Venus at Her Toilet, Master of the Fontainebleau School, 1550
Oil on canvas, 97 x 126 cm. Musée du Louvre, Paris
Behold a photograph of my Aphrodite tattoo. I’m considering either covering it or reinking it. If I cover it it would be with a pomegranate or a dove, or something related to and symbolic of Aphrodite. I love the placement and the fact that it’s so small and delicate, but I’m just not sure. What do you guys think?
Meaning: The symbol for Aphrodite is reminiscent of the symbol for Venus because the Venus symbol evolved from this symbol for Aphrodite. Really the only difference is that the horizontal line is at the end of the vertical instead of intersecting it half way through.
It’s in black ink and a friend of mine who is a tattoo artist did it for me last easter, but it really needs touching up.
Real laughter. Real tears.
Greek Mythology Picspam - Ares & Aphrodite
The Goddess of Love and Beauty had a long love affair with Ares which lasted for the duration of her marriage to Hephaistos and beyond. She bore him four divine sons and a daughter: Eros, Anteros, Deimos, Phobos and Harmonia. (x)
I need a new theme since I’ve been reorganizing my blog, and my pour etre belle theme obsession might have to end
Even before I became Wiccan I always felt close to Aphrodite and when I became Wiccan I felt her calling me like “yep girl, you are coming with me”. I felt that she was urging me to recover and the whole “self love” thing. Due to the fact that I haven’t been super successful in recovery, I feel her pulling away like she’s giving up which totally sucks. I was wondering if anyone had any history with Aphrodite and possibly winning her back?
My best friend is a devotee of hers. From her workings, I can attest that you have to work very deliberately in this arena. In other words, “never give up, never surrender.”
Maybe work at what she’s trying to teach you?
The gods don’t do shit for free and if you’ve let them down then you better be prepared to do some grovelling and show that you really can get your act in gear.
Although if you can’t, maybe it’s just not the right time.
Speaking as someone who suffers from an eating disorder and is also a devotee of Aphrodite, what I’ve come to understand is that feeling beautiful is the big picture (in that facet). Having Aphrodite in your life means that all the characteristics she fulfills will begin to have larger roles in your life. (if that makes sense? I can tell I’m not wording this very well.) The way you deal with love becomes more important, really love in your life becomes far more relevant (I can say for my part, Aphrodite came to me when I was in a really bad place because of a botched up love life. When I say bad place I mean spiraling downwards, mainlining very very very bad drugs and being generally awfully self abusive [on top on my E.D.] She came to me, actually, the very same day as the person who helped clean all that up with me. As in my wonderful sailor, the man I will marry. I had prayed to her for the longest before that, but I had made no actual contact with her. Then the night I met him I returned home and in a dream she came to me) So what I’m trying to say is that it’s never as simple as just fix it. She’s clearly trying to help you fix it, so do your part, but that’s not to say that if you slip she’ll abandon you. I struggle with my E.D. to this day and it’s had little to no affect on our relationship. I feel, and this is just from my personal experience, that with her domain over beauty she has a better understanding of how body dysmorphia works than any other deity. And she’s also the only deity I can think who would be the most help. Two of her domains are love and beauty. She helped me love myself again as well as find and keep love. If you take her seriously I’m sure she can help you do the same. /tmi
Oh Mighty Aphrodite,
Great Goddess of Love;
Thou art the moon
thou art the sun
thou art the stars
thou art the sky
thou art the day
thou art the night
thou art beauty
thou art the sacred oak
thou art the running stream
thou art the burning flame
thou art the peaceful wind
thou art a rose
thou art a flower
thou art the Earth
thou art beauty
thou art passion
thou art love
I am but your humble servant
I am but your loving child
I am but you passionate lover
fill me with your power
Aphrodite is the Greek goddess of love, beauty, pleasure, and procreation. Her Roman equivalent is the goddess Venus.
According to Hesiod’s Theogony, she was born when Cronus cut off Uranus’ genitals and threw them into the sea, and from the sea foam (aphros) arose Aphrodite. Thus, Aphrodite is of an older generation than Zeus.
Aphrodite had no childhood: in every image and each reference she is born as an adult, nubile, and infinitely desirable. She is often depicted nude in many images. Aphrodite, in many of the late anecdotal myths involving her, is characterized as vain, ill-tempered and easily offended. Though she is one of the few gods of the Greek Pantheon to be actually married, she is frequently unfaithful to her husband.
Hephaestus is one of the most even-tempered of the Hellenic deities; in the narrative embedded in the Odyssey Aphrodite seems to prefer Ares, the volatile god of war, as she was attracted to his violent nature. She is one of a few characters who played a major part in the original cause of the Trojan War itself: not only did she offer Helen of Troy to Paris, but the abduction was accomplished when Paris, seeing Helen for the first time, was inflamed with desire to have her—which is Aphrodite’s realm.
Due to her immense beauty, Zeus was feared she would be the cause of violence between the other gods. He married her off to Hephaestus, the dour, humorless god of smithing. In another version of this story, Hera, Hephaestus’ mother, had cast him off Olympus; deeming him ugly and deformed. His revenge was to trap her in a magic throne, and then to demand Aphrodite’s hand in return for Hera’s release.
Hephaestus was overjoyed at being married to the goddess of beauty and forged her beautiful jewelry, including the cestus, a girdle that made her even more irresistible to men. Her unhappiness with her marriage caused Aphrodite to seek out companionship from others, most frequently Ares, but also Adonis. (x)
How I make an offering.
1. Take a bath/shower or just wash face and hands if short on time.
2. Change into ritual wear which for me includes a loose fitting dress, headband and gold bangles. (It gets me in the zone and makes it special.)
3. Set up the offerings. Pictured above, rum libation and bread with honey for Inanna. (Side note - This offering was mainly for Inanna but because Aphrodite shares space on my shrine I offered her some apple juice.)
4. Light candles and incense. Dedicate offerings to deity in question.
5. Ritual dance, which I’ve found makes a strong connection to the sensual type of goddess. I usually use music by Beats Antique, Shiva In Exile or Rosa Zaragoza, something with an ethnic beat.
6. Dance/pray/meditate until the incense has burned down.
7. Blow out candles and dispose of offerings and libations outside.
APHRODITE | the goddess of love, beauty, and pleasure