On Friday, We Honor the Goddess Nike
The Greek Goddess
Areas of Influence: Goddess of Victory
Nike was the Goddess of victory not just in war but also athletics. In the war against the Titans she was a personal Charioteer of the Gods.
She was often worshipped alongside Athena, the Goddess of war and wisdom.
There are no myths dedicated specifically to this Goddess.
As Goddess of victory her name is used as a trademark for a famous brand of sportswear.
Origins and Genealogy: Her father was the Titan, Pallas and her mother was an Oceanid named Styx.
She had three powerful siblings called Zelous(rivalry), Kratus (strength) and Bia (Force).
Despite her ancestry she fought on the side of the Olympians in the war against the Titans.
Strengths: The personification of victory.
Weaknesses: She wants to win at all costs.
Symbolism: Depicted as a winged Goddess carrying a palm branch, wreath and Hermes’s caduceus.
Any Pictures of Nike are usually shown in conjunction with Athena. An example of this is the frieze around the Athena/Nike Temple which is part of the Acropolis in Athena’s.
Sacred Animal/Bird/Plant: None
Roman Equivalent: Victoria
The Greek Goddess of Victory’s Archetype
This Archetype awakens her inner strength and power so she can overcome great obstacles. These acts of bravery often benefit not just the heroine but her family or group.
The shadow Heroine’s victory is only achieved by using unfair tactics that disempowered her opponents.
This Goddess was the personification of the victorious Hero, however her win costs her fathers life.
How To Work With This Archetype
The Heroine is one of your Archetypes if you have been able to rise above the numerous difficulties to become a stronger, better person.
The shadow Heroine asks whether your victories have been at someone else’s expense.