In mythology: Mythology Aphrodite, Goddess of Love and Beauty, whom the Romans called Venus, is the most beautiful of the goddesses with a graceful and sensual body. In one version of Greek Mythology, Aphrodite is born from the union of the sperms of Uranus’s cut off genitals and the foam of the sea. When she emerges from her oceanic conception as a fully-grown goddess, Eros (Love) and Himeros (Desire) escorted her to the Olympic assembly of the gods where she was received as one of them. Unlike other goddesses who have chosen neither their mates nor their lovers, Aphrodite is free to choose. She selects Hephaestus, the lame god of craftsmen, the god of the forge and rejected son of Hera. Although she has many affairs and many offspring from her numerous liaisons, her marriage represents the union of beauty and craft, out of which art is born.
In psychology: For the Aphrodite woman, emotional experience wins with the need to be independent of the need to create permanent bonds. A woman who identifies strongly with Aphrodite has personal charisma and a kind of magnetism that attracts both men and women, resulting in a wide circle of female friends who like the creativity and spontaneity that she inspires.
Such a woman describes and “tastes” people in the same way that wine specialists taste the wines. She doesn’t need to drink the “whole bottle” of somebody personality, means spend a lot of time with that person . After a few moments, she catches his/her vibes and essence and is able to notice the characteristics of an interesting new person. Wine taster investigates the color and clarity of the wine, inhales the bouquet, and takes a lingering sip to capture the character and smoothness of the wine. Aphrodite woman enjoys pleasure, sensuality and creative part of life.
Love life: Aphrodite is typically drawn to men that do not want to be husbands, fathers or heads of the household. The faithful Hephaestus man needs a partner to appreciate the beauty of the things he makes while providing Aphrodite with the stability she needs. Aphrodite and Hephaestus had no children. Their marriage may represent the union of beauty and craft, out of which art is born.
Her lover was Ares, the god of war. This is “inflammable mix” but could at the end prove harmonious. For sure it is a very passionate romance. Aphrodite and Ares had three children: a daughter, Harmonia (Harmony), and two sons, Deimos (Terror) and Phobos (Fear), who accompanied their father in battle. Aphrodite and Ares represent the union of the two most uncontrollable passions—love and war, which, when in perfect balance, could produce Harmony.
Another lover of Aphrodite was Hermes, and a result of this relationship was the bisexual god Hermaphroditus, who inherited the beauty of both parents, bore both of their names, and had the sexual characteristics of both. As a symbol, Hermaphroditus can represent bisexuality (erotic attraction toward both sexes) or androgyny (the existence, in one person, of qualities of abilities traditionally considered either masculine or feminine). Aphrodite type of woman can experience lots of different types of love: romantic, platonic, sensual, passionate, etc.
What to learn from her: Her biggest challenge is to create lasting relationships and becoming reflective rather than reactive. Aphrodite’s greatest gift is her power to create the love that is truly transformative. She teaches us to react in a loving or affirming way rather than critical and judgmental. Her warm and attentive mode of relating is often misread by men who mistakenly assume that she is sexually attracted to them. She also teaches us healthy body consciousness. Even with extra curves and pounds.
Her wines: Oh she needs wines with sparks and foam such as ocean that she became. I highly recommend rosé bubbles with a nice structure and lots of joyful fruit. All the coastal wines will be absolutely on the Aphrodite radar. Love is sweet, kisses are sweet, sex can be both sweet and spicy, let’s not forget that both desserts and spicy dishes love pairing with sweet wines. Aphrodite needs love and romance, and ruby wines. She will be seduced by Italian reds, from Barolo to Nero D’Avola, from Chianti to Amarone. And I am sure that modern goddesses of love, art and beauty would be driven to Mediterranean wines, and mostly Greek and mineral whites.