Aphrodite-Goddess of Love

S1-copy-for-web Aphrodite, known as Venus in Roman mythology, was unique in many ways and different from all the other goddesses of ancient Greece. Aphrodite was worshipped as the goddess of love and fertility. This goddess of desire rose naked from the foam of the sea and stepped ashore first on the island of Cythera, but later took up residence at Paphos, in Cyprus, still the principle seat of her worship. Grass and flowers were reported to spring up from the soil wherever she walked. In the myth, Aphrodite repeatedly fell in love, but was never victimized and always had the freedom of choice as she alone chose her island, her husband, and all her lovers. Love was a path of learning rather than a permanent bond.  She is the goddess who promotes growth, change, and transformation in every relationship; and inspires continuous development through union, gestation, and birth. The alchemy of Aphrodite centers on the transformative powers of love and beauty, constantly embracing the new.

The archetype of Aphrodite governs a woman’s enjoyment of love, sensuality, and beauty with the main expression of this archetype is as a lover. Aphrodite energy is endlessly charismatic, and its expression is seen as self confident, attractive, and sensual, with an aura that draws others toward her, hoping to be warmed by her many charms.  She promotes curiosity and generosity of heart with a focused and undivided attention. The archetype of Aphrodite is artful in relationships, is focused and loving but remains free at all times. Aphrodite offers sanctuary where dreams can be realized. We all can learn much from this ancient yet powerful myth.


This image called “Mavericks” is a symbol of this archetype. Yes, this images is named this because it was taken at Mavericks Beach near Half Moon Bay south of San Francisco, California where the Big Waves extreme surfing contest is held annually.  The rocky moon like surface on portions of this beach feels like a primal creative space where a goddess may have emerged from the sea to lead us to ourselves. It is an image included in my book “Humanlandscapes-Interpreting the Human Form.”

P. Miller