Book review: “Venus and Aphrodite – A Biography of Desire”

“Venus and Aphrodite – A Biography of Desire” by Bettany Hughes is a nonfiction look into the history of Venus-Aphrodite. The goddess of love, known in Greek as “Aphrodite” and in Rome, as well as more commonly in today’s western society, “Venus,” has always had an impact on humanity. But she is far more thanContinue reading “Book review: “Venus and Aphrodite – A Biography of Desire””

Greek Mythology | Athena

Athena is the Greek goddess of wisdom and war. She is the daughter of Zeus and was birthed from him as a full-grown woman. Her symbols include olives and owls. Like her sister Artemis, Athena is an independent goddess who does not marry or have children. Instead, she is focused on many other conquests. SheContinue reading “Greek Mythology | Athena”

Mythology | Dionysus

Dionysus, the Greek god of wine, surprisingly draws many parallels to Jesus Christ. Pronunciation: DIE-un-EYE-sis Birth of Dionysus (Story #1: Semele) The story begins with Zeus (“King of all gods”) having yet another affair on his wife, Hera. He fell in love with a mortal princess named Semele and eventually impregnated her. When Hera foundContinue reading “Mythology | Dionysus”

Mythology | Artemis

Artemis is the Greek goddess of hunting, animals, and wilderness. She is also linked to chastity, independence, fertility, childbirth, and the moon. She is the daughter of Zeus and Leto, twin sister of Apollo. In Roman mythology, she is known as Diana. When Zeus had an affair with Leto, in order to cover up hisContinue reading “Mythology | Artemis”

Mythology | Aphrodite (Venus)

Aphrodite is possibly the most popular and well-known ancient goddess of modern times. Venus is her equivalent, Roman version, while Aphrodite is Greek. In some cases, she is known as “Venus-Aphrodite.” Two other names include Cytherea (Lady of Cythera) or Cypris (Lady of Cyprus.) She can also be compared to Egyptian goddesses Isis and Hathor.Continue reading “Mythology | Aphrodite (Venus)”

Mythology of Pixies

Pixies are mythological creatures that can be compared to elves or fairies. They come from British folklore. They can also be referred to as “piskies” or “pigsies.” The earliest version of the classic “Three Little Pigs” fable is written about pixies, which was later changed to pigs. This original version comes from southern England inContinue reading “Mythology of Pixies”

How to be a Mermaid

So, you want to be a mermaid? Signs that you may already be a mermaid… You feel drawn to mermaids, the thought of being a mermaid, the entire concept and mythology of mermaids… You feel closely connected to water. You enjoy visiting the beach, oceans, and lakes. You were born or currently live near aContinue reading “How to be a Mermaid”

Amen (Amun) the Egyptian Sun God

In ancient Egyptian mythology, Amen (also known as Amun or Amon) is the sun god. He can be compared to the Greek equivalent of Zeus. Known as “king of the gods” and equated to the sun, Amen is immensely powerful. He is often depicted as a ram, representing leadership and confidence. His name is translatedContinue reading “Amen (Amun) the Egyptian Sun God”

Mythology Monday ~ Light Versus Dark

We are all aware of the changing of the seasons, the turning of the planet, and the shift between lighter days and darker days. Ancient religions were also aware of this cycle, before modern science could prove or explain the reasoning why. Pagan traditions marked these dates — summer and winter solstice, spring and autumnContinue reading “Mythology Monday ~ Light Versus Dark”

Mythology ~ Persephone (and Hades)

Persephone is an ancient Greek goddess — who’s name is pronounced like purr-seff-uh-nee (rhymes with Stephanie.) The energy surrounding Persephone is very dark, gothic, and almost gloomy. Yet ironically, she is associated with springtime and fertility. Representing death and rebirth, Persephone draws many parallels to the goddesses Isis and Kali. Persephone is the daughter ofContinue reading “Mythology ~ Persephone (and Hades)”