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Merry Meet and welcome all!! This group is for those who would like to learn more about the Greek Goddess Athena or for those who honor, work with, and/or worship her.

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Greek Goddess Athena

Athena is the great Olympian goddess of wise counsel, war, the defense of towns, heroic endeavor, weaving, pottery and other crafts. She was depicted crowned with a crested helm, armed with shield and spear, and wearing the snake-trimmed aegis cloak wrapped around her breast and arm, adorned with the monstrous head of the Gorgon.

Athena was born a child of Zeus by his first wife, Metis, a goddess of wisdom. Because Zeus was afraid Metis might bear him a son who was mightier than himself, he swallowed her. While trapped inside Zeus, Metis began to make a helmet and robe for her unborn daughter. All that clanging and pounding caused Zeus to suffer terrible headaches, so he called for his son Hephaestus, the smith of the gods. Hephaestus split his father's skull open to relieve the pain, and out popped Athena, fully grown and clad in her new robe and helmet.

The cult of Athena emerged very early, as part of her position as a patroness of the city of Athens. She became Athens' protector after a dispute with her uncle, Poseideon, the god of the sea. Both Athena and Poseidon really liked a certain city on the coast of Greece, and both of them claimed ownership. Finally, to solve the dispute, it was agreed that whoever could present the city with the best gift would forever be patron. Athena and Poseidon went to the Acropolis, where Poseidon struck the cliffside with his mighty trident. A spring welled up, which amazed and impressed the citizenry. However, the spring was salt water, so it wasn't really of much use to anyone.

Athena then presented the people with a simple olive tree. Although it wasn't as impressive as a spring, it was far more useful, because it presented the people with oil, food, and even wood. In thanks, they named the city Athens. Some people in Greece still worship Athena and pay homage to her at the Acropolis.

Athena is typically portrayed with her companion, Nike, the goddess of victory. She is also depicted carrying a shield bearing the head of the Gorgon. Because of her association with wisdom, Athena is usually shown with an owl nearby.

As a goddess of war, Athena often shows up in Greek legend to assist various heroes -- Heracles, Odysseus and Jason all got a helping hand from Athena. In classical myth, Athena never took any lovers, and was often revered as Athena the Virgin, or Athena Parthenos. This is where the Parthenon temple got its name. In some older stories, Athena is connected as either the mother or adoptive mother of Erichthonius, after an attempted rape by her brother, Hephaestus. In some versions of the story, she is a virgin mother, who raised Erichthonius after he was given to her by Gaia.

In another tradition, she is known as Pallas Athena, with Pallas actually being a separate entity. It's not clear whether Pallas is actually Athena's father, sister, or some other relationship. However, in each story, Athena goes into battle and accidentally kills Pallas, then taking the name for herself.

Although technically, Athena is a warrior goddess, she is not the same sort of war god that Ares is. While Ares goes to war with frenzy and chaos, Athena is the goddess who helps warriors make wise choices that will eventually lead to victory.

Today, many Hellenic Pagans still honor Athena in their rituals.

Source: http://paganwiccan.about.com/od/godsandgoddesses/p/AthenaProfile.htm

Discussion Forum

Inspired to fitness?

Started by Rosa dela Burbs. Last reply by Rosa dela Burbs Mar 3, 2014. 4 Replies

I was wondering if any other Athena people are inspired to be more physically fit because.  I was thinking this because part of her warrior aspect--obviously there is a fitness component to shield…Continue

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Chants and Hymns

Started by Lucine Kirana. Last reply by Rosa dela Burbs Feb 24, 2014. 2 Replies

I was going through some of my chants and hymns to Athena and I realized I actually didn't have very many. I decided I would share them with you guys and see if any of you had more. Athena, Goddess…Continue

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What I love about the Greek Gods

Started by Fiona. Last reply by Sysis S. Nov 19, 2013. 3 Replies

Please delete if not allowedWhat I love about the Greek Gods is that they're not perfect.  This is a lot coming from a conservative, Fundamentalist Christian background.  Always getting compared to…Continue

Are the Gods internal or external?

Started by Fiona. Last reply by Fiona Oct 19, 2013. 10 Replies

Well, I guess it doesn't matter XDLately, I've been thinking that the Gods are probably an aspect of ourselves.  Like when working with the Gods, it could just be awakening aspects of ourselves.…Continue

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Comment by D.R. Moundshroud on September 11, 2015 at 4:32pm

Hello everyone! I've been considering a lot of things lately and just sort of reaching out to other pagans. I follow the Greek tradition (Hellenismos), but lately my time period has been sort of shifting. My dedication to the Gods hasn't and meditating on the wisdom and level-headedness of Athena helps.

Comment by Saphirahgoddis on May 9, 2014 at 2:34pm
My birthname is Athena I have close connections to her including the my birth.mother said she got a headaches the whole time till my birth.
Comment by Rosa dela Burbs on March 1, 2014 at 1:36pm

Hi Everyone! I am glad to see this group.  I have a longstanding connection to Athena and am glad to meet others who know her. She is wonderful and I am so glad she reached out to me.

Comment by Aradia Goseling on January 22, 2014 at 11:35pm

An ode to the Lady <3

Comment by Aradia Goseling on January 16, 2014 at 5:35pm

Well I definitely would say I could do without it, but I'm sure She will see me through for that is what She does!

Comment by Adolpha Gavina on January 16, 2014 at 5:56am

*waves* 

 Thank you for the warm welcome ... 

 Have a blessed and amazing day ! 

Comment by Alyssa Arrington on January 15, 2014 at 2:56pm

Merry Meet, Aradia! And to you, too, Adolpha! And I am sorry you're going through a tough time that needs Athena's guidance and wisdom. But I hope that you find that connection with her, because it is such a joy to have.

Comment by Aradia Goseling on January 15, 2014 at 2:09pm

Hello Adolpha!

Alyssa I can definitely say that of some of my patronesses, still working on my connection with Athena, but She is of the level head and practical mind (which I could definitely use right now)!

Comment by Adolpha Gavina on January 14, 2014 at 11:26pm
Comment by Alyssa Arrington on January 14, 2014 at 5:59pm

Ever since I was around the age of thirteen, I've always felt that I had a certain connection with Her. That was one of the most difficult times in my life, so far. I felt that she was giving me strength for the figurative battle that I was going through -- and about to go through -- and the wisdom to proceed carefully.

 

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