Greek Goddess Aphrodite, Roman goddess Venus

Greek Goddesses

The Greek goddesses...
musings on a few of the ways
that they, as archetypes,

remain a part of our daily lives.

Greek Goddesses: Musings

 

The Greek goddesses have entranced poets, philosophers, and artists for centuries.  Greek goddesses and gods occupy a central place, not only in Greek mythology, but in western civilization. 

The Greek goddesses' stories entertain and instruct us. 

Why?   Because the goddesses are archetypes, an embodiment of that which is universally female, embedded in the feminine soul.

The Greek goddesses, legendary ladies of ancient Greek mythology, continue to live on . . . influencing the patterns of the lives of contemporary women.

With the roots of western civilization grounded firmly in the soil of ancient Greece, it's hardly surprising that the names and stories of these fascinating females are the ones most familiar to us in the western world. 

It is the Greek goddesses who are most often used to demonstrate the archetypes. . . who are used to illustrate the enduring and universal feminine traits that are, to this day, the "stuff" of art, literature and even "pop culture".

Greek goddess Hera

The Greek goddesses and their stories remain compelling, a vital part of the very fabric of our lives.

Greek goddesses have given us so many gifts, not the least of which are the very words that we use in our everyday lives. 

Take, for example, the words hours, fate, democracy, psychological, aphrodisiac, dawn, amusement, erotic, echo, ambrosia,  looking "pallid", and narcissus, not to mention the more mundane like amazon.com and Nike!

Greek goddess Hera

The Greek goddesses have even shaped our expectations of celebrities    . . . no one was particularly surprised when Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis in her later years went on to live out the life of the  Artemis we'd always suspected she was.

Nor were we shocked to see Oprah "digging in like Demeter to win her unsolicited battle against the beef industry.

Whether it's that Aphrodite wannabe, Zza-Zza, remarrying . . . or the tabloids reminding us that Britney is just reliving the story of Persephone, it's really just the voices of the goddesses reminding us that they're all still alive and well and living in L.A.!

On a more serious note, it is my humble opinion that "celebrity status"  by definition is a projection of the traits and stories of the goddesses onto the rich and famous, women whom most of us cannot possibly really know.  We just heap our projections onto their shoulders . . . making them into our very own "mini- goddesses". 

The Gift of Words

Oh well, such is the nature of archetypes!

 

 

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 :: Aphrodite  ::
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Arachne ::
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Artemis ::
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Atalanta ::
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Athena ::
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Demeter ::
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Hecate  ::
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Hera ::
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Hestia ::

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ambe ::
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Baubo ::
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Mnemosyne ::
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Persephone ::

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