US Aphrodite Temple
This crowdfunding project will help the Temple of Aphrodite to:
* build a 3-season temple structure suitable for personal and public celebration
* buy or commission an icon (statue) of Aphrodite for use in the Temple
* decorate and equip the Temple with furnishings, fixtures, and basic supplies
* design and create a surrounding garden for outdoor celebration and meditation
* build and equip a workshop/teaching space
The Temple will be located on the grounds of Midian, an event and festival space in Springville, Indiana -- south of Bloomington.
We would like to extend these Expressions of Grace for your contributions to this project:
$10 -- Your name added to Laurelei's prayer shrine
$20 -- PDF copy of Crown of Violets
$50 -- PDF copy of Aphrodite's Priestess book
$100 -- Signed paperback copies of Aphrodite's Priestess and Cult of Aphrodite
$250 -- Previous rewards, PLUS a cowrie shell reading by Laurelei
$1000 -- All four of Laurelei's books (signed) PLUS your inscription on the Wall of Benefactors
$5000 -- All previous rewards PLUS an alcove shrine established in your honor within the temple
Since 2002, Laurelei Black has been a consecrated Priestess of Aphrodite, and her work has included writing books, leading ceremonies and festivals, teaching classes, and tending to a small woodland shrine of the Goddess of Love and Beauty.
This weekend, my beloved, a few friends, and I started clearing the stones that blocked the path the place where the shrine and temple will sit. We cleared some brush and adapted some plans.
I still have the same vision for this temple that I have always had, but it is a "slow-burn" sort of project, I think. At least, it will be at our current rate. =) And that's okay. We can take this in phases. I just want the Aphrodite Community to know that I am still committed to this project. We've raised $500 in 4 years, and I am so grateful! In the next few weeks, I am going to show the beautiful woodland-grotto-garden I can create for Aphrodite with just $500.
And we'll get to the bigger goals as we continue raising funds.
I'll be back at Midian next weekend (to work on a different project, technically; but I always spend a little time with Aphrodite while I am there). I will take some picture of the site so we have documentation of the process.
I am so sorry you've been collecting for many years and still haven't reached your goal. There certainly needs to be a new temple of Aphrodite. I am going to do my best to organize my temple here in Illinois and other Hellenes and Pagans to donate.
I am so glad to hear this, and will help as I can. She hasn't commanded it, but I desperately want to honor Her. I get paid Friday. :)