Venti is not necessarily a Starbucks Beverage!
In ancient Greece the Anemoi were wind gods who were each ascribed a cardinal direction, from which their respective winds
came, and were each associated with various seasons and weather conditions. They were sometimes represented as mere gusts
of wind, at other times were personified as winged men, and at still other times were depicted as horses kept in the stables of the
storm god Aeolus, who provided Odysseus with the Anemoi in the Odyssey. Astraeus, the astrological deity sometimes
associated with Aeolus, and Eos, the goddess of the dawn, were the parents of the Anemoi, according to the Greek poet Hesiod.
Of the four chief Anemoi, Boreas was the north wind and bringer of cold winter air, Notus was the south wind and bringer of the
storms of late summer and autumn, and Zephyrus was the west wind and bringer of light spring and early summer breezes;
Eurus, the east wind, was often said to be unlucky, which is rather ironic considering the relationship the Caribbean has with
winds coming from the east!
The deities equivalent to the Anemoi in Roman mythology were the Venti (in Latin, "winds"). These gods had
different names, but were otherwise very similar to their Greek counterparts, borrowing their attributes and being
frequently conflated with them.
The Roman equivalent of Boreas was Aquilon. He was depicted as being very strong and often shown as a winged man with
shaggy hair and beard, holding a conch shell and wearing a billowing cloak. Occasionally he was said to have snakes instead of
feet, though in art he was usually depicted with winged human feet.
Aquilon was closely associated with horses. He could father colts after taking the form of a stallion. On Vieques, it is said that
mares might stand with their hindquarters to the North Wind and get with foals with out a stallion.
Notus' equivalent in Roman mythology was Auster, the embodiment of the Sirocco wind, who brought heavy cloud cover and
humidity. Auster brings the storms of late summer and Autumn to vieques.
Vulturnus was the Latin deity representing the "unlucky" east wind, who was thought to bring warmth and rain. To ieques he
brings the possibility of tropical storms and hurricanes (although we've not had a bad one since Hugo in 1989.)
The West Wind, Zephyrus, (or in Latin Favonius) is the gentlest of winds, the "fructifying wind, and the bringer of Spring who
hold dominion over plants and flowers. His sister - wife was Iris, Goddess of the Rainbow.
Zephyrus featured prominently in the myth of Hyacinth. Hyacinth was a very handsome and athletic Spartan prince. Zephyrus fell
in love with and courted him, but so did Apollo. The two competed for the boys love, but he chose Apollo, driving Zephyrus mad
with jealousy. Later, catching Apollo and Hyacinth throwing a discus, Zephyrus blew a gust of wind at them, striking the boy in the
head with the falling discus. When Hyacinth died Apollo created the flower from his blood.
We have named Villa Venti thusly because of its relationship with all four winds. The house sits high up on a "mountainside" with
its northern facade facing north-west towards Puerto Rico, Culebra and the Atlantic in the distance; it's southern facade faces
south-east towards St. Croix and the Caribbean Sea. From November through March we are cooled by a rather brisk Aquilon,
from April through June we are coddled and envigorated by gentle Zephyrus, and from July through October Auster takes up with
an occasional burst from Vulturnus. It is truly the Villa of the winds.
Gringo Beach (above,) is on the north coast of Vieques and thus is rather
turgid during season due to Aquilon (Dec. through March) and mirror smooth
off season (April - October) as Auster blows off the south coast.. Meanwhile,
Blue Beach, (below) on the south coast has the opposite schedule. One can
see the cliffs of the island pictured to the right of this photo with the naked
eye from Villa Venti.
|The environment is important to us and while constructing this house we undertook to
lessen its carbon footprint. It is built entirely of concrete, which is made with renewable
limestone. Solar panels augment the electricity and hot water, water from the showers and
basins flows out to fruit trees and flower gardens.
John Hix's extraordinary design, the stylish furnishings and fixtures, and our singularly
beautiful setting merge to create an unforgettable, stimulating, and restful experience for