God Name: Aphrodite Other Names: Greek: "Αφροδιτη", Roman: Venus Pantheon: Grecian Apparent Age: 26-38 Current Alias: Harper Whitley Occupation: Owner or owner/operator of various businesses, all having to do with love, including:
❦ a bakery selling both normal cakes and pastries, and cakes in naughty shapes for hen parties
❦ a line of lingerie
❦ a publishing house for "Mills & Boon" type romance novels
Mother: Dione, if she has one. Father: Zeus... Or maybe the genitals of Ouranos. Siblings: Depends who you ask. If she's Zeus's child, these beings. But if she's born of Ouranos bits, these beings. Offspring: Again, it depends on who you ask. But definitely Aoife and Eros, and also these beings.
Sexuality: Greek Goddess of Lurve. Marital Status: Divorced from Hephaestus. Currently single.
PB:Sarah Wayne Callies Player: James Contact:faithinthesound on AIM; firstname.lastname@example.org Timezone: New Zealand
The internet is a beautiful thing. I cannot believe it has taken me this long to come up with a plan of how I can use it to both make money and get more dates! The details are still a little nebulous, but the bulk of it has come together in my head, largely in the last forty-eight hours or so.
It is not a plan I can carry out alone. The interviews, the travel, the face to face contact, they are all things I can do. The most important part, well, that has been my bread and butter for millennia. It is the computer part with which I will struggle... and that is where my darling son comes in.
Eros, Mother has a proposition. How would you feel about going into business with me? I have the beginnings of a very sound business plan, and a proven track record of similar endeavors which have all done very well!
At the risk of sounding obvious, Aphrodite is the Greek goddess of love - and she is most definitely in love with love.
Like all Greek gods and goddesses, Aphrodite has a well developed sense of her own self-worth. But for Aphrodite, it's more: being the goddess of love and beauty, there are more stories told about her than anyone else, god or mortal. This is how she likes it. She likes to be talked about, and to be remembered. After all, this is what keeps her strong. She's not the sort of person who can stand in the corner and simply observe at a party - she much prefers to be fawned over, to be surrounded by admirers of all genders.
She differs from other Olympians in that she is never distracted from her duties. This is because her work is her pleasure, her profession is her hobby. Love is all she thinks about.
Love is such an all-encompassing thing. Too often, people don't realise the sheer scope of the word. Love is romance, yes, and the union between two people. Love is marriage, and reproduction. Love is lust, desire, sex. But love is friendship. Love is affection. There can be love for animals, love for pets, love for colors, for food, for drink, for furniture... and Aphrodite is the goddess of it all.
Aphrodite might fall in love with the color blue, and throw herself into redecorating her house in varying shades of blue. Or she might fall in love with Grey's Anatomy, and marathon ten seasons worth in the space of a few weeks. Or she might fall in love with Italian food, and a few weeks teaching herself to make all kinds of Italian delicacies. The point is, for the most part, she fixates on something shiny and new and throws herself into it wholeheartedly for as long as the infatuation lasts. Then something new catches her eye and she repeats the cycle over and over again.
So far, the only things that have not fallen victim to her fickleness and whimsy are her pets. For as long as she can remember, she has had some kind of a pet living with her. Over the years, the species has varied: cats, dogs, turtles, mice, rabbits, hamsters - even a snake once. She takes in an animal as young as it can possibly leave its mother, and keeps them with her until they have lived a long and full life. She cares for them devotedly, so that the vast majority of her pets die of old age. In contrast to her lovers, she has one pet at a time, and mourns the loss of a pet fully before acquiring a new pet. Currently, she has a tiny black Labrador puppy.
There is a reason she is depicted nude so often - Aphrodite is a big fan of being naked! She loves light, flowing dresses that just whisper across her skin, rather than heavy thick clothing, but more than anything else she likes to strip down and just be naked. This modern day society tends to frown on that, which irks her to no end, but at home, she can be as naked as she likes.
