Aphrodite, Goddess of Love, Fertility, Pleasure, Beauty and the Sea. She is pure love, love itself in all forms. From high spiritual love to the physical love, sex. She is beautiful, erotic, desirable, unpredictable, seductive, uninhibited and unapologetic in what she is.
She is a Greek Goddess (also known as Venus to the Romans) but has links to Sumerian, Babylonian and Pheoenician cultures due to her connections with Innana, Ishtar and Astarte. The Greeks adpoted her from the sea people Philistines of Askalon who named her Atergatis/Ashtoroth and they changed her name to Aphrodite. Maybe a way to help pronounce her name and the word Aphros means foam, therefore Goddess born of foam/sea.
There are a couple of stories in how she was created. Some say she was born from Uranus’ genitals as they were cut from him and cast into the sea, creating her. Some say she was Zeus and Dione’s daughter and some say she was born from an egg, which dropped from the sky into the sea. The fish took it to land and doves kept it warm until Aphrodite hatched out of it.
The ever shifting sea is a symbol of the essential female and as Aphrodite was born of the sea, this would make sense that she is all woman in all her aspects a woman can be/is. The Greek and Latin names for the Scallop shell Kteis and Concha mean woman’s genitals and is associated with her very much, due to its sea connection and the connection to female sexuality.
Aphrodite will teach you to love yourself completely. She will help you to see your beauty, the beauty within and without, to let go of your inhibitions and not be ashamed of who you are, especially not be ashamed of being a woman. Helping you find your sexuality, express it and be comfortable in your body. She will do this in a loving way and guide you on how to express yourself. She will also help you in relationships and fertility.
‘All acts of Love and Pleasure are my rituals.’
This is part of the Charge to the Goddess by Doreen Valiente. This line fits so perfectly for Aphrodite as she is love, sex and pleasure. As long as there is consent, there is nothing wrong or to be ashamed of when it comes down to these things. Sex is just love expressed in a physical way and can also be powerful and magical. Its a ritual to Aphrodite herself, to express and feel her energy between you and your lover.
Red, Pink, Silver, Aqua, Sea Green, Blue.
Dolphin, Goat, Dove, Sparrow, Goose, Partridge, Wryneck, Swan, Bees, Scallop Shell, Sea Shells, Mirrors, The Sea, Evening Star (Planet Venus), Triangle, Number 5.
Rose Quartz, Pearls, Silver, Jade, Gold, Copper, Aquamarine, Opal.
Rose, Myrtle, Watermint, Quince, Ash, Grape, Apples, Laurel, Vanilla, Musk, Verbena, Jasmine, Frankincense.
Find a quiet spot, if you can have some Rose Quartz by you or to hold, light a candle and some incense. Sit, close your eyes and take three deep breaths. Set your intention to meet Aphrodite.
Imagine you are on a secluded beach. The ocean is clear, with blue and greens, the sun is shining and the sand is golden. For the moment you just stand there, looking around you. Taking it all in and being at peace. You take a deep breath in, smelling the fresh sea air and start to walk along the beach near the ocean, listening to the laps of the waves on the shore.
Thinking of how nice it would be to enter the water, you start walking into the sea, feeling the warm cleansing water on your feet and then up to your waist as you make your way deeper in. You start swimming and floating on the water, immersing yourself, feeling cleansed and refreshed. You turn towards the beach and see a beautiful woman. She is calling to you.
You make your way back and greet her. She says ‘I am Aphrodite, Goddess of Love and Beauty.’ You say hello and thank her for connecting. She then takes your hand and tells you to walk with her. You start your walk with her and get to know her.
Does she take you anywhere? What does she say to you? Does she give you a message? Ask her questions.
After a while and when you are finished talking and connecting, Aphrodite gives you a gift and disappears. You look all around you to see where she went and notice her descending into the sea. Smiling you say thank you.
You may want to take another walk along the beach or go for a swim. Take your time in coming back.
When you are ready, take three deep breaths and come back to the room.
Write down your experience. What message did she have for you? Did you notice anything particular surrounding you at the beach? What was the gift she gave you?
How to connect with Aphrodite
Here are a few ways you can connect with Aphrodite.
Try to connect with Aphrodite through meditation. You can either try the meditation above or find another meditation. You can even just sit, close your eyes, relax and ask her to come to you. Focus on your intent to connect with her and see what happens. Is there any changes to the energy? Or do you feel a presence with you? The more you practice meditating and trying to connect with her, the more you will start to feel and notice her there with you.
