Never Give Up On Love with Aphrodite,
Goddess of Love and Beauty
from our Angel Messenger Creative Team
Do you think the world needs more love? Whether you look at the world at large, or the world you share with family and friends, you see where love is lacking. Sometimes, it’s hard to spot love amidst all the turmoil and trauma. It’s easy to get overwhelmed, isn’t it? Instead of focusing on the suffering, focus on the love you have inside yourself. And while you’re at it, make it a sweet, pleasure-filled experience. Not sure how? Honor and invoke Aphrodite, the goddess of love and beauty. When we follow in her footsteps, we recognize the love and light that is already present. Plus, this beautiful deity invites us to add more loving energy to our inner and outer worlds.
Who is Aphrodite?
Aphrodite is a Greek goddess, but she is also honored as “Venus” in Roman mythology. Famous painters, like Sandro Botticelli, depict Aphrodite being born of the sea. She is said to have unrivaled beauty, and legend has it that she had a magical belt that would make people desire and love her. In ancient Roman culture, Aphrodite was revered as a goddess of chastity for women, which you might think is strange when you consider her story. Aphrodite was a married woman, but not by choice. Zeus, the king of the Greek gods, gave her away to Hephaistos, the god of fire and blacksmiths. Aphrodite, on the other hand, loved Ares, the god of war. Despite the fact that Aphrodite was Hephaistos’ wife, she continued to love Ares, and their affair shows up in many Greek myths. Aphrodite didn’t stop with Hephaistos and Ares. She was also involved with gods, Dionysos, Hermes, Zeus, and Adonis, along with some mortals, too. Needless to say, this beautiful goddess had many affairs. But the question is, how can this goddess inspire us to increase the love we have – for ourselves, our immediate surroundings, and the world at large?
Always seek love
We could debate the morality of Aphrodite’s amorous life, but instead of looking at her story as literal and factual, let’s look at it metaphorically. Let’s imagine that Aphrodite was focused on obtaining love itself, rather than one affair after another. Aphrodite looked for love, and she was relentless about it. Sure, we can argue that she might have looked for it in the wrong places. But let’s focus on what she’s looking for in the first place: love. When this is our focus, we immediately recognize that we share something in common with this beautiful goddess.
Seeking love with Aphrodite
Do you look for love outside of yourself? Ask Aphrodite to help you notice and cultivate the love that’s already within you. We are very good at ignoring ourselves and not giving ourselves the time, space and attention we need. To change this, consider creating an altar space in honor of Aphrodite. Even if you only spend five quiet minutes honoring Aphrodite, you are doing something kind and loving for yourself, too. To do so, arrange any of the following items on a special space:
You may feel tired and worn out. You may not want to keep looking for love. Take heart and turn to Aphrodite. She never stopped looking, and she can help you stay focused on love, too.
Embrace intimacy and sexuality
For centuries, female sexuality was a taboo, and something shrouded in shame and judgment. Aphrodite changes that. This goodness invites us to accept our sexuality as an integral and beautiful part of being alive. Just as Aphrodite is utterly beautiful, so, too, is female sexuality. At least, that’s what she invites us to consider. Do you ever feel ashamed or conflicted about your own sexuality? Do you tend to judge women for “flaunting” their sexuality? If negativity surrounds our sexuality, it’s easier to judge others for theirs. One way to change that is to learn to love and admire your body. Gradually, we can start to admire our own sexuality, too.
Aphrodite’s aromatic bath
One way to honor your body is to take a divine bath ritual. Here’s what you need:
- 10 drops vanilla essential oil
- 10 drops lavender essential oil
- 1 cup Epsom salts
- 2 cups of rose petals
By doing something kind for your body, you acknowledge how special it is. The more we indulge in loving kindness, the easier it can be to embrace sexuality as something essential – not something to be ashamed of.
Fall in love with your feminine nature
According to mythology, Aphrodite was born out of the sea. So, it’s almost impossible to not connect Aphrodite with femininity. Water has long been a symbol of the feminine. It gives and receives. It’s both powerful and soft. Water is creative, abundant, adaptable, sensitive and fluid. And just as Aphrodite was birthed from water, so, too, are women inherently creative. As a woman, you have the ability to dive into the depths of creativity, intuition, and imagination.
Fall in love with your feminine nature
Are you familiar with famous paintings and sculptures of Aphrodite? She’s a favorite in the art world, from Botticelli’s The Birth of Venus to Antonio Canova’s Venus Victrix. Art pieces are beautiful ways to remember Aphrodite, but they can make her seem static and just another piece of art. Consider the idea that Aphrodite is just as alive and passionate as she ever was. Consider that she would love to hear from you and help you accept your feminine nature. So, why not invoke her? If you’re not sure how to add this simple prayer to your daily ritual, here you are; “Beautiful Aphrodite, goddess of love, can you help me see how beautiful I am today? Help me understand that no matter what my past looks like, and no matter what I’m feeling today, that I am worthy of love, both from myself and from others. Just as water gives and receives, help me to not only give love but to receive it, too. Thank you, beautiful goddess.” When we can increase the loving-kindness we have for ourselves, and when we never give up on love, we can increase love in our own little world, and the world at large. Turn to the goddess of love and beauty for inspiration. Aphrodite’s never-ending quest for love is just as relevant today as it was thousands of years ago. Much Love & Angel Blessings, Angel Messenger