In modern terms, it may be necessary for us to dedicate an item and house it on our shrines in honor and respect since our Gods no longer have the luxury of dedicated temples, and many of us do. There are tales of ADF members who have built shrines in thanks for works done for them by a particular entity, statues, abstract art, paintings and sketches, jewelry and statuary, some of which are ritually burned and some of which are given to as a gift to the Being and kept as a sacred object tended in routine prayer and offering cycles. It is from this vantage that I offer the following offering script:
A Votive Offering to Aphrodite in Return for Love
Items needed: Roses, an apple, a gilded/decorative mirror, a sea shell, incense (2), typical three-part hallows.
Prep: Light the Fire and open the Gates, per usual (Gatekeeper suggestion: Iris). Light incense before beginning the work. Once the Gates are opened, light the remaining incense and begin speaking the following:
Sea-foam Maiden, wing-ed dove,
Queen of Love,
Desire’s bright fire
Goddess, hear my prayer!
Hold up the offerings as they are named:
Roses do I bring, for their scent is that of love and devotion.
An apple do I bring, for the apple was gift to you as the fairest of maidens.
A sea shell do I bring, for the magical tale of your birth resonates in the echo of the sea.
And this mirror do I bring, my gift to you, that it may reflect the joy and thanks in my heart,
The reverence and gratitude I openly carry for you
In return for the gift of love in my life.
Lady Aphrodite, beloved of many,
For bringing to me my beloved,
I give you thanks, praise, and honor.
May this mirror I now dedicate to you hold space on my shrine,
Reflecting my offerings to you through the Fires of my piety*.
Lady Aphrodite, accept my offerings!
Place the mirror in a place of permanence on your shrine or on its own shelf, etc., perhaps arranging the shell and a votive holder together with the mirror as a sacred space dedicated to the Goddess Aphrodite.
*You may wish to place a finite amount of time for devotion to the Goddess.