I got my Athena tattoo almost five years ago. I needed strength at that point of my life and Athena gave it to me.
Hardly anyone has seen her.
It was a four hour tattoo session. One of my sisters came with me, she even coloured in a tiny part of the shield, it’s darker than the rest. As the blood and muck trickled down my leg over the coming days, I fucking fell in love with my tattoo. Anyone that has a tattoo bigger than an inch knows about the scabbing healing process, it’s a wonderful journey in itself.
Athena is the strongest of the Goddesses, cities were built around her.
She was born out of Zeus’ forehead in full warrior armour. Athena is a powerful fighter, but only if there is a just cause. She is the Goddess of the arts, literature and order. How awesome is that? A Goddess of the arts!
She counselled Perseus and when he killed Medusa, he gave her head to Athena in gratitude. Athena started to wear Medusa’s head in her armoury; sometimes as a breastplate, more often as a shield.
Athena, to me, is a mix of yin and yang, feminine and masculine.
Strength is in her armour and vulnerability is underneath.
When I see Athena statues in museums, I touch her feet or her cheek and thank her for her strength, wisdom and creativity. There is a statue of her a block away from where I work. People mull around her during lunch hour.
Look out for Athena and draw on her strength when you need to. I have seen her at universities, post offices and even comic books.
Do you have any secret talismans that you wear on your body? Jewellery? Tattoos?
Share in the comments! I’d love to know.