Though she would rather be in the bedroom than the boardroom, that doesn't mean she's just a brainless bimbo! Aphrodite actually has a really good head on her shoulders. She has a keen eye for business, and has taken the many gifts bestowed on her by admirers and turned them into a sizeable fortune, through good investment and careful financial planning. She has a lot of good ideas (though she does sometimes have problems sticking to just one) and as a result, she has her fingers in a good number of pies, so to speak. She owns or owner-operates several successful businesses, all having something to do with her core concern: love. She has something new brewing, and unsurprisingly, she's in love with the new plan!
As with many stories from Greek mythology, there are differing accounts of how Aphrodite came to being. Perhaps the most well known is the story where Ouranos the Sky was castrated by his son Kronos, and his genitals were cast into the ocean. In this story, Aphrodite is said to have been born from the from that came from these pieces of immortal flesh, along with the Furies Kindly Ones and the Giants.
In a lesser known story she is the daughter of Zeus, born from his union with the Titaness Dione. This makes her the sibling of every being Zeus has ever fathered. Aphrodite isn't sure how this story even gained any credence. Look at the facts: if the story about Ouranos' genitals isn't true, where did the Kindly Ones and the Giants come from? If they were born from cast of pieces of immortal flesh, why not her too?
Regardless of how she was born, the next part remains the same. Zeus brought her to Olympus, where she stood mostly naked (apart from her hair) while the gods looked upon her. Hera told Zeus to marry her off without delay, because she knew that Aphrodite's beauty would lead to fighting, conflict, and eventually war. Although all the male Olympians wanted to claim Aphrodite for themselves, she married Hephaestus.
Aphrodite has never exactly been a paragon of monogamy and fidelity, however. Before the proverbial ink was even dry on their marriage license, she was bedding down with Ares, god of war and all-round much more exciting fellow than ugly, disabled Hephaestus who could make wonderful things but who couldn't thrill her the way she wanted to be thrilled.
Her affair with Ares resulted in several children, not the least of which was Eros. Then Apollo discovered the affair, and went running to Hephaestus, whereupon Hephaestus created a fine bronze net in which the lovers were captured, then displayed for the entertainment of the other Olympians. She has never forgiven Apollo for betraying her. Hephaestus, she feels more charitably towards. After all, she has to admit that in that case, she betrayed him first.
Lesson not learned, Aphrodite went on to have several other dalliances. Among her many suitors was the mortal man Adonis. She divorced Hephaestus as soon as divorce was invented, and has been polyamorous/non-monogamous ever since. If she's in love with Joey, there's every chance she's also in love with Caitlin... and she's just as likely to fall for and seduce Archie while still seeing both of the others, and only then grown tired of Joey...
Bluntly, it would be a mistake to expect her to adhere to mortal standards of monogamy in relationships, because she is not mortal, and even if the rules did apply to gods, Aphrodite would insist that they did not apply to her.
She has played a part in many, many myths. Some of the edited highlights:
❦ drove the chariot of Ares into battle during the War of the Giants
❦ bestowed her gifts (grace and beauty) on Pandora the first woman
❦ gave birth to the eternally-erect Priapus
❦ beat Hermes in a race at the founding of the Olympic games
❦ lost a weaving contest to Athena (lost dismally)
❦ competed against Hera and Athena to win the golden apple from Paris and won by promising him the love of Helen of Troy (who was married to Menelaus at the time!).
❦ assisted Paris in his seduction of Helen and her abduction to Troy
❦ sided with the Trojans during the Trojan war; persuaded Ares to do the same
❦ gave birth to Eros
Throughout Aphrodite's entire existence, suitors of all genders have plied her with gifts to try to curry favor. Because of this, Aphrodite has always lived comfortably, first on Olympus, and later among mortals. Even small monetary gifts, if sensibly invested, can gather interest. During the twentieth century she has started auctioning off some of the much older gifts she has received, which of course are now priceless antiques purely because so much time has passed. One vase, practically a drachma a dozen in Ancient Greece, can be worth literally millions of dollars in the modern world!
Aphrodite made the move to America because of Hollywood. It's shallow, but it's true. So, so many beautiful people live in America, if TV and the movies are anything to go by, and that's what attracted her. She settled in Manhattan because she fell in love with the feel of the city... but it's anyone's guess how long this particular love will last.