Create an Altar
Find a space you can create a small or big altar for Aphrodite. This can be any place where it won’t be disturbed. Decorate it any way you choose with things that you associate with her. You could choose from the correspondences above or anything that feels right for you. Sit in this space daily and focus on your connection to her.
Take a walk by the beach
As Aphrodite is associated with the sea, take a walk or even sit on the beach. Focusing on connecting with her and being still.
Take a salt bath, surround yourself with some shells, rose quartz and rose scents. Relax and hold the intention to connect with the Goddess Aphrodite.
Give an offering to the sea in her name.
How Aphrodite can help you
Aphrodite the Goddess of Love can help you with all things love related and help you step in your power as a woman. Whether it be with self love, to help you love yourself completely in all ways. To help you let go of your inhibitions and to be free to be a woman. A woman who knows herself and all her sides, spiritual love, physical love, pleasure and to let go. To not be ashamed of who you are. All in a loving way and not a sleazy way. I say sleazy as in the way society has made pleasure and sex into something we class as ‘bad’ or a ‘man’s right to take a woman’ etc. I believe her rituals are all acts of love and pleasure and there is nothing wrong with this. As long as everyone is consenting, properly consenting, its all about love.
Love is the way.
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She was known primarily as a goddess of love and fertility and occasionally presided over marriage. Additionally, Aphrodite was widely worshipped as a goddess of the sea and of seafaring; she was also honoured as a goddess of war, especially at Sparta, Thebes, Cyprus, and other places.
Cyprus is often referred to as the island of Aphrodite, the Greek goddess of love and beauty.
The parents fought and Gaia created a stone sickle, which she gave to Cronus to attack his father. Cronus castrated Uranus and threw his father's testicles into the sea. They caused the sea to foam and out of that white foam rose Aphrodite, the goddess of love and beauty.
Here are some ways you can invite Aphrodite (or that loving self-love energy) into your life. Take a sacred bath. If you want to make it especially Aphrodite-centric you can put pieces of rose quartz around the edge of the tub (or in it). Add rose petals to your bath or rose-scented bath bombs.
If she was the daughter of Ouranos, her siblings include the Titans, such as Cronus, Rhea, Hyperion, and others. If she was the daughter of Zeus, her brothers and sisters include Ares, Hephaestus, Apollo, Artemis, and other Olympian gods and goddesses.
Hephaestus. Hephaestus is the son of Zeus and Hera. Sometimes it is said that Hera alone produced him and that he has no father. He is the only god to be physically ugly.
Locals have come here since ancient times to worship the goddess of love, and in recent times, the mythical legends combined with the natural beauty have made this one of the most popular places to visit in the Paphos region. According to the legend, those who swim around Aphrodite's rock will receive eternal beauty.
APHRODITE was the Olympian goddess of love, beauty, pleasure and procreation. She was depicted as a beautiful woman often accompanied by the winged godling Eros (Love). Her attributes included a dove, apple, scallop shell and mirror. In classical sculpture and fresco she was usually depicted nude.
According to one legend, this rock is the site of the birth of the goddess Aphrodite, perhaps owing to the foaming waters around the rock fragments, and for this reason it is known as Aphrodite's Rock.
According to Plato, there are two Aphrodites, "the elder, having no mother, who is called the heavenly Aphrodite—she is the daughter of Uranus; the younger, who is the daughter of Zeus and Dione—her we call common." The same distinction is found in Xenophon's Symposium, although the author is doubtful whether there are ...
|Parents||Ares and Aphrodite|
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|Roman Name||Metus, Pavor, Terror|
5 While that approach has certainly yielded important information on gender dynamics in late-Classical Greece, it tends to overlook the fact that though this Aphrodite is female, she is also divine.
Incense/Candles: A pretty simple offering. Use ones with scents that she's associated with or that remind you of her. Rose and ocean scents, as well as myrrh, apple, and myrtle, are all candle or incense scents you could offer.
Left: “Dear and beautiful Aphrodite Queen of the hearts of men, please grant me the knowledge, the patience, and the strength to be a good husband for all the years to come. My gift to you will be my continued devotion and self reflection in loves named your humble admirer.
Her special powers were those of love and desire. She had a belt that had the power to cause others to fall in love with the wearer. Some of the other Greek goddesses, such as Hera, would borrow the belt from time to time. Aphrodite had the ability to cause fighting couples to fall in love again.
