Wednesday, April 10, 2019

Personality: "Goddesses in EveryWoman Archetypes." Myth, Gloria Steinem, Typology, Greek Myths, Christianity, Hestia and Aphrodite



Eros and Psyche (artist on bottom corner)

Jean Bolen, MD, is a Psychiatrist and Jungian Typologist, who wrote the book, "Goddesses In Every Woman- Powerful Archetypes In Women's Lives." (CLICK) In the updated introduction of the book, Gloria Steinem wrote; "The Authors sensitive analysis of archetypes takes them out of their patriarchal framework of simple exploits and gives them back to us as a larger than life but believable real women. From now on, for instance, when I am longing for one of those magical spontaneous conversations in which the whole becomes far more than the sum of its parts, within each person improvising as in music, I might hit on one of the qualities of Aphrodite. When I need to retreat to the hearth and contemplation, Hestia could lead the way. When I lack the courage to face conflict on behalf of myself or other women, Artemis is a good woman to remember. It no longer matters which comes first, the reality or the imagining of reality. As Jean Houston writes in the Possible Human, 'I have always thought of myth as something that never was but is always happening.' As we lead ourselves out of unequal societies, gods and goddesses may become one and the same. In the meantime, this book offers us new paths to take, new was to see and to become. You may find a myth that will evoke reality in you."


Our family is obsessed with Greek Myths, because most of Classic Literature, Fairytales and Stories in culture find their rooting in the standard Myth Archetypes. Once myth becomes familiar, one can see the patterns over and over again in many life situations. Great literature can be traced back to Western Tradition and Myth. As a fun series, our family also adores Rick Riordan's modern 'Percy Jackson' twists on myth. The Archetypes invoke important lessons and deep thought.




Eros and Psyche Statue



One of my favourite myths is of Eros and Psyche and her four symbolic tests. My favourite Greek Goddesses in the past have been Hestia and Athena, although all the mythical Gods/ Goddesses have lessons to take from. Thus, I was excited about Bolens' book. I found it a little dry in parts, so I skimmed each chapter, looking for my primary type, however, each section had intriguing information. I would recommend the read for anyone interested in Personality Study.

The general theory is that each of us have a little of all the Archetypes, but have primarily one or two that rule our dominant personality. Once we are familiar with them, we can then try to rebalance ourselves when we need to. Speaking as a woman, this applies to me in roles of motherhood, marriage or career. As with any personality typing, it is a tool, to be used, to discover and ponder more depths in the psyche of self.


I was surprised that my primary archetype was NOT at all what I thought it would be. Usually I can accurately predict my results for personality tests. I flipped through the book and began with whom I thought I would be (Hestia.) While I could relate to aspects, her description did not fully encapsulate whom I am. Especially the part that said she wasn't a strong personality presence. Next, I searched the Athena chapter and again, her type would probably be along with Hestia in a secondary position, but there were no "Ah ha!" moments. Next, I searched Demeter, Hera (although there were aspects of her that seemed to work too), Persephone and Artemis...and all of them were not my primary driver. There was only one left, and I was getting frustrated. I sighed aloud to my husband, "I guess I finally have found a typing system I do not come out strongly in. There is NO WAY I will be this last one. It's Aphrodite."

My husband snorted, "Are you kidding me? Anyone who closely knows you would pick Aphrodite as your primary goddess. I could have saved you a lot of work as that would have been my first choice for you."

I was appalled. I guess I am a little biased about Aphrodite because of how she is always depicted in media, either naked, shallow ish, insanely curvy, and devious. However, as I read the chapter I pretty much held my breath at each paragraph. Because it was eerily accurate. And I was wrong about Aphrodite. I also grew up in a Christian setting and Aphrodite types are NOT encouraged, so part of my qualm was my internal judging belief system.

Aphrodite Statue

I couldn't fully relate to any of the Virgin or the Vulnerable goddesses. Aphrodite is the only Alchemical Goddess. She does not belong in either group. She has similarities but was not victimized and she valued emotional experience with others more than independence.

