Cantharidian Postal Service
by Eric Whollem
Copyright by the artist
Two Cantharidian Stamps With Selvage Art by the Artist
These stamps are complemented by a line drawing showing a
mermaid resting in a great clam shell. This issue from the post
offices of the micronation of Cantharidia is dedicated to the Goddess
Aphrodite, who is famously associated with the clam by Botticelli.
She is described as 'born of the shell' in mythology and poetry, being
a Goddess of the Sea.
The Mythology of Aphrodite
Aphrodite is here shown in her first aspect as Pandemos, the virgin.
In her second aspect she is the Marina, the matron. Her third aspect
is the crone, Aphrodite Urania, the Goddess of Universal Love.
Her three aspects correspond to the colors white, red, and black, the
three colors traditonally ascribed to the Triple Goddess.
As the three Horae she was Tyche, Dike, and Nemesis and as the
Three Fates she was Clotho, Lachesis and Atropos.
Her designation of Marina relates to the Fates, Moira and Moera.
A 'fate' or 'fay' or 'fey' originally was an oracular priestess.
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