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She Who Turns to Love: All About Aphrodite

She Who Turns to Love

I’ve been fairly neglectful towards this website in the last few months due to personal misevents. I got a divorce, ran through two different jobs, but now I find myself again with a purpose. I got accepted and re-enrolled in school (which I start in a few days), and I have a new lover who appreciates me for who I am—mental illnesses and all. About four months ago I formally devoted myself to the Goddess, Aphrodite. I had felt a pull towards her in the last year and finally decided to do something about it. And boy, am I glad I did. I can’t begin to describe what a wonderful experience it is to know and be known by such a divine being.

Anyway, to the real point of this post. I wanted to share all the information I’ve gleaned thus far in my adventure with the Mistress of Honey. I hope this can be of use to fellow devotees and love priestesses alike.

 

The Names of ΑΦΡΟΔΙΤΗ / Aphrodite:

  • Αντηεια (ANTHEIA): the blooming, or the friend of flowers
  • Αποτροπηια (APOTRO′PHIA): “the expeller,” the goddess who expelled from the hearts of men the desire after sinful pleasure and lust.
  • Γενετψλλισ (GENETYLLIS): the protectress of births
  • Πειτηο (PEITHO): The personification of Persuasion
  • Ουρανια (Urania): Heavenly, Divine
  • Πανδημος (Pandemos): Common to All People
  • Μαχανιτις (Machanitis): Skilled at Inventing, Deviser, Contriver
  • Επιστροφια (Epistrophia) She who Turns to Love
  • Αποστροφια (Apostrophia): Averter of Unlawful Desires
  • Νικηφορος (Nicephorus): Bringer of Victory
  • Αρεια (Areia): Warelike, Of Ares
  • Μορφω (Morpho) Of Shapely Form, the fair shaped
  • Πυρηναια (Acraea): Of the Heights
  • Ακραια (Cepois): Of the Gardens
  • Ποντια (Pontia): Of the Sea
  • Λιμενια (Limenia) Of the Harbour
  • Κηποις (Anadyomene): Risen from the Sea, Goddess Rising from the Sea
  • Φιλομμειδης (Philommides): Laughter-Loving
  • Αφρογενεια (Aphrogeneia): Foam Born
  • Χρυσεη (Chrysea): Golden
  • Ποθων Μητηρ (Pothon Mater): Mother of Desire

My Personal Titles for Aphrodite:

  • Η κυρία των περιστεριών (I kyria ton peristerion): The Lady of Doves
  • Χρυσή Θεά (Chrysi Thea): Golden Goddess
  • Φύλακας των γυναικών (Fylakas ton gynaikon): Guardian of Women
  • Βασίλισσα της ευχαρίστησης (Vasilissa tis efcharistisis): Queen of Pleasure
  • Φύλακας των μελισσών (Fylakas ton melisson): Keeper of Bees
  • Αυτή που είναι επενδυμένη με τριαντάφυλλα (Afti pou einai ependymeni me triantafylla): She that is clad in roses
  • Αυτή που ηρεμεί τις παλίρροιες (afti pou iremei tis palirroies): She who calms the tides

 

The Symbols of Aphrodite:

  • Eros/Cupids
  • Doves
  • Mirrors
  • Girdle/Belt
  • Apples
  • Scallop Shells
  • Myrtle Wreath
  • Flowers

Aphrodite, Patron of:

  • Attraction
  • Sexual Desire
  • Sex
  • Procreation
  • Romantic Love
  • Seduction
  • Sweet Talk
  • Flirtation
  • Love Poetry
  • Grace
  • Beauty
  • Lovers
  • Relationships
  • Joy
  • Peace
  • Happiness
  • Laughter
  • Pleasure
  • Women
  • Sailors
  • Sexuality
  • Lesbians
  • LGBT People

That Which is Holy to Aphrodite:

  • Holiest Shrine: Paphos, Island of Kypros (Cyprus)
  • Holy Number: 5
  • Holy Days: Friday, 4th Day of the Month
  • Holy Celestial Body: The Planet Venus
  • Holy Festivals: Valentine’s Day (2/14), Aphrodisia (7/20), Adonia (8/4)
  • Sacred Animals: Doves, Bees, Hares, Sparrows, Geese
  • Sacred Plants: Red Rose, Apple, Pomegranate, Narcissus, Myrtle, Myrrh, Lettuce, Cherries, Strawberries, Lime, Anemone, Seaweed, Kelp
  • Sacred Stones: Rose Quartz, Amethyst, Kunzite, Rhodonite, Rhodochrosite, Ruby, Lepidolite, Pink Opal, Amazonite, Aquamarine, Sunstone, Blue Lace Agate, Sodalite, Lapis Lazuli, Opalite
  • Sacred Metals: Gold, Bronze
  • Sacred Shells: Abalone, Conch, Scallop, Clam
  • Sacred Magics: Sea, Storm, Love, Curses, Sex, Feminine, Glamours, Green

