In Greek mythology, Aphrodite (LH:12), in Greek: Aφροδιτη (NE:993), from: aphros- (αφρος) (NE:871), meaning: "foam", + -dite (διτη) (NE:322), meaning: "two", prescript: Hathor (Egyptian), postscripts: Venus (Greek) and Eve (Jewish), period of worship: c.1300BC to 400AD, was the goddess of “sexual love” (Jordan, 1993), or the goddess, generally, of love, beauty, pleasure, passion and reproduction (procreation), depending on myth version.
Aphrodite, according to the main myth version, was born as a cosmic deity, from the "foam of the ocean" (Hesiod, 700BC), after her father Ouranos was castrated by Kronos (Cronus), and his genitals were hurled into the sea. Alternatively, she is daughter of Zeus and Dione (Homer, 800BC). She is the consort of Hephaestus, and occasional mistress of other deities, including Ares.
A possible secret name of Aphrodite is: "sustenance" (διατροφη) (NE:993). This could be code for the motto: "without love you die". Alternatively, it is said that her name derives from the Greek name for the "act of sex" (Jordan, 1993).
In the Hesiod etymology, the first part of her name: aphros- (αφρος) (NE:871), renders directly as: "foam". A tentative secret name of this foam is: "chaos" (χαος) (NE:871). The Greeks, as we know, rewrote the Egyptian Ogdoad, or 8 water god model origin of things, into the term or concept of "chaos" as the origin of all things.
The suffix part of her name, specifically -dite (διτη) (NE:322), translates directly as the word: "two". Tentative secret names include: "people" (δημος) (NE:322) and or "cause" (αιτια) (NE:322). This could thus render as: the joining of two people, in love, from the chaos of the foam, frothy foam here being a metaphor for sperm and egg mixed in water, causes life to become, or something along these lines?
The following table gives the basic model, in respect to goddess rescripts, as to how the modern world "life" arose, etymologically:
|Force||Ankh (☥)||Is (ις) (NE:210)||Vis (force)||Breath of life||Vis viva
|Principle||Bios (NE:282)||Vita||Life||Vitalism / Neovitalism|
The key rescript here, in respect to Aphrodite, is that sometime in 1300 to 700BC, via cultural transmission of astro-theological models, from Egypt to Greece, the life-giving "Ankh (☥)" of Hathor (3100BC), which made "clay humans" become alive, became the "Is (ις)" (NE:210) of Aphrodite.
Is | ις | Force
This "Is (ις)" translates directly as "strength, force" (Barry, 1999). The secret name of "Is (ις)" is the name "fertile" (πιον) (NE:210). In decoded translation: the force (ις) (NE:210) of Aphrodite (NE:993), makes things become "fertile" (NE:210), which thus make "life" (Bios) (NE:282). The etymology beyond this, however, becomes more complicated, being that the number "282" derives from the solar magic square. In this sense, the sun, which is born out of the "chaos" (aka Ogdoad), gives a "force", through a mythical goddess daughter, which makes things fertile, therein bring about "life" or bios.
The Romans, in the period 800 to 100BC, then rescripted this "Is (force) of Aphrodite" model into the "Vis (force) of Venus" model, which was said to give people "vita" (or life), aka make things become "vivacious", i.e. viva-ious, or long living, and hence "alive".
The Jews, likewise, made this model monotheistic, converting the "vis of Venus" model into the "breath of life" model, associated with a woman Eve, whose name means "spirit", and a man named Adam, whose name means "clay".
The following are related quotes:
- “What is life, what is delightful, without golden Aphrodite?”
- “Tis de bios, ti de terpnon, ater chryses Aphrodites?”
- “Aphrodite’s name derives from the Greek name for the sexual act.”
- See: God character rescripts.
- Note: compare the “phallus of Osiris”, cut off and thrown into the Nile.
- Jordan, Michael. (1993). Encyclopedia of Gods: Over 2,500 Deities of the World (pgs. 20-21). Facts on File.
- Note: this confused "chaos" origin model, was so repugnant to the mind of student mind of a young Epicurus (c.300BC), that he sought out atomic theory of Democritus, so to find a better answer.
- Klinck, Anne. (2008). Woman’s Songs in Ancient Greece (pg. 234). MQUP.
- Aphrodite – Wikipedia.