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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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Resistance Witchcraft: Standing Your Ground

Recent events have called me to a make a post about resistance and witchcraft. Witches, historically, are rebels and warriors against injustice. So it’s only natural that we take a stand now. We cannot allow another genocide to take place. This post will include not just magical stuff, but also practical advice on protesting, safety and being an ally.

Tools of the Trade//

  • Posters and Picket Signs
  • Flyers
  • Chanting
  • Activism Patches, Buttons and T-Shirts

Basic Guidelines//

  • Stay Informed.
  • Educate Yourself and Others.
  • Spread Accurate Information.
  • Donate! Money, Time, Energy, Whatever you can give.
  • Sign Petitions
  • Attend Marches and Protests
  • Vote Any Chance you have to Vote.
  • Practice Protest Safety.
  • Practice Cyber Security.
  • Do not Speak over the Oppressed, Support them.
  • Cast Wards to Protect Protestors.
  • Curse Nazis.

Resistance 101//

How You Can Help//

Resisting as a Witch//

Useful Spells//

 

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Vi’s Witchy Book Rec List

(This will be an ongoing post. I will add to it as I read and review more books. I’m only adding books to these lists that I personally have read. If you have written a witchy book and would like for me to review it, please contact me)

Books I Recommend:

Books to Avoid:

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Magical Girl Witchcraft Masterpost

Sailor Moon//

Tokyo Mew Mew//

Cardcaptor Sakura//

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LGBTQA Witches Masterpost

Finally! I can bring together all of the LGBTQA posts I’ve been making lately. And now more than ever do I feel it is relevant!

The point of this is to give LGBTQA witches safe spaces and spells designed specifically for their use. Let’s go!

General//

 

Spells and Rituals//

Posted in Personal Posts, Witchy Tips

LGBTQA Resources

In light of recent events, I thought that this post was needed. This is a post I will be adding on to, but my main goal is for it to be a one stop go to for LGBTQA peeps for helplines, information, education, aid, etc.

Basics//

Lesbian Resources//

Gay Resources//

Bi Resources//

Trans Resources//

Ace Resources//

Non-Binary and Genderfluid Resources//

Pan Resources//

Helplines and Aid//

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A Cultural Appropriation Masterpost

This will be an ongoing list of informative and educational posts by not only myself, but other members of the POC community. They are all properly credited and when you click on the link, it will take you to their post and their blog. Please support POC bloggers and give them a follow!

Also, if you have made posts or know of really good cultural appropriation posts that you would like for me to include in this post (because my search skills can only extend so far haha), please shoot me a message with a link! Since I make posts only on ndn issues (since I am ndn), there might be a few more posts on that subject until I can find more posts to even it out! Thank you for reading!

 

The Basics//

 

First Nations and Native American Cultures//

Central and South American Cultures//

Pasifika Cultures//

Black and African Cultures//

Asian Cultures//

Roma Culture//

 

 

 

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Wicked Witchcraft: The Witch on the Offense

What is Wicked Witchcraft?

Wicked magic, as I define it, is playing on the offense. It focuses on an attack strategy rather than a defense strategy. Wicked witches tend to lean towards the more grungy side of the craft and like the creepy crawleys of the world. There is a common misconception that Wicked magic, and Wicked witches, practice ‘black’ or ‘dark’ magic, but both of those terms are racist in nature , and incredibly inaccurate. Magic, in itself, is not inherently good or bad. It is a tool. Wicked Magic is simply a volatile and unpredictable style of magic. If I had to associate a word or two with the kind of magic Wicked witches harness, it would be baneful or wild magic.

Tools of a Wicked Witch//

Wicked Sects of Witchcraft//

Crystals for Wicked Witches//

  • Bloodstone: Detoxifying, Grounding, Healing, Helps with Dissociation.
  • Carborundum: Balances Energy Points, Calming, Grounding, Protection.
  • Cinnabar (Dragon’s Blood): Transformation, Wealth, Aligns and Clears Energy Points, Letting Go.
  • Citrine, Smoky: Removes Blockages, Self Cleansing, Prosperity, Banishes Negative Thoughts.
  • Covelitte: Expression through Writing, Psychic Abilities, Intuition, Transition, Visions.
  • Garnet: Loyalty, Love, Commitment, Fidelity in Monogamous Relationships.
  • Howlite: Calming, Self Awareness, Harmony, Protection when Coming Out, Dispels Nightmares.
  • Jet: Purification, Support, Removes Negativity.
  • Kyanite, Black: Meditation, Manifestation, Aligns and Repairs Aura, Ace Empowerment.
  • Labradorite (Spectrolite): Intuition, Strength, Positive Transformation, Psychic Abilities, Dreams, Bi Empowerment.
  • Lodestone (Magnetite): Power, Healing, Love, Balance, Attraction, Intuition.
  • Malachite: Amplifies, Protection, Healing, Repairing Emotional Wounds, Attracts Platonic Relationship.
  • Merlinite: Intuition, Power, Magic, Personal Energy, Eases Communication with the Dead, Storm Magic.
  • Nebula Stone: Removes Fears, Letting Go, Vitality, Grounding, Meditation, Astral Travel, Memories.
  • Onyx: Grounding, Energy Manipulation, Protection from Energy Drainage.
  • Pietersite (Tempest Stone): Storm Magic, Intuition, Removes Emotional Blockages, Growth.
  • Sardonyx: Protection, Happiness, Optimism, Confidence, Self Control, Motivation, Will Power.
  • Septarian (Dragon Stone/Dragon Egg): Confidence, Dragon Magic, Patience, Strength, Gay Empowerment.
  • Spinel: Attracts Wealth and Prosperity, Vitality, Raising Energy, Energizes, Improves Memory.
  • Staurolite (Fairy Cross): Grounding, Soothing, Relieves Stress, Fae Magic, Encourage you to help Heal the Environment.
  • Sugilite: Releases Negative Emotions, Understanding, Forgiving Yourself, Attracts Same Gender/Sex Relationships.
  • Tektite: Wisdom, Knowledge, Overcome Challenges, Astral Travel, Lucid Dreaming, Strengthens Aura.
  • Tiger Eye, Blue (Hawk’s Eye): Communication, Willpower, Ideas, Insight.
  • Tiger Eye, Golden: Good Luck, Vitality, Creativity, Balance, Motivation.
  • Tiger Eye, Red (Dragon’s Eye): Grounding, Integrity, Vitality, Survival.
  • Tiger Iron (Mugglestone/Hematite+Jasper+Tiger Eye): Clarity, Protection, Wishing, Good Luck.

