It's a one, two, three punch today as it's Friday the 13th, it's Aphrodite's day and also Her monthly festival day. So far I've spent the morning reflecting and writing more about my Goddess Conference experience. For today, I thought I'd share a wee bit that I left out on my other blog.
I just posted on Avalon Blessings about the second day of the Conference and mentioned a talk by Jane Meredith called "Aphrodite's Mirrors". I was actually inwardly amused by the title of Jane's talk as originally Tanisha and I considered the name Aphrodite's Mirrors for this blog. When I first created the blog, I called it Aphrodite's Mirrors, but we decided we liked Aphrodite's Flowers better hence it was changed. Still, had to smile to myself at the synchronicity!
Anyway, Jane's talk focused on seeing ourselves as the embodiment of Goddess. Jane talked about how Aphrodite's beauty didn't necessarily stem completely from physical beauty but self love, self confidence and self esteem and how we are all born with the essence of the Goddess and God within us. She also mentioned how Aphrodite's beauty also comes from Her connection with others and read part of the Charge of the Star Goddess by Starhawk.
Jane went on to challenge the audience asking, "Do we reflect Aphrodite's love and beauty?". It was a question to ponder. She led us through a short guided meditation where we entered a temple and found three doors. Behind each door was a mirror, each one showing us something different. The first mirror reflected you as your see yourself. The second reflected you at one with Goddess. The third reflected you as Goddess sees you. At the end Jane proclaimed, "We reflect Her beauty. Are you willing to be a mirror for Aphrodite?" We were asked to stand if we were. I stood as did I think everyone in the audience.
My notes on this talk were short and sketchy (this was pretty much the only talk where I took any notes) but I think the main idea is conveyed. So for today's weekly/monthly devotion to Aphrodite, I suggest the following ritual to honour Her or to perhaps include it in whatever ritual you might be doing today:-
Prepare your altar/ritual space in whatever way you choose.
Take a ritual bath or shower and thereafter anoint yourself with a special oil, rose water, perfume, lotion, or whatever you may wish to use. Dress in whatever way feels appropriate (either with a ritual robe or go naked if you prefer).
Come before your altar and light a candle and incense to honour Aphrodite. Sit or lie down. Ground and centre yourself. Close your eyes and proceed to imagine yourself in Aphrodite's Temple. Find the doors to the three different mirrors. Look at your reflection in each one. Notice any difference in the way you appear in each mirror and how you feel when looking at yourself.
When you are ready, come back to the room and stand before your altar. Call Aphrodite into your heart using whatever words or epithets seem appropriate for you. Ask Her to be at one with you and bring forth in you the qualities which you need. When you can feel Her in your heart say, "Hail and welcome into my heart, Aphrodite."
Stand in front of a mirror (full length if you have one) and read out the Charge of the Star Goddess:-
Hear the words of the Star Goddess, The dust of whose feet
Are the hosts of the Heavens,
And whose body encircles the universe.
"I who am the beauty of the Green Earth,
And the White Moon among the Stars,
and the Mystery of the Waters,
I call upon your soul to arise and come to Me.
For I am the Soul of Nature
That gives life to the Universe.
From Me all things proceed
And to Me all things must return.
Beloved of the Gods and Men,
Whose innermost Divine Self
Shall be enfolded in the rapture of the Infinite.
Let My worship be in the heart that rejoices,
All acts of love and pleasure are My rituals.
Let there be beauty and strength,
Power and compassion, honor and humility,
Mirth and reverence within you all.
And you who wish to seek Me,
Know that your seeking and yearning
Gains you nothing until you know the Mystery -
That if that which you seek,
You do not find within yourself
You will never find it without.
I have been with you from the Beginning,
and I am that which is attained at the End of Desire."
As you finish, see Goddess shine through you as you gaze in the mirror.
When you are ready, give thanks to Goddess and close your rite.
Have a beautiful Hemera Aphrodites and a lovely weekend!