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Saturday, July 9, 2011

Love Spells - THE APPLE


Aphrodite is often represented in love spells by an apple because of the ancient Greek Myth known as "The Judgment of Paris", which was one of the events that led up to the Trojan War. Aphrodite is the Greek Goddess of love and beauty. She rose from the waves of the sea and enchants anyone who sees her with feelings of love and lust.

The Story of Aphrodite and the Apple (Judgment of Paris)


Zeus held a banquet to celebrate the marriage between Peleus and Thetis. Eris, who was the Goddess of Discord, was not invited to the wedding but went anyway in order to cause trouble. She decided to cause some "discord" and throw a GOLDEN APPLE into the party with the words "For the Fairest" written on it , and whomever claimed the apple would be declared the fairest of the goddesses. Three goddesses, Hera, Athena and Aphrodite all claimed the apple, so Zeus asked Paris, a Trojan mortal, to be the judge and decide which of the three goddesses was the fairest. To persuade Paris, each goddess promised him different things, but in the end, Paris chose Aphrodite, and awarded her the apple.

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Courtney McNeil began studying painting and illustration in 1985 in London, England. Not one to stay in one place very long she continued perfecting her love of the arts while traveling the world studying painting and illustration in Europe, Hawaii, California, and Australia and eventually graduated cum laude with a BA in illustration and continued on to do her graduate work at the Royal College of Art in London, England.  A few years later she added to her creative interests and studied letterpress and bookmaking at the Otis College of Art and Design in Los Angeles. After receiving her undergraduate degree she began work at the Getty Museum in Malibu for almost a decade which allowed her to study and work among some of the most famous classic works of art in the world from Vincent Van Gogh to Manet. Teaching in the galleries of the Getty started her career in Art Education. She has been teaching painting and drawing to young artists and adults at the Davis Arts Center since 2006.