Aphrodite is the Greek Goddess of love, beauty, pleasure and procreation. She is also the Goddess of seduction, happiness, sexual attraction and flirtation.
The best known story of how she was born is that she rose from the foam of the sea after Cronus severed Uranus’ genitals and threw them into the water. She is in many ways considered to be the oldest of the Olympian Goddesses, and lives on Mount Olympus.
Animals sacred to Her include the dolphin, the dove, the swan, the hare, the sparrow, the goose and the partridge, and her day of the week is Friday (Vendredi in French).
Plants sacred to her include apples, myrtles, lettuce, rose and lime trees. Suitable offerings include chocolate, honey, wine, pomegranates, perfume and roses.
Her colours are gold, copper, yellow, pink and aquamarine, and her crystals are rose quartz and aventurine.
Associated symbols include the scallop shell and seashells, mirrors and the girdle. Her tarot card is the Lovers. Her time of year is the summer solstice.
As well as water, She is also associated with the element and energy of fire, and the passion of creative force and invention. Related to this, she is also sometimes seen as a War Goddess.
Aphrodite’s planet is, of course, Venus, but she is also associated with the sun.
Aphrodite’s lovers have included Hephaestus, Dionysus, Ares, and Adonis.