Unlike patriarchal societies, ancient religions and cultures that celebrated the feminine path look at the goddess as the epitome of power, compassion, and grace. She is wise, wild, and bold. She doesn't care to obey rules or fit docilely into social norms of how women should look, behave, and live. Instead, the goddess represents qualities that emphasize the importance of trusting one's intuition and being true to oneself.
Here are seven Greek/Roman goddess archetypes that represent different kinds of women.
Find out which goddess your personality resembles the most and which one you would like to embody more. The archetypes represent different energies and do not necessarily negate each other.
Most women will identify with more than a few archetypes because the Goddess is all of these and more; however, there will be one that stands out more than the others.
1. Athena, The Warrior Goddess
Athena is the Goddess of wisdom and civilization. Women who take after Athena are extroverted and independent. The Goddess is known for her keen intellect, ability to understand social and political issues and pursues knowledge of all kinds. According to the myth, she is a virgin goddess, but this isn't because of any strict codes. Instead, she is so in love with her life and purpose; her autonomy and freedom matter more than anything else. This doesn't mean she is cold and selfish. On the contrary, she lends her voice to people who can't stand up for themselves and is often seen to lead large groups on the battlefield fearlessly.
Her weapon: She is a warrior with a sword and armor.
As a child: The Athena woman is likely to have spent most of her time reading voraciously, has an insatiable curiosity to know how things work, and might have enjoyed making things with her hands.
As an adult: She is focused on her priorities, very clearheaded and ambitious, doesn't have much time to flirt or play around, is more in her head rather than her body/disconnected to her sensuality, feels inspired by intelligence and wit rather than looks or beauty, and is a solid and dependable friend. She is comfortable to compete with men without any inhibitions and takes pride in her ability to lead intelligent conversations. She doesn't care to be politically right.
Historical Athena woman: Joan of Arc
2. Artemis, The Goddess of Wilderness
Artemis is fiercely independent yet introverted. She is the Goddess of Nature—wild, primitive, and pure—she is concerned with matters of the earth, animals, the great outdoors. She is practical, athletic, adventurous, and loves her lone time. Artemis is so sure of herself as a perfect form of creation, she doesn't care to appear womanly or feminine. She is also known as the protectress of little children and baby animals.
Her need for a man as a protector or provider is nill; however, she appreciates a man who is respectful of her need for solitude and enjoys a deep, intuitive connection with minimal talk or chatter. Unlike her sister, Athena, Artemis has an intuitive understanding of her body and delights in her five senses, taking in the sights, sounds, and flavors of nature.
Her weapon: Artemis is armed with a bow and arrow.
As a child: The Artemis woman is likely to have loved being outdoors as a little girl. She would have been the typical wild child exploring trees, plants, observe animals, or be swimming in streams or beaches all day long. She would have had little or no interest in dolls, typical games associated with girls or playing dress up.
As a woman: Being Athena's sister, she is equally independent and focused. She needs her me-time and time with nature, otherwise, she will feel irritable or out of sorts. She will choose a career that she is passionate about; makes for a good healer, animal expert, biologist, environmental advocate. She is a natural feminist and looks out for other woman and isn't afraid to stand up for them. As a mother, she balances abundant love with freedom for her children to explore their identity.
Known Artemis woman: Jane Goodall
3. Hera, The Goddess of Union
Hera is an extrovert and has control over many external matters. She also represents holy union and marriage. She focuses on partnership and building a stable family. While she is temperamental, she is also wise enough to see the long term. Hera was married to the most powerful of gods, Zeus. She enjoys the warmth, stability, and status that comes with her marriage to a powerful and established man.
A Hera woman is not docile, but emotionally vulnerable as she values intimacy and loyalty. Her gift lies in balancing the masculine and feminine energies through relationships, whether that be between couples or friends.
Her weapon: Hera always keeps her crown and royal scepter close.
As a child: She is likely to have played house, not as a mom or nurturer, but as the queen. She is likely to have been the moderator between couples or fighting friends. She prefers being indoors and whom she associates with matters to her.
As a woman: Her sense of duty toward her family is high. She doesn't have too many female friends, unless they are a couple, too. She takes time to create a stable and secure space for her loved ones. She sets high standards for herself and her children.
Known Hera woman: Queen Victoria of the 19th century
4. Persephone, The Mystical Goddess
She is an introvert and possesses knowledge and wisdom of the inner world. She is the goddess of the Underworld, the place that is painful, yet rich in wisdom and spiritual insights. The Persephone woman is visionary, mystical and possesses intuitive knowledge in the occults.
