Venus in Scorpio turned backwards on the 5th…. bringing focus and intensity to our relationships and how we see love in others and ourselves. We may wobble in the dark and muddy waters of Venus for a while until she moves forward once again in the sign of Libra -Nov 16th) to become the dazzling morning star in our skies . So until then passion, scrutiny and a bit of roaring may prevail! If we can turn down the heat a bit of contemplation may help …so I thought I would release Aphrodite to join us in the rough seas……
APHRODITE was the goddess of love, procreation, pleasure and beauty, whose mythical birthplace was in Paphos, Cyprus. It is said, that she was conceived from the severed genitals of the God Uranus that were thrown into the sea . White foam arose and spread around the genitals and the sperm and the sea mixed alchemically, leading to the conception of the Goddess. Aphrodite arose from a rock in the sea. She was carried to the shore on a shell amidst a shower of roses to be met by nymphs and deities who attended her. Her name means ‘risen from the foam’. Her cult was derived from the ancient Phoenician goddess, Astarte. She was a warrior Goddess and the patron Goddess of prostitutes, which was a common aspect of life in Ancient Greece. As an archetype Aphrodite embraces a woman’s enjoyment of love , sexuality and sensuality.
On a deeper level she is the personification of the state of being we know as to be IN-LOVE. The essence of that state is a powerful, sensual, heightened experience making life ‘madly’ elevated, and enhanced. At such times we feel connected, fascinated, engrossed and more ‘alive than our normal state of being. All creative and romantic experiences can lead us to fall in-love. She is our passion and desire. Such times lead us to rise up and meet the heights of the Aphrodite archetype foaming with intensity, creation, fulfillment and meaning. Of course, none of us need much warning that Love , in all its guises, is the most complicated of things, which can bring out the very best or the very worst in us. 💙
“I will sing of stately Aphrodite, gold crowned and beautiful, whose dominion is the
walled cities of all sea-set Cyprus. There the moist breath of the western wind wafted her
over the waves of the loud-moaning sea in soft foam.” ~Homer