Aphrodite is one of the most frequently used deities in magic and divination, but why? Let’s learn all we need to know about this ancient goddess and her powers.
- Who is Aphrodite?
- What is Aphrodite a goddess of?
- How do you know that Aphrodite is calling you?
- What are Aphrodite’s symbols?
- Best books about Aphrodite
- My favorite ritual with Aphrodite
- Aphrodite artwork
Who is Aphrodite?
In Greek mythology, it was a presence that aroused reverence because it caused mortals and gods to fall in love and conceive a new life: it represented passion, it was irresistible, the erotic attraction, the strong sexual instinct that she first lived naturally in the present. It inspired poetry, persuasive words and represented the power of transformation and the creation of love.
She was the Goddess who had the most sexual stories, while maintaining independence from men and the ability to focus on what was meaningful to her and do what she liked.
At the same time, she experienced the bond, the commitment, the marriage, with men and divinities, as well as the Vulnerable Goddesses (Hera, Demeter, Persephone, who in the bond with men were victims) and was a mother, without ever becoming dependent or suffering for a man.
The Aphrodite archetype determines the pleasure certain women feel for love, beauty, sensuality, and sexuality. It is the archetype of a woman who crosses all the dimensions of her existence with participation, never with dependence or suffering as a victim, nor identifying herself in the role of wife or mother, but living on her own passions, for men, ideas, children, projects, remaining centered on herself.
The myth of Aphrodite: myths and origins
According to some, it is a cult of oriental derivation, for others instead of Phoenician derivation. In any case, it was Hellenized by Homer in the Odyssey, a poem in which it is written that it is originally from Paphos, on the island of Cyprus.
The goddess Aphrodite was one of the most important and revered goddesses in the Greek pantheon; many temples, cults, and religious celebrations were dedicated to her. In poems and in the different versions of myths, she often presents herself as a vain, passionate goddess, aware of her own beauty, sensual and easy to anger and revenge, especially towards those who claim to tear her lovers away, or even want to share them.
The goddess, which the Romans renamed Venus, was according to Homer daughter of Zeus and of the nymph Dione, daughter of Uranus and Gaea in turn. According to Hesiod, however, the goddess was born from the foam of the sea fertilized by the genitals of Uranus, which Cronus had emasculated in his rebellion.
The image of the birth of the goddess is in a spring environment, where nature blossoms and everything blossoms and is reborn together with the arrival of the goddess, seen as a bearer of fertility, is present in many works, including De Rerum Natura by the Latin poet Tito Lucretius Caro, as well as in the famous painting by Botticelli, the Birth of Venus.
In fact, in the representations, the nature that surrounds her is luxuriant and pure, uncontaminated and perfect, while the goddess is of a beauty that only the most beautiful of goddesses could have: an ethereal face, long blond curls that run all over her back, and an expression of seraphic and celestial sweetness. Many plants were sacred to Aphrodite, such as the rose, the myrtle and the poppy, and various animals, such as the hare, the dove, the dolphin, the swan and the sparrow (as regards the latter, it is necessary to mention the ‘Ode to Aphrodite by Sappho, an invocation similar to a religious hymn, in which the goddess descends to earth on a winged chariot drawn by sparrows and other birds, to alleviate the amorous sufferings of the poetess of Lesbos).
In the Homeric poems, the presence of Aphrodite is often remarked. In the Iliad, she has the role of defending her son Aeneas, a Trojan, generated with Anchises (Priam’s cousin). Therefore, in the war, she is on the side of the Trojans. However, it also highlights the fact that she is not at all devoted to war: in fact in battle, while trying to protect her son, she is wounded by the fearsome Greek hero Diomede, and although she is then treated by the doctor of the gods, Peone, Zeus scolds her.
Even before the beginning of the Trojan War, however, its role in the myth of the judgment of Paris must be mentioned: in fact, it was she who was chosen as the most beautiful goddess, in competition with Hera and Athena.
In return, Aphrodite gave Paris the love of the most beautiful woman in the world, Helen, wife of Atreus Menelaus; furthermore, in the third book of the Iliad, the goddess protects, in addition to her son, Paris. In the Odyssey, however, she is presented as the wife of the deformed god Hephaestus, and the lover of Ares, with whom she is caught in the act by her husband.
