The Greek goddess of love, beauty and pleasure, Aphrodite was born of the blood and semen from her great-grandfather Cronos’ severed genitals, when they fell into the sea. Aphrodite emerged from the sea-foam fully grown, and floated ashore on a scallop shell. Suspicious and jealous of her powers of attraction, Zeus married her to the lame smith Hephaistos, but Aphrodite was conspicuously unfaithful, with more than a dozen lovers attributed to her in various myths, including the gods Ares, Poseidon, Hermes, Dionysos, and the mortals Adonis and Anchises. Through Aeneas, her son with Anchises, she is the progenitress of the Roman people. She was known as vain, fickle, ill-tempered, and easily duped.
Astrologically, Aphrodite shares many attributes with the planet Venus, named for her Roman counterpart, but the relationships she engenders are more likely to be flirtations or short affairs, not lasting or permanent unions. Aphrodite represents fleeting passion, flirtation, illicit affairs; vanity, fickleness, capriciousness or changeability; vacillation and indecisiveness, and conceit.