"Aphrodite seeks to consummate relationships and generate new life. This archetype may be expressed through physical intercourse or through a creative process. What she seeks differs from what the virgin goddesses seek, but she is like them in being able to focus on what is personally meaningful to her; others cannot divert her away from her goal. And in that what she values is solely subjective and cannot be measured in terms of achievement or recognitions. Aphrodite is (paradoxically) most similar to anonymous, Introverted Hestia- who on the surface is the goddess most unlike Aphrodite."- Jean Bolen




Hestia is my favourite mythical goddess - we have a symbol of her in our home (pictured above) even though she never had any tributes in her likeness. The hearth stood for her because she was considered the guardian of hearth and home. She symbolizes the importance of HOME. When I read the paragraph above I finally realized why I am drawn to Hestia. She suits my Introversion and focus on Hearth, unlike Aphrodite who seems Extroverted thus why I also mistyped myself. Although perhaps my Aphrodite result is why I can come across even more Extroverted than INFJ's can typically come across? Because of my strong, inner Aphrodite, maybe I seem more extroverted even though I am the Introverted of Introverts? I do enjoy people, connections and some sensory aspects of life. I could see how this could get confusing.

I was born to create. I can not handle stale moments in life where creativity is squelched. I am constantly painting my home, re decorating, writing, learning a new skill, connecting, researching, making, and creating, creating, creating. This last year I confused my desire to have more babies with the inner need to create. I am also a sensual being, despite the fact that Sensory as an INFJ/ Autistic spells trouble for me often. And perhaps this attribute FINALLY explains why I differ from most INFJs and Autistics a bit more in this regard. There is an aspect of sensuality I need to thrive. I also do not need to do any of these pursuits for recognition. Most people do not even see what I create on a daily basis. It is not about achievement for me either. For me it is the process. (A good book on this topic would be 'Time to Make' by Ginger Hendrix CLICK.)


"When Aphrodite influences a relationship, her effect is not limited to the romantic or the sexual. Platonic love, soul connection, deep friendship, rapport, and empathic understanding are all expressions of love. Whenever growth is generated, a vision supported, potential developed, a spark of creativity encouraged- as can happen in mentoring, counselling, parenting, directing, teaching, editing, and doing psychotherapy and analysis- then Aphrodite is there, affecting both people involved."- Jean Bolen

That paragraph invoked an enthusiastic, "Yes!" To which my husband asked curiously, "What?" I read out loud again, excitedly adding, "She just summed up everything I love in a nutshell!" Amused he smiled, "I still am blown away that you did not consider Aphrodite. Think of all your blog posts and conversations- what is always the focus? Love, Beauty, Creativity and Understanding. And for outer aspects, Honey, look at all the pictures on the side of your blog. You are comfortable with sensuality."

I gaped at him and adamantly replied, "Those are TAME compared to what I could do or what is found all over the net. Besides the goal for those pictures is to express an inner part of myself I can not normally express. It is about finding the right angle and feeling pretty from a certain lens. I often say that I can't live up to some of my own pictures! You know that!"

He replied, "Even without make up and angles I am drawn to you, but besides that point, you do give off a comfortability within the sensual. You are ok with proper expressions of beauty. You dislike it when they are distorted with porn or negatively used. You are most appalled at sexual violence, not just from an ordinary lens, but because to you, sexuality mimics compassionate passion and a lust for all of LIFE. To disuse it, to you, is ultimately profane and enrages you more than most. You like to focus on emotional COMBINED with intellectual. You are, above all, focused on pathways to the heart. Of course you are my Aphrodite. I am shocked that you are shocked at this. Also look at your home, Love! That statue you have treasured for over a decade? It's one of your favourite aspects in our home and I've always thought she symbolized both you and Aphrodite." (Pictured below.)


I also mistakenly believed that one had to be "Marilyn Monroe pretty" to be Aphrodite. I have an odd face. I can be striking with the right lighting, make up and photo angle, but in every day conversation, my big face, huge smile and interesting features would not be called gorgeous. I thought there would be NO WAY I would be an Aphrodite and I was pompous if I even considered it. Another misconception. "...The Aphrodite archetype creates a personal charisma- a magnetism or electricity- that combined with physical attributes, makes a woman an 'Aphrodite.'  When Aphrodite is an active part of a plain woman, the woman does not draw men to her from across the room...Those who come close, however, find her engaging and charming (when she wants to be or is interested.) Many rather ordinary looking women with Aphrodite qualities attract others with the magnetic warmth of their personalities and their natural, unselfconscious sensuality."


