I spoke in another post of the upcoming Hyakinthia coming next week, well anothe ritual that is coming up close is Aphrodisia. Evidence provided in article on the festivals of Delos indicates that the Aphrodisia in Delos occurred every July, but it doesn’t specify an exact date that I can remember (and since my portable harddrive has been out of commission for the time being it means I don’ thave access to my notes of even seeing if it does have a more specific date gah). So I have set the festival for July 8th in honor of Aphrodite. According to the article, like at the festival Delia/Apollonia (the name of the festival at Delos corresponding with the Athenian Thargelia), the festival of Aphrodite also involved the Crane Dance. Is this because of the prominant role of the goddess in the Delian legend of the return of of Theseus and th einitiation of the Crane Dance that was continued to be used in the worship of Apollon? It is hard to say for sure. But that there is a link in Delos between Aphrodite and Apollon is quite ascertained by this myth, and the dedication of the statue of Aphrodite carried from Crete by Ariadne.
My plan for the occassion is to purchase some roses (since for the first time in a long time I don’t have a rose bush growing outside my front door heh), and some decent wine that I shall mix with honey for the libation. Sweets for the sweet 🙂 I will also have my painting of Aphrodite holding her pigeon/dove (if you look at the images of these birds on the post cards from ancient Greek wall paintings they look like pigeons rather than the white birds we normally call doves), crowned with eight roses with myrtle in the background.
I also have several poems to Aphrodite of my own composition that will be read in addition to the Orphic and Homeric Hymns to the goddess.
I do wish, though, based on reading a festival of Aphrodite that some have celebrated recently, that I had access to the ocean or to a rose garden (or any botanical garden for that matter!) Living out in the country without a car makes some planning a bit difficult. I would be pleased even to go down to a lake or something. But we will do the best we can. And in any case I am sure it will be a lovely ritual for Aphrodite 🙂