HERMES The herald of the gods seduced Aphrodite with the help of his father Zeus. She bore him a son, the godling Hermaphroditos (and some say Eros).
Aphrodite had three children by Ares. Their sons, Phobus (Panic) and Deimus (Fear), became Ares' constant companions, driving his chariot on the battlefield. Their daughter Harmonia (Harmony) fell in love with the mortal Cadmus, who served her father for eight years to atone for killing a dragon sacred to Ares.
370 ff (trans. Lattimore) (Greek epic C8th B.C.) : "Bright Aphrodite [wounded at Troy by Diomedes fled back to Olympos and] fell at the knees of her mother, Dione, who gathered her daughter into her arms' fold and stroked her with her hand and called her by name and spoke to her : '. . .
Sterculius was the god of the privy, from stercus, excrement. It has been well observed by a French author, that the Romans, in the madness of paganism, finished by deifying the most immodest objects and the most disgusting actions.
In Greek mythology, Koalemos (Ancient Greek: Κοάλεμος) was the god of stupidity, mentioned once by Aristophanes, and being found also in Parallel Lives by Plutarch. Coalemus is the Latin spelling of the name.
Aphrodite was the most beautiful of all the Goddesses and there are many tales of how she could encourage both Gods and humans to fall in love with her.
Petra tou Romiou. I did find out that the rock is a limestone breccia and there are nice grooves on the upper part which look like slickenside. Slickenside is a smooth and shiny polished face of a rock, the result of a friction between two moving blocks of rock. Petra tou Romiou is composed of limestone breccia.
Petra tou Romiou beach
The beach at Petra tou Romiou strand is with pebbles. The sea waters are deep and sometimes rough. When swimming, stay close to the sea shore and enjoy your bath in the crystal clear waters is safety. In order to go to the beach there is a passage under the road.
The name of Petra tou Romiou ('rock of the Greek' in Greek) comes from the hero. It is said that in certain weather conditions, the waves rise, break and form a column of water that dissolves into a pillar of foam. With imagination, this momentarily looks like an ephemeral, evanescent human shape.
|Eye Color||Any color but originaly OCEAN BLUE|
|Hair Color||Any color but originaly blonde|
Aphrodite, of course is the woman in the blue dress, and I might argue that her hair is almost an auburn color. Certainly, it is a rich shade of brown at the least.
Aphrodite's major symbols include myrtles, roses, doves, sparrows, and swans. The cult of Aphrodite was largely derived from that of the Phoenician goddess Astarte, a cognate of the East Semitic goddess Ishtar, whose cult was based on the Sumerian cult of Inanna.
In Greek mythology, rose quartz appeared in stories where gods and goddesses like Cupid, Adonis, Aphrodite, and Eros used the precious stone's properties to restore, renew, and recharge love.
Greek goddess of love and beauty
The Temple of Aphrodite Urania is located northwest of the Ancient Agora of Athens and northeast of the temple of Apollo Epikourios. It's believed that in the sanctuary of Aphrodite's temple, there used to be a marble statue of her, made by sculptor Phidias.
"She [Aphrodite] went to Kypros, to Paphos, where her precinct is and fragrant altar, and passed into her sweet-smelling temple. There she went in and put to the glittering doors, and there the Kharites (Graces) bathed her with heavenly oil . . . filled with fragrance."
Aphrodite Urania was an epithet of the Greek goddess Aphrodite, signifying "heavenly" or "spiritual", to distinguish her from her more earthly aspect of Aphrodite Pandemos, "Aphrodite for all the people". The two were used to differentiate the more "celestial" love of body and soul from purely physical lust.
In fact, after the bronze net scandal, she bore the god of war as many as eight children: Deimos, Phobos, Harmonia, Adrestia and the four Erotes (Eros, Anteros, Pothos, and Himeros).
In Roman mythology, Venus was the goddess of love, sex, beauty, and fertility. She was the Roman counterpart to the Greek goddess Aphrodite. However, Roman Venus had many abilities beyond the Greek Aphrodite; she was a goddess of victory, fertility, and even prostitution.
Aphrodite was furious with Eos because Ares had fallen in love with her. She cursed her to live the rest of her life in a futile quest of true love. She had multiple lovers and gave birth to many children but never managed to find the ideal partner who would live up to her expectations.
Phobos (Ancient Greek: Φόβος, pronounced [pʰóbos], Ancient Greek: "fear") is the god and personification of fear and panic in Greek mythology. Phobos was the son of Ares and Aphrodite, and the brother of Deimos.
