Wednesday, April 09, 2003

Goddess Athena, The Father's Daughter

As the archetype of “the father’s daughter,” Athena represents the woman who quite naturally gravitates toward powerful men who have authority, responsibility and power – men who fit the archetype of the patriarchal father or “boss man.” Athena predisposes a woman to form mentor relationships with strong men who share with her mutual interests and similar ways of looking at things. She expects two-way loyalty. Like Athena herself, once she gives him her allegiance, she is his most ardent defender. ... The father’s daughter quality may make an Athena Woman a defender of patriarchal right and values, which emphasize tradition and the legitimacy of male power …

Goddesses in Every Woman: A New Psychology of Women -- Jean Shinoda Bolen