Written by Hypatia
For Coven Life
It has been a little while since I have written an article.
I have been on what you could call a spiritual vocation. One that led me far away from my home land and on to the land of my ancestors. However this is a story to be told for another time.
The series of articles started before I left will be continued until I finish with all the 7 sacred planets. I believe it is important to understand how we are connected to the ‘Great Web of Life’, something that has been told in many cultures throughout the globe for millennia.
I have included below the links to the previous articles that one needs to read in order to understand the meaning of this series.
Continuing from the previous post of aligning with Universal Powers for effective magickal practices…….
In this post I will be discussing the 3rd of the Sacred Seven that I have been mentioning in the previous posts. Here I will be talking about the beautiful and eloquent Venus.
Throughout the evolution of humanity, the planet Venus has been personified as an anthropomorphic figure of a beautiful and divine virgin of the feminine, one that represents love, sex, fertility and beauty. In fact the planet takes its name from the Great Roman Goddess Venue and her Greek counterpart Aphrodite.
The Cypriot origins of this great Goddess are from the sea in Paphos on the Island of Cyprus some 3200BC. One of the many other names that was given to her by the Greeks was ‘Anadiomeni’, meaning ‘the one who emerges’.
The Goddess exudes her great power not only over human beings but also plants and animals, maintaining and sustaining all of life here on earth. At times she is also mentioned as the Great Goddess of Light, as the Light barer as the Lucifer that actually means ‘the one who carries the light’. She is the shining one that lights up the night sky, the one that pacifies all human emotions, calms the seas and animals.
The Sumerian origins have her as the Moons daughter and the Suns sister and was the link between the deities of light and dark.
In the Orphic traditions she was a cosmogenic Goddess that gave rise to form Either to create out of the Earths substance. Aphrodite was the mistress of thought-forms, who governs the human etheric and astral body.
Hymns of Orpheus to Aphrodite
The beautiful Hymn below can be used in ritual for the Goddess Herself. Ensure that you have your planetary alignments in check. It is best done on the day and hour of Venus. I have included a table of planetary hours below for both sunset and sunrise.
Child of Ocean
amazing beauty, we honor you.
You rule deep earth,
the stormy seas
and everything in them.
Mother of sweet marriage,
you join the world together
with laughter and harmony;
even the Fates obey you.
Every eye seeks you.
Give us beauty and love.
Delighted by secrets
and lavish feasts
you are concord
You are beautiful necessity
even in the frenzy of the shark,
delicate as sea foam of Cyprus,
fragrant as Syrian oils,
bright as golden chariots
on Egyptian plains
by the sandy bank
of the turquoise Nile,
a choir of the loveliest Nymphs
sings a hymn to your beauty.
With reverence we ask
for the gift of grace
(Translated by Thomas Taylor)
According to Plato, love is attributed to Aphrodite, prophecy to Apollo, the mysteries to Dionysus and poetry to the Muses. Plato tells us that the most important of these divine gifts is Divine love for two reasons. Firstly, without pure love’s impulse, the other gifts prophecy, mysteries and poetry remain uncreative, inactive, and sterile. They need the vibrant, pulsating impulse of Divine love so as to be constantly nourished and sustained. Secondly, because only the essence of love can carry the lover into the beloved, and as long as that love is directed to the sublime, it unites the mind of a seeker more closely.
*Sunrise and sunset tables are given in Llewellyn’s Daily Planetary Guide.
When engaging in ritual that includes the Great Goddess it is important like everything to be in alignment with the universal energy. This I have mentioned numerous time through not only in this series, but also in other articles I have posted. Below I have a list of Correspondences that you may choose to coordinate with your magickal work to align the energies in order to make your practice more effective and of course more responsible.
Elements– Earth and Water
Colours– strong Blues, deep Orange, Yellow, Green, Indigo, Rose
Gemstones- Emerald, Opal, Rose Quartz
Herbs– have a strong associations with the planet Venus, Apple, Balm of Gilead, Bergamot, Catnip, Damiana, Dragons Blood, Geranium, Hibiscus, Magnolia, Mugwort, Plumeria, Rose, Rose Geranium, Strawberry, Vanilla, Vervain, Violet.
In magical workings and rituals– the ruling aspects of the planet Venus are the arts, attraction, beauty, female sexuality, friendship, harmony, love, luxury, music, pleasure, scent, sensuality, social affairs. In its negative aspects, Venus represents coldness, isolation and lechery.
For further reading on Venus for a better understanding:
The Venus Pentagram
Interestingly the planet Venus has a magical path around the sun that is connected to the pentagram. Take a look how how BEAUTIFUL the dance of Venus around the Sun is, paving a path that represents the sacred flower of life and the pentagram that is connected to the 5 elements!