Another aspect of Aphrodite is her innocence and joy within her relationship to children. Pictured above "Aphrodite women like children and vice versa."- Jean Bolen. Aphrodite types can draw out good behaviour with charm. That explains most of my life. Children generally like me and even the most misbehaved children tend to mind themselves when they are with me. My children have also remarked that I bring sunshine (if I am in the mood to do so) and they adore my charisma. Charisma is actually a nickname I was given by several acquaintances. My mother once remarked, "Your children clearly adore you. Not just LOVE but are dedicated and adore you and forgive you all ills." The paragraph above finally described why. On a side note- this does not sit well with a few people in my circles. Once it was insinuated I manipulated my children into being so dedicated and loving me and I was devastated. I cried, questioned myself, had conversations with my husband and carefully listened to my children's feedback with every interaction I had. My husband eventually comforted with, "Babe, they are jealous. They can not understand how easily it comes to you so they think it is manipulative. Just be yourself. Be You. Don't worry about what they say. Your due justice will be yours and theirs will be theirs." It was good advice and since then I have decided not to hide the fact that my children adore me and that I adore them. I used to downplay it a bit but have decided to try to just LIVE it instead.

Statue of Lady Justice (whom I also LOVE)

In all honesty, I was hoping to get Athena first as my result, it seems less...patriarchal? Sensual? Wrong? "When sensuality and sexuality in women are degraded- as in Judeo- Christian, Moslem and other patriarchal cultures, the woman who embodies Aphrodite as the lover is considered a temptress or whore. Thus, this archetype, if expressed, can put the woman at odds with standards of morality. Aphrodite women may be ostracized."- Jean Bolen.

I was censored a lot growing up. I often would be found kneeling on the ground for the male teachers in school to measure my skirt length from my knee. Yes, this was a practice. I would often be sent home because my outfits were too tight. Honestly, I was not sexually active and wished to save myself for the ultimate love of my life. Nor was I trying to be a temptress in theory. Not only did I have some naiveté, but I was actually just expressing myself in a way that felt natural to me. It was more about me, than others. I liked lovely outfits and I preferred the way Marilyn Monroe walked so I modelled my walk after her. It wasn't so much about attention as it was expression, freedom, autonomy, and an inward need to express outward.

Over time, some of this aspect in myself became stifled. I could relate to the paragraphs about parents and Aphrodite daughters, along with the relationships with women. I had very strong relationships with some people, while others seemed to hate me right off the bat. Apparently this is common, especially with anyone who is uncomfortable or opposed to expressions of sensuality ( however tame.) Marriage is sacred to me (perhaps my inner Hera?) and I have luckily found my match, so I would not be as prone to wander as most Aphrodite's are, but I DO like to explore general relationships. I like to deepen them and then allow them distance fairly easily.

I also tend to have a brand of feminism that doesn't appeal to most feminists. Because I still like to validate men, make them feel worthy...I feel this way about BOTH female and male. However, I am also against the patriarchy. "Aphrodite’s wound: Patriarchy, threatened by her ‘power’ over men, have attempted in every way to restrict, confine, label and demote her from her Queenly position. Furthermore, Aphrodite and Demeter were not allowed to co-mingle in the patriarchal order (in other words, whore and wife had to be kept separate). Aphrodite also experiences alienation from the other goddesses. Media exploitation of Aphrodite’s sacred image--and the resulting schizophrenic urges to both deny [censorship] sensual beauty & pleasure while crudely lusting [graphically degrading pornography], alienation from the body, and a deep fear of intimacy [virtual- reality sex on the Internet/telephone sex]. As a result of advertising, mainstream women feel incapable of ‘measuring up’ to the image of feminine beauty; while men compare the appearance of the available woman in their midst to the suggested glamorized image of beauty sold to them by the media. The psychological consequences of denying Aphrodite any real place in the culture lead to: vilifying her image and then substituting the Virgin Mary for worship; replacing the ‘flesh-and-blood’ woman who possesses a body with the worship of a ‘Virgin’ mother, cut off from physical love; paranoia of witches and subsequent, systematic massacring of mature, independent, autonomous women followed, as a result." ( Found HERE.)

Yes, my aversions are rooted strongly in the paragraph above. Autonomy, interaction, beauty, consummation of the physical or creativity are all worthy pursuits in life and should not be desecrated. My wound definitely is described in that paragraph.

