15) What mundane practices are associated with this deity?
As a person notoriously not interested in being what any modern marketing strategy would consider beautiful, I will have to settle for conjecture for some parts of this answer.
I do believe that Aphrodite is connected to the industries surrounding beauty products, fashion, music and perhaps even marketing itself. What I believe she thinks about their reprehensible strategies I have already discussed. However, there is no reason to think that she has anything at all against humans wanting to be beautiful. Cosmetics are ancient, even if our current formulae are modern. I don’t use many so I’m not sure how qualified I am to speak on this part of daily life. I love my hair gel though. Don’t know if that counts or not. How else does one acquire sexy spiky short hair without hair gel? And talented cutters of hair? I mean really.
I think that Aphrodite’s influence on our daily lives starts well before make-up hits skin. I think that every time we choose to keep ourselves clean, wash our faces, trim our nails, cut our hair, even eat healthy food- we are doing something of which she approves. I think every time we remind ourselves (and even more importantly, each other!) that we are beautiful, we do something of which she approves. Beauty is a constant process, after all, and it starts with health and self -esteem.
Don’t forget, however, that Aphrodite has other aspects. She is also “Warlike” and “Bringer of Victory” therefor I conclude that fitness of mind and body are probably also very important. It’s hard to win any battles- physical or otherwise- if your brain or bod are out of shape. I think she wishes I would get my increasingly overweight butt back to the gym. (I am self-aware enough to admit that I am probably the heaviest now that I have ever been. I’m still not what most would consider ‘fat’ but I am starting to feel like I’ve gone past what is healthy for me. Time to pay a lot more attention and get a handle on this before it gets out of control.)
I think also that Aphrodite Urania is very present when we involve ourselves in service projects of any kind. I willingly involved myself with the still-forming Interfaith Council in St Mary’s County because I believe that it is the right action to take. I believe that Aphrodite Urania- the Heavenly Aphrodite- approves. This is, of course, only my opinion based on my own understanding of this face of this goddess.
While I’ve never been part of overseas shipping of goods. it is a major part of our modern globalized lives. I recall that there were many temples in southern Greece to Aphrodite of the Harbor and of Deep Water.
She’s in everyone.
I really don’t think that you could go through your day and not encounter something which matters to Aphrodite. Did you take a shower this morning? Style your hair or face? Tell a joke with friends? Go to the gym? Purchase something shipped from overseas? Do something nice simply because it was nice?
She was there.