Antheia was one of the Charites, or Graces, of Greek mythology and was the goddess of flowers and flowery wreaths. She had been depicted in Athenian vase painting as one of the attendants of Aphrodite.
Her name which is derived from the Ancient Greek word anthos means “flower” or “blossom”. Her symbols are golden colored items. Her heart of worship was on the island of Crete. The title Antheia was also given to Hera and attached to the Horae, under which she had a temple in Argos. It was also an epithet of Aphrodite at Knossos. She was the goddess of vegetation, blossoms, gardens, particularly worshipped in spring and close lowlands and marshlands, beneficial to the growth of vegetation. She was also the goddess of individual love. Antheia’s themes are promises, friendship, trust, honor, community, relationships and love.
In early Greece, Arretophoria — that the festival of trust and friendship, was held sometime between June and July. Annually, two maidens were given a distinctive honey-laden diet plan and clothed in gold robes to take on a particular trust. They delivered a bundle untouched into a secret place in a local temple, then spent the year in public service, never glancing in the box. This sounds like a fun task for friends or couples. Each individual selects out a trust present for the other and gives it to them to put in a particular location. The whole time the gift remains there unopened, Antheia will energize it and bless the people in that relationship, so don’t hesitate to peek. Believe me, when I say it’s well worth the wait. At the end of the year, don something gold, burn myrrh to create a sacred space in which Antheia resides and open the presents, explaining the significance of the items. I guarantee it’s a gift you’ll never forget.
Antheia is also the Greek name of Historical Sozopolis in modern Bulgaria, and yet another Antheia was a village that was later adopted into Patras around 1000 BC.