Aphrodite (artist unknown)

I love to indulge my children, as Aphrodite mothers are prone to do. I also enjoy buying beautiful things, sometimes not within our means, another Achilles heal of Aphrodite. Both the pitfalls and the strengths were relatable. The only exception was extreme Extroversion, but in every other type I am an Introvert and aptly so. Oh and of course, I cannot relate to being "the other woman" due to my serious levels of commitment and finding the love of my life at age 17. So there is also that.

The Labours of Psyche by John Roddam Spencer Stanhope 1873

My other misconception was that Aphrodite was not wise. She is relational- she brings people together with a focus on love. But now I ask myself, 'How is that not wise?' Not only that, but Aphrodite gave Psyche her four challenges to keep Eros, and those challenges symbolically were steeped in wisdom. Task One was sorting the seeds which represents "an inward task, requiring that a woman look honestly within, sift through her feelings, values, and motives and separate what is truly important from what is insignificant."- Jean Bolen. Task Two was Acquiring the Golden Fleece "without destroying Psyche was a metaphor for the task of gaining power and remaining a compassionate person."- Jean Bolen. Task Three Filling the Crystal Flask represents the "circular flow of life" and also the power of perspective. Task Four was Learning to Say No. "until a woman can say no to her particular susceptibility, she cannot determine her own life course. Through the four tasks, Psyche evolves. She develops capabilities and strengths as her courage and determination are tested, Yet, despite all she acquires, her basic nature and priorities remain unchanged; she values a love relationship, risks everything for it, and wins."- Jean Bolen

My husband is my Eros. I value our love relationship and risk all for it. And thus far, I have won. Probably why the Psyche tale is one of my favourites, along with Hestia's concept of Hearth and Home. I think I have an Aphrodite followed by a Hestia/ Athena/Hera combo. (See HERE for a briefing on all the types.) Aphrodite gives a few more happier endings than most of the other God myths, although she has her fair share of distressing tales, and I enjoy a happy love story.

"What happens at the end of myth? Eros and Psyche are reunited, their marriage is honoured on Mount Olympus and Psyche bears a daughter named Joy...note that after proving her courage and competency, the heroine does not go riding off into the sunset by herself, like the archetypal cowboy hero. Nor is she cast into the mold of the conquering hero. Union, reunion and home are where her journey ends."- Jean Bolen.  I think it is perfection that the daughter is named Joy. Because I sincerely find that relationships rooted in love bring the utmost joy to life.



I also love that at the end of each journey, Hestia and Home awaits. "The individuation of journey- the psychological quest for wholeness- ends in the union of opposites; the inner marriage of "masculine" and "feminine" aspects of personality....said more abstractly and without assigning gender, the journey toward wholeness results in having the ability to be both active and receptive, autonomous and intimate, to work and to Love..."- Jean Bolen.

What a beautiful balance to be in life! My life is all I have to give and within that, I will DARE to live, until the very last. Giving something of myself while also celebrating and honouring self. At my core I believe in beauty, creating, love and understanding. In the end, I come back to my home, to my ordinary, even during or after the struggles, and that I also value and infuse with these characteristics.

"All seem rather unspectacular endings- paralleling real life...the heroine who fended off hostile attacks, reclaimed her power, and struggled with goddesses, may seem similarly ordinary at peace with herself. Like the hobbit at home in the shire, however, she does not know if or when a new adventure that will test her well being or announce itself."- Jean Bolen

I am now willing to add Aphrodite to my Personality/ Typology results. I was resistant and came in with my own judgements, but I am getting used to the idea. I am still taken back at how strongly she describes me, and my husband is still shocked that I was surprised. I'm surprised I was taken by surprise within my own persona! But this understanding adds another layer to how I can be my best self in the world we both create and find ourselves in. New adventures will arrive to test my character. But during the calm I hope to continue to embrace the love of life and the life of home.


* ALL quotes taken from the Introduction and End chapters of  "Goddesses in Everywoman. Powerful Archetypes In Women's Lives" by Jean Shinoda Bolen, MD. CLICK HERE. I HIGHLY recommend this book to browse for your own type and see patterns, downsides and positives, to add to the complex picture that is YOU.

