Names: Aphrodite (Greek), Venus (Roman), Astarte (Near East), Ishtar (East Semetic)
Love, Beauty, Passion, Pleasure, Fertility
Who is Aphrodite, The Goddess of Love?
One legend tells us that the Goddess of Love and Beauty, daughter of Zeus, rose from the sea foam just off the coast of Cyprus. This goddess has been known by many names over the course of history, but her energy has remained very much the same. Aphrodite’s energy is characterized by being strong, sensuous, innately female, confident, powerful, and fearless. The ultimate Divine Feminine energy personified.
When we think of Aphrodite we might picture a woman with flowing hair, perfect features and the ideal body, but her power is in more than just her outward appearance. Aphrodite draws her power from within; she is fearless in the pursuit of her desires, and is an absolute force to be reckoned with. This goddess gives love freely, but definitely knows her worth and does not let any mistreatment go unpunished!
In the legend of the Trojan War, Aphrodite wanted to be on top, to be recognized as the most beautiful of all goddesses. While it may seem trivial to host a beauty contest amongst deities, what it really comes down to is who had the drive and cunning to succeed.
Aphrodite is the original boss babe, and her goddess energy exists within each and every one of us. Aphrodite made a deal (One that ended up launching the Trojan War… whoops!) and was ultimately successful in achieving what she set out to do. Aphrodite didn’t desert the Trojan soldiers in various instances over the course of the war, taking some responsibility for her actions! Aphrodite teaches us to embrace our inner goddess and to be fierce in the pursuit of our dreams – just don’t forget about the people who helped you to reach them!
Aphrodite Self Love Ritual:
To worship Aphrodite is really to worship our own selves and our Divine Feminine energy. It’s easy to invoke our Aphrodite energy, and show her well-deserved appreciation by practicing self-love and self-care. Feel free to change it up and make it your own!
Aphrodite Crystals: Aquamarine, Moonstone, Rose Quartz, Pearl, Rhodonite
Aphrodite effigy (Such as statuary, a shell, or something else to represent the goddess)
Candles (and something to light them with)
Oils that are safe for skin
Coconut oil or your preferred moisturizer
Bath tub (or a wading pool if you have one!)