Aphrodite Introduction

Aphrodite Introduction

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  • Aphrodite is the ancient Greek goddess of love and beauty
  • Aphrodite was shown to be a unique goddess from the moment of her birth. Most ancient Greek goddesses were either the daughters of Kronos and Rhea or the daughters of Zeus, but according to Hesiod's "Theogony" and Homer's "Hymn to Aphrodite"  Aphrodite formed from sea foam off the coast of Cyprus created after Kronos castrated Ouranos and threw his genitalia into the sea. (However Homer's "Iliad" states Aphrodite is the daughter of Zeus and Dione.) 
  • Love for everyone
  • Aphrodite married Hephaestus, but like many male gods and unlike many female goddesses, she had consensual relationships with other gods like Ares, Poseidon, Hermes, and Dionysus. Aphrodite did not just limit herself to just gods. She had many mortal lovers as well, like Anchises and Adonis. 
  • You're laughing now but let's see who's laughing tomorrow when they fall in love with a cockroach. 
  • According to Jean Bolen, Aphrodite was an alchemical goddess. Most goddesses were either virgin goddesses, like Artemis, Athena, and Hestia, or vulnerable goddesses, like Demeter, Hera and Persephone.
  • But what does it mean to be an alchemical goddess? Aphrodite symbolizes the force that brings new life into the world. Aphrodite inspires a sort of "chemistry" between two beings and they create new life, either literally through procreation, or figuratively through art.
  • In classical mythology, Aphrodite tends to be seen as week and as a laughing stalk among the Olympians. In reality, love is the strongest force of all.
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