Song Choice 1: Back In November, way before I discovered Aphrodite, my insightful friend Glynis wrote this to me when I was struggling with the baby conundrum: "Even thinking about having a baby caused this to happen to your physical body: of swords, grief, and internal battle, the need to defend itself ( autoimmune problems.)Your body was giving hints that it wasn't willing to go that route. And so it turned on you because what it wanted was a creative expression but did not want to go through the physical aspects of being pregnant and going through hormonal changes, and the postpartum period which would have left your mind still wanting to create because if the root of the issue was creation, and the wrong route for you would have been taken, there would have been a setback and possibly would have meant strife within the family, as well as your body itself as it tried to externalize what you were internalizing. Your soul is asking you to listen for a muse. She is saying, you have work to do. Commit to that work. Commit to bringing more and more creativity into your life, give birth to your ideas because they start as seeds but if they are not fed and watered then they will shrivel up and die. Commit to being creative in ways that are unique to you and to what will feed you and when you notice changes in your body, any sign of the five of swords, you'll know it's not time for that idea, or that it's the wrong idea, completely. To have faith in your skills. It says to believe in yourself, in your dreams, in whatever work you decide to do in the creative realm. The root of the matter is and what can you do: Dare to dream, dare to create. Dare to follow your heart not only in your mind, but in your actions.  You have been called to do these things by your very own soul. And of course it is daring to dream and daring to create and about being brave in following your heart, I'm including a song you know well. Dare to Live by Andrea Pocelli and Laura Pausini"  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=55gxqsU20UM Glynis' wisdom, along with the rest of her words I did not include, had me crying with the accuracy. I still wasn't ready to activate the truth and longed for a baby in the meantime, but now I see clearly why I needed her voice. Her wisdom gave me patience and hope. And it ties into this post.


Song Choice 2: There are many songs I could choose for this post but I could NOT stop humming this song as I was writing. High Above Me- Everclear n ( I did spend some of my teenhood in the nineties after all!)


8 comments:

CalledtoQuestion said...

You are my favourite Goddess. You never cease to amaze me with your tantalizing Aphrodite ways. So glad we can share in on the ol' ways. You are a good mixture of all those goddess' that you mentioned, but I do feel that Aphrodite is your closest resemblance.

Here is to You and I continuing the story.

Kmarie said...

Your my muse, my reasons, my rhyme... andante andante 💕🎶thank you and I couldn’t wish for a better travelling companion ♥️ I’m lucky you sometimes see me more accurately than I see myself! My Hermes Eros 😉❤️ To where myth crosses into reality and onward ...

S said...

Thank you for sharing this post. I have always known (even before reading your post), right from my college days,that I identify most with the Goddess Aphrodite. Also with Goddess Venus, the Roman Goddess. If you read carefully,you will find that both Aphrodite and Venus possess the same set of traits/qualities. So, I am surprised (just like your husband ) that you didn't know that you represent the Aphrodite archetype. I mean, if you know yourself well enough, you are very likely to also know which archetype you represent. Maybe, you thought you did not have those traits-sometimes, we underestimate ourselves or overlook or think that we might not possess certain capabilities/qualities. It happens. For instance, I took a test last year and when the results came out, I was shocked- It showed that I have "strong leadership" skills. Yet, all along, I thought that I could never lead a team in spite of the fact that in my college and University days, I was "chosen" by my professors and seniors to lead teams /as a team leader) in many occasions.
Anyways, I am quoting a paragraph on Goddess Venus-

"In Roman mythology, Venus was the goddess of love, sex, beauty, and fertility. She was the Roman counterpart to the Greek Aphrodite".

"Venus will symbolize love, appeal, ambition, beauty, and passion. She will represent balance, devotion, desire, creativity, and allure."
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I think that it is less about the INFJ personality (or INFP personality) and more about the 4w5 enneagram /wing that might closely represent these Goddess archetypes.
It is also about the "Wild Woman" archetype ( if you have read the book "Women who Run with the Wolves: Myths and Stories of the Wild Woman Archetype, by Clarissa Pinkola Estés ). I have read this book long ago and I was not very wise at that time but if you get to read it, you will find that it might also represent the Aspergers personality because unlike neurotypicals, we are wild, not tamed, even if we are homemakers and not some social activist- ( Well, this my take on the subject and not written by the book writer:))
So, in a nutshell, I want to tell you that what we are is ALSO because of having a different brain wiring apart from fitting into a particular personality type. We are not conventional. We are wild, beautiful, free, passionate, loving and sensual. When I was very young, I could not "see"some traits that might describe me the "best" because I was too "conditioned by society" but now that I am growing in age, I can see them clearly. You may not see yourself as beautiful if you have "body image" issues or if you are conditioned too much by a "sensor dominant" society, including the media and the family. But from within, if we see ourselves with our "mind's eye" or "soul's eye", we will see ourselves in a new light.
It is also due to our circumstances, the more we live in a rigid society, our traits will be suppressed. For instance, creativity and passion in women is not encouraged in a family where "family values or group unity" comes first. Whereas, in a liberal society, the same person may opt for an open relationship where one gets to explore her sexuality/sensuality more often. Sorry for going off topic but these random thoughts came to my mind when I was reading this post :))

S said...

