Daily Angel Oracle Card: The Return Of Aphrodite, from the Oracle Of The Mermaids, by Lucy Cavendish artwork by Selina Fenech, published by Blue Angel
The Return Of Aphrodite: “Temple, birth of the goddess, guidance, Goddess energy, treating as sacred.”
The Mermaids Sing: “She has come back to us… piercing us all with her sweetness and beauty…
So goes the Homeric Hymn of Aphrodite, an ancient rhapsody recording encounters with this sea-born Goddess who is a friend to Merfolk everywhere – and to you, if you so wish it. Aphrodite’s story is fascinating… and when you receive this card, you are part of an enchanting talk that is being told in your life… you may have always doubted your ability to attract, yet when this card comes to you, it is as if the graces, Aphrodite’s handmaidens, are coming to greet you as you are re-birthed from the womb of the sea. They adorn you with jewels and kisses, lavish you with pampering, and you will, at last, begin to believe in the power of your own gracefulness, your own sacred powers, your own allure and magnetic appeal. Aphrodite is sea-born as were you, of the womb of your mother, and when she comes to you, you are being reminded that it is possible to be sexual without being in partnership or formal marriage… she is returning to you to remind you of the beauty and grace of laughter , of delight, of seeing all that is before you as wondrous and perfect in its own right, delighting as she did in the variety of beings on the planet, encouraging all to procreate, make love, sing, and revel in life. She is a sign of a return to sexual health, to healthy and glorious self-love and self-esteem, of a wish to be free for a time from “marriage” or conventional relationships – a time to explore, to delight, to be sensual, and to be free, with no fear of retribution.
Divination: “When Aphrodite comes to you from the sea, you are being reminded of your deep, delicious nature, the power of sensual desire, and the holiness of laughter and delight. There will be female friends who encourage you to remain free, and to find out for yourself what it is you want, and who will praise you and assist you… it is a time of being reborn into your sensual self, and all that you are as a woman – your yoni, your body, your breasts and hips, all are now greeted and claimed, reclaimed with love. You see that you do walk in beauty, and that many have seen you coming from afar, and have desired you. There is no sin in this. Aphrodite loved beauty too, and knew how to share with other women – gifting her magic belt to Hera for a time to help her with her faithless husband Zeus, or sharing Adonis for half the year with youthful, irresistible Persephone… she is not the same as others. She does not wish to “have and to hold.” She wishes to experience, to love, to be filled, again and again, with all the beauty this world has to offer. But she never wishes for ownership. All is Golden; everybody is in Love, for a magical time, because this Goddess has returned.”*
– Lucy Cavendish
Aphrodite is here to remind you of your pure femininity; your beauty and grace and natural attractiveness; whether you see it yourself or not…. yet we are working on that aren’t we? You possess, as we all do, the perfect balance of Divine Feminine and Divine Masculine within you, whether you identify as female or male or otherwise; and it is time to honour this aspect of yourself. Aphrodite will support you in stepping into your feminine power; raising your self esteem and confidence in yourself. She will help you to appreciate your own unique beauty and radiate it out around you. This will inspire those around you; not in a competitive way, but in a connected and harmonious way, allowing them to join you in raising their confidence and vibration.
Remember, when you embody beauty; accepting and loving yourself, you move away from the negative, low vibrational self talk that limits us in every aspect of our lives. When you shine beauty, peace, harmony and love, you become more and more beautiful, accepting more light into your physical body and thus raising your vibration and consciousness.
It’s time to be beautiful; and have fun with it! You don’t have to be high maintenance, but do what feels right to you to in order to FEEL beautiful. Take a sea salt bath by candle light; with your favourite crystals. Experiment with creative self expression in your hair, clothing, and beauty regime if that feels right to you. Dance. Walk barefoot. Smile. Breathe deeply. Do whatever makes you feel feminine and beautiful.
Look in the mirror, into your own eyes, and send love, acceptance and gratitude to every aspect of yourself. You are beautiful, perfect in every way. And remember, beauty is not just superficial, it is in your strength and power. It is in your compassion, your acceptance, your wisdom, your patience, your refusal to judge, your big bold and generous heart. Your unique gifts and ability to shine your light. There are so many beautiful things to appreciate about you.
Exactly as you are.