Aphrodite is the Greek Goddess of beauty, love, sex, and passions, and one of the twelve Olympians. She also held some domain over merriment, pleasure, love poems, and the star Venus. She was formed from the foam created when Ouranos' genitals were cast into the sea, then emerged fully formed on the beaches of Cyprus. The famous poet Sappho was thought to be her priestess.
Aphrodite worship is largely thought to have come from Ishtar, a near east goddess with a large and expansive following. From there she moved rather quickly throughout Greece. Her worship traditionally included festivals such as Aphrodisia, fertility rituals, singing, tending to gardens, libations and offerings, and, in Corinthia, sacred prostitution.
Modern History Edit
In the modern day, Aphrodite's name is almost synonymous to sexual desire. The word "Aphrodisiac" borrows her name and refers to a substance which increases sex drive.
Her worship has garnered a large following, as many see her as loving and easy to approach. She also has a large enough presence to be recognizable. Though it is hard to count, most regard her as having one of the most followers in modern paganism.
Neo-Wiccans regard her as a mother goddess.
Sacred objects, animals, and plants to Aphrodite include the swan, sparrow, goose, and hare. She also held roses, pearls, myrtle, and anemone flowers in high regard.  Sacrifices of swine were seen as offensive to her, as a wild swine killed Adonis, her beloved.
Aphrodite was worshipped with incense altars and dove sacrifices. Now a days dove sacrifices are a thing of the past, but modern times her worship can include libations (offerings of water or wine pour\ed out), chocolate, incense, roses, acts of self care, and anything that you think she would like.
Some devotees also devote actions to her, such as sex, masturbation, self care, and love shown to others.
- The Erotes
- Tyche (maybe)
- The Charities (maybe)
See Also Edit
- Aphrodite at Mythology Wiki.
- ↑ http://www.theoi.com/Olympios/AphroditeGoddess.html#Foreign
- ↑ http://www.theoi.com/Cult/AphroditeCult.html
- ↑ http://www.theoi.com/Cult/AphroditeCult.html#Korinthia
- ↑ https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/aphrodisiac
- ↑ http://www.goddess-guide.com/greek-goddess-aphrodite.html
- ↑ http://www.theoi.com/Olympios/AphroditeTreasures.html
- ↑ (Burkert 1985, p. 153)
- ↑ http://www.theoi.com/Olympios/AphroditeLoves.html