 

The 12 Virtues of Aphrodite:

  • Beauty
  • Flirtation
  • Brazenness
  • Timing
  • Grace
  • Charm
  • Gaiety
  • Sensuality
  • Seduction
  • Rapture
  • Discernment
  • Brilliance

The Favours of Aphrodite:

  • Sexual Attraction
  • Love Reciprocated
  • Beauty
  • Pleasure
  • Happiness
  • Luck in both Love and War

The Curses of Aphrodite:

  • Sexual Repulsion
  • Unnatural Desires (Incest, Bestiality)
  • Unrequited Love
  • Ugliness
  • Loneliness
  • Misery

Offerings to Aphrodite:

(My personal ideas)

  • Learn a musical instrument to play in her honor
  • Paint or draw portraits of her
  • Write Love Poetry
  • Self Love and Self Care
  • Makeup/ Beauty Routine
  • Buy New Clothing
  • Bathing / Spa Treatments
  • Erect an Altar for Her
  • Love Others
  • Sexual Pleasure
  • Masturbation
  • Traveling
  • Photography
  • Make a Monthly Donation to Planned Parenthood or RAINN
  • Practice Love Magic
  • Make a Pilgrimage to Paphos, Cyprus (a pretty far out suggestion, I know. But its something I personally would love to do someday)
  • Support Cruelty free beauty products like LUSH
  • Support Ocean Charities, like the Adopt an Orca program through the Whale Museum in Friday Harbor, WA
  • Plan dates for people
  • Give gifts to loved ones

 

Sappho’s Hymn to Aphrodite

(In the original Greek and translated into Modern English)

Ποικιλόθρον᾽ ὰθάνατ᾽ ᾽Αφροδιτα,
παῖ Δίοσ, δολόπλοκε, λίσσομαί σε
μή μ᾽ ἄσαισι μήτ᾽ ὀνίαισι δάμνα,
πότνια, θῦμον.

ἀλλά τυίδ᾽ ἔλθ᾽, αἴποτα κἀτέρωτα
τᾶσ ἔμασ αύδωσ αἴοισα πήλγι
ἔκλυεσ πάτροσ δὲ δόμον λίποισα
χρύσιον ἦλθεσ

ἄρμ᾽ ὐποζεύξαια, κάλοι δέ σ᾽ ἆγον
ὤκεεσ στροῦθοι περὶ γᾶσ μελαίνασ
πύκνα δινεῦντεσ πτέῤ ἀπ᾽ ὠράνω
αἴθεροσ διὰ μέσσω.

αῖψα δ᾽ ἐχίκοντο, σὺ δ᾽, ὦ μάσαιρα
μειδιάσαισ᾽ ἀθάνατῳ προσώπῳ,
ἤρἐ ὄττι δηὖτε πέπονθα κὤττι
δἦγτε κάλημι

κὤττι μοι μάλιστα θέλω γένεσθαι
μαινόλᾳ θύμῳ, τίνα δηὖτε πείθω
μαῖσ ἄγην ἐσ σὰν φιλότατα τίσ τ, ὦ
Πσάπφ᾽, ἀδίκηει;

καὶ γάρ αἰ φεύγει, ταχέωσ διώξει,
αἰ δὲ δῶρα μὴ δέκετ ἀλλά δώσει,
αἰ δὲ μὴ φίλει ταχέωσ φιλήσει,
κωὐκ ἐθέλοισα.

ἔλθε μοι καὶ νῦν, χαλεπᾶν δὲ λῦσον
ἐκ μερίμναν ὄσσα δέ μοι τέλεσσαι
θῦμοσ ἰμμέρρει τέλεσον, σὐ δ᾽ αὔτα
σύμμαχοσ ἔσσο.

 

Shimmering-throned immortal Aphrodite,
Daughter of Zeus, Enchantress, I implore thee,
Spare me, O queen, this agony and anguish,
Crush not my spirit

 

Whenever before thou has hearkened to me–
To my voice calling to thee in the distance,
And heeding, thou hast come, leaving thy father’s
Golden dominions,

 

With chariot yoked to thy fleet-winged coursers,
Fluttering swift pinions over earth’s darkness,
And bringing thee through the infinite, gliding
Downwards from heaven,

 

Then, soon they arrived and thou, blessed goddess,
With divine contenance smiling, didst ask me
What new woe had befallen me now and why,
Thus I had called the.

