Monday, August 10, 2015

Goddesses in the Dust: Female Olympians and the Kickass Woman's Manifesto

An archaeologist unearths the Divine Feminine, one archetype at a time...


As an archaeologist who has excavated in Greece, I spend a lot of time contemplating the energies of the goddesses. The goddess who comes to mind when reading the above words is Artemis, because this independent lady lived out her days hunting in the woods with her companion animals and fending off the advances of lascivious gods and mortals. 

But in their own way, each goddess has a kick ass attribute. Take Aphrodite, for example. 

Here she is (on permanent view in the Athens National Archaeological Museum) fending off the advances of horny Pan, with her sandal. This kickass lady doesn't even seem perturbed by this little creep!

Or how about Demeter...

After her daughter, Persephone, was abducted into the Underworld by the god of hell, Hades, Demeter, the goddess of agriculture, vowed to let nothing grow until her daughter was returned to her. After a great outcry, Zeus forced his netherworld dwelling brother to give back the lady's daughter or else - and he did....kick ass!!

Most people don't think old ladies are powerful. But you don't know Hecate.

As goddess of the night, moon, magic and the crossroads, Hecate is the Crone of the Triple Goddess group which includes the Maiden, Persephone, and the Mother (Demeter). Often depicted holding two torches, she is the goddess of transitions, and sees life with an even sense of detachment, developed from a lifetime of experience. As the elder form of Persephone, she is the wise woman, who has gained great wisdom over time, who can now see in the dark, and knows the way to the Underworld and back. Hecate gives the word crone a new kick ass meaning!!

Once again, a housewife doesn't come off sounding very kick ass, either...

As the Greek goddess of the hearth and home, Hestia was actually devoured by her father at birth along with her siblings. As the first to be ingested, she was the last to be ejected, thus making her both the oldest and youngest daughter at the same time - truly a kick ass achievement!

What attributes do you think make a kick ass woman?

10 comments:

  1. Oh Amanda, I think I don't know anymore. Probably quiet and observant, biding her time. Love the new header. The list made me think of wherever you go there you are. Methinks you are a good example of a kick ass woman.

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    1. Very kind of you to say, Donna dear ♡

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  2. Beautiful and powerful tribute to all of these gorgeous and fantastic Goddesses..( all whom I love uniquely for so many reasons....loved all that you wrote)! I love the quality of being true to yourself..so that would be it..and I think all Goddesses are true to their own power/individuality and inner nature!
    I always enjoy and look forward to your posts Amanda..shine on!

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  3. I really love this post - especially Aphrodite fighting off Pan with her sandal. It is good to read something thought-provoking like this. I think that, too many times, we believe the myth that we are not good enough, thin enough, this enough or that enough. So it's good to be reminded the truth.

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    1. The myth of believing we are not good enough is one of those myths worth discarding - thanks for sharing Loree dear xoxo

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  4. I've been thinking a lot about Goddesses lately. I imagine this is due to becoming old(er) and finally knowing who we are. Growing up everyone seems to want to live in a faery tale but Goddesses had to develop their own powers, overcoming obstacles and each one is endlessly interesting. I am rather fond of Artemis and Minerva. I have a board on pinterest named 'Style - Goddess' because I wanted to pay them tribute and it has been fun to imagine what clothes and jewels they would wear and how their houses would look should they walk amongst us today. hell - and they do!

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    1. Hell and they do for sure LeeAnn!!! I love what you say about becoming old(er) and finally knowing who we are - amen to that xoxo

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  5. A great read and gives me pause for thought. It is amazing what one person (woman!) can achieve when that person doesn't bow to convention or be threatened from the path.

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    1. Agreed Barb - love what you say about taking one's own path - thanks for sharing these powerful thoughts xoxo

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