“If you always greatly honor with kindness the kindly ones, you will surely be preeminent, keeping your land and city in the straight path of justice.”…….Athena. Aeschylus, Eumenides
As we all know the Greek people are suffering tremendous anguish and uncertainty at this present time…This photo has become common in the past few days : showing the great Goddess Athena alongside the Greek National flag flying at the Athens Academy.
“A day can press down all human things, and a day can raise them up. But the gods embrace men of sense and abhor the evil.” Athena to Odysseus
Athena is the Greek Goddess of wise counsel and War, she is a goddess of restraint, lucidity and high intelligence and she is guardian of the great city of Athens. Her father was the great God Zeus and Athena like her father were the only 2 deities to have the option of using Lightning as a weapon . This was later translated as a spear with which she is often portrayed. She also has in her possession a shield of protection ..which carries the image of the snakes on her aegis (shield) and the severed head of Medusa. This image harks back to an early time before patriarchy. It refers to the Minoan snake goddesses. Snakes are not thought of here as symbols of sin and evil, as in Christian mythology, but as symbols of divine wisdom. Athena is the goddess of wisdom, so it is apt that she is accompanied by snakes as well as the owl. The aegis is the symbol of divine sovereignty. Zeus gives this shield to Athena because, with her power of self-disciplined awareness, she can transform the terrifying face into a protective shield. Within her are balanced the male and female polarities. She is not only the goddess of war, but also of peace. Her gifts suit the the needs of the times. She introduced to humanity the plough and the olive, which are looked upon as part of the origins of civilized life.