The Greek goddess of love, beauty, pleasure, and procreation

To some Christians Aphrodite is the Whore of Babylon, but as with many ancient Greek deities, there is more than one story about her origins. According to Hesiod's Theogony, she was born when Cronus cut off Uranus's genitals and threw them into the sea, and she arose from the sea foam (aphros).

According to Homer's Iliad, she is the daughter of Zeus and Dione. According to Plato (Symposium 180e), the two were entirely separate entities: Aphrodite Ourania and Aphrodite Pandemos.

Aphrodite may be a derivation of Ashtaroth and the goddess Astarte and another story says Aphrodite arose from Semiramis the warrior queen who became known as the Babylonian "Ishtar" which is pronounced "Easter" and her moon egg became known as "Ishtar's" egg."

Aphrodite is also known as Cytherea (Lady of Cythera) and Cypris (Lady of Cyprus) after the two cult sites, Cythera and Cyprus, which claimed to be her place of birth. Myrtle, doves, sparrows, horses, and swans were said to be sacred to her. The ancient Greeks identified her with the Ancient Egyptian goddess Hathor and her more Eastern counterpart may be Rati or Kali, or a composition of both.

Aphrodite had many other names, such as Acidalia, Cytherea and Cerigo, used by a different local cults of the goddess in Greece. The Greeks recognized all of these names as referring to the single goddess Aphrodite, despite the slight differences in what these local cults believed the goddess demanded of them. The Attic philosophers of the 4th century drew a distinction between a celestial Aphrodite (Aprodite Urania) of transcendent principles, and a separate, "common" Aphrodite who was the goddess of the people (Aphrodite Pandemos).

Because of her beauty, other gods feared that their rivalry over her would interrupt the peace among them and lead to war, so Zeus married her to Hephaestus who because of his ugliness and deformity, was not seen as a threat. Aphrodite had many lovers—both gods, such as Ares, and men, such as Anchises. She played a role in the Eros and Psyche legend, and later was both Adonis's lover and his surrogate mother. Many lesser beings were said to be children of Aphrodite.

Aphrodite Libertas (Represented in the USA as the Statue of Liberty)

I am the Goddess of the Golden Face rising from the sea every morning. I am the beauty of the silver moon on the waves and the dance of the stars on the cool waters of the ocean.

My name is fascination, and all those who know me know that look nothing can resist it .

I am a Goddess who destroys and undermines fixed beliefs. I am the Lady of Truth singing in human nature. Those who come to me with masks are torn. Those who seek me with fear will be persecuted. Those who deify love become slaves to their own poverty of spirit. I'm vitality chasing the chaste, Temptation and torture those who close their eyes from fear. I am made ​​of all the bodies in the world and I offer pleasure beyond limit and chase those who flee from me. I'm all forms of love, the most beautiful and most terrible. I am the love that cannot be explained. I'm not for security or dependence; I make you afraid that you will lose your illusions about the nature of love.

I was called by many names, and many say they love me, but few are truly embracing me. I am the Goddess that makes men and women fall and succumb. On my behalf, many thanks are rendered, many candles are lit, many offerings are delivered. But many are wounded, sick and weak before my power! I'm one that you go through life in search of but but never find. I'm one that you find at the end of your desire that has no end, but a wish for more. Many run from me and tremble at my name - for these, I'm Terror, Panic and Desolation. But I'm all this just for those who resist, those who think they can control the flow of my waves.

I am Rapture. I'm the furious wave of the sea that rises and engulfs you completely. My Drowning tide fills you entirely. But lost in my waters are those who know do not really deliver.

My name is Aphrodite Libertas, the Lady of Chains. I'm beautiful, I'm full, I'm many, as many are the loves of my children. I am the Goddess who teaches us to love without limits, without barriers and without fear. I am the Goddess of Love that is free, which is independent of the other, which does not need shackles and live has no prisons; as this is the nature of love - just love.

I am one who destroys the boundaries and shows the immensity of the waves, but I hold and enslave the weak and fearful. I'm done with saliva, tears, sweat, blood and sperm. I'm the overwhelming tide of fury that destroys everything that stands in my way. I'm Ecstatic frenzy, madness and total lack of control. I'm the Wild howl at night of Cosmic Orgasm and exploding stars. I am the Love that Doth Magnify Love and Destroy wrongdoing. I am what you want me to be, and for those who come to me without fear I impart blessings of fullness and power. Do You surrender ?

Venus Verticordia by Dante Gabriel Rossetti 1864 – 1868
Oil on canvas, Russell Cotes Museum, Bournemouth, UK

Gayatri Tantra


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