11/30/09

Goddess of the Week: Daphne

daphneImage by Suzanna via Flickr

The good thing about goddesses is that they are always, every time, without fail, true to themselves. They do not fake friendship. They do not laugh at lame jokes. They do not say to the minor gods, "Oh, you choose the DVD," when they know perfectly well that they really want to watch that good looking Chris Pine in Star Trek.

Take, for example, Daphne. Daphne was a Greek goddess, the daughter of a river god. She was not a particularly important goddess. She did not, for instance, have a throne on Mount Olympus. Still, when the totally major stud god Apollo fell in love with her, she was not impressed. She didn't care that he was god of the sun. She didn't care that he invented music. Those things may have impressed the gals in Athens, but Daphne was a goddess. She did not need to define herself through him.

When he said, "Hey babe, how about a ride in my golden chariot," she was all, "Get lost, Bozo. I don't need an oracle to tell me you say that to all the girls." She may as well have given him a love potion. Her indifference fanned his passion until he went totally stalker on her. She had to turn herself into a Laurel tree just to be rid of him, but as a nature-loving free spirit she did not mind the decreased mobility for, as the saying goes, "better to be a tree, than a girl who isn't free."

Channel this goddess: When you are tired of people telling you who you are supposed to be or how you are supposed to act. Remember: stubborn is just another word for determined, hyper is just another word for enthusiastic, and easily bored just means that you won't put up with what what is boring and predictable. You are good enough. Don't change for anyone.

Mary: This goddess is for you. Happy Birthday!

Need a goddess: Leave me a message in the comments section. Just say what you need your goddess for or even who you need her for. I'll see what I can find.



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15 comments:

Joanne said...

I like Daphne. Her resolve and unwillingness to compromise her thoughts and opinions are admirable. In my book, she'd be a very important goddess indeed!

kanmuri said...

Thank you for this post. I really needed it this morning.

Gidyean said...

Excellent! It made me laugh when I needed that most! You see, I'm working a 14 hour day and hating life about now, but your post made me smile. I can just visulize the look on Zeuss's face when she rejects him. I could use a laughter Goddess who could wisk me away from this ,exuse the expression, God forsaken place :)

Poconoangel said...

Good for Daphne!! LOL!

Najma Velshi said...

Thanks to your blog, Daphne has become my new favourite goddess! It's nice to know some things don't change.

Margaret said...

Joanne: She's definitely got mojo.

Kanmuri: Glad she fit the bill.

Gidyean: Thank you. I will find you a laughter goddess. In the meantime, you might want to check out my entry on Amatsura.

Poco: Glad you like.

Najma: Thanks. I'm glad you've found a new favorite.

Petrea said...

I needed this goddess about 15 years ago. It's okay, I've got her now.

Najma, I get a new favorite goddess every time Margaret posts one!

Shell Sherree said...

Yet another inspirational goddess ~ thank you, Margaret! So there is no goddess to help with the lame-joke making?

... daisy... said...

An Italian saying: "In amore vince chi scappa" that's to say "in Love the one that runs away wins" or something like that... SO TRUE!
I've always love Daphne! Her story is so good and makes us feel good...
I kind of had a Daphne-Apollo experience these days... the problem is that he is no God but more an a**hole... ;-)))

Desiree said...

Great! Have we already had a goddess for frustrated writers?

altadenahiker said...

Oh, so long as someone else has the slightest interest, indifference is the great aphrodisiac.

Daisy said...

Margaret, you are as amazing as all the goddesses put together! :-)
Thanks for sharing your wonderful talent.

Susan C said...

Not important? She has a whole chain of Greek Cafes named after her.

Deb said...

Ah, yes. "Better to be a tree than a girl who isn't free." I love it. I'll keep this with me throughout my day. :o) Thanks, Margaret! hahahaha...

gaelikaa said...

Had I been Daphne, I could not have said no to Apollo - by all accounts he was quite a catch - I've never quite understood her laurel-turning tendency.