Who's Your Love Goddess

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Byline: JONATHON CAINER

IF YOU seek an insight into the future of your love life, why not do as they did in ancient Greece and consult the Gods of Love?

This is a special system of celestial self-knowledge based on a classical tradition, thousands of years old. It involves a potent mixture of ancient astrology, modern psychology and Greek mythology.

Tomorrow, we will look at the male gods, but we shall begin today by discovering the inner goddess secretly shaping your romantic destiny.

Simply look for your zodiac sign in the list below. You will see two names: one representing the goddess you usually have an affinity with and the other representing the one who is currently having the biggest influence on your life.

Next, take a look at your man's usual and current goddesses. How do these compare and contrast with yours? Can you become more like his dream? Can his dream be deepened to the point where it encompasses your reality? Can you meet each other half way? Yes . . . if you're both prepared to learn and grow.

IF YOU ARE A MAN: Today you will read about the woman of your dreams. Try neither to get too excited nor too depressed if you feel she's a million miles from anyone you know. The idea is simply to understand more about her.

All too often we fall in love with who we want our partner to be and not who she is. Then, as time goes by and the real person fails to measure up to our imaginary inner goddess, the relationship turns sour.

Look up your wife or girlfriend's date of birth. See which goddess she most closely identifies with. Learn to respect that goddess, and you'll find you automatically, in the process, imbue your real-life partner with the confidence to be more like her true self.

* I AM most grateful to the Daily Mail Dream Doctor, Sarah Dening, for introducing me to these gods and goddesses, and for her help and insight.

HESTIA

KNOWN to the Romans as Vesta, Hestia was the goddess of the hearth and temple. Unlike the others she was, by tradition, never depicted in female form. She was a presence, a spirit of warmth and protection.

Daughter of the powerful Cronos, she represents purity and sincerity, sanctity and safety. Those who come under her influence get the greastest blessing of all - a straightforward, contented life.

Though Hestia was a symbol of celibacy (her Roman equivalent, Vesta, was the goddess who governed the Vestal Virgins), legend tells that both Apollo the Sun God and Poseidon (the sea god) fell in love with her. To be influenced by Hestia doesn't guarantee a U-certificate life, but it does point to a desire to place spirituality above sensuality.

ALL you want is a quiet life. You've a host of personal projects you want to pursue in peace. You want a chance to sit quietly, be still and find yourself.

You also want a break from the dramas and traumas which tend to be so much part and parcel of daily life in the modern world. And no, you really don't want romance - or at least not romance in the superficial, exciting sense.

Candlelight, you're quite happy to enjoy. You are, after all, being influenced by the goddess of fire. Flowers, too, you'll welcome willingly.

Hestia's home-making influence extends to a deep appreciation of all things natural and earthy.

However, anyone intending to sweep you away in a private jet to a sun-kissed tropical island can hop right back on their plane.

What you want, far more than that, is to stay in a familiar place and feel comfortable. It's not that you're in an unadventurous mood. It's more that the journey you're keen to undertake is one of inner exploration. You want to meditate or enjoy yoga, or slowly tend your garden.

And you only want someone to join you if that person is as committed as you are to a simple, steady way of being. If there's a man in your world who is in the midst of some major adventure or stressful saga, he can count on your support and gentle reassurance - but he'd better not be expecting you to get as worked up about it all as he is. …