APHRODITE REVISITED

As I mentioned in my last post, I decided to have time away from the internet and work with any creative ideas which came up in my time free of Facebook, news and so on. Luckily for me, I did get some inspiration!

I decided to revisit some former paintings I’ve done and cheer them up a bit.  I’ll  post info about three others in another couple of posts. In this one I want to look at the painting I did back in Australia with lots of blues and a really wimpy figure in the middle.  This is the original painting and I felt that while the colours around the figure were full of energy, the small figure looked pretty overwhelmed and ungrounded.

So I swished different paint colours straight from the tube over the old figure to create a stronger, more energetic figure which filled the whole canvas. Then I placed a sea-green, round stone at the heart centre, for love at the physical, material level. This was surrounded by small, rose quartz chips for love at the spiritual level. Four rays radiated out to represent love at the physical, mental, emotional and spiritual levels.

Then I added in more violet for the head shape, to signify the wisdom with which we operate when we link the power of a loving heart to the power of thoughts. And radiating out are turquoise rays which represent communication with love. 

This figure, for me, is a homage to the power of Aphrodite who is the patron of Cyprus. Aphrodite is reputed to have been born from spray surrounding a rock at the western end of Cyprus, where Aphrodite’s Rock now stands. For me, Aphrodite is a power energy as, astrologically speaking,  the ruler of my sign (Libra) is Venus, another name for Aphrodite.  I also have three other signs in Libra which strengthens the influence of Aphrodite in my life.

I have for a while wanted to create a power figure for Aphrodite as the renowned painting of her by Botticelli always looks so goody two-shoes and off the planet. I know it was a produce of his times, but it is a typical representation of woman on a pedestal, the Madonna as opposed to the Whore. So this for me is a portrayal of Aphrodite as the goddess of love – a love which is not soft and wimpy and idealistic, but a love which is real, fiery and incredibly powerful. 

In completing this poem I’m reminded of one of my favourite sayings:

“The day will come when, after harnessing space, the winds, the tides, and gravitation, we shall harness for God the energies of love. And on the day, for the second time in the history of the world, we shall have discovered fire.” Pierre Teilhard de Chardin.

I’m not a great adherent to the concept of God, I prefer Divinity or the Sacred, but I believe that if we can harness the energies of love for the good of all sentient beings, then humanity will reach for the stars and truly light up the web of life.

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