Aphrodite
Aphrodite
AphroditeIcon.JPG Once upon a time the universe existed in perpetual sexual union, male joined with female, Heaven with Kobol. Sadly, Kobol was getting pretty uncomfortable with all the babies in her belly that couldn't get out because Heaven's damned penis was in the way. So she snuck her littlest boy a scythe and off went daddy's naughty bits, which flew into the ocean and turned into the Goddess Aphrodite, who in her turn encapsulates everything that has to do with the urges, emotions, and results of sticking the boyparts in the girlparts again. Aphrodite.jpg

Common History

Aphrodite is married to Hephaestus, the lord of blacksmiths and metalworking. Despite this, Aphrodite was frequently unfaithful to him and had many lovers. In one Sacred Scroll, she is caught in the act of adultery with Ares, the god of war, while in another she seduces the mortal shepherd Anchises. Aphrodite was also the surrogate mother and lover of the mortal shepherd Adonis, who was killed by a wild boar. Along with Athena and Hera, Aphrodite was one of the three goddesses whose feud resulted in the beginning of the many great strifes. Aphrodite has been featured in colonial art as a symbol of female beauty and has appeared in numerous works of literature.

She was also called Kypris or Cytherea after her supposed birth-places on Kobol, respectively, both of which now give names to centers of her cult. She was associated with Hesperia and frequently accompanied by the Oreads, nymphs of the mountains. She was also often depicted with the sea, dolphins, doves, swans, pomegranates, sceptres, apples, myrtle, rose trees, lime trees, clams, scallop shells, and pearls.

Related Colony

  • Scorpia: It has been a form of contention for centries amongst those dedicated to Aphrodite that their patron does not have a colony of her own to watch over and guide. Some find the partnership with Dionysis to be the best of a bad thing, accepting that Scorpia, with it's repuatation for carnal fun, is the best fit they can achieve, while others resent being seen as a 'second rank' deity. There are however, few that deny her influence on Scorpia, and the way that her desires compliment the revels of the Dionysisian's.

Common Rituals

Her festival, Aphrodisia, is celebrated across the Colonies, but particularly on Scorpia. At the temple of Aphrodite on the summit of Acrocorinth, intercourse with her priestesses is considered a method of worshiping Aphrodite and to be selected for such an honour during Aphrodisia is the sign of great favour of the Temple and Goddess. While most of the priesthood of Aphrodite identify as women, the position is not exclusive, and nor are the blessing of during Aphrodisia restricted in selections.

Cults and Sects

  • The Doves: Prodominantly women, the Doves pride themselves on helping those struggling with the sexuality. They don't judge those who come to them, but offer councelling, residential shelters, safe spaces, or just an ear to listen. Believing intercorse to be sacred they also run domestic abuse shelters on most colonies where anone suffering violence in the home can escape to for sanctuary. Some of the more conservative outposts have been accused of discriminating against asexuals in the past few years, seeing them as having tuened their back on Aphrodite's blessings, and a rift is starting to form amongst the group as to how this conlicts with their principal of not judging.
  • The Gardeners of Adonis: Some branches of Aphrodite's priesthood focus their attentions not on her divinity, but her interactions with morals, to explore how thye themselves might best serve her. Perhaps the best know of these are the Gardeners, who have their own twist on the festival of Aphrodisia at mid-summer. Before Temple that day they plant a "garden of Adonis", a small garden planted inside a small basket or a shallow piece of broken pottery containing a variety of quick-growing plants, such as lettuce and fennel, or even quick-sprouting grains such as wheat and barley. These would then be placed on the roofs of their houses, out under the heat of the summer sun. The plants would sprout in the sunlight, but wither quickly in the heat as a reminder of his his beauty was so bright but so brief.

Hymn

Heav'nly, illustrious, laughter-loving queen,
Sea-born, night-loving, of an awful mien;
Crafty, from whom necessity first came,
Producing, nightly, all-connecting dame:
'Tis thine the world with harmony to join,
For all things spring from thee, O pow'r divine.
The triple Fates are rul'd by thy decree,
And all productions yield alike to thee:
Whate'er the heav'ns, encircling all contain,
Earth fruit-producing, and the stormy main,
Thy sway confesses, and obeys thy nod,
Awful attendant of the brumal God:
Goddess of marriage, charming to the sight,
Mother of Loves, whom banquetings delight;
Source of persuasion, secret, fav'ring queen,
Illustrious born, apparent and unseen:
Spousal, lupercal, and to men inclin'd,
Prolific, most-desir'd, life-giving, kind:
Great sceptre-bearer of the Gods, 'tis thine,
Mortals in necessary bands to join;
And ev'ry tribe of savage monsters dire
In magic chains to bind, thro' mad desire.
Come, all-attractive to my pray'r inclin'd,
For thee, I call, with holy, reverent mind.

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