She seeks kindred souls who are often misfits and has soulful conversations with a select few. She is also the archetypal child—radiating optimism and hope—despite making a journey through the dark underworld. Through her journey, she is forced to surrender her weapons, and in turn, gains wisdom.
Her weapon: No weapon, carries Spring leaves with her
As a child: She is likely to have enjoyed being alone, listening to music, or daydreaming. She may have been subject to abuse or trauma of some kind (underworld), which sets her off on a journey of self-awareness and healing.
As a woman: She is a tough spirit. She may go through a phase where it is hard for her to say "no" and tends to put others first. Despite her pain, she trusts her intuition to guide her and becomes strong through spiritual discoveries. She is likely to be an empath and absorb the emotions and energies of others. Her wisdom makes her a good healer, therapist, writer, gardener, medical intuitive. She seeks to heal not just herself but also her partner through their relationship.
Known Persephone woman: Florence Nightingale
5. Aphrodite, The Goddess of Love and Sensuality
Aphrodite is a playful goddess, who delights in beauty and love. Her sexuality is sacred and she doesn't consider the physical union to be any lesser than a spiritual connection. Aphrodite is also known as Venus, the Goddess of Love. The Aphrodite woman inspires arts in all forms, is fluid and comfortable in her body, unlike the other heady goddesses. She is fearless, in love with herself and worships beauty in all its diverse forms.
Although the Aphrodite woman is pursued by many men and she explores her sexuality freely, she is not bound by any man, nor is she frivolous in her choices. As a wise goddess of love, she inspires and encourages artists, musicians, poets, and creators of all kinds. Those close to her often find her compassion to deep and moving.
Her weapon: Magical girdle
As a child: She is likely to have been very charming, engaging, and playful. She enjoys attention and being in the spotlight. However, even as a child, she has deep respect for individual styles and preferences, thus, treats everyone equally. She is likely to have had no or very less regard for rules as she freely followed her heart. Culture, art, and poems pick her curiosity.
As a woman: The Aphrodite woman is so much more than being the sexy siren. She embodies deep love and self-acceptance and inspires all women to love themselves. She delights in simple pleasures and loves long baths, rich fragrances, scrumptious meals, and cozy naps and cuddles. She reads and pursues art in different forms and is attracted to those who see her through her external appearance. Aphrodite women also have an intuitive understanding of emotions, which make them great friends and protectors of innocence. She doesn't engage with those who don't respect her boundaries and isn't afraid to dive deep into love without expecting anything in return.
Historical Aphrodite woman: Cleopatra
6. Demeter, The Goddess of Bounty
Demeter is known for her kindness and earnestness. She nurtures children, kin and everyone who is in need of someone to talk to. Being the granddaughter of Gaia, the Earth Goddess, Demeter represents bounty and fertility. She represents not just physical mothering, but also emotional nourishment and spiritual guidance. Like Hera, she seeks to create a secure space for people to unfold and reach their full potential. The goddess went through a tough time in the underworld before she could come back to the earth and reach her full potential as the blesser of abundance.
Her weapon: No weapon, she carried corn or wheat to represent bounty
As a child: She is likely to have been a babysitter for her siblings and other kids; she would have been nurturing and caring to elders around her as well as intuitively aware of what others needed.
As a woman: Demeter women relish in providing care and comfort for their loved ones. They go out of their way to make someone's day and do not think twice before they reach out to help. They enjoy weaving, gardening, and can cook sumptuous meals out of nothing. Children and younger folks tend to go to her for advice and care.
Known Hestia woman: St. Teresa of Avila/Mother Teresa
7. Hestia, The Goddess of Hearth
Hestia is independent, detached, autonomous and focused on her inner world. She is well mannered, has high ethics, very charitable, and a protector. However, she never takes part in disputes or wars. She hates drama and prefers enjoying her lone time without any fuss.
Although she enjoys solitude, she doesn't like to venture into the wild or outdoors. A Hestia woman is likely to be very focused and determined, although her demeanor might seem mild and gentle. She has the ability to remain focused despite distractions and temptations.
Given a choice between relationships and self-discovery, she will choose self-discovery. However, her heart remains open for all those who wander in the cold and are in need of a fireplace.
Her weapon: Flames of fire
As a child: The Hestia woman is likely to have been quiet, gentle, entertaining herself without much fuss or drama. She might have come across as shy, but those who knew her were aware of her grit.
As a woman: She seeks tranquility and peace above external matters. She is calm, sorted, and prefers being left alone to pursue her interest. Rituals and routines are extremely important to her; everyday tasks mean something to her, whether that be her daily workout or cooking a meal. She is detached and objective in her judgment, yet she is a compassionate listener. She stays away from gossip and pseudo-intellectual chatter.
Historical Hestia woman: Marcella, the ascetic
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