01Aphrodite is one of the goddesses that reside in Mount Olympus. 02She is known as the goddess of love, sexuality, pleasure, beauty, and passion. 03Aphrodite was born off the coast of Cythera from the genitals of Uranus. 04She is also known as the Lady of Cythera, the Lady of Cyprus because of her birth story.
In the poetry of Sappho, Aphrodite is identified as the patron of lesbians.
Aphrodite was a progressive and inclusive figure. She was openly polyamorous and pansexual, had children, both biological and adopted, but was not cast as primarily a mother – all revolutionary concepts even for today.
Aphrodite's manipulative character is most apparent in the story of Helen, queen of Sparta, whom she offered as her bribe in the Judgment of Paris, inciting ten years of dreadful war at Troy.
SHELLFISH Shellfish were regarded as sacred to the goddess Aphrodite and were so regarded as aphrodisiacs - from the scallop or cockle, to the mussel and nerites shell. The pearl was therefore also her stone. COCKLE The cockle-shell was sacred to Aphrodite, who was often depicted emerging from one in her birth scene.
Asparagus, dark chocolate, honey, figs, and raw oysters have all be linked to Aphrodite as being her favorite foods.
The naked Goddess Aphrodite was portrayed as being adorned in Rosemary at her birth. Rosemary stimulates our bodies and our minds, both of which are helpful for lovemaking. This sultry herb contains calcium, iron and vitamin B6 all of which contain properties which help create a satisfying sex life.
Berenice, who was known for her long, luxuriant hair, promised the goddess Aphrodite that, if her husband were to return safely from the war, she would cut off her hair and offer it as a sacrifice to the gods.
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They are both Greek goddess (though some of their history can be traced further back) so from a Hellenic perspective, of course you can work with both. And even add in more Greek gods. Even the ones who don't always get along. I'd put Aphrodite on a separate shrine from Hekate.
The Greek Goddess Aphrodite held the powers of fertility, pleasure and eternal youth, along with extraordinary beauty. Her beauty and sexuality were of such high regard that it could spark a war between the Gods and was even believed to have caused the Trojan War.
Aphrodite is the Olympian goddess of love, beauty and pleasure. She is the equivalent of the Roman goddess Venus. Aphrodite's major symbols include myrtle, roses, doves, sparrows and swans. She wears a girdle-like belt called a cestus as her weapon to increase her female attraction.
Aphrodite's greatest weaknesses were her vanity, jealousy, and hate of anyone considered more beautiful than herself.
Aphrodite is known as the goddess of love, marriage and fertility. She was also known as the goddess of the sea and seafarers.
Hel, in Norse mythology, originally the name of the world of the dead; it later came to mean the goddess of death. Hel was one of the children of the trickster god Loki, and her kingdom was said to lie downward and northward.
Aphrodite was the goddess of love, pleasure, and beauty. This meant that she enjoyed flirtatious occasions with a number of others. However, her father Zeus decided that she should marry and end her dallying with men. Zeus forced Aphrodite to marry Hephaestus.
Her special powers were those of love and desire. She had a belt that had the power to cause others to fall in love with the wearer. Some of the other Greek goddesses, such as Hera, would borrow the belt from time to time. Aphrodite had the ability to cause fighting couples to fall in love again.
ROSE The red rose was sacred to Aphrodite. It was said to have blushed or been stained red when Aphrodite cut her feet on its thorns rushing to the aide of her dying lover Adonis. PEARL The sea-born pearl was the regarded as the stone of love, and so sacred to the goddess Aphrodite.
Both Aphrodite and Eos were known for their erotic beauty and aggressive sexuality and both had relationships with mortal lovers. Both goddesses were associated with the colors red, white, and gold.
Five is the symbolic number of Aphrodite/Venue representing perfection of the five senses, the nuptial number of love and union, Venus years being completed in groups of five.
