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Used in many religious stories ranging from Ancient Greece to the Bible, the apple has been associated with the plays of deities for a long time. In Celtic mythology it is even referred to as ;the fruit of the gods.’


The Judgment of Paris


This is perhaps my favourite mythological story involving an apple. It involves a young prince called Paris, and a single apple with the words “for the fairest” written on them. Because of the inscription, Hera, Athena and Aphrodite all wanted the apple and an argument arose. Zeus then appointed Paris as the right person to make the decision on who the apple belonged to. The goddesses each tried to bribe Paris to pick them by offering him something in return. Hera told Paris he could become king of all of Europa and Asia. Athena offered wisdom and battle skills. Aphrodite said that if he gave her the apple, he could marry the beautiful Helena of Troy. Paris picked Aphrodite, sowing discord and ill-intent among the other goddesses, which eventually lead to the fall of Troy during the Trojan war.


Magickal Properties


Apples are used for emotion magick. They are especially known for their association with love spells and are a symbol of eternal love that lasts beyond the grave. Not just the fruit, but the seeds and the wood of the very tree it grows on can be used in association with this purpose. For example, a love spell involving a wand made from apple wood could give the universe that extra nudge it needed to bring you and your special someone closer together.

More Ancient Greek lore also defines a second association for apples, namely a symbol of life and death, rebirth and wisdom. The apple is closely linked to the underworld as it is said to bind Persephone to it during the winter months. In this regard, it is also linked with immortality, though I wouldn’t recommend trying any such spell.


Magickal Correspondences


Deities: Aphrodite, Athena, Apollo, Venus, Dionysus, and possibly Persephone and Hera

Zodiac: Capricorn and Taurus

Planet: Venus

Element: Water

Gender: Feminine

Crystals: Rose quartz and aquamarine

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