The Romans conquered Greece and imposed the images of their Gods and Goddesses on to theirs. The Romans knew disconnecting conquered people from their heritage and truly defeat them required no less than destroying or absorbing their Gods. But somehow the names of the Greek Gods/Goddeses are still imbedded in our collective culture.
Minerva and Athena.
Even though these two Goddesses are linked
they are not the same.
At least not to me.
I am dedicated to Athena.
I spent a long time with both Minerva and
Athena before determining whom I had been
chosen by. That being said I still work with
Minerva from time to time. When I invoke her
there is a certain feel to her that though similar
in aspects, is very different from invoking Athena.
Working with Minerva energy is like being around
someone who brings out qualities to the surface
you may not have known you had within you, bu
these qualities may not be to your liking and it's up
to you to decide if you will uses these qualities or keep
them on the down low.
Minerva feels more no nonsense than her Greek counterpart; more cold and emotionally detached.
She is more focused on the outcome rather than the
path it takes to get there which could mean she will
take you to places you don't want to go in order to
achieve victory. Minerva is less concerned with maintaining relationships on the way to success, so it is important to know who and what is most important to you when invoking
this Goddess. Athena can have those traits as well but
for me they don't present themselves as easily as they do
Who are you right now?
Who do you believe yourself to be?
Who do you believe you can be?
These are the challenges Minerva
requires us to answer to receiving her guidance.
Minerva can show us how to set and defend our
personal boundaries while moving toward your goals
and dreams. Her energy is especially potent this week
when coupled with the new moon in Aries. Just like
Minerva, this firey new moon challenges us to take
decisive action toward your goals
In full bloom in my yard this morning
Last night's tossing and turn is still with
me as I try to get up out of bed. I hear the
wind blowing through the leaves. It feels icy
cold as I pass the window sliding it closed.
I grumble wishing for Spring's warmth as
I tumble into warm clothes. I make my way
downstairs. I open the front door to let the dog
out. I smell rain.
I step onto the porch umbrella in hand.
I breath deeply and look around me.
Something catches my eye and I feel
warmth spreading through me chasing
the grumbles away...Spring's warmth is here.
I just have to know where to look for it.
As I settled in to listen to these Goddesses,
I found it hard to connect with the deck prescribed
message. But part of working with Goddess is
learning to trust your own intuition more and use
the book as a jumping off point.
Here's where I jumped with The Erinyes.
In antiquity, The Erinyes (known as The Furies in Roman times) are older than the Olympians having sprung from the blood spilled when Ouranos was killed. These dark Goddesses were charged with seeking vengeance and punishing the wicked on Earth and in the Underworld. They were also thought to be the bearers of ill omens.
The only way to appease them were through rituals of purifications and tasks of atonement. It is thought that
the Greeks were so intent on not invoking these
Goddesses wrath they were referred to as The
Eumenides, or "the kind ones" But how would these
Goddesses show up in modern times?
For the the answer, I turn to the geekdom of The Doctor.
In the Dr. Who episode 'Blink', an alien race
known as the Weeping Angels look like statues
to us but move impossibly fast if we even blink.
They feed off a person by sending them back in time
and consuming the life that person would have had.
What if the Erinyes act this way today? Let's meet them.
There's a decision to be made. We already know what needs to be done but are afraid to do it because we may make other people upset and we don't want to be seen as the 'bad guy'. We're being plagued by fears and doubt so much that we're loosing sleep over it. We may not even be able to eat with the nervous flips your stomach keeps making.
If any of this is ringing true then congratulations.
You're being fed on by Alecto the unresting.
Nobody wants to admit it but we all get into victim thinking from time to time. When you feel slighted, ignored, over looked, disempowered or weak you are stuck in victim consciousness.
People give us sympathy and we lap it up while staying stuck in our rut. We may even wish for a savior to come and rescue us. Or we may start to have fantasies about the harm that will befall the person we feel slighted and overlooked by.
Sound firmiliar? Congratulations.
You're being fed on by Megaera, the grudge bearer.
Hell hath no fury like a woman scorned is just one of the saying that come to mind for this Goddess. Someone has done us wrong and our eyes and heart are filled with anger and malice toward anyone bearing similarities to our wrong doer. (ie. All men only want one thing or all women are catty in a group). People around us suggest that we 'get over it and move on' but we have so much anger built up inside you that it seems impossible. And if we don't have our anger to hold on to who are we really?
Is this painfully true? Congratulations.
You're being fed on by Tisiphone the Avenger.
The tasks of atonement for these Goddesses hold the power to release us from their grip. Nothing good or ill will happen until we take action on the decision. If we make the decision knowing in our heart to be the best one for ourself, we will rest easy knowing we did the best we could base upon our current knowledge. This will appease Alecto.
Taking personal responsibility for our part of the story and reaping what lesson there was for ourselves is the way to appease Megaera. Forgive ourselves for any perceived wrong doings can empower us and help us to move forward.
The task of atonement for Tisiphone can be the most challenging. It is forgiveness. I say this can be the most challenging because the journey to forgiveness is through the valleys of anger and fear buried deep inside. Forgiveness isn't a one time deal. It may need to be done daily in some situations but it is worth the focus and effort because each of us with our unique gifts are needed in this world. And in case you didn't know it already, you are worth the effort.
I'm Dionne, a Natural Rhythms Creation Coach and Elemental Forces of Creation Oracle Reader. I teach people how to tune into to the power of the elements and rhythms of nature to design a life they love