Maiden, Mother, Crone by Briar The Triple Goddess has three aspects, Maiden, Mother and Crone.. There are also many that are put together as triple Goddesses but as individuals, such as in Egyptian Mythology, Bast (Maiden), Hathor (Mother) and Sekhmet (Crone).. Most Oils/Herbs, but some are Rose (Maiden), Jasmine (Mother), Frankincense (Crone), Egyptian Musk Oil (Triple Goddess) – this has a combination of Frankincense, Rose, Patchouli, Myrhh, Cedarwood, Musk Seed Oil, Amber Oil in a base of Jojoba or Sweet Almond Oil.. Set your intention to meet and connect with The Triple Goddess.. Is it the Triple Goddess, is it one of her aspects, Maiden, Mother or Crone or all three in three individual bodies?. The Triple Goddess by Wendy Andrews Using the meditation above or one you have found that you are drawn to, you can connect with the Triple Goddess or one of her aspects.. Close your eyes, relax and while drumming or listening to the drum imagine you are at an Oak Tree.. You step inside the Oak Tree and set your intention to meet with one of her aspects, Maiden, Mother or Crone.. Find the aspects of Maiden, Mother and Crone.. Paint, draw or make something out of clay that represents the Triple Goddess or one of her aspects.. This Goddess worksheet will help you on your journey to connect to each Goddess.
Bee Goddess by Wendy Andrews The Bee Goddess/Blessed Bee is the Great Mother, the Queen Bee.. Hold your intention in connecting to Blessed Bee the Bee Goddess.. The meadow has tall grass and beautiful wild flowers.. When you finish your conversation and asking the questions you needed to, the Queen Bee gives you a gift and tells you that you are always welcome in her hive.. Blessed Bee Here are a few ways you can connect with the Bee Goddess.. Decorate it any way you feel is right and with things you associate with the Bee Goddess.. Hindu Goddess Bhramari Devi ~ Artist Unknown The Bee Goddess/Blessed Bee is here to help you work hard and achieve your goals.. She will also help you to have fun as well, to be balanced in your working and playing.
Greek Mythology >> Greek Gods >> Olympian Gods >> Aphrodite >> Aphrodite Myths 7 Wrath TransliterationLatin Spelling Aphrodite holding mirror, Paestan red-figure calyx krater C4th B.C., Musée du Louvre APHRODITE was the Olympian goddess of love, beauty, pleasure and procreation.. KERASTAI (Cerastae) A group of men native to the Island of Kypros (eastern Mediterranean) who Aphrodite transformed into wild as punishment for murdering foreign visitors to the island (probably pilgrims visiting the goddess' famous shrine).. LEMNIAN WOMEN The women of the Island of Lemnos (Greek Aegean) who were infused with a terrible stench by Aphrodite as punishment for scorning her worship.. MYRRHA or SMYRNA A princess of Kypros (eastern Mediterranean) who Aphrodite filled with an incestuous desire for her father as punishment for either failing to pay the goddess her due honours, or for the prideful boasts of her mother Kenkhreis.. NISOS (Nisus) A king of Megara (southern Greece) who must have offended Aphrodite in some manner for when King Minos came to conquer his city, Aphrodite was instrumental in his defeat.. PASIPHAE A queen of the island of Krete (Greek Aegean) who, according to some, was punished by Aphrodite with an unnatural lust to mate with a bull as punishment for neglecting to worship the goddess.. PROPOITIDES (Propoetides) Women of the Island of Kypros (eastern Mediterranean) who were cursed by Aphrodite with a passion to prostitute their bodies (the first women to do so) as punishment for denying her divinity.. TYNDAREUS A king of Lakedaimonia (southern Greece) who failed to pay Aphrodite due worship and as punishment his three daughters: Helene, Klytaimnestra, and Timandra, were all cursed with the notoriety of betraying their husbands.. . . And while these were still young men, Aphrodite, they say, as she was journeying [after her birth in the sea] from Kytherea to Kypros and dropped anchor near Rhodes, was prevented from stopping there by the sons of Poseidon, who were arrogant and insolent men; whereupon the goddess, in her wrath, brought a madness upon them, and they lay with their mother [Halia] against her will and committed many acts of violence upon the natives.. While he was sacrifice to Jove Victor [Zeus] on Mount Parnassus, inflamed with passion through the anger of Venus [Aphrodite], he lay with Atalanta in the shrine, and Jupiter [Zeus] because of this changed them into lion and lioness, animals to whom the gods deny intercourse of love [the Greeks believed that lions mated only with leopards and never amongst themselves]."
