An association between gods/goddesses and love and marriage has long existed throughout many different cultures. Despite a lack of male gods, Eros and Cupid spring to mind. Most are female; this is likely due to women have long been viewed as the dominants of marriage. If you are looking to capture a particular deity as part of your wedding ceremony, then below is a list of both god and goddesses that are often related to the human emotion of love.
First up is Aphrodite. She was viewed as the Greek goddess of sexuality and love. She was far-reaching when it came to her job. A multitude of lovers surrounded her, she was most fond of warrior god Ares but was married to Hephaistos. A festival named Aphrodisiac is regularly held to honor Aphrodite. She had a temple in Corinth that the Romans destroyed later on. Funnily enough, fertility rates remain high in the area.
Cupid is perhaps one of the most talked about and popular gods. Cupid was the incarnation of Eros in ancient Rome. He represented desire and lust. Over time, he evolved into the typical image that we see him portrayed as to this day – a chubby cherub who likes shooting arrows at others! Cupid especially enjoyed pairing people up with slightly odd companions. Cupid is a legend and often seen on many different romantic decorations and during the Valentines Day period.
Frigga, also known as Norse, was married to Odin and was viewed as the goddess of fertility and marriage in the Norse pantheon. Apart from Odin, she is the only person permitted to sit on his throne. Frigga is often referred to in some Norse tales as the Queen of Heaven. Still today this day, people hail Frigga as the ultimate goddess concerning prophecy and marriage.
Next up is Hera, who knew everything there is to know about weddings. She represented the Greek goddess of marriage and was married to Zeus. She was the most loved wife. However, he was unfaithful to her which led to her spending much of her time fending off many women that her husband took a liking to. Hera focuses on home, family and relationships.
Sun God Ra's wife, Hathor is often the subject of many conversations. She was Egyptian and represented in Egypt as a role model for a patroness of women. People commonly view her as a cow goddess. Overall, she is most envied for her time spent being a mother. Although as time passed, she became popularly associated with fertility, passion, and love.
Last on the list is Juno. She was Roman and recognized as the goddess who looked after women and marriage. Juno's festival, the Matronalia is celebrated in March. However, June ended up being the chosen month named after her. June is known as the month for handfastings and weddings. Given this, she is usually honored at Litha, which falls during the summer time. Women are flourished with various gifts and presents from their daughters and husbands during this time.