The cult of Aphrodite was very serious: it was celebrated with periodic feasts, as Plutarch tells us, moreover the goddess was also celebrated in the feasts in honor of Poseidon. Among the numerous epithets and titles referring to the goddess, we mention the most common: Cipride, or Ciprigna, in reference to the Hesiodic myth of her birth; Ambologera (“who never gets old”), Citerèa, Virgo, Aurea, Celeste, Signora.
There are also countless lovers, and the corresponding children of Aphrodite. The most relevant are: Adonis, with whom she had Priapus, Anchises, with whom she had Aeneas, Ares, with whom she had Eros, Deimos, Anteros and Phobos, then Dionysus, with whom she had Chariti, Hermes, with whom she had Eunomia, Poseidon, with whom she had Rodo, and Pygmalion, with whom she had Paphos.
The legend of Aphrodite
Everyone agrees that Aphrodite emerged naked from the foam of the sea, on the beach of Paphos in Cyprus.
Some think that Zeus gave birth to her in Dione (lady of the oak whose oracle the father of the gods took possession of) and that she was the daughter of the ocean and of the sea goddess Thetis, or of Air and Earth. But most scholars believe that it was born from the waves fertilized by Uranus, after Cronus (one of the Titans, corresponding to Saturn) threw its testicles into the sea: Hesiod’s Theogony describes that “the genitals were dragged by the sea for a long period and white foam arose from immortal flesh; inside it, a girl grew up who became Aphrodite ”.
When the divine blood fell on the sea, the water began to boil, and on a shell pushed by Zephyrus, Venus emerged in all its splendor. Near the shore, the Hours, daughters of Thetis played, and when they saw the goddess, they ran towards her to cover her with veils and braid her blond hair with flower crowns. Zeus, fascinated, immediately welcomed her to Olympus as an adopted daughter, arousing the wrath of the other goddesses.
Riding on a shell, Aphrodite first reached the island of Kythera, a trading center from which her cult spread throughout Greece; later, thinking that the island was too small to contain its beauty, she crossed the Peloponnese and ended up establishing his residence in Paphos, on the island of Cyprus, where the main seat of her cult has always been located.
There, every spring, her priestesses bathed in the sea and emerged as virgins. On a gem found in the Idea cave, we see the Cretan goddess engraved blowing into a shell, with a sea animal next to the altar: the hedgehog and the cuttlefish were sacred to her. It is also said that the flowers bloom where Aphrodite sets her feet and that the goddess flies in the air accompanied by flocks of sparrows and doves.
What is Aphrodite a goddess of?
Aphrodite is the goddess of beauty, but also of fertility, love, and procreation.
How do you know that Aphrodite is calling you?
- When you feel beautiful, magnetic, charming.
- When you are in love with all things.
- When you are in the senses and in the sensoriality. When you are not judgmental, but simply in contact with what you are doing.
- When your body lights up with passion and you make love completely possessed by Aphrodite.
- When you allow yourself to fully enjoy every sensory experience: when you pet your cat, when you are in contact with the scent of the earth, or stamp your feet on the ground running in the woods after the rain, when you wear a linen suit, or walk fingers on silk.
- When you allow yourself to receive, expanding the welcome space.
- When you are in the body and not in the mind.
Best ways to connect with Aphrodite
Connecting with Aphrodite is not hard, but you need to make mindful committed gestures to let her feel you are truly present in the moment and open to connect with her.
Casting beauty spells and performing beauty, love and sex rituals
Simply by focusing on these aspects of your life and using magic to attract, boost or change them for the better, you are going to connect with Aphrodite an let her be part of your journey of discovery, love, and beauty.
Connecting with your femininity
If you feel a bit low and not in tune with your feminine energy, you should take a few steps to reconnect with this important part of yourself, of your life. Spend some time focusing on what you want, live your sexuality from a place of openness and don’t hold yourself back when it comes to love, sex and connecting with your body.
Invite her to your love readings
If you are into divination and you want to ask tarot cards, pendulums, or runes questions about your love life, yourself, or anything else related to your emotional state you can invite her to join the reading so she will be your guide and she will support you during the readings.
How do you honor Aphrodite?