Painting of Astarte at Sargent Hall, Boston Public Library Astarte is the Great Goddess of the ancient Middle East and goes back to Neolithic and Bronze ages.. She is a Goddess of war and love but she is also other things as time has gone on as she is connected to the Goddesses Ishtar, Hathor, Isis, Nut, Stella Maris, Venus and the Queen of Heaven.. Hold your intention in connecting to Astarte, the Great Mother Goddess.. You then notice a big bright star in the sky and as you notice this it suddenly starts moving and gets bigger and bigger.. All you need to do is call and connect and I am here.’ She then turns bright as a light and shoots up back into the sky as a star.. Here are a few ways you can connect with the Goddess Astarte.. Using a drum or finding some drum journey music, sit and set your intention to meet Astarte.. Decorate the space with things that you feel connect you to Astarte and remember to visit daily.. This Goddess worksheet will help you on your journey to connect to each Goddess.
She is a Mother and gives life through the waters, the life blood that flows through our veins and the rivers that flow through the Earth.. You sit and listen to the water, breathing in the fresh air and feeling peaceful.. I cleanse you and clear your energy.’ She then continues to pour water over you.. Beautiful River Here are a few ways you can connect with the Goddess Oshun.. Connect with Oshun through meditation.. You can either sit, close your eyes and relax, asking her to connect with you and see and feel what happens or use the meditation above.. Connect to the river, the water and ask Oshun to connect with you also.
She is the Goddess of the Hunt, Wild Animals, Vegetation, Childbirth, Nature and the Moon.. Hold your intention on meeting Artemis, maybe by saying ‘My intention is to connect with Artemis’ and do this three times.. You notice a path in front of you and start to walk towards it.. Taking the path further into the forest, you notice a stag.. She takes your hand and leads you through the forest and starts to show you all that she is.. Diana by Josephine Wall (Although this is Diana she is associated with Artemis and this speaks to me of Artemis) Here are a few ways you can connect with Artemis.. Try to connect with Artemis through meditation or a drum journey.. When you have finished meeting Artemis, make your way back the way you came, back into the Oak Tree.. As Artemis is associated with the wild woods, take a walk or sit in the forest.. Find some trance music or music such as drumming that will take you on a journey to your wild self.. Artemis will set you free!. Helping you connect to nature, to the animals and the spirit of the forest.. Call on her when you need to heal within, to help you connect deep with nature and within yourself to your true spirit.. Call on her when you just need to be free!. It will guide you on ways to connect and have space for you to write your own journey.
I). What was Aphrodite the goddess of?. Patron of: Physical. attraction; Sexual desire; Sex; Marital. relations; Prostitution;. Animal procreation. Favour: Sexual attraction. Curse: Sexual repulsion; Unnatural desires (incest,. bestiality, etc). Patron of: Physical beauty. Favour: Beauty. Curse: Ugliness. THE EROTES Gods of Love and. Desire including: EROS God of Love; HIMEROS God. of Desire; and POTHOS God of Sexual Longing. HARMONIA Goddess of Harmony (in relationships). PHOBOS & DEIMOS Gods of Fear and Terror. PRIAPOS God of Fertile Gardens. HERMAPHRODITOS Daimon (Spirit), half male, half. female. THE EROTES Gods of Love and. Desire including: EROS God of Love; HIMEROS God. of Desire; and POTHOS God of Sexual Longing. HARMONIA Goddess of Harmony (in relationships). HEBE Goddess of Youth. PEITHO Goddess of Persuasion & Seduction. THE KHARITES Goddesses of Joy, Beauty and Mirth. NAIADES Nymphai of Springs and Fountains. Venus (Roman goddess);. Hathor (Egyptian goddess); Freya (Germanic. goddess);. Astarte (Phoenician-Syrian goddess); Mylitta (Assyrian. goddess);. Mitra (Persian goddess); Alilat (Arabian goddess);. Anaitis (Armenian goddess);. Argimpasa (Scythian goddess). * She fell in love with the Cyprian prince Adonis. in rivalry with Persephone, Queen of the. Underworld.. * The goddess provided. Melanion with three golden apples to cast before. the maiden Atalanta in the race to win her hand. in marriage.. I). Depictions of Aphrodite in Greek Vase Painting. These. images of Aphrodite come from Ancient Greek Vases,. painted approximately 2,500 years ago.. II) Aphrodite and her Love. for Adonis. The gods took pity on her and. changed her into the tree called the Smyrna.
