I praise you, Aphrodite, goddess born of foam.
Fairest of all Olympus' maids, always precious
jewels adorn you, silks drape your unparalleled form.
With sweetly scented hair you come, your sea-green eyes
shine as stars, and all fall at your delicate feet.
You, who looks so kindly on lovers, I praise you.
You, who answers prayers of longing, I praise you.
You, whose gifts entrance all, young and old, I praise you.
You, who brings sweet bliss, who comforts the bereft,
who binds souls together, no heart can deny you.
Aphrodite, whose beauty would light the night sky,
I praise you and thank you for blessings given.

Glorious Aphrodite, my praise I offer you.
O mighty one, your irresistible power
overwhelms us mortals; helpless we obey you
and follow desire's demands despite all good sense.
Through you, O goddess, do we see with lovers' eyes
your own beauty reflected in our beloved.
Through you do new lovers welcome one another,
and old loves find their passion ever rekindled.
Aphrodite, whose gifts to humankind are great;
who nurtures growing love in the harshest of soils;
who so quickly impassions unsuspecting hearts;
Aphrodite--kind one, fierce one--I honor you.

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.

Peerless Aphrodite, all beauty your gift,
all love your presence, all lovers wholly yours.
In kisses soft and savage, in jealous
agonies, in dreams of love forbidden,
in passions unwise, in torments of lust,
in these we feel your touch, exquisite goddess.
Aphrodite, bringer of unreason,
ruthless leveler of men and women,
giver of incomparable blessings,
we thank you for longing and fulfillment,
for soul-deep devotion, for flesh on flesh.
Aphrodite, we praise and honor you.

Gloried Aphrodite, goddess beyond all others,
wonders you bestow upon us, gifts so precious
and so dear, we thank you, awestruck, for your kindness.

Beautiful Aphrodite, child of the green sea,
you lift our souls, you bend our wills, you hold our hearts,
graceful one, we thank you, eager, for your blessings.

Beloved Aphrodite, piercing, shining light
of passion, heart's depth, inescapable goddess,
fair one, we thank you, blissful, for your favor.

Dear Aphrodite, my heart is open to you,
you have blessed me with riches uncounted, unknown.
Your gifts I prize, your lessons I treasure,
heart-sinking hollowness, joy fading in sunlight,
frivolous obsession, pounding pulse kept secret;
sharp stab of ecstasy, soft fog of completion;
vengeance given with precision, taken eagerly;
small moments held close; the illusion of control;
sudden slow tears in the night; precious transcendence;
and always your presence, like a cloak of fine silk,
a hand firm and subtle, a delicate sureness.
Aphrodite, I offer my faith and devotion.

Aphrodite, fairest of Olympos' jewels,
flawless in form, unsurpassed in grace and beauty.
Shining Aphrodite, constant your presence,
subtle your schemes, overwhelming your power,
irresistable your treasures. Kind-hearted one,
mistress of feeling, I praise and honor you.
O Aphrodite, who strips away self-control,
who leaves sweet desire in its place, I pray to you.
Glorious goddess, source of passion, I thank you
for precious moments of instinct, for fire and fury,
for the depth of pleasure, for the essence of need:
Aphrodite, dearest goddess, grant me your gifts,

Beloved Aphrodite,
dearest goddess, most worthy of praise,
I thank you for your blessings.
For love and for passion,
for loss and for longing,
for desire and for fulfillment,
for these I thank you,
for these I adore you,
for these I honor you.

Aphrodite, kind one, fair one,
companion in joy, comfort in despair,
if ever I have praised you,
if ever I have honored you,
if ever I have poured libations
or lauded you with hymns,
bless me now.

A Litany

Aphrodite Aligena! Sea-Born Aphrodite,
who arose from foam upon the waves.
Aphrodite Aligena, we praise you! We honor you!

Aphrodite Kuprogenes! Aphrodite of Cyprus,
yours is that fair isle--Cyprian you are called.
Aphrodite Kuprogenes, we praise you! We honor you!

Aphrodite Pelagia! Aphrodite of the Sea,
whose soft embrace we feel in warm waters.
Aphrodite Pelagia, we praise you! We honor you!

Aphrodite Euplois! Aphrodite Fair-Sailing,
friend and guardian of sailors and seafarers.
Aphrodite Euplois, we praise you! We honor you!

Aphrodite Khruse! Golden Aphrodite,
fairer by far than all the treasures of the earth.
Aphrodite Khruse, we praise you! We honor you!

