To Pallas, with an incense of aromatic herbs
Only-begotten, noble race of Jove,
Blessed and fierce, who joyest in caves to rove:
O, warlike Pallas, whose illustrious kind,
Ineffable and effable we find:
Magnanimous and famed, the rocky height,
And groves, and shady mountains thee delight:
In arms rejoicing, who with Furies dire
And wild, the souls of mortals dost inspire.
Gymnastic virgin of terrific mind,
Dire Gorgon’s bane, unmarried, blessed, kind:
Mother of arts, impetuous; understood,
Rage to the wicked, wisdom to the good:
Female and male, the arts of war are thine,
Fanatic, much-formed dragoness, divine:
Over the Phlegrean giants, roused to ire,
Thy coursers driving, with destruction dire.
Sprung from the head of Jove, of splendid mien,
Purger of evils, all-victorious queen.
Hear me, O Goddess, when to thee I pray,
With supplicating voice both night and day,
And in my latest hour, give peace and health,
Propitious times, and necessary wealth,
And, ever present, be thy votaries aid,
O, much implored, art’s parent, blue-eyed maid.
~ Orphic Hymn to Athena. Thomas Taylor translation
ATHENA is the Greek Goddess of war, strategy, and negotiation. She is also the Patron Goddess of Athens and crafts-people (such as weavers, artisans, potters, etc). Her Mother was Metis, the Titaness and Goddess of Clever Counsel, and her Father was Zeus. Stories say that she sprang fully-formed and in full armor from the head, or thigh, of her Father Zeus who had swallowed her Mother Metis whole in order to avoid a prophecy that a child that she would bear would be more powerful than he.
“Now Zeus, king of the gods, made Metis (Wise Counsel) his wife first, and she was wisest among gods and mortal men. But when she was about to bring forth the goddess bright-eyed Athene, Zeus craftily deceived her with cunning words and put her in his own belly, as Gaia (Earth) and starry Ouranos (Heaven) advised. For they advised him so, to the end that no other should hold royal sway over the eternal gods in place of Zeus. ~ Hesiod’s Theogony
Athena represents a more left-brained influence and approach to issues. This thoughtful, grey-eyed Goddess embodies intelligence, logic, and strategy and offers us a clear view when we experience chaos and confusion. Considered a maiden, Athena balances the wild of Artemis and brings a real-world, practical energy that helps us to achieve our goals.
Do you need to execute a plan? Get organized? Take over a city? Call upon Athena to influence your ventures – there is no better business partner!
The olive tree, olives, and olive oil are sacred to Athena.
Athene: Virgin and Mother in Greek Religion by Karl Kerenyi
Goddess Companion: Daily Meditations on the Feminine Spirit by Patricia Monaghan
Goddesses in Everywoman: Thirtieth Anniversary Edition: Powerful Archetypes in Women’s Lives by Jean Shinoda, M.D. Bolen (reference Athena)
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