Deity of the Day
Roman Goddess of Wisdom
Areas of Influence: Minerva was the Goddess of wisdom and crafts.
Only in Rome was she worshipped as the Goddess of war.
This Goddess represented the application of intellect to everyday tasks. As the Goddess of wisdom she was accredited with inventing spinning, weaving, numbers and music. Her attributes were so numerous that Ovid described her as the “Goddess of a thousand works.”
She is also the patron of Goddess of medicine.
Origins and Genealogy: The name of this Goddess is said to be of Etruscan origin.
Her parents were Jupiter and Métis. Elements of the myths surrounding her birth however have been poached from Greek Goddess Athena, as she too is born fully grown, from her father’s head.
She was considered third among the Gods and Goddesses and was part of the Capitolian triad alongside Juna and Jupiter.
Strengths: Wisdom, creativity and strength.
Weaknesses: Out of touch with emotions.
The Roman Goddess of wisdom is depicted in full battle dress with a coat of mail, a helmet and a spear.
Sacred Animal/Insect: Owl and the spider.
Sacred Plants: Her sacred plants were the olive, mulberry and alder trees.
Festivals: The main festival celebrating this Goddess took place March 19th – 23rd.
A smaller festival occurred later in the year on the 13th of June.
Greek Equivalent: Athena
The Teacher/ Inventor:
The Teacher and Inventor communicates knowledge, experience and wisdom.
In it’s shadow aspect, the Teacher may manipulate and mislead their students by indoctrinating them with negative beliefs and destructive behaviours.
This is Minerva’s primary Archetype as she teaches humans how to spin and weave. She is also accredited in Roman mythology for inventing numbers and medicine.
Archetype represents physical strength, and the ability to protect and fight for your rights and those of of others.
The shadow side of the Warrior reflects the need to win at all costs, abandoning ethical principles to prove your supremacy.
Although Roman mythology borrows heavily from it’s Greek counterparts, it is only in Rome that Minerva is worshipped as the Goddess of war, despite always being depicted in full battle dress. This is why I have ranked this Archetype as only of secondary importance for this Goddess.
How To Work With These Archetypes
This Archetype may suggest a love of passing on wisdom and learning to others.
This Goddess wise counsel can also be called upon to help you see a way through any present difficulties or to help you to master a new skill.
The shadow aspect of this stereo type is also a reminder that whenever we find ourselves in a teaching or mentoring role we must aim to be a positive role model, encouraging others to reach their full potential.
If you are drawn to work with this Goddess you may require her Warrior spirit to help you to stand up for your rights and set firm personnal boundries. This Goddess can be a great stereotype to work with if you want to take control in your life, and wish to no longer play the role of the victim.
You may also wish to call upon this Goddess to champion the cause of others.
Conversely this Goddess may appeal to you if you have a very strong sense of self and are proud of the victories you have achieved. The shadow side may be asking you to reflect honestly on the cost of these victories. Have they been at the expense of others or your principals?