Deity of the Day
The Greek Goddess of Youth
Areas of Influence: Hebe was the Goddess of youth, she personified the beautiful maiden and everlasting life.
Her name means “youth” or “prime of life.”
She was the cup bearer who served nectar to the Olympian Gods to give them immortality.
This Deity was one of Hera’s handmaidens, her job was to prepare the royal chariot.
As a servant she also prepared Are’s bath for him after a battle.
In one myth she granted a man named Iolaus his youth back for one day so he could fight his enemy Eurystheus.
There is controversy over whether Ganymede took over her position as the cup bearer or whether in fact he just represented her male counterpart.
She was one of Aphrodite’s Bridal attendants and is said to be one of three Greek Goddesses associated with marriage.
Hebe was also the Goddess of forgiveness, granting pardons to prisoners.
Origins and Genealogy: the Goddess of youth was Zeus and Hera’s youngest daughter. Her siblings were Ares and Eileithyia.
This Deity married the Hero Hercules who was made into a demi God, together they had two children Alexiares and Anicetus.
Weaknesses: She has less charisma than many of the Greek Goddesses, relying on her gifts to get attention.She was also said to be clumsy.
Temples: Her most famous places of worship were an altar at Cynosarges in Athens and the sacred cypess grove on the Phliasian citadel.
Shown in art either topless or in a sleeveless dress to accentuate her youthful features.
Her ankles were often mentioned , they were described as nicely shaped or neat suggesting the health and fitness of youth.
She carried a pitcher of nectar and a cup to serve the Gods.
Plants: Lettuce as her mother became pregnant without Zeus by eating this plant. Ivy sprigs.
Roman Equivalent: Juventas
The Maiden Archetype represents purity and the innocence of childhood. Where the soul’s dreams, magic and make believe still prevail.
It is also an aspect of the triple goddess, together with the Mother and the Crone they represents the cycles of the moon and the different stages of a woman’s life.
Shadow Maiden is very self centered all, her dreams and energy is expended on achieving her own personal needs and goals.
As a symbol of everlasting youth Hebe is considered to be a Maiden Goddess despite the fact that she is married and is no longer a virgin.
How To Work with This Archetype
The Maiden is one of your Archetypes if you are life still in touch with your childhood intuition and fantasies and have used these to fulfill your dreams. Hence you can still have this archetype at any time of life.
The Maiden reminds you to look after the magical child that lies within us all.
Shadow Maiden asks you to look at whether your dreams and aspirations are selfish and take no account of the needs of others.