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Aphrodite: Goddess of Love

Aphrodite has two birth stories, with the most commonly believed story is that from Hesiod’s Theogony, that she was born when Cronus cut off Ouranus’s genitals and threw them into the sea. So potent was the sky father that a great sea foam arose and from the sea foam Aphrodite was born and was carried to shore a on a scallop shell, fully formed and radiating beauty. In the Illiad however, Homer it is mentions that Aphrodite’s parents were Zeus and Dione.

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Celebrating The Poseidea

Modern American pagans often consider Poseidon in the summer, when they make their way to beaches across the land.  However – in ancient Attica the month of Poseidon feel in mid-winter.

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The Purpose of Hellenic Prayer and Ritual

In ancient Greece, praying to the Gods is a sacred act – whether it be thanksgiving, praise, or simple conversation.   The purpose of prayer and ritual is that of humans out to be closer to a God in love and respect. The act of trying to become closer to the Gods also draws the Gods closer to you.

Check out the class notes from a White Oak Grove previous discussion.

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