Aphrodite Pasiphaessa! Aphrodite the Far-Shining,
whose beauty would light the moonless night.
Aphrodite Pasiphaessa, we praise you! We honor you!

Aphrodite Philomeides! Laughter-Loving Aphrodite,
bringer of joy, mirth, and all sweet pleasures.
Aphrodite Philomeides, we praise you! We honor you!

Aphrodite Ambologera! Ever-Youthful Aphrodite,
always the most delightful of maids.
Aphrodite Ambologera, we praise you! We honor you!

Aphrodite Enoplios! Weapon-Bearing Aphrodite,
your fair form ready, resolute in defense.
Aphrodite Enoplios, we praise you! We honor you!

Aphrodite Summakhia! Aphrodite, Ally in War,
you lend your subtle strength and we are victorious.
Aphrodite Summakhia, we praise you! We honor you!

Aphrodite Areia! Aphrodite of Ares,
beloved of the war-god, you share his nature, hold his might.
Aphrodite Areia, we praise you! We honor you!

Aphrodite Androphonos! Aphrodite, Killer of Men,
fair you are and deadly can you be.
Aphrodite Androphonos, we praise you! We honor you!

Aphrodite Tumborukhos! Aphrodite Gravedigger,
you know of deaths both small and great.
Aphrodite Tumborukhos, we praise you! We honor you!

Aphrodite Skotia! Dark Aphrodite,
who leads us in love as quickly to the depths as to the heights.
Aphrodite Skotia, we praise you! We honor you!

Aphrodite Melainis! Black Aphrodite,
beneath the earth your dread power is known.
Aphrodite Melainis, we praise you! We honor you!

Aphrodite Morpho! Aphrodite of Many Shapes,
we know you as it pleases you to be known.
Aphrodite Morpho, we praise you! We honor you!

Aphrodite Hetaira! Aphrodite of Courtesans,
all loves and passions are within your realm.
Aphrodite Hetaira, we praise you! We honor you!

Aphrodite Genetullus! Aphrodite of Childbirth,
who women cry out to in joy and pain.
Aphrodite Genetullus, we praise you! We honor you!

Aphrodite Eleemon! Merciful Aphrodite,
with kindness you look upon us.
Aphrodite Eleemon, we praise you! We honor you!

Aphrodite Ourania! Heavenly Aphrodite,
as you were called of old, in distant lands.
Aphrodite Ourania, we praise you! We honor you!

Aphrodite Pandemos! Aphrodite of All People,
all of us who you bind together in love.
Aphrodite Ourania, we praise you! We honor you!

Aphrodite, glory of Olympos,
golden one, incomparable goddess,
born of seafoam, borne on the ocean's waves
until you found fair Cyprus' sandy shore--
your beauty by god or mortal unseen,
your power over heart and mind unknown,
your touch unfelt, your voice unheard. All things,
all life, all men and women incomplete
without your presence. Aphrodite,
who sees the truth within us, who gifts us
with what we need; beloved Aphrodite,
dear one, blessed one, who holds us close,
whose gentle persuasions overcome
our doubts and fears, whose hand in the world
we see in one another, we praise you,
we honor you, we delight in your gifts.

Beloved Aphrodite, goddess who grants to us
the greatest of joys, the harshest of sorrows,
the sharpest of pleasures, the dearest of pains.
Aphrodite, freshest of Olympos' flowers,
your lightest touch can turn the hearts of men toward love;
with voice sweet as honey, sweet as wine, you speak
words of persuasion, we hear and heed, rapt in wonder.
O Aphrodite, grace and beauty surround you,
where you pass, the roses bloom, with sweetest scent
and sharpest thorn: with reckless hands we grasp them.
Aphrodite, born of blood in the cold salt sea,
born of the fallen sky, goddess whose kindness
can be so brutal, whose cruelty we cherish,
blessed are your children, blessed those you favor,
blessed those who have felt your might, blessed those
who dwell in your domain. Aphrodite, honored one,
incomparable one, with each breath I praise you.

Golden Aphrodite, fair and fearsome goddess,
mighty one whose will it is that the heart leads us
where the mind knows not to go; Aphrodite,
whose hand it is that guides us to the cliff's edge,
whose voice it that dares us to jump into the dark,
whose gift it is that love's reward is worth any risk.
Blessed Aphrodite, many have sought to turn
from you, but fire is fire, and feeling is feeling,
and neither can be contained by will alone.
Goddess, I thank you for moments free of reason,
I thank you for the dominion of desire.
Aphrodite, yours is the force of life, yours
the call of instinct; goddess whose power it is
that leads us to joy or desperation, I praise you
for your many gifts, I ask your blessing.

