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Aphrodite Made Me Do It: Volume 1 (Myth and Magick)

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I opened the book to “start” reading, and ended up reading the entire thing without putting it down. Reading as a glimpse into the private thoughts within a self-care, healing journal, Aphrodite Made Me Do It is a survivors story that speaks to women everywhere, in fierce and loving tones. There is just something about Trista Mateer’s poetry, and art, that is very identifiable and comforting when you are feeling rubbish. I felt like this book saw me on an oceanic-deep level and spoke to some of the rawest parts of me, while encouraging me to reconnect with myself and the warrior within. The passages from Aphrodite’s perspective were particularly compelling and there were many that I have saved and shared with friends.

It’s partly narrated from Aphrodite’s POV and partly from poet and sometimes conversation between both. it is also really interesting as it goes between the pov being of the author and being of the goddess aphrodite, but seeing themselves within eachother.

I think it’s because this book opens our eyes to how/why Aphrodite and Ares fell in love—he celebrated the parts of her that lesser men wanted to rip away. I think it's great that so many people can turn to writing to express their thoughts, heal from their pasts, and fight for social justices. Here is also rage and sorrow; at the limitations and restrictions of a woman’s given role and taken rights; at the expectations heaped upon the female form and spirit; of the false representations used to define womanhood and thus control it. I particularly enjoyed one of her poems about men writing stories and not capturing history in the way Aphrodite might have liked which left more to the imagination. It talks about self-care and being responsible for your own healing and of finding the real meaning of love.

For fifty years, she has trained to slay wyrms - but none have appeared since the Nameless One, and the younger generation. In this way some of her work was perhaps lessened by her execution when it could have had a much greater impact if delivered in another way. You can change your choices at any time by visiting Cookie preferences, as described in the Cookie notice. Mateer’s poetry touches on feminism, mental health, assault, and the unfairness of having our stories rewritten for us.And thank you: for dog-earing pages, for highlighting your favourite lines, for sharing your stories with me, for sharing your time with me. I think maybe I lack the background knowledge of the scenarios which were at the times of classical poets or I also lack the classical vocab too.

This dream/encounter set the stage for a beautiful conversation between the two; one which holds value for anyone who would hear it. In this empowering retelling, she uses the mythology of the goddess to weave a common thread through the past and present. Bestselling and Goodreads Choice Award winning poet Trista Mateer pulls out some tarot cards and asks for help in her goddess inspired poetry collection, Aphrodite Made Me Do It .Its theme is not specific but mainly focuses on love, letting-go-of-past, be-your-self, self-healing etc. There were so many pages I marked and highlighted on Scribd, but I don't think I'll purchase a physical copy for myself or ever revisit it.

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