Referring to the goddess of love, Aphrodite must be the first name many people think of. This ancient Greek goddess symbolizes love, marriage and beauty. She married the god Hephaistos, but there were many other lovers – the most famous was probably her love affair with the god of war Ares.
Cupid is the son of Venus, the Roman goddess of love and beauty.
In ancient Roman mythology, Cupid embodies the god of love Eros. Over time, Cupid becomes the image of a cute child with angel wings behind, giving love by shooting magic arrows. Cupid loved to mix exotic couples until he fell in love with Psyche.
Although less known, Eros is also a god of love in Greek mythology, specifically symbolizing the first vibrations and desires of humans when they love each other.
Eros is the son of Aphrodite, and the love that Eros brings always seems to be more of lust. In essence, the word “erotic” is derived from the name of Eros.
Frigga (Northern Europe)
Frigga is the wife of the supreme god Odin, she is the goddess of the family, reproduction and love in Norse mythology.
Frigga is the only person besides Odin to sit on his throne, Hlidskjalf, and she is sometimes honored as the Queen of Heaven. Today, many non-pagan Norse religions worship Frigga as the goddess of marriage and prophecy.
Hathor is the wife of the sun god, Ra, known to be one of the most powerful goddesses in Egyptian mythology. In ancient times, she was associated with the image of a cow, or appeared with a cow, because of her role as a mother and wife.
Later, Hathor was considered the goddess of reproduction, love and lust.
Hera is the goddess of protection for marriage, family and children in Greek mythology. She is the wife and sister of Zeus, so is considered to be the queen of the goddesses atop Olympus.
Although Hera was Zeus’s wife, she was always troubled by her husband’s bloated habits, so most of the time she had to go “jealous” with her husband’s mistress.
In Roman mythology, Juno is the goddess of protection for women and marriage. Her name is associated with June (June), but her festival is held in March. These are the summer months associated with weddings. During the Matronalia festival, women will receive gifts from their husbands and daughters, allowing female slaves to take a break.
Parvati (Hindu, Indian)
Parvati is the wife of the Hindu god – Shiva, she is the goddess of love and dedication. She is one of the many incarnations of Shakti, the most powerful goddess in the universe. The love between her and Shiva taught him to be happy, and so Shiva was not only a god of destruction, but also a god that symbolized art and dance. Without Parvati, Shiva would not be complete.
Venus is the goddess equivalent of Aphrodite in Roman mythology, symbolizing love and beauty.
She was originally the goddess of crops and gardens, but later added on to the characteristics of Aphrodite. She also had countless mistresses, both mortals and gods.
Although Vesta was a virgin goddess of women, she was also worshiped by the Romans with Juno as the cupid. She symbolizes the honor, purity and faithfulness of the woman in her marriage, so she is highly respected.
In the summer, Vesta also holds a festival to honor with Juno.