Deities a Wicked Witch Might Favor//

  • Ammit (Kemetic): Eater of Souls. Consumed the souls of sinners in the Underworld
  • Anubis (Kemetic): God of Mummification. Guards the Gates of the Underworld
  • Apophis (Kemetic): God of Chaos, War and Snakes
  • Ares (Hellenic): God of Chaotic War
  • Ate (Hellenic): Goddess of Mischief
  • Enyo (Hellenic): Goddess of Battle
  • Erebus (Hellenic): God of Darkness
  • Eris (Hellenic): Goddess of Strife
  • Hades (Hellenic): God of the Dead, King of the Underworld
  • Heket (Kemetic): Goddess of Frogs
  • Hel (Nordic): Goddess of Underworld and Death
  • Hod (Nordic): God of Winter, the Cold and Darkness
  • Horus (Kemetic): God of War, Sky and Falcons
  • Kuk (Kemetic): God of Darkness
  • Loki (Nordic): The Trickster. God of Fire and Mischief
  • Mania (Hellenic): Goddess of Insanity and the Dead
  • Neith (Kemetic): Creator Goddess of Weaving, Birth, Archery, Shields and Spiders
  • Nekhbet (Kemetic): Goddess of Vultures, Protector of Upper Egypt
  • Nemesis (Hellenic): God of Retribution and Revenge
  • Nephthys (Kemetic): Goddess of Funerals
  • Nyx (Hellenic): Goddess of the Night
  • Osiris (Kemetic): God of the Dead, Underworld and the Afterlife
  • Persephone (Hellenic): Goddess of Springtime, Queen of the Underworld
  • Reshep (Kemetic): God of Plague and War
  • Sekhmet (Kemetic): Goddess of Lions, War, Blood, Fire and Vengeance
  • Selene (Hellenic): Goddess of the Moon, Mother of All Vampires
  • Serket (Kemetic): Goddess of Scorpions, Healing, Poison and Antidotes
  • Set (Kemetic): God of Chaos, Desert, Sand, Storms and Change
  • Sobek (Kemetic): God of Crocodiles and Alligators
  • Thanatos (Hellenic): God of Death
  • Typhon (Hellenic): God of Storms, Monsters and Volcanoes
  • Vidar (Nordic): God of War and Violence
  • Zelus (Hellenic): God of Rivalry and Jealousy
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Artistic Craft: Magic for Artists

Here are my posts that are artsy in nature!

//Tips of Artistic Witches//

//Theatre Magick//

//Dance Magick//

//Music Magick//

//How to Create Sigils//

 

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Winter Witchery: A Guide to Snow Magic

A Winter Witch is a cold loving, snow dwelling witch who has mastered the ice! Here is just some basic info on Winter Witchery! Winter Witches also go by Snow Witches or Ice Witches.

Tools of the Trade//

  • Snow
  • Ice
  • Storms
  • Furs and Hides
  • Crystals
  • Fire
  • Hot Beverages

Crystals//

  • Quartz Crystal
  • Ulexite
  • Blue Calcite
  • Clear Calcite
  • Blue Kyanite
  • Blue Aragonite
  • Dolomite
  • Blue Lace Agate
  • Stilbite
  • Aquamarine
  • Selenite
  • Sodalite
  • Howlite
  • Labradorite
  • Morganite
  • Apophyllite
  • Celesite
  • Angelite

Herbs//

  • Cedar
  • Cypress
  • Ivy
  • Sage
  • Oak
  • Seaweeds
  • Kelp
  • Valerian
  • Lavender

Divination Using Ice//

  • Scry using a sheet of ice or ice cubes
  • Ice Crack Reading (similar to reading cracks in bones, etc)

Uses for Snow Water//

  • Curses, to freeze an enemy and turn their heart to ice
  • Protection, to form an icy wall that keeps out negative energies
  • Cleansing, to make things as pure as snow

To Summon a Blizzard//

  • Prior knowledge and skill at whistling up a wind is useful
  • Put ice water/snow water in a glass bowl
  • Whistle low and then high, mimicking the sound of the wind in a blizzard
  • Stir the water clockwise while whistling to bring the storm, visualize it to summon it

To Make an ‘Ice Queen’ Glamour//

  • Put a white votive candle in the center of a glass bowl
  • Fill bowl with enough Snow or Full Moon Water so that you can stir it but not enough to where the candle will drown
  • Add silver and blue glitter to the water
  • Light the candle and stir the water clockwise to increase your self confidence, self esteem and emotional balance. Stir counterclockwise to remove negativity, banish toxicity from your life, and cleanse yourself. Say out loud how you want others to perceive you and how you want to perceive yourself.

Ice Cube Curse//

  • Charge an Ice Cube with a curse and as it melts, imagine that your enemy’s self esteem/self worth melts away with it.