Do you remember the archetypes of Greek and Roman goddesses from mythology? They were “in charge” of different aspects of life. And guess what, modern psychology finds that very inspiring and even says that a whole, complete female personality is built by each of these aspects.
On the other hand, the Ancient world is the beginning of wine culture. So please read and answer yourself which goddess influence predominates currently in your life and what that tells about wines that you could seek.
Inspired by the book “Goddesses in Every Woman: A New Psychology of Women” (1985) by Jean Shinoda Bolen M.D. a psychiatrist and Jungian analyst who writes primarily on the “archetypal psychology of women and men in the development of spirituality”.
The theory of archetypes was introduced to modern psychology but Carl Jung. He saw archetypes as those patterns of instinctual behavior that is contained in a collective unconsciousness. Jane Shinoda Bolen writes “Once a woman can tune in to the different parts of herself and can listen, observe, or feel her differing priorities and competing loyalties, she can then sort them out and measure their importance to her. She then can make conscious choices: when conflicts arise, she decides what priorities to place above others, and what course of action she will take. As a result, her decisions resolve inner conflicts instead of instigating internal wars.”
In mythology: She came out of Zeus’ head as a full-grown woman, wearing flashing gold armor with a sharp spear in one hand and shield in another one. She always considers herself as having only one parent, her father. She seems unaware of her mother Metis and never officially acknowledges her. Athena represents the protector, advisor, patron, and ally of heroic men. Besides championing individual heroes and being the Olympian positioned closest to Zeus, Athena is herself with patriarchy. Athena is the beautiful warrior goddess, protector of cities and her chosen heroes. In wartime, Athena presides over battle strategy and in peacetime over domestic arts.
In psychology: Athena woman is ruled by her head rather than by her heart and is often disconnected from her inherent feminine intuition. She needs to follow her call for knowledge, to challenge her intellect and find ways to apply her strategic skills for interesting projects. Athena is moved by logic, is a keen strategist who can easily distinguish between emotions and the task at hand. Athena often experiences a lack of relationships with other women. She is not very tolerant of dreamers and idealists and is seeking the company of powerful, successful men with influence in society rather than fragile, feminine women. She lives in her mind, focused on her passions and carrier. Athena is competitive and well educated in her field. Mythological one was never a baby so modern Athenas also, since early childhood is mature, clever, sometimes described as “ little olds”.
Love life: She was like Artemis, a virgin goddess, dedicated to chastity and celibacy. She lacks sexual passion and romanticism. She loves to be with men, she seeks friendship with them. Her man needs to share values and point of view with her. She is attracted to a hard-working achiever, a powerful man like her daddy. Thus, the sensitive, romantic type will not easily win her heart. Athena was also known for her ability to tame wild horses, thus she can easily bring balance to a guy who is ruled by the passions. Her partner must be supportive of her ambition, and she, in turn, will offer wisdom, advice, and counsel that is discerning and helpful.
What to learn from her: She teaches as logical thinking, passion for civilization and knowledge. Modern Athenas are city girls. Her biggest challenge is overcoming her lack of empathy as “with her critical attitude and dissecting questions, an Athena woman can unintentionally and unconsciously demean another person’s subjective experience”. Similarly, the Athena woman often has difficulty being spontaneous and living in the moment. Her lesson is how to think clearly and solve problems.
Her wines: She is a logic, cool-headed woman. She fancies not juicy, flirty warm climate wines. Her nature and were of thinking is like a slim bottle of Riesling. And sharp, northern Europe and cool-climate wines will just help her to focus and think.