Come then, I pray, grant me surcease from sorrow,
Drive away care, I beseech thee, O goddess
Fulfil for me what I yearn to accomplish,
Be thou my ally.
(from Sappho's Hymn to Aphrodite (http://en.wikisource.org/wiki/The_Poems_of_Sappho#Hymn_to_Aphrodite))
i resort to cliches. i've never met anybody like her. she pushes buttons i didn't even know i had. she is magic. nobody outshines her; other goddesses pale in comparison. she is astonishingly powerful, and sometimes i think she hasn't the faintest idea. she is utterly gorgeous and fun to be with, wise and warm as a counselor and friend, has great taste -- and epitomizes seduction. and there's more.
she is utterly delicious, combining intense sensuality and eroticism in a way that simultaneously excites me beyond imagination and recharges me. every moment we've spent together so far is one that i'm sure i'll remember my entire life -- because i had such a good time, gorgeousness and eroticism aside. another Muse talks about the peace she gets from the trees and how that transmutes into energy ... even the briefest presence of Aphrodite in my art does the same for me.
one image i have of her is in the cestus, drinking champagne, surrounded by a zillion candles. i remember holding her hand but that might just be a fantasy; it's not always easy to tell the difference around her. my breath stops when i remember the first moment i saw her ... sparks fly whenever i am conscious of the feel of her necklace ... just the thought of her kiss me is as exciting as any other experience my life ... when i see or remember her smile my heart does cartwheels and i am unimaginably happy and i hope it shines through in my art.
how lucky i am to have her as a Muse!
is in a third category all her own as the alchemical goddess.
She is the most beautiful and irresistible of the goddesses
She generates love and beauty, erotic attraction, sensuality, sexuality, and new life.
She enters relationships of her own choosing and is never victimized.
Her consciousness is both focused and receptive,
Allowing a two-way interchange through which both she and the other are affected.
(Jean Shinoda Bolen, Goddesses in Everywoman, p. 17)