So….what does a Priestess of Aphrodite *do*?

I get to wear funky robes and have sex with thousands of hot male slaves, of course 😉

muscle_slave_by_builtbytallsteve-d5ri0so

Who wouldn’t want to be Priestess of Aphrodite with a gig like that? Sheesh!

Seriously, serving the Goddess of Beauty and Love is all about intent. I honour Her with my actions. She gives me confidence in everything I do, in all my acts – especially those to do with beauty, sexuality and love.

Practically minded.

Aphrodite is an enabler. A facilitator. In other words, She gives Her Priestesses and those that serve Her the powers that She governs.

Aphrodite is the Goddess of Love, Beauty, Sex and Sensuality, among other aspects. So when you decide to tread Her path and follow Her you begin to find all aspects of those parts of your life and your personality falling into place.

This doesn’t mean that the moment you decide to honour Aphrodite as your patron Goddess that you’ll suddenly wake up the next morning all sexified or hunky. But it does mean that you may find that your own unique form of sexuality and beauty begins to make sense to you on a level that it may not have before.

Creating focus.

If you felt scattered or uncertain about what you wanted (like I did), everything pulls into focus. If you lacked confidence or security in expressing who you are, your own inner, sensual self will be made clear.

You’ll feel – if your experience is anything akin to mine – like you suddenly don’t have to fit in with society’s demands any more. They weakened you. Instead you find yourself, independent and unique, and the world begins to listen.

That is the power of Aphrodite.

Shedding the skin of superficiality, and creating real beauty

Priestesses and Priests of Aphrodite – and I am beginning to know a few around the world – are not cookie-cutter Barbie doll types. Far from it. They stand out in a crowd. People stop to look at them. They’ve found their own form of power through serving the Goddess.

They’ve learned, or are learning, how to shed the skin of superficial beauty society attempts to force us to mould ourselves into. They’re learning how to embrace our own, unique, powerful forms of beauty and sensuality.

Serving the Goddess is all about strengthening women. Creating balance. Supporting freedom of sensuality. Expressing our sensual selves. Connecting with the sea, and the water. There is a reason Aphrodite is often portrayed balanced upon a scallop shell – She is an image of balance between the genders, a symbol of the re-assertion of femininity.

Botticelli. The Birth of Venus.
Botticelli. The Birth of Venus.

Aphrodite enables women to make choices regarding our reproductive and sexual freedom. Curtaining the reach of patriarchy. Limiting the rule of men over women, wherever we find it. Recognising women’s intrinsic power over men, and being unafraid to use it. Shamelessly so, but fairly.

Aphrodite isn’t a great one for Olympian-style ritual. She’s one, instead, for action. Serve Her in deeds, not in flowery performance. Serve her with your body, soul and mind, not with words and theatricals. She grows stronger as women grow stronger.

Remember that She is an ancient Goddess – according to Hesiod, She is the daughter of Uranus, the primal Greek sky God, and absolutely worthy of reverence, possibly older than any of the other Olympian Goddesses.

As a Priestess of Aphrodite, it is my duty to usher in her Rise. Aphrodite – and other ancient deities – has been persecuted for nearly two millenia under the push of Christanity and Islam across the world. Only now, as Christanity at least is in its death throes, is She re-asserting herself.

Goddess_Venus____by_Villenueve


The image of the hot male slave is, as far as I can tell, by artist “Built By Tall Steve”.

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But but but…Gods and Goddesses don’t exist!

    “I choose to worship a Goddess whose very essence embraces what I am, as a woman.”

So you’re an atheist. Good for you.

Or an agnostic. That’s a cool choice as well.

Or you just haven’t made up your mind, but one thing you’re not sure about is how these ancient Greek Gods and Goddesses could possibly fit in with today’s modern world. They don’t fit in with the scientific view. I mean, where the hell is Mount Olympus anyway?

In case you were wondering, by the way, Mount Olympus is a real place. It’s the tallest mountain in Greece, and you can read about it here. Here’s a picture of it:

800px-Mount_Olympus_from_Litochoro

The thing is, the Greek Gods and Goddesses fit in really well with modern society. You can view them – as a lot of people do – as a set of archetypes, or ideas. Or you can view them as real people. It’s up to you.

Making choices

One thing is, they’re very real to read about. Take the time to read the myths, and the characters of the Gods and Goddesses jump out at you. They make sense. You can imagine them bickering, and not getting along at times, just like human families do. They’re understandable. They’re something we can grasp. They make sense.

So you can either choose to view Aphrodite as a personification of a set of ideas – an ideology bundled up into the form of a Goddess. Or you can choose to accept the Goddess as a whole, real entity – a living, breathing being that actually exists.

It’s your decision, just as the decision to believe or not is yours.

For me, Aphrodite is very real. I found that once I started accepting her as real, and her influence upon my life as real, the magic started happening. Some of the ways she has changed my life are deeply personal, but all are powerful. She is a tranformative Goddess – when she enters your life, she will change it. Every aspect of your life will be transformed and renewed.

It’s all too much codswallop!

And if you simply accept her as an archetype, as a bundle of ideas?

She can be useful in that respect too. If you look at what she represents: feminine power, the acceptance of our sexuality, the belief that it is okay – more than okay – to be beautiful. That to be a woman is not a sin, but something that can be wonderful, and powerful, and dynamic.

These are powerful, useful ideas, and very pertinent to the here and now.

What Aphrodite is and does

Aphrodite shows us that women can be decision-makers, that we can control relationships, that we can control our own futures and our own bodies. We have these rights, they are ours. They always have been.

And that we have power over men. This is a BIG concept to grasp, and the power of Aphrodite resides right at its core.

The reason feminine sexuality has been hidden away is precisely because it gives us power over men. This is why female sexuality is denigrated in patriarchy. This is why Aphrodite and all that she stands for is so uncomfortable for so many.

Aphrodite teaches women to accept our power. Accept our power, and our bodies, and we accept ourselves.

Reveal our strength and our beauty, just as She revealed Hers when she stepped out of the sea at the beginning of time.

Aphrodite teaches us not to be afraid of our sexual and sensual selves, not to hide them or closet them away. She also teaches us not to deny that our physical and emotional and spiritual selves are one and the same. She throws away the break between physical and spiritual that the Christian churches emphasize, and shows that separation of physical and spiritual up for the cheap and shoddy misogynistic trick that it truly is.

Instead, and in opposition to the “physical world is sinful and broken” ideology, She revels in the sacredness of the body, and the sacredness of physical pleasure. And she gives us the power and the strength to do likewise.

Aphrodite’s gifts

Do the Gods and Goddesses exist? Perhaps. There is no proof either way. But I choose to worship a Goddess whose very essence embraces what I am, as a woman.

That choice makes me stronger, more beautiful, more powerful, more confident, happier and more joyful with every day that I live.

I think it is a good choice.

Botticelli. The Birth of Venus.
Botticelli. The Birth of Venus.