George Lizos shows you how to transform your relationship with the Greek goddess of love Aphrodite and feel her blessings
“I grew up in Cyprus, the island where, according to Hesiod’s famous myth, Greek god Cronos castrated his father Ouranos and threw his genitals in the sea, giving birth to the Goddess of Love, Aphrodite. My childhood is filled with memories of wonder and adventure at that exact beach in Paphos, reading Aphrodite’s epic stories of passion and seduction in Homer’s Odyssey and Illiad, and exploring her ancient temple in Amathus during school trips.
“Yet, despite growing up on an island so saturated with information about the Greek goddess of love, I didn’t come to really know her until I had to…
“At the age of 15 I found myself in an interesting situation. I’d just come out of a period of serious depression, bullying and self-loathing, and made a committment to turn over a new leaf and choose a more loving path. That’s when I started on my spiritual journey, and I did so with a single goal in mind: I wanted to know love.”
“In the years that followed, I immersed myself in spiritual concepts and modalities, learning to heal the past and create my future. By my 25th year, I’d forgiven my bullies, learned to love myself, used spiritual tools to consciously transform my life, and even published my first book Be The Guru: A Step-by-Step Guide to Becoming Your Own Spiritual Teacher, empowering others to do the same.
“I’d done it! I felt I’d reached the end of my journey; accomplishing the one desire spiritual seekers of all times strive to achieve − knowing, being and teaching love. Little did I know, that the kind of love I knew was but a figment of the complete essence of the word. I saw love in the way I think many spiritual seekers see it: as divine, ethereal, impersonal, intangible. I knew love in fluffy words and spiritual jargon.
“Physical, earthly expressions of love such as passion, sex, seduction, longing and flirting, were aspects of love I was at odds with. I understood them, I acted upon them, yet I felt guilty about them, as they didn’t really classify as ‘spiritual’ in my vocabulary.
“Intrigued by my internal struggle in accepting these physical manifestations of love, I went back to my roots. I studied the teachings and practices of my ancestors, and even travelled to Athens to train with the Greek pagans in order to be ordained as a priest to the Greek gods and goddesses. ‘Aphrodite is sacred sex’, I remember reading in one of the texts I’d studied, and it all suddenly made sense.”
“According to the ancient Greeks, Aphrodite is the epitome of romantic love in its various layers, meanings, and nuances. She doesn’t judge certain aspects of love as more or less spiritual than others, she understands their position in the essence of love, and sees them as irreplaceable parts to the equation.
“In this sense, knowing Aphrodite is understanding and honouring the full meaning of romantic love. Specifically, it’s about embodying the various epithets given to the goddess over the years, which strike a balance between the earthly and divine aspects of romantic love.”
• Ourania (Heavenly) – the spiritual, romantic essence of love best experienced when a couple is ‘in love’ with each other.
• Chrusee (Golden) – the love towards oneself that’s fundamental for healthy romantic relationships. It also includes the act of adorning your body with beautiful clothes, jewellery, oils and perfume.
• Peitho (Persuasion) – playfulness, flirting, teasing, and being able to seduce a partner into meaningful romantic and sexual experiences.
• Philommeides (Genital-loving) – the love of sex, bodily pleasures, and intimate sexual connection between lovers.
Working with Aphrodite
An easy and fun way to work with Aphrodite is by setting up an altar and doing a ritual that represents the union of her earthly and heavenly aspects
• A small figurine of Aphrodite
• Red or pink rose pedals
• Pomegranates or apples
• Frankincense incense
These are all symbols traditionally related to Aphrodite, representing the union of earthly and heavenly love. Feel free to add any other symbols, crystals or candles that are meaningful to you.
• Set up the altar as shown in the picture, or in any way that feels right to you.
• Light up the incense to activate the union between heaven and earth.
• Play the Orphic hymn to Aphrodite while mentally or verbally affirming, reflecting on and inviting the four aspects of romantic love into your life.
• End the ritual when the hymn is over and the incense has stopped burning, by thanking the goddess for her continued presence in your life.
It’s important that you don’t ask Aphrodite for help, but rather affirm her presence in your life. Praying to the gods was never a practice in ancient Greece, but rather honouring the gods’ presence.
Download the Orphic hymn to Aphrodite to use in the ritual at georgelizos.com/aphrodite
George Lizos is a spiritual teacher, the author of Be The Guru and the creator of Unicorn Therapy. He works with the angelic and elemental realms empowering lightworkers to follow and fulfil their life purpose. To learn more about George visit georgelizos.com