 

What in my mad heart was my greatest desire,
Who was it now that must feel my allurements,
Who was the fair one that must be persuaded,
Who wronged thee Sappho?

 

For if now she flees, quickly she shall follow
And if she spurns gifts, soon shall she offer them
Yea, if she knows not love, soon shall she feel it
Even reluctant.

 

Come then, I pray, grant me surcease from sorrow,
Drive away care, I beseech thee, O goddess
Fulfil for me what I yearn to accomplish,
Be thou my ally.

 

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Deity Worship: Working with the Divine

So, here lately I’ve been doing a lot of deity work. I try to keep most of my witchcraft practice pretty secular, but the deity I am devoted to in my religious practices has lately shown interest in becoming involved in my magic.

This is just going to be a basic guide full of suggestions on how to start, maintain and keep a practice with a deity, or deities.

Step 1: Making a Connection

The first step to devoting yourself to a deity or deities is to listen to your heart. Your gut instinct. Is there a specific open pantheon that you feel pulled towards? If there is, go with that. If not, then maybe read up on the different pantheons and go from there. Sometimes being called won’t happen right away, and that’s okay. Sometimes its very subtle, and you really have to pay attention to your surroundings to see what sticks out. It is different for everyone. Something important to remember, however, is that becoming a devotee of a deity is a partnership. Yes, you are ‘serving’ them, but they also must reciprocate and be an active member of the relationship. If at any time you feel uncomfortable, you can easily terminate the partnership and cease to be their devotee. Just like with a human relationship, both parties must be consenting and comfortable with the relationship. Once you have established that a specific pantheon would be right for you, research any deities within that pantheon that you would be interested in working with. If you feel you like or are attracted to one, go from there.

Step 2: Establishing a Partnership

Now that you’ve chosen a deity, you need to figure out whether or not they want to work with you. Again, its a relationship so it has to go both ways. You could do this through meditation, pendulum, tarot, runes, astral travel, etc. If you both feel good about it, its time to write up a contract. This step isn’t necessarily..well, necessary, but I like to do it just to make everything feel official. If you do decide to write up a contract, remember to list what you promise to bring to the relationship, and what you expect for them to bring to the relationship. Also, remember to add ‘if either or both parties should feel uncomfortable or wish to cease the partnership, immediate termination of the contract can take place’ somewhere in there.

Step 3: Maintaining the Relationship

Depending on the deity, the requirements for maintaining the relationship will be different. As their devotee, it is expected of you to make offerings to them on a regular basis. It is between the two of you which kind of offerings they want to receive, and how often they should be presented. Below I have listed just some suggestions for how to strengthen the bond with your deity and maintain that steady flow of communication.

  • Give each deity (if you have more than one) their own journal. Deities do not want to feel like they are competing.
  • Let the deity pick the journal. Go to a store and stand in their notebook/journal aisle. One of the best exercises that I find really helps my deity work is to let the deity choose. So while you are standing in the notebook section, let them choose the journal that you will use for them. This could happen as a simple ‘feeling’ of wanting a certain one, or finding a journal that kind of matches their associations. Like, for Persephone, a journal with flowers on it. Or something like that. Use your intuition.
  • Schedule a time every day in which to spend with your deity.
  • Schedule daily or bi-daily meditation or communication sessions.
  • Schedule offering sessions, whether they are daily or twice a week, etc.
  • Communication methods can be pendulum, tarot cards, rune stones, etc.
  • Fill the beginning of the journal with your research on that specific deity. What is their history like? What kind of mythology and stories are associated with them? Do they have specific colors, seasons, foods, plants, crystals, animals that are used to represent them? How did the priests and priestesses of ancient times worship them? How can you modernize that and incorporate it into your daily practice? Etc.
  • Write down offering ideas.
  • Write down ideas you have for activities you could do to honor or better represent your deity.
  • Write down altar ideas.
  • Make them their own altar. Altar’s can include any number of things, but the general set up that I follow is: an offering bowl, an offering jar filled with an herb or plant associated with them, their own set of prayer beads, their own pendulum, crystals associated with them, a statue or idol of them or that represents them, artwork of them or of something they enjoy (like scenery), a candle with a color/scent related to their associations, incense related to their associations, etc. Again, though, that is just my personal set up. Do whatever feels natural to you.
  • Write letters or prayers to the deity in the journal.
  • Write poetry about or for your deity.
  • Document everything! Their altar set up, ideas you have, any communication session transcriptions, prayers, etc. The journal itself can be seen as an offering to your deity, and they appreciate it when their devotees take the time to gather and keep all interactions recorded in one place.
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