After Aphrodite, Greek goddess of love, was born out of the sea, the Zephyrs, or wind spirits, carried her to the coast of Cyprus where she was prepared for her introduction to the other gods. On the way to Cyprus they stopped briefly on Cythera, and that island became sacred to the goddess. The planet Venus, which bears the goddess' Roman name, is also identified with Aphrodite, and therefore with love.
-- Grimal, Pierre, The Dictionary of Classical Mythology. Translated by A.R.
Maxwell-Hyslop Oxford: Basil Blackwell Publisher Limited, 1986.