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Monday, 4 May 2015

Spot the Frippet: Venus.

Venus, the goddess of love, and the evening (and morning) star

Not only that, but in alchemy Venus is what ordinary people call copper. 

The star and copper are easy to spot. Perhaps the goddess may be rather harder, though she does leave a very obvious trail.

Venus has also given her name to a mountain (Venusberg in Germany, in whose caves the goddess is said to have lived) a sponge (Venus's flower-basket) 



an insectivorous plant (Venus flytrap)

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 a comb jelly (Venus's girdle)


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 a fern (Venus's hair)



 a shell (Venus's...er...shell) 

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and a flower (Venus's looking glass)...

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...though personally, if I were a goddess, then I'd have lived somewhere a bit more up-market than a cave, and I'd have had a whole rainbow of silken girdles rather than something quite likely to snap hungrily at passing slugs.

Still, there's no accounting for taste.

Spot the frippet: Venus. The goddess's name is Latin for sexual love.

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