God knows, I'm a fan of Aphrodite . . . pun intended. Readers of my Airship Racing Chronicles already know that the Goddess Aphrodite features predominantly in Chasing the Star Garden. I actually got interested in this ancient goddess while working on another, yet unfinished, novel. That novel, set in the Renaissance, traces the origins of Celeste from Chasing the Star Garden's order. Maybe, one day, I'll get back to that project. But back to Aphrodite . . .
We all know about Aphrodite, the Goddess of Love. you can't get out of 8th grade free without knowing your Greek Gods. But this Goddess, however, is really much more interesting and much more complex. Aphrodite used to be one of the chief gods. Before societies changed from matriarchies (women ruled) to patriarchies (male ruled) there was always a Goddess in charge: the queen of heaven, the great mother, etc. Aphrodite's roots trace back into ancient Mesopotamia. Research tracks her cults (her churches) to the worship of this goddess in the forms of Ianna and Ishtar. Aphrodite's earliest worship showed her influence over the very forces of life and death, love and war. Once, in her earliest incarnations, Aphrodite ruled as the Queen of Heaven. It was not until Aphrodite was incorporated into a pantheon of gods that she lost her place. Zeus came to stand at the head of the gods where the Goddess, and Aphrodite, once held sway.
|The Great Mother|
Today, I am celebrating this Goddess in her rawest form. And to celebrate, let's have a giveaway . . . a pair of Aphrodite ebooks: Chasing the Star Garden (or Chasing the Green Fairy) AND Deer in Headlights (or any other novel in the series) by Staci Hart!
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(Be sure to look at the post below for a chance to win Paperbacks of Staci Hart's series AND see her new cover!)