Thursday, 17 December 2009

From the Carmina Burana

24. Ave formosissima (Hail, most beautiful one)

Ave formosissima,Hail, most beautiful one,
gemma pretiosa,precious jewel,
ave decus virginum,Hail, pride among virgins,
virgo gloriosa,glorious virgin,
ave mundi luminar,Hail. light of the world,
ave mundi rosa,Hail, rose of the world,
Blanziflor et Helena,Blanchefleur and Helen,
Venus generosa!noble Venus!

Saturday, 12 December 2009

Sea of Love

In the sea of love, I melt like salt
Faith, Doubt – they both dissolve.
A star is opening in my heart
The worlds turn in it.

- Rumi

Friday, 11 December 2009

Friday's Flower

Unsurpassed Goddess, with love and awe I greet You
Sea-green are Your eyes, luminous and fathomless
Flawless is Your form
O wondrous Aphrodite!
Of water were You born
In water we know You
In soft waves of pleasure
In torrents of desire
In salt tears of lost love
In salt sweat at love’s end
So sweet Your gifts, Goddess, unbearably sweet
So sharp their agony
So thin the line between
For love that fills the soul
For life-giving passion
For pure, clear, beautiful lust-maddened hearts
For solace and hope
For love’s comfort and terror
O Aphrodite!
For Your blessings I thank you!

From Hellenic Devotions (a site now defunct because of GeoCities' closing)

Wednesday, 9 December 2009

Orphic Hymn to Aphrodite

The reciting or reading aloud of a hymn was considered an offering to the Gods in Ancient Greece. It is something to remember for when you are low on time, funds, or at a loss as to what to offer her. I cherish the thought that something so simple can bring me closer to her.
~Tanisha

Hymns of Orpheus to Aphrodite

Child of Ocean
amazing beauty, we honor you.
You rule deep earth,
encircling heaven,
the stormy seas
and everything in them.
Mother of sweet marriage,
you join the world together
with laughter and harmony;
even the Fates obey you.
Every eye seeks you.
Give us beauty and love.
Delighted by secrets
and lavish feasts
you are concord
and persuasion.
You are beautiful necessity
even in the frenzy of the shark,
delicate as sea foam of Cyprus,
fragrant as Syrian oils,
bright as golden chariots
on Egyptian plains
by the sandy bank
of the turquoise Nile,
a choir of the loveliest Nymphs
sings a hymn to your beauty.
With reverence we ask
for the gift of grace 

Sunday, 6 December 2009

Honeycomb

My best days are when I melt
Love streams from me
Warm, timeless, honey
From your invisible comb

- Rumi

Friday, 4 December 2009

Friday's Flower

Friday is the day of the week sacred to Aphrodite. The etymology of the name Friday shows us that it was originally called hemera Aphrodites (Aphrodite's Day). This was translated in Latin to dies Veneris (day of Venus). In Germanic languages, it was interpreted as Frigga's day or Freya's day, both goddesses being goddesses of love and beauty in areas of Germany and the Norse lands. The English name Friday is therefore derived from the Germanic interpretations.

We share with you prayers, blessings, affirmations and poetry dedicated to Aphrodite to honour Her on Her sacred day.

In the Northern Hemisphere at this dark time of the year, we honour Aphrodite as Aphrodite Epitymbria (Aphrodite of the Tombs); a wise Queen who imparts Her wisdom and love upon us. Today I offer the following prayer:-

Wise One, tell me what I need to know
To let the flame of love burn eternal
Let my lover come to me
With open arms and an open heart.

Ancient and shining one,
I can see forever in your eyes
Each point leads to another
Till the ancient wisdom of love is revealed
Love of life
Love of self
Love of Goddess
Love of everything
Love of the One
When all is revealed
They are all the same
The wisdom of the crone
Resides within us all
And when I look within
I tap into this spirit,
Ancient, and all-knowing

Sirona Knight
Goddess Bless! Divine Affirmations, Prayers, and Blessings


May you walk in Her light and love this day.

Blessings,

Elle

Wednesday, 2 December 2009

Full Moon Blessings

Blessings of the Full Oak Moon on this chilly December evening!

This blog is born out of divine inspiration in tribute and celebration of Aphrodite, Greek Goddess of love, beauty, sensuality and so much more.

Long has Aphrodite been cast in a negative light, portrayed as a "flakey love goddess" who is vain and scornful and Her worship overly sexualised with sole emphasis on sacred prostitution.

Through writing about our own study and personal journeys with Aphrodite, we seek to dispel the negativity surrounding Aphrodite and bring back awareness of Her lesser known and worshipped aspects/attributes. In doing so we hope to inspire others to open up to Aphrodite, Her ultimate love and healing power and the realisation that we are all Her beautiful flowers.

Welcome to the sacred garden, Aphrodite's Flower!

Blessings and love,

Elle