Aphrodite is one of the main goddesses in my life. She represents a huge part of myself and she was a big part of my reiki journey when I was learning my placements. Since Valentine’s day is tomorrow I figured I would dedicate this post to her. Today we are going to talk about some of her associations, her birth story, a ritual you could do to honor her, and a love spell that you can ask her to help you with (that is Wiccan rede kosher).
Aphrodite is the goddess of love, beauty, pleasure, sensuality, and procreation.
A conch shell is her symbol.
Her sacred animals are the dove and the goose.
Her sacred plants are myrtle and rose.
The myth about Aphrodite’s birth
It is said that Ouranos went to Gaia looking to find intimacy. When Ouranos exposed himself, his son, Kronos, ambushed him and cut off his fathers genitals. Kronos then threw his father’s genitals into the sea. As soon as Ouranos genitals touched the sea they were enveloped by the waves and a white foam spread around it. From that sea foam grew a maiden. This maiden was Aphrodite.
A Ritual for Aphrodite
You will need:
- A candle placed in the center of your kitchen table
- Incense (pref frankincense)
- A meal offering or symbolic offering – Olive oil, Salt, bread, wine
Decorate the altar (i.e. The kitchen table) with symbols of Aphrodite: Images of Her, flowers, images of doves, swans, sparrows or their feathers and seashells.
Begin by washing your hands with soap and water or with a salt or sugar scrub.
Light the incense. Cleanse the area and yourself (you may opt to create a sacred circle). Set the incense back on the altar and let it continue to burn.
Light the second candle:
“Aphrodite, I come before you on this day in joy and thankfulness.”
Recite a prayer to Aphrodite. You could come up with something from your heart (pre-written or on the fly), or you could recite either Orphic Hymn to Aphrodite or the Homeric Hymn to Aphrodite.
List the blessings you have received from Aphrodite in the past year and talk about the challenges in the coming year. Present offerings.
“Aphrodite, in thanks for your many gifts, as I have just related, I pour out this libation to you.”
Drink the rest saying: “By the will of the Gods, I have this wine/juice that I need not know thirst.”
Take the bread and dip it in olive oil and sprinkle it with salt. Place a bit in the libation bowl or offering dish and eat the rest.
“By the will of the Gods, I have food to fill my belly that I need not know hunger.”
“Aphrodite, I thank you for hearing my prayer.” Snuff out the candle.
Put out the incense and take the water, the libation and the offering outside.
A Feast for Aphrodite
Aphrodite is the Goddess of love, sensuality and all great passions. She is appropriately invited to any feast celebrating these things and food is, of course, an appropriate offering to her.
Aphrodite says, love what you eat, eat what you love and bring all your senses to the table! She is a very appropriate tutelary Goddess for the sensual Kitchen Witch.
Aphrodite is especially associated with apples due to the story of the golden apple: Eris tossed an apple into the crowd of Goddesses with a note that said “for the fairest”. Paris was selected to choose which Goddess got the apple, and he chose Aphrodite (really he was choosing the instrument of his doom… ) and as a reward he won the love of the most beautiful woman in the world, Helen, Queen of Sparta who was already married to a warlord, or rather the brother of a warlord, thus the Trojan war began.
Some modern scholars insist that the golden apple was in fact a quince.
One food to avoid when honoring Aphrodite is pork, as it was a wild boar that killed her beloved Adonis.
Some foods associated with Aphrodite:
(You may also wish to honor Aphrodite with foods associated with Her planet, Venus)
Menu for Aphrodite’s Feast
toast points or Crackers with rose hip jelly, brie and strawberries or goose liver pate.
Creamy Seafood Bisque
Arugula and Fruit Salad with Almonds
Grilled Oysters or steamed mussels and grilled tomatoes
over Herb Butter Pasta
Fava beans with thyme
Wine-steeped pears garnished with candied violets
served with chai
This ritual was adapted from this post http://sacredhearth.com/dev:ritual-in-honor-of-aphrodite
Love Spell to Attract your Soulmate
- Four red spell candles
- Two white spell candles
- Candle holders
- A lighter or match
When you speak, do so with strength and authority. You needn’t shout, but use a powerful, commanding tone of voice.
Now, you want to find a space that you can make your circle in. Sit or stand in the middle. Place one red candle about two feet in front of you. Place the other red candles about two feet to your right, to your left, and behind you. If possible, orient yourself to the North. Now, sit/stand in the middle and close your eyes. Breathe deeply for a moment, feeling relaxing energy flowing in with every in-breath and out with every out-breath. When you feel relaxed and focused, open your eyes. Say:
I call upon thee, Spirit of Earth, to support me with your grounding and strength. Light the candle in front of you.
Turn ninety degrees to your right. Say:
I call upon thee, Spirit of Fire, to strengthen my passion and emotion this night (or day). Light the candle you are facing. Turn ninety degrees to your right. Say:
I call upon thee, Spirit of the Wind, to free the path between me and my goal. Light the candle you are facing. Turn ninety degrees to your right. Say:
I call upon thee, Spirit of the Water, to consume my intent to create. Light the candle you are facing. Turn ninety degrees to your right. You should be facing the direction where you began. Say:
Within the balance of nature, I stand! Light one of the white candles and place it in front of you and slightly to the left. Say:
I am one with the power of nature. I am blessed to announce this night, that my intent is to draw my soulmate to me. Light the second white candle and place it in front of you and slightly to the right of the first white candle. Say:
As I will it, I bring into my life the soulmate that I crave, the love that I deserve. I am a powerful creator, and as I will, shall be. Reach out and pick up the two white candles, one in each hand, and raise them in front of you to eye-level. Say:
Two lights in an endless world, united at last by love and by passion. Tilt the two candles to combine their flames into one. Say:
As we come together as one, I bring my wish to pass. So mote it be! Blow out the combined flame of the white candles. Say:
I release this intent into the universe. My creation has begun, and I eagerly await my love. Turn ninety degrees to your left. Say:
Water I command thee! Carry my intent to the ends of the earth! Blow out the candle in front of you. Turn ninety degrees to the left. Say:
Wind I command thee! Carry my intent to the ends of the universe! Blow out the candle in front of you. Turn ninety degrees to the left. Say:
Fire I command thee! Empower my intent and bring haste to the process! Blow out the candle in front of you. Turn ninety degrees to the left. Say:
Earth I command thee! Bring my love to me! Blow out the candle in front of you.
Note: if you don’t feel comfortable commanding the elements you can say for example “Fire I ask of thee!”
Sit/Stand back in the center of your circle. Close your eyes. Breathe deeply for a moment, feeling the energy that you have generated coarsing through your being. Slowly, let the feeling fade back out. When you feel grounded and relaxed once more, open your eyes. Give thanks to the spirits who assist you, and resume your daily life.
I got this spell from https://wiccanspells.info/powerful-soulmate-spell/
Thank you so much for reading today’s post. Do you honour Aphrodite? Let me know along with any Valentine plans, thoughts, or questions you have in the comments below. Also, make sure you follow me here and on twitter so you get notifications when I post and when I upload videos to youtube. Until next time, Happy Valentine’s Day and Blessed Be.