Thursday, February 10, 2011

Aphrodite - the Greek Goddess of the Heart

With Valentine's Day just around the corner, the Greek Goddess of love, beauty and sexuality seems to be everywhere.  Together with her Roman equilvant, Venus, images of hearts and the brilliant red rose are abound.

Historically, the worship of Aphrodite in Greece was imported from, or at least influenced by, the Phoenicia cult of Astarte.  According to Hesiod's "Theogony", Aphrodite was born when Cronos cut of the genitals of his father, Uranus, and threw them into the ocean.  From the foam of the waves emerged the beautiful Aphrodite.

Her great beauty caused an element of fear amongst the Greek Olympian Gods in that the other Goddesses would become jealous of her, so Zeus married Aphrodite off to Hephaestus, the lame God.  This marriage of convenience did not prevent the beautiful Goddess from taking other lovers, including the God of War, Ares, as well as mortal men such as Anchises. Aphrodite also became instrumental in the "Eros and Psyche" legend, and later was both the lover as well as the mother of Adonis.  Many lesser beings were said to be children of Aphrodite.

Aphrodite is also known as "Cytherea" (Lady of Cythera) and "Cypris" (Lady of Cyprus) after the two sites which claimed to be the place of her birth.

Sacred to Aphrodite are myrtle trees, doves and sparrows, horses and swans.


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"Dancing the Sacred Wheel" now available again

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Great Goddess Isis

Great Goddess Isis

Exhortation of Isis

You are She in the dust of whose feet is the hosts of Heaven,
Whose body encircles the Universe,
Who turns the Earth in its orb,
Who gives light to the Sun,
Who rules the World.

You tread death underfoot.
To Thee, the stars are responsive,
To Thee the seasons turn and the Gods rejoice
And the elements are in subjugation.

You are She that is the natural Mother of all things,
Mistress and governor of all elements,
The initial progeny of worlds,
Chief of Divine powers,
Queen of Heaven,
Principle of all the Gods celestial and the light of Goddesses.

At Your will are disposed the planets of the air,
The wholesome winds of the seas
And the silences of the unseen world.