I’ve been pondering Aphrodite in Her other aspects. She gets reduced to a goddess of just love, just sex, and yet She’s so much more.
I was reading this thread about Aphrodite of Cyprus, and it made me wonder — could She be another incarnation of the Lady of the Stars?
I don’t know. There’s something…more here.
At any rate, I feel I need to deepen my worship of Her — go beyond what the Greeks thought, and find something more substantial.
The first time I felt Aphrodite’s presence was at Pirates and Fairies 2010. I was heartsick and lonely; determined to spend the evening with someone who could help me forget the summer, if only for a night, I gave Her an offering in Her temple (a condom; something others could use in their use of the temple itself). I asked for Her blessing in my life, because I was tired of getting hurt. I felt a gentle brush — nothing so thwappy as when I’m dealing with one of the Triad I worship — and felt real hope my prayers would be answered.
They were — and then some. The man I spent that night with at P&F is now my long-term partner, and I’m finding real healing for previous heart-wounds that have been left bleeding.
In honor of Her blessing in my life, and in hopes of Her continued blessing, I keep a shrine for Her in my bedroom. I light a candle on Fridays, and have started this blog as a virtual shrine to Her. I will try and post every Friday about Aphrodite and my relationship with Her.
It will be difficult, because my relationships with the Triad tend to overshadow everything else, and hearing or feeling relationships with other gods can be an exercise and a half. But I’m determined to keep this relationship going, to keep offering to Her in thanks for all Her blessings.
She’s helping me learn to love myself again. She deserves my love and attention.