Also thank you for sharing all the beautiful songs that you have been sharing in all your blog posts. I loved the "Dare to live song" and the Jason Mraz song :)

Kmarie said...

S: Yea Venus was the Roman Name for Aphrodite and they gave her some stronger attributes...Hestia was one of the only ones the Romans did not change...And both versions have interesting aspects. Honestly, I didn't see myself as pretty enough to be Aphrodite but then I realized more what it was about. Also, Yea I did grow up in a conservative town and still am there so I have to be more restrained...
Everyone talks about that Running With Wolves book so maybe I should read it! Is it worth the read today?

Yup, I know other people well but can sometimes be blinded when it comes to myself...I have a pretty good handle on whom I have become but sometimes I get surprised. When I looked at the side pictures of my blogs I saw it through different eyes...I was just sharing some favourite photos but I can see how they would maybe be perceived in an Aphrodite and Hestia lens. I'm oddly innocent and sensual. It's a mix.

I LOVE your point on being an Aspie within this and not fitting into boxes. That is an excellent observation! I am glad you also found your type in Her/ Venus and relate a lot! Your welcome on the songs, I love them because they give me words I know I have, but can not express...

Kmarie said...

Also I could see you being a leader - you made a good point that sometimes we see something only after it’s been pointed out to us and then it clicks! I honestly now that I’ve had a few days - don’t know how I didn’t see it! Plus Allura is one of my middle names - I legally chose it for a reason! So the Aphrodite/ Venus does apply ♥️😉 and yes I have a form of body dysmorphia - it’s rare I see myself properly from what I hear and often the types I compare myself to are not my size at all - my husband often tells me to let him be my mirror because my perspective is warped. I do love the phots on the side of my blog but they are the rare pictures I like and generally don’t feel I can live up to my own photos in every day life even tho they are me! So it’s weird.on the flip side I’m also weirdly comfortable with myself on most occasions that I feel beautiful enough to be captured which is probably why I like those photos - I have never liked a photo another person outside my family takes of me - why? Because my uncomfortable feeling shows through the photo - I’m not at ease or myself ... if that makes sense? I dunno 🤷‍♀️ I’m a contradiction. I love myself and I also see myself warped too ( not as much as I used to and I’m getting better but it still happens ...)

Ashe Skyler said...

I'll have to add that book to my shopping list.

Yeah, you're totally an Aphrodite, and I think it's high time the feminine woman archetype was reclaimed. It seems the modern feminist movement insists we all be the masculine Athena, who is undeniably crucial, but all the archetypes are important and have places in society. We need the classical woman and gentle girl as much as we do the warrior woman, and likewise with burly and tender men. It goes back to basic respect and common courtesy, really.

I'm not an Aphrodite by a long shot, but I have great respect for those who are. I think your face is very expressive, lovely, and ladylike, not strange or odd at all. The quizzes I find online tend to throw me toward Artemis and Apollo. Suits me fine, I enjoy archery. :P

Kmarie said...

Ashe;
Thanks I love this comment ♥️💕 yes! Agreed! It does need to be reclaimed and as a feminist movement we have barely had any time to soak into our current rights and now there are all these expectations to be more or you can’t speak up of your a white female ( sep one who chose to stay home or have a family ) and it’s like “ wait! I just got my rights and you’re already saying it’s time to move on? Aren’t we all legitimate? Aren’t we supposed to be supporting each other no matter choices but the very fact we HAVE the choices???” Anyway, reclaimed would be nice and yes we totally need the Athena’s and all other archetypes!
Thank you for the kind compliments ♥️❤️
I could see Artemis in you !! Yes! I’m in the middle of the gods in men book and hope to write a post on it eventually - so far I relate more to Hades and Apollo - my hubby is a Hermes in many ways - but I can see Apollo in you too from what I’ve read this far ... it is all very fascinating!