11th Week of Spring, Goddess of the week
This article is part of the Goddesses for Every Season Journey I have decided to take and I am following the book Goddesses for Every Season by Nancy Blair. A year long Journey to meet a different Goddess a week.
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. She will help 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.
Meditation to connect with Aphrodite
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. You start to walk along the beach near the ocean, listening to the laps of the waves on the shore.
You then think how nice it would be to enter the water, so 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. You say thank you and smile.
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?
My Journey with Aphrodite
I used my drum to journey as usual, starting in a forest and entering an Oak tree. However standing in the Oak tree, setting my intention to connect with her, I became aware of being on a beach and seeing a shadow of a woman, with long hair waving in the wind. This is different from my normal journeys, as I would normally go down into the earth, but not this time. Becoming more aware of being on a beach, the figure of the woman isn’t there anymore, so I explore my surroundings. I walk along the beach near the water, listening to the waves. I then decide to enter the water and go for a swim. I love the sea, its so cleansing and probably why I went for a swim! Looking back to the beach I see a beautiful woman, naked, long blonde hair waving in the breeze. She calls to me and I go to her. She says ‘ I am Aphrodite, Goddess of Love and Beauty.’ I say hello and thank her for connecting. She takes me for a walk and tells me that I am beautiful, enough and have many gifts to show the world. Not to listen to anyone who tells me otherwise and if they do it is because they see themselves like that. She tells me to love myself, for when we love ourselves, we can cope with more stressful situations and not be affected by negativity or negative people. She can help with self love and tells me to look after myself more, to pamper myself. I can then help others better. Always look for the good, even if you are stressed and surrounded with difficult situations, look for the good, be grateful for what you have. Focus on this, focus on love and do not get dragged into negative situations. Look for the beauty in your surroundings, in others and yourself. When you focus on the good, you become happy. She also told me she can help in relationships. She then gives me a gift, a opened clam shell with a pearl in it, telling me its for love and then disappeared.
Aphrodite is a well known Goddess so I knew a couple of things about her to start with, but haven’t connected to her om the past. She is definitely a loving Goddess and I felt the pure wild love she is. I know she can help 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.
I hope you found this information helpful for your connection with Aphrodite and you have found a connection with her. If you would like to have more information on her I have listed at the bottom a list of resources for you to read.
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Picture credits: Top: Artist unknown, picture from http://www.fanpop.com/clubs/aphrodite/images/32854741/title/aphrodite-goddess-love-photo, Top left: The Pearls of Aphrodite by Herbert James Draper from https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Draper_Herbert_The_Pearls_of_Aphrodite.jpg, Middle right: The Birth of Venus by Alexandre Cabanel from https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:1863_Alexandre_Cabanel_-_The_Birth_of_Venus.jpg, Bottom left: Aphrodite by Linsay Archer from https://linzarcher.deviantart.com/art/Aphrodite-256114966, Bottom right: Statue of Aphrodite, picture from theoi.com.