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Beloved Venus, tender-hearted

friend of those who seek love and beauty

please hear my prayer.

Touch the center of my soul

and ignite the flame of passion inside of me.

Grant me the power of sensuality and desire.

Hold my heart in your gentle hand

and shape it as you will

so that I may better reflect your divine beauty.

Goddess, fair one, kind one

giver of the most precious gifts

open my spirit to joy and gladness

open my mind to possibility

open my heart to love.

Heal me of hurt and release me

from fear and insecurity.

Grant me the innocence of true love

so that I may see the world

in all its promise and beauty.

Grant me the wisdom of experience

so that I may choose with sense,

wisdom, and good judgment.

May my eyes be keen

may my vision be true.

May my perception of others be accurate

and uninfluenced by lies and deception.

Venus, I pray to you, Goddess

grant me your gift of love and desire.

Help me to better reflect who you are.

If this be your will

then so mote it be.

Thank you.

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Comment by Ganshmi on December 9, 2014 at 1:11pm

Well as long as you don't mind then we shall continue :]

Yes I am willing to wait on her, however if she doesn't choose me and another has, I am also willing to hear from them. As I said I need proof or reassurance, even if it's in the form of a dream. If I see multiple signs and go "oh yeah this was obvious and I am an idiot" then so mote it be. I just can't describe this pull I have to her. Even when studying before I chose this path, the story of 'Helen of Troy' is one of my favorites and she was involved in it! I have heard that it takes time for some and like seconds for others. I also believe that we know when we are ready, same for magickal names and totems. 

That could be a possibility as well. Her birthday is in October and that's when I had a huge bawl in front of my parents for no reason at all and they just looked at me all o_0. ha. 

Comment by Josh Rado on December 9, 2014 at 12:38pm

No no it's completely fine I'm loving this conversation, and maybe at least one other person out there may benefit from what we are talking about. :)


Also, just the fact that you're willing to wait on Aphrodite to actually know is amazing. Most witches I know jump from one boat to another because one day they felt one way and the next day another. I mean if that's how they work then I'm happy for them, but I could not do that. I need stability. I need proof. I need confidence. I need assurance. So I definitely understand where you're coming from. I've been a Pagan for about 4-5 years now, and I'm still figuring out who my Pantheon is. I'm coming down to the conclusion that it's mainly the Greek/Roman Pantheon. But still to this day I question this theory lol.


Also, I understand with the whole empathy thing. Maybe those times of mourning are when her spirit is actually close to you and you can feel it? I mean that's one possibility. I cry for random things. I remember last year during the harvest season, I believe it was close to Mabon, there was a full moon. It shown on my bed and kept me up. I looked at it and then suddenly I went to a long day/night dream about Natives and the injustice that has happened. I thought of all the raping, killings, and pillaging that has taken place. I don't think I've ever cried so badly in my life. One possibility is that sometimes throughout the year, the veil thins (besides on Samhain) and certain spirits just seek human contact. I'm not sure. It's just a thought. :)

Comment by Ganshmi on December 9, 2014 at 12:24pm

I see your point. I would just like to be assured in knowing she chose me. For example maybe hear her or have numerous signs form her. I am also a huge skeptic, I used to be a ghost hunter, so I find rational explanations before I rule in paranormal possiblities. [I know a bit odd but trust me, it helps me]. And I also know that is asking a lot but I have a long time in this life to be assured and I am willing to wait if I am her chosen student/child/etc. And no worries, as you can see I used the slashes and [ ]  a lot myself, so I don't judge on that. If I don't understand something I always ask for clarification, so you will know when and if I am confused or even if I don't agree with you. I might be an empath, I have huge emotions when I shouldn't. For example when my friends get upset, I get upset as in I will cry if they do. I have cried recently over the death of my grandmother who has been departed for almost a decade as another example. I do love her dearly but haven't cried in years. Just things like that. I haven't done much research on myself/sensitivity/empath in order to say "OH YEAH THAT'S ME" but I will get to it eventually… I am also a procrastinator. I feel bad for taking the comments on your poem. Do you want to take this to messages? I don't mind either way.

