Jean Shinoda Bolen on Aphrodite

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Aphrodite, the Goddess of Love and Beauty

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)