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In this episode, Joel and Antonia continue a short series talking about the goddess archetypes that show up for some people. This episode details the alchemical goddess in everywoman.
In this podcast you’ll find:
- Animas and Anima – Feminine and Masculine Archetypes
- Goddesses in Everywoman by Jean Bolen
- Gods in Everyman by Jean Bolen
- Episode on Vulnerable Goddesses
- Episode on virgin goddesses
- Alchemical Goddess
- Aphrodite – goddess of love and beauty
- She does what she wants to do
- Self-directed. Independent.
- Sensual Goddess
- She has qualities of both of the other Goddess categories without the downsides – that’s why she is called the Alchemical Goddess
- She’s a lover of laughter
- Daughter of Zeus
- Birth of Venus – rising from the sea
- Two different etymologies
- Unlike the vulnerable goddesses who didn’t get a choice in their companions, Aphrodite had options.
- She chose Hephaestus – the rejected son of Hera.
- She had a lot of affairs, but her partnership with Hephaestus is thought to have brought about the birth of art
- She also had a lot of affairs with mortals.
- She could be quite harsh with mortals if they didn’t give the worship she thought she deserved or compared her beauty to others.
- She could also push mortals further than they thought they could go and thereby became a catalyst for growth.
- As an archetype, she shows up when we fall in love.
- Some women who are Aphrodite archetypes fall in love frequently.
- Aphrodite women can also be quite charming themselves.
- Enneagram sexual subtype is very Aphrodite-like
- The challenge with this archetype is she has not always been welcome as a feminine example – slut shaming or cultures that inhibit the free expression of sexuality
- She is the part of us that awakens during orgasm
- Trans-personal organism – both partners find fulfillment
- It can also be the consummation of 2 inspired ideas
- To give and to take – alchemical – awakened and giving
- Creative work is passionate, ignited, intense, inspired.
- Jim Carrey: “I feel sorry for anybody in a relationship with me when I am making love to one of my ideas.”
- Firefly Inara character was an Aphrodite/Hestia character
- Oprah has a lot of Aphrodite character. She inspires us to fall in love with ourselves and others. She also has some Athena aspects
- Love has its dark side
- Aphrodite removes the concept of guilt and judgment from people for enjoying themselves.
- She is open. She doesn’t care what people do
- She comes from a place of abundance
- Love is abundant
- Aphrodite gives people a charming quality that attracts others
- Developing Aphrodite for other archetypes will mean greater openness and charisma
- For an Aphrodite woman to stay in a long-term committed relationship, she will need to develop some Hera aspects
- Demeter to nurture children
- Inconsistent reward creates addiction in children.
- So Aphrodites have to watch for the tendency to give inconsistent attention to their children
- Aphrodite energy is extremely threatening to most people. Especially in certain religious circles.
- Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne
- Scarlet “A”: stood for Adulteress but it may as well have stood for Aphrodite
- Aphrodite can be threatening to Hera archetypes
- Aphrodite tends to be very in the moment, so she needs to recognize the consequences to her actions.
- Develop some longevity in her thinking
- Other people don’t get over things as quickly as an Aphrodite type
- Psyche’s four tasks are excellent ways for all women to develop:
- Sorting seeds: when a woman must make a crucial decision she must sort out a jumble of conflicting emotions and info. A woman must look honestly within and sift through what is truly important and what is insignificant.
- Acquiring golden fleece: represents the power which a woman needs to acquire without being destroyed. She does better by observing, waiting, and gradually obtaining power indirectly. Gain strength and retain compassion.
- Filling the crystal flax from the circular flow of lifestream: it is essential for Aphrodite women to get some emotional distance from her relationships and see overall patterns and details.
- Aphrodite is the least common archetype that women are allowed to express
- Her power can be intimidating
- Learning to say no: Virgin Goddess women don’t struggle with the concept of saying no in the face of hardship. The vulnerable Goddesses struggle with saying no. Hera and Aphrodite are somewhere in-between. Until a woman can learn to say no to her particular susceptibility she cannot determine her life course.
- All of us are wired or nurtured into specific styles of thinking
- None are better or worse than any others
- Try developing the good aspects of your prominent archetype while you balance it out with other archetype aspects
- Clare from House of Cards is Aphrodite and Hera
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