Venus Devil: The Light-Bringer and the Fallen Angel
Venus Devil is a term that can have different meanings depending on the context. In astronomy, it is another name for the planet Venus when it appears as the brightest object in the sky before sunrise. In mythology, it is a personification of this planet as a male figure who brings light and heralds the dawn. In Christianity, it is a name for the devil, who was once a beautiful angel but rebelled against God and was cast out of heaven.
In this article, we will explore the origins and evolution of this term, and how it reflects the different cultural and religious views of the planet Venus and its symbolism.
The Planet Venus
The planet Venus is the second planet from the sun and the closest planet to Earth. It is also the brightest natural object in the night sky after the moon. Because of its brightness and its position relative to the sun, it can be seen either before sunrise or after sunset, but not during the night. This makes it appear as if it rises and sets with the sun, or as if it follows or precedes it.
The ancient Greeks called the planet Phosphoros (meaning “light-bringer”) when it appeared as the morning star, and Heosphoros (meaning “dawn-bringer”) when it appeared as the evening star. The Romans used the Latin equivalent of these names, Lucifer (meaning “light-bringer”) and Vesper (meaning “evening”). These names were also used to refer to the personified deities of the planet, who were sometimes considered sons of Aurora, the goddess of dawn.
The Mythological Lucifer
Lucifer was not always associated with evil or darkness. In Roman mythology, he was a god of light and a herald of the day. He was often depicted as a winged child or a young man holding a torch or a jar of light. He was also sometimes identified with other deities of light, such as Apollo, Helios, or Sol.
Lucifer was also a poetic name for Venus in Latin literature. Many poets praised the beauty and splendor of the morning star, and used it as a metaphor for love, hope, or inspiration. For example, Catullus wrote: “O Lucifer, you who bring forth new day from dark night / You who herald Phoebus’ shining chariot / You who show your lovely face to all mortals / O what great joy you bring me!”
The Christian Lucifer
The name Lucifer acquired a negative connotation in Christianity due to a passage in the Book of Isaiah that describes the fall of a tyrannical king of Babylon: “How you are fallen from heaven, O Day Star, son of Dawn! How you are cut down to the ground, you who laid low the nations!” (Isaiah 14:12). The Hebrew word for “Day Star” here is Helel (or Heylel), which is similar to the Greek name for Venus, Heosphoros.
The Septuagint, an ancient Greek translation of the Hebrew Bible, rendered Helel as Eosphoros (another name for Venus), while the Latin Vulgate translated it as Lucifer. The King James Version followed the Vulgate and used Lucifer as well. Some early Christian writers interpreted this passage as referring not only to the king of Babylon, but also to Satan, who was believed to be a fallen angel who rebelled against God and led other angels astray. Thus, Lucifer became synonymous with Satan and his evil deeds.
This interpretation was reinforced by other biblical passages that seemed to link Venus with Satan or his minions. For example, in Revelation 9:1-2, a star falls from heaven and opens the abyss where demonic locusts emerge. In Revelation 12:3-4, a great red dragon sweeps down a third of the stars with his tail and tries to devour a woman’s child. In Revelation 22:16, Jesus calls himself “the bright morning star”, implying that he is superior to Lucifer.
Venus Devil is a term that has multiple meanings depending on how one views the planet Venus and its symbolism. It can be seen as a positive or negative figure, as a bringer of light or darkness, as a god or a devil. It reflects how different cultures and