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The history of goddesses

Aphrodite: The Goddess of Love And Beauty

She was worshipped as the goddess of the sea and became the goddess of sex, pleasure, money, fertility, and even ruled marriages

Aphrodite was known as the ultimate divine feminine among the gods. (Photo: Pixabay)

In ancient mythology, Aphrodite — the Olympian goddess of sex, love, and beauty — is syncretized with Venus, the Roman goddess of love.

The Greek word aphros means “foam.” She is said to have been formed of sea foam from Uranus’s — the Greek god of the sky — genitals that were cut off and thrown in the sea by Cronus, his troubled son.

Aphrodite was formed with the help of the fishes in the sea. She was born on the shore, and it is written that as she walked along the shore, flowers sprang from under her feet.

She was worshipped as the goddess of the sea and became the goddess of love, beauty, sex, pleasure, money, and fertility and even ruled marriages.

In cosmology, Aphrodite is known as the power of nature and the mother of all livings beings.

All the gods wanted her for a wife, but Zeus compelled her to marry Hephaestus — the god of fire — out of her own will to save Hera from a magical trap. As imperfect as this match between Aphrodite and Hephaestus was, she had good reason to have several affairs.

Their marriage ended, of course.

She spent her time flirting with Ares — the handsome god of war — by whom she became the mother of Harmonia, the warrior twins Phobos and Deimos, and Eros, the god of love (also known as Cupid.)

Aphrodite’s mortal lovers included Anchises, the Trojan shepherd by whom she became the mother of Aeneas, and the handsome young man Adonis, who was killed by a boar while hunting.

Because of her astonishing beauty, she was followed by men — and women — some of which she owned and willingly prostituted themselves in her service.

She frequently engaged the talented and genius of the ancient artists who couldn’t stop marveling at her beauty. She won the hearts of the gods and men, and by the power she got, she ruled over all the living creations.

She was seen sculpted nude in standing positions half-naked, laying in a seashell, or dressed in a tunic. She traveled in style on a flying chariot pulled by sparrows.

She received the prize of beauty and gained the power to grant love and beauty to others. She had absolute control over the emotions of love and desire. She is responsible for creating love between mortals.

People believed she could help them find true love.

Aphrodite’s life wasn't all beauty, love, and flowers — she had problems. Typhon was a god and a monster and was known as the father of all monsters and the most feared deity. In mythology, one day Typhon attacked Zeus and imprisoned him in a cave guarded by a dragon. Hermes and Pan rescued Zeus, which made Typhon very angry. He shrieked so loudly, and when the gods heard him yell in anger, they took on different forms to escape him.

Zeus changed into a ram, and Aphrodite and Eros changed into fishes — the animal they considered to possess the greatest generative powers — to escape Typhon. The constellation Pisces was placed in the sky to celebrate the escape of Aphrodite and Eros from Typhon.

Aphrodite is an immortal, and immortals don't die.

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