The Greek goddess of beauty and love was born in a most unusual way.. There, they interacted with sea foam and amazingly gave rise to the most beautiful goddess of the Greek pantheon.. The unusual story of Aphrodite’s birth gives historians some of their greatest evidence for the theory that Aphrodite was originally a Semitic goddess who was imported to the region by Phoenician traders early in Greek history.. The most commonly told story of the birth of Aphrodite is one of the most unusual in Greek mythology.. The origin story of the goddess of beauty began with the estrangement of Uranus and Gaia .. Cronos castrated his father, leaving Uranus weak and unable to make more children with Gaia.. He threw his father’s severed male organ into the sea as his brothers moved to forever separate the heavens and the earth.. Over time, a shape began to take form in the water.. This ancient goddess of love and beauty was similar to Aphrodite in both form and function.. Many historians believe Aphrodite’s name to come from the Semitic languages of the ancient Near East, where Ishtar originated.. Aphrodite and Ishtar alike were also connected to the ancient archetype of the dawn goddess.. Some historians read the scene of Aphrodite rising out of the water as a holdover of this earlier archetype, comparing the image to that of the sun rising over the horizon.. Homer notably claimed that she was not a daughter of Uranus, but rather the child of Zeus and a goddess he called Dione .. Aphrodite, the Greek goddess of love and beauty, was said to have been born from the interaction of Uranus’s severed anatomy and white sea foam.. While some writers claimed that Aphrodite was actually a daughter of Zeus, the unusual name of her supposed mother leads to an interpretation that this version of the story came from a similar tale of a goddess born from a male deity alone.
And when the time came for Persephone to give Adonis back to Aphrodite – who was, by this moment, head over heels infatuated with Adonis – the Queen of the Underworld refused to do that.. Following her advice, Zeus decreed that Adonis should spend four months of the year in the Underworld, and four months with Aphrodite; the final four months of the year were left to his own decision.. Wanting Adonis only for himself, Aphrodite was only partially happy with this verdict – as Calliope soon found out; namely, in the act of retribution, the goddess of love induced the Thracian women to kill Orpheus , Calliope’s son.. Adonis loved Aphrodite almost as much as she loved him; unsurprisingly, every year he chose to spend his own four months with her.. After blaming the merciless Fate for taking Adonis away from her, Aphrodite sprinkled the blood of Adonis with sweet-smelling nectar , and the former suddenly began to sparkle, “just as transparent bubbles always rise in rainy weather.” In less than an hour, a flower sprang up: it was dark red, the very color of Adonis’ blood.
Greek Mythology >> Greek Gods Cult >> Aphrodite Cult >> Titles & Epithets TransliterationLatin Spelling APHRODITE was the Olympian goddess of beauty, love and procreation.. a surname of Aphrodite, derived from the town of Idalion in Cyprus.. 259), Aphrodite (Paus.. PANDE′MOS (Pandêmos), i. e. "common to all the people," occurs as a surname of Aphrodite, and that in a twofold sense, first describing her as the goddess of low sensual pleasures as Venus vulgivaga or popularis, in opposition to Venus (Aphrodite) Urania, or the heavenly Aphrodite.. In this respect she was worshipped at Athens along with Peitho (Persuasion), and her worship was said to have been instituted by Theseus at the time when he united the scattered townships into one great body of citizens.. The worship of Aphrodite Pandemos also occurs at Megalopolis in Arcadia (Paus.. PA′PHIA (Paphia,), a surname of Aphrodite, derived from the celebrated temple of the goddess at Paphos in Cyprus.. Peitho also occurs as a surname of other divinities, such as Aphrodite, whose worship was said to have been introduced at Athens by Theseus, when he united the country communities into towns (Paus.. At Athens the statues of Peitho and Aphrodite Pandemos stood closely together, and at Megara, too, the statue of Peitho stood in the temple of Aphrodite (Paus.. Greek NameTransliterationLatin SpellingTranslation A few of the Homeric titles of Aphrodite are explained in the Byzantine Lexicon of Suidas (the etymological explanations, however, are sometimes inaccurate although they may be derived from older classical sources):--
For as expressed by the Mother, the evolution of love beyond the needs of procreation evolves in the following way:. ‘ At first one loves only when one is loved…Next one loves spontaneously…but one wants to be loved in return.Further on, one loves even if one is not loved…but one still wants one’s love to be accepted.And finally one loves purely and simply without any other need or joy than that of loving .. According to Hesiod’s version, love would therefore begin in the animal world.. Aphrodite will therefore be interpreted as the goddess of human love evolving towards Unity and accompanying the growth of the mental planes.. Aphrodite is the wife of Hephaestus, but it is her relationship with Ares which is most often mentioned and certain authors even describe Ares as her husband.. Death itself is a form of renewal, the memory of which is preserved by the unconscious with the apprehension and fears associated with it, visceral fears rooted in our cellular memories from the time of the oldest animal species.. To be able to evolve, Love therefore has no choice but to call for the destruction of rigidified forms.. If the union between Aphrodite and the two brothers Hephaestus and Ares can be conceived of in this way, we must ask ourselves why Homer made the former Aphrodite’s husband, when in the current stage of humankind’s development the destruction of forms seems more at the forefront that the generation of new forms.. This myth insists on a just relationship to Love as the aspiration for union.. In fact, the shelter of Zeus indicates that the path is an equilibrium between love in evolution (Aphrodite), inner work (Persephone), and the exercise of freedom (Adonis before himself).
