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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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I grew up on the beach in Malibu, California and began traveling to Europe at a young age. Although my heart belongs to the sea and life at the beach, I loved the history and old-world feeling of Paris and London compared to my sunshine filled beach life at home. I often found myself searching through antique stores and vintage shops during my travels in Europe. Dusty leather bound books, prints, vintage handbags, and old apothecary bottles were my favorite things to collect. After attending colleges in California, Hawaii and England I graduated with a degree in illustration and I planned to become a children's book illustrator, but then I took a course on bookmaking and letterpress at Otis College of Design in Los Angeles and I began making my own books. As my handmade book collection grew I decided I really wanted to recreate more of the beautiful antique books and other things I remember finding in the little shops in Europe and that's when WANDERING MERMAID was born. I like to think of my ETSY shop as the mysterious little vintage shop you find down a hidden alleyway . You never know what you will find ❤