus in the Capitoline museum in Rome. If you’ve had the good fortune to see her in person, you know she’s far more beautiful than any picture could convey.
While spring might “technically” start in March, it really belongs to April, at least in my part of the world – Canada. And while Classicists aren’t entirely sure where April got its name, I tend to align myself with the thought that April comes from Aphrodite, the Greek name for the goddess of love.
Perhaps April, springtime, is the perfect time to start thinking about the love in our lives. There’s romantic love, of course, but there’s also the love we have for our children, parents, pets, friends and ourselves. There’s the love we surround ourselves with right now, because we’re still that lucky, and there’s the love we’ve lost as we travel through life. Just like spring has more than one type of flower, love has more than one type of form.
So if you’re like me and you find meaning in the old ways, why not give Venus a place in your home this spring? A small statue or a beautiful picture – you’ll find no shortage of artists who have painted the goddess. The image below is one I photographed from Pompei. It’s a fresco in the House of the Venus in the Shell. Or, if you prefer, you can place one of Venus’s symbols on your lararium, whether a swan or an aloe plant. Whatever you choose, it’s a lovely visual reminder that love springs eternal. All best, in Vesta.