- Casting beauty, love and sex spells
- Practicing self-love
- Spending some time for your beauty routine
- Experiencing the fancy things in life
What are Aphrodite’s favorite offerings?
In ancient times, animals were sacrificed in the name of Aphrodite, especially those animals considered sacred to her like doves, sea urchins, tortoises and more. Their sacrifice was used to cleanse and purify temples with their blood but then this practice was abandoned. You can go for other offerings to honor Aphrodite in an easy but also cruelty-free way!
You can offer:
- Sea water (as she was born there)
- Sea salt (as it’s linked to the sea)
- A rose (the symbol of love)
- A pink quartz (all about feminine energy and love)
- A shell (as that was her very first home, like the womb of a mother)
- A beauty or love sigil or a sigil dedicated to her
- An image of those animals sacred to her
Prayer for Aphrodite
Goddess of beauty, love and all things beautiful
Let your light shine on me
Let your beauty coming alive into me
I want to become one with you
I want to let my true feminine energy spread all over
So be it.”
What are Aphrodite’s symbols?
Aphrodite’s tree is myrtle; her birds are the pigeon, the swan and the sparrow. She is always accompanied by the three Graces, Aglea (Slendore), Efrosine (Mirto) and Talia (Good humor), who are the personifications of charm and beauty in nature and human life.
Best books about Aphrodite
Aphrodite: The Origins and History of the Greek Goddess of Love by Andrew Scott and Charles River Editors
To know it all about Aphrodite and her story and myth, this is the book you need to read. It’s a great journey to explore ancient traditions, scripts and legends behind the goddess of beauty.
Pagan Portals – Aphrodite: Encountering the Goddess of Love & Beauty & Initiation by Irisanya Moon
This book is very interesting to full immerse into all the way we know to connect with Aphrodite and get started with some craft to honor her and celebrate her in the name of beauty, love and passion.
Venus and Aphrodite: A Biography of Desire by Bettany Hughes
Bettany Hughes wants to share with us the deep connection between these two ancient fascinating myths, Venus and Aphrodite. She explores these myths from the very beginning to the modern days for a complete excursus about these icons.
My favorite ritual with Aphrodite
This Aphrodite ritual is amazing to connect with your beauty and practice some self-love to connect with Aphrodite and her energy.
The kajal makes the gaze magnetic. You will need the mirror to look yourself in the eye once you have your makeup on.
How to perform it
Draw a line on the upper eyelid and then below the eye. You will thus be able to look into the focus of your own gaze.
Looking into the eyes of those in front of you and losing yourself in their gaze, letting you go completely, is a gesture of such power that it cannot help but make you think about how easy it is to fall in love with someone’s eyes. However, we are not usually inclined to do so.
We are not used to truly meeting the eyes of others. Our eyes always escape.
Meeting the eyes of another person, of a child, of a man, of a woman, causes a very strong inner movement. Look yourself in the eye. How does it make you feel?
When you look into your eyes, you recognize yourself and the fire inside you lights up. The passion that lives in you is revived.
Your inner presence is reactivated.
Your eye becomes magnetic because it rediscovers itself alive.
Take a few seconds to put the kajal around the eyes.
Get the mirror.
Turn on music that creates the right atmosphere for this profound encounter with yourself.
Now fix your gaze on the beauty of your eyes.
Looking at you will let you know who you really are and you will discover amazing things.
This very powerful ritual will allow you to know and recognize your sacred beauty.
You will not be ashamed of it anymore. You will be aware of this and this will give you great joy and a strong sense of satisfaction. You will lose yourself in the beauty of the colors of the iris, in the small but intense chromatic differences, in the reflections of color, in the shades in an iridescent whole.
Lose yourself in the beauty of your eyes. Lose yourself in your beauty. Take your time.
Then slowly come back here. Now say out loud:
Aphrodite let my beauty shine. I am ready. I am open. I become one with you.
Often Aphrodite is displayed while in a shell into the sea as it was her throne. The sea is all around her and her beauty is undeniable. She is surrounded by flying white doves, symbol of peace and purity and her body is wrapped in a see-through tunic.
In classic artworks, she was displayed together with other female deities, 3 goddesses, who were there as a representation of the human values we need to rely on to live a happy positive life.
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