The Goddess That Lives in You

By knowing the archetypes of the Greek goddesses, we can have a self-knowledge tool, which allows us to understand how we relate to men and our children.

Collage with Athena, Aphrodite and Hestia

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All women carry a Goddess inside that we do not know or have not identified. Our feminine energy manifests itself in different ways and with particular characteristics.

The Jungian psychiatrist, Jean Shinoda Bolen, in her book "Goddesses in Everywoman: Powerful Archetypes in Women's Lives," describes the different archetypes represented in the Greek Goddesses and their internal strength, linking them with the behavior of women, which allows us to identify the predominant characteristics in every moment of our life.

The Behavior of Women According to the Archetypes of the Greek Goddesses

Persephone: She acts according to others. Persephone is the eternal girl who does not acquire commitments or responsibilities. She lets herself be pushed to the limit to act. Her relationship with men reveals her lack of self-assertion. Regarding the children, she sees herself as a girl playing being a mother.

Athena: She is a woman whom reason prevails over the heart, making her a strategic and practical woman. She prioritizes herself and her goals. She can bond with men without establishing emotional ties, and as a partner, she looks for confident and successful men. She raises competitive, intellectual, practical, and realistic children as a mother.

Demeter: She is a woman for whom being a mother is what gives meaning to her life. Even if she does not have a child, which is what she most desires, nurturing others physically, mentally, or emotionally makes her feel fulfilled since she has a predominant maternal instinct. She attracts men who love motherly women. As a mother, she is abundant and has an unlimited capacity to provide and help her biological children and all beings.

Hestia: She represents a quiet, introverted woman, a lover of home and solitude. She has an easy-going character. She likes protective men and providers to stay in charge of her home and children. She allows her children to be themselves, she is not very demanding, and her bond can be a bit impersonal with them, although she is a good mother.


Artemis: She represents the independent woman, responsible for herself, who feels complete without a man. She loves nature and feels a spiritual communion with it. She is an active woman who takes care of her figure. She is athletic and youthful. She establishes bonds with men from the brotherhood and with respect. Motherhood is not one of her priorities, but if she becomes a mother, she teaches her children to be autonomous and independent.

Hera: She is a woman who feels incomplete if she doesn't have a partner. She is loyal, faithful, and unconditional. She remains in a relationship despite any adverse circumstances. She loves marriage and establishes it with a successful and competent man because she feels fulfilled through it. She assumes motherhood as part of her function as a wife because she does not have a predominant maternal instinct. Her fulfillment depends on how successful her marriage is.

Aphrodite: This type of woman has the creative and transforming power of love. She symbolizes sexuality, sensuality, and beauty with charisma, which, combined with her beauty, gives her a special magnetism. Her relationship with men is seductive, which often makes her attract men who are not suitable for her. She loves children and creates a charming and persuasive bond with them.

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