Comment by Josh Rado on December 9, 2014 at 12:14pm

I believe that if you're intrigued with Aphrodite, she's already chose you. It's up to you to heed her calling if you wish. :) Also with the whole tv commercial thing, I definitely understand haha. Maybe you're just more sensitive to other's emotions, like an empath? Maybe it can also be used in your craft or workings with Aphrodite, if you so please, or even channeled and used as a gift/power the universe gave you/or you worked up to have. As you can see, I use a lot of / (slashes). I try to share a few ideas at one time, it may seem a bit messy... sorry. lol

Comment by Ganshmi on December 9, 2014 at 12:01pm

Hmm interesting theory. I don't know if I personally believe it but to each their own. I would still like to read about your findings once you publish them, I am very intrigued. I agree that the past could have been sensual however, I got that vibe too when I took a class on mythology back a year or two ago. Love is constantly evolving, and if I were to focus my whole love on my boyfriend, then I would not be able to love friends, family, dear friends, etc. which doesn't sound like me nor would I want to be that way. Not that I think it would happen but what if my boyfriend and I don't last? Then all the love and energy I was focusing on him is now directionless. I mean I get horribly saddened when family and animal things happen in commercials or tv shows, and I really shouldn't be as affected. I know I am sensitive and caring, that's probably why I am really drawn to Her. Still don't know for sure though, however if she chose me then I would be over the moon!

Comment by Josh Rado on December 9, 2014 at 11:47am

That's a beautiful tattoo. :) I'm glad you found your life partner. I also respect that you wish to continue giving love to the world and to yourself; usually when people get in a relationship, they seem to forget that there's a world out there that doesn't evolve around your partner. Also, I've been doing research about a connection people had with the Gods and Goddesses in the past, it seemed intensely sensual at times. I've been exploring personal relationships with the Gods and Goddesses, and I know this may sound like taboo, but I've also experienced sensual relationships with them. I will post something about this later on after my research is complete, but I do believe us as humans can feel the spiritual, emotional, and even sexual satisfaction from the Gods and Goddesses. I'm learning that love is not what I thought it was, but it's something that has been constantly evolving in my life. :)

Comment by Ganshmi on December 9, 2014 at 11:40am

I agree. I love everything she represents and feel that I follow it as well. I even have the word love, l'amour, tattooed on me in french and it was a piece I thought about for years. [it also has the phantom of the opera's mask hanging off of the r but that's a side note]. I don't need it for love either for I have found the person I am to spend my life with, however, I still believe in showing love to the world and to myself, which I am currently working on. Again, thank you.

Comment by Josh Rado on December 9, 2014 at 11:31am

Thank you for the comment Ariel, and I'd be more than happy if you'd use this. You can do with it as you wish. I'm not such a fan of  the rhyming spell-kind of prayer you mostly see in today's Wicca. Sure there's place for that, but I also love the personal, deep, and meaningful prayers one has with the Gods and Goddesses and that's what I'm trying to do. You can use this as a guide if you wish, implement this prayer into your practice, or do whatever you please. I understand where you're coming from, Venus/Aphrodite has been showing up in my life more often then not, but in ways I wouldn't have expected. I use this prayer to help me not necessarily find true love, but to truly love myself. Just as Christians seek to be more Jesus-like, I seek to be more like the Gods and Goddesses, and in this case, more like the beautiful Goddess Aphrodite/Venus. :)

Comment by Ganshmi on December 9, 2014 at 11:05am

that is so beautiful Josh. I've felt a pull towards Venus/Aphrodite for a long time and this really spoke to me. I might use this as inspiration if that is all right with you? 

Comment by Josh Rado on December 9, 2014 at 9:05am

 Feel free to change up the words or God/Goddess name to suit your path as you see fit! You can also write your own ritual to this as well. :)

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