I call to Aphrodite, goddess without peer,
daughter of the deep sea, daughter of the broad sky,
foam-borne goddess, golden goddess, holder of hearts,
inspiration of desire both carnal and refined.
Mender of torn bonds, renewer of old loves,
your promise a flame we cannot help but touch,
your power a torrent we cannot withstand,
your will a need we cannot resist. Goddess,
with sorrow and with fury, with patience
and with compassion, with pain and with delight,
we follow you, for in your realm the risk is great,
and on your path the stones do shift, and in your bower
the thorns draw blood, but in your hands we know of love,
and ah, the blessings you bestow exceed the agonies
by far. Aphrodite, dearest goddess, I honor you.

Litany to Aphrodite

Beautiful Aphrodite, fairest of the deathless
gods, golden one whose name was praised by poets,
whose comely form was carved in stone, you are the ideal
of loveliness and grace, O peerless, flawless goddess.
I praise and honor you, I thank you for your blessings.

Laughter-loving Aphrodite, bringer of joy
and merriment, who takes delight in all things
pleasant and lighthearted, all festivals and feasts,
all cheerful diversions and celebrations.
I praise and honor you, I thank you for your blessings.

Aphrodite known as Peitho, mistress of sweet
persuasion, who turns the hearts of men and women
toward love, your gifts are welcomed by us all, goddess;
we are compelled by the eloquence of desire.
I praise and honor you, I thank you for your blessings.

Aphrodite, shaper of passions who kindles
the fire of life, you awaken the oldest
of instincts; by your will our breath quickens, our pulse
pounds, hard and harder until we hear nothing else.
I praise and honor you, I thank you for your blessings.

Clever Aphrodite, contriver of the sweetest
schemes, with cunning and guile you clear the way for love.
Devious one, deceptive one, to you do lovers turn
to find the forbidden, to grant the heart its desire.
I praise and honor you, I thank you for your blessings.

Aphrodite of the bridal bed, of two hearts
bound with ties as strong and thin as spider-silk.
You watch with care, O goddess, as we pledge ourselves
to one another, hands clasped in an oath of love.
I praise and honor you, I thank you for your blessings.

Aphrodite of all people, goddess of
the low and the lewd, the common and the coarse,
Aphrodite universal, Aphrodite blue,
Aphrodite of the need and the now. Goddess,
I praise and honor you, I thank you for your blessings.

Aphrodite Ourania, heavenly one,
born of brutality, from seafoam and blood
you arose. Aphrodite of the spirit,
of a love pure and true, of a flame bright and still.
I praise and honor you, I thank you for your blessings.

Prayer to Aphrodite to Bring Love to One's Life

Tender-hearted Aphrodite, friend of the lonely,
friend of those who seek a lover, a companion
for life, a mate to share their sorrows and delights;
Aphrodite, you touch the center of the soul,
you light the flame of passion in men and women,
you hold our hearts in your gentle hands. Goddess,
fair one, kind one, giver of the most precious gifts,
open my spirit to joy and gladness, open
my mind to possibility, open my heart
to love. Heal me of hurt, release me from fear;
grant me the innocence of first love that I may
see the world in all its promise and beauty;
grant me the wisdom of experience that I may
choose with sense and judgment. May my eyes be keen,
may my vision be true, may I see what is
more clearly than what may be. Aphrodite,
I pray to you, goddess, grant me your gift of love.

Prayer to Aphrodite to Soothe a Broken Heart

Aphrodite, mistress of desire, holder of hearts,
who gives and takes the gift of love with even hand,
I pray to you, show kindness to this aching soul.
Beautiful one whose goodness and gentleness
are well known, ease this sorrow, lighten this heavy heart.
Your gifts are great, O goddess; their loss is a wound
that cuts us to the very core, a wound of spirit
so keenly felt--yet so willingly borne, for the risk
and the pain are well worth the reward--and still,
so great is this grief, only your sweet solace,
your mercy and your might, can comfort the afflicted.
Goddess, I pray to you for relief and renewal.

Hestia Zeus Hera Poseidon Demeter Hades
Athena Apollo Artemis Hermes Aphrodite Ares
Hephaistos Eros Hekate Persephone Dionysos Ariadne
Pan Helios Selene Dike (Justice) Nike Tyche (Fortuna)
Nyx Euthenia Hypnos Morpheus Eris Nemesis
Asklepios Hygeia Epione Eileithuia Heracles Hebe
Eos Semele Gaia The Fates The Furies The Four Winds
Harmonia The Graces The Muses The Nymphs

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