O Radiant Aphrodite Far-Shining, Glorious Goddess I sing your praises With Love I come to you With arms held high In reverence And in honor You inspire the flowers to bloom And the fruit trees to blossom You give light to the chilly spring mornings And the hot summer nights You are found in the… Continue reading Prayers to Aphrodite: In Gratitude
O Blessed Aphrodite, Golden-Crowned Goddess, Of Love and Pleasure, I give thanks to you, For the small things
I've said it before, and I will say it again: We must stand for Love. The chaos and hatred CANNOT continue. The events at the US Capitol today were inexcusable. We must stand together against violence and oppression. We must stand together for truth and justice. And we must stand together for Love. I am reposting this Prayer to Aphrodite. I feel like we need it right now.
Blessed Aphrodite Glorious, Radiant Goddess I give my thanks to you For guiding me this past year Your love has been a light Shining brightly in even the darkest of times And this past year There were many, many dark times This year has been a long one Full of pain and loss Of sadness… Continue reading Prayers to Aphrodite: For a New Year
In my previous post, I discussed the need for us to adapt our spiritual practices to better address these challenging times. In this post, we will cover how to navigate changes in your practice, including examining your view of devotion and trying new things. Cultivating an adaptive spiritual practice needs to take place in the context of your life. This means that you have to leave space for the unexpected and acknowledge your need for rest.
I don’t know about you, but for me, pandemic fatigue has been kicking my butt the past few weeks. It’s hard to feel inspired when just getting through the day is difficult. I am an advocate for living, evolving, personal religion. I believe that spirituality should be applicable to modern life, and it should support us and nourish us. When our spiritual practices are no longer relevant to our circumstances, it is time for them to change.
I encourage you to make this prayer your own. Ask for what you specifically need. Take out any parts that don't resonate with you. Make it come from your heart. You may also wish to make an offering to Aphrodite (a physical offering or an offering of action) or set up an altar to Her, though these things are not necessary. The only necessary part is that you say your prayer with love.
“Worship” is a really charged word for a lot of Pagans, and rightfully so. A lot of us are converts who came from religions where worship was a requirement, and was more about debasing yourself instead of celebrating the Divine. I worship Aphrodite because I adore Her, because I want to feel and be all of the beautiful things She represents in my life, because She is worthy of honor and respect, and because the act of worship brings me that much closer to Her.
There is no definitive text for modern Pagan worship. While this is a wonderful and liberating thing, it can also leave practitioners at a loss for what to do next, how to go deeper into Pagan practice, or how to incorporate your spirituality into your everyday life. Here are some suggestions for how to make your average day just a bit more magickal:
Spinning around the pole, moving my hips, and landing a trick all felt like a corporeal prayer, a body-song of worship. There was energy raised and lowered on the pole. I learned new things about my body and my being. I knew the closer I was to being the full expression of myself, the closer I would be to Aphrodite.