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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.

Alex Miller is a professional writer and astrologer, author of The Black Hole Book, detailing deep space points in astrological interpretation, and the forthcoming Heaven on Earth, a comprehensive study of asteroids, both mythic and personal. Alex is a frequent contributor to “The Mountain Astrologer”, “Daykeeper Journal”, and NCGR’s Journals and “Enews Commentary”; his work has also appeared in “Aspects” magazine, “Dell Horoscope”, “Planetwaves”, “Neptune Café” and “Sasstrology.” He is a past president of Philadelphia Astrological Society, and a former board member for the Philadelphia Chapter of NCGR.

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