Eros is the god of love and erotic desire, a son of Aphrodite by war god Ares, from whom he derives his bow and arrows, piercing both gods and mortals with divine passion. Winged to ensure a swift response, he is one of the erotes, minor gods of Aphrodite’s retinue, along with Anteros (“Love Returned”), Himeros (“Impetuous Love”) and Pothos (“Desire or Longing”). In ancient Greece, statues of Eros were placed in the gymnasium, and he was acknowledged as the special patron of homosexual relationships. Eros’ most well-known story involves his union with Psyche (see Psyche for details).
Astrologically, Eros represents carnal desire, that which “turns you on”, erotic passion and its fulfillment, and is frequently active in the charts of homosexuals. It is also anything one “has a passion for”, the thing above all else that one is drawn to and desires, what gives life meaning, as well as resonating to heath issues involving the genitals or heart.