Greek Mythology >> Greek Gods Cult >> Aphrodite Cult >> Page 1 TransliterationLatin Spelling Aphrodite "Venus Felix", Greco-Roman marble statue, Pio-Clementino Museum, Vatican Museums APHRODITE was the Olympian goddess of beauty, love and procreation.. Fairbanks) (Greek rhetorician C3rd A.D.) :. "[Ostensibly a description of an ancient Greek painting at Neapolis (Naples) depicting the worship of Aphrodite :] An Aphrodite, made of ivory, delicate maidens are hymning in delicate myrtle groves.. Aphrodite "Venus D'Arles", Greco-Roman marble statue from Arles C1st A.D., Musée du Louvre I. ATHENS (ATHENAI) Main City of Attica (Attika) Pausanias, Description of Greece 1.. 2 :. "Concerning the district called The Gardens [in Athens], and the temple of Aphrodite, there is no story that is told by them, nor yet about the Aphrodite which stands near the temple.. 6 :. "After the sanctuary of Dionysos [in Megara] is a temple of Aphrodite, with an ivory image of Aphrodite surnamed Praxis (Action ).. Aphrodite "Of Type Venus Capitoline", Greco-Roman marble statue, National Archaeological Museum, Athens I. ARGOS Main City of Argolis Pausanias, Description of Greece 2.. Jones) (Greek travelogue C2nd A.D.) :. "Within the grove [of Asklepios at Epidauros, Argolis] are a temple of Artemis, an image of Epione, a sanctuary of Aphrodite and Themis.". 11 :. "Hermione [in Argos], a city which I found afforded much to write about, and among the things which I thought I myself must certainly mention are a temple of Aphrodite, surnamed both Pontia (of the Deep Sea ) and Limenia (of the Harbor), and a white-marble image of huge size, and worth seeing for its artistic excellence There is also another temple of Aphrodite.. Aphrodite "Of Type Venus Genetrix", Greco-Roman marble statue C1st A.D., State Hermitage Museum I. SPARTA Main City of Lacedaemonia (Lakedaimonia) Greek Lyric V Folk Songs, Frag 864 (from Lucian, On Dancing) (trans.. This temple, I discover from making inquiry, is the oldest of all the temples of the goddess, for the temple in Kypros [to Aphrodite] was founded from it, as the Kyprians themselves say; and the temple on Kythera was founded by Phoinikians from this same land of Syria.". . . the sanctuary of Aphrodite Ourania (the Heavenly ) is most holy, and it is the most ancient of all the sanctuaries of Aphrodite among the Greeks.
She came ashore at Cyprus, carried to land on a large scallop shell.. Although the ancient Greeks adored Aphrodite, they were uncomfortable with the typical Near-Eastern merger of sex, fertility, and war spirit all bundled up in the form of a beautiful woman.. Aphrodite’s main function in Greece became love, romance, sex, and protection of mariners.. Not only does she have power over people, animals, and plants, she has power over spirits, too, or at least most of the Greek pantheon.. She is not always a patient spirit.. Aphrodite, sometimes called the Oldest Fate, may have power over destiny.. She is sometimes depicted as a black statue; vestiges of her veneration may survive in some Black Madonnas.. (See Also:> Black Madonna ; Isis .). BIRDS: Dove, sparrow, swallow, swan, goose, partridge. SACRED ANIMALS: Aphrodite is Queen of Beasts and loves all wildlife, but some are especially sacred to her: bear, bee, deer, dolphin, goat, leopard, lion, rabbit, toad, turtle, wolf.. TIME: The Summer Solstice: ancient devotees celebrated the day by decorating small toy boats with flower garlands, then sending them out to sea bearing petitions for Aphrodite.. OFFERINGS: Call Aphrodite with the scent of frankincense and myrrh.. Other favourite offerings include perfume, roses, myrtle, honey, and wine.