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Yeshe Rabbit

Yeshe Rabbit

Yeshe Rabbit is a dedicated Priestess of Aphrodite who has been an enthusiastic wanderer along the winding path of esoterica for over 20 years. Her interests include tarot, herbalism, shamanic and indigenous spiritual practices, myth and storytelling, drumming, singing, ecstatic ritual, plant/stone/animal lore, and astrology. She is a regular teacher/presenter at local and national gatherings, including the Northern California Women’s Herbal Symposium, PantheaCon, the Berkeley Pagan Festival, and others. Yeshe Rabbit helps magical folk find their perfect treasures at her shop in Oakland, The Sacred Well, and serves as the Presiding High Priestess of the Bay Area's Come As You Are Coven. She is also a Priestess in the Bay Area Temple of Aphrodite. See her other writings at the Way of the Rabbit Blog.

Swashbuckling Aphrodite? Steampunk Aphrodite?

An Aphrodite of the people is not separate from the culture of the people. While some deities prefer to float around in the sky stroking their long white beards, and others like to stay classically enshrined in pristine and historically-accurate temples, Aphrodite is a party girl who gets bored if you try to keep Her dressed in the same old chitons and flowing gowns all the time. She is not stuck in history, nor in any single vision of beauty and adornment. She is Beauty in all its forms.

I envision Aphrodite in many different social and cultural contexts, and She always has impeccable style for the occasion. She helps me see the beauty of the unexpected.

For instance, if Aphrodite decided, as a sea-faring type, to go to the Pirate Festival, she might well look something like the fierce, deadly, and harshly beautiful Anne Bonny:

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    Ladybug says #
    Great article! And I love your Pinterest board! Thanks for the mention. I like to envision a bellydancing Aphrodite.

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Devoted to Love

I am devoted to love
I am a vessel of love
I carry love wherever I go
Hey, hey, hey

And in holding love
I love all
For we are One.

I am a being of love
I am a beacon of love
I am a Lover: Mind, Body and Soul
Hey, hey, hey

And in being love
I love all
For we are One

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Daily Self-Blessing with Aphrodite

A daily self-blessing and self-consecration at the altar of Aphrodite is a devotional practice that I have been doing for many years as a way to generate a field of love within and around me, so that all I do in the day comes from love and returns to love. Here is one of my daily practice incantations:

Aphrodite of the sea
Friend of dove and sacred bee
Queen of sensuality
Lay your blessing upon me
That I may walk in love and beauty.

I actually set this to music and I sing this blessing. As I do this blessing, I envision myself walking through my day, with waves and sea foam trailing behind me, with flowers growing up wherever I have been, with bees working industriously around me, and with doves flying overhead. I envision that I am a seamless part of the natural world, and that everything is literally made from the substance of love, with love overflowing the fountain of my heart and flowing into the world.

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    Paola Suarez says #
    Love this reminder to incorporate more self blessings in our lives. Especially like the idea of putting it to music. Thank you for

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