Mother appears merciless because She re-creates after She destroys. Like Kali and Durga, She destroys what does not serve us anymore.
Many spiritual traditions, so deeply culturally appropriated in the West, incorporate acknowledging of impermanence, of death and letting go.
This is how I see the rise of Aphrodite. What has been edited, what has been ridiculed and shamed, now comes into its own power.
This condition defines and structures this whole cycling thing: when the engaged body is under maximal exertion, the higher order capacities blossom forth.