An Astrologer’s View of Botticelli’s Venus Paintings

Published in The Astrological Journal July-Aug 2018 ‘Within man is the soul of the whole, the wise silence, the universal beauty to which every part and particle is equally related, the eternal One.’ (Emerson) How to explain the haunting enigma of Botticelli’s Venus paintings? Over the centuries many interpretations of the Primavera, the Birth of Venus, and Venus and Mars have been suggested, but their meaning remains elusive. Art historians have described their historical and philosophical background, critics have delved into their literary and pictorial sources, but their mystery still intrigues us. Perhaps an astrological approach to these great works of art could throw new light on them

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