Goddess of the Week: Athena

Birth of Athena. Attic exaleiptron (black-figu...
Birth of Athena. Attic exaleiptron (black-figured tripod), ca. 570–560 BC. Found in Thebes (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Elizabeth needs a goddess for dealing with migraines.  Oi!  She needs Athena, the Greek goddess of wisdom.

Zeus, the big cheater who could never keep his toga closed, lusted after the Titan Metis.  But there were two problems.  One, Metis was just not into him.  Two, a prophet foretold that Metis would bear Zeus a daughter, and later, a son, and that the son would kill Zeus and become leader of the gods, much like Zeus had done earlier.

Naturally, Zeus never let a little thing like impeding patricide get in the way of romance.  He pursued and flattered Metis until she couldn't see straight, and then, after they had their little tete-a-tete, he swallowed her.  (Talk about your bad dates!)

Now Zeus had a new problem.  He had such a headache!  He was doubled-over in pain.  He moaned so loudly the whole world heard him.  Finally, the smith god had to split Zeus's head open with an ax!  And then what happened?  Athena, fully grown and dressed in stylish battle armor, popped straight out of his head.

Now listen, Elizabeth, because this is important: Do not split your head open!  That only works if you are Zeus.  But Zeus got help, and so can you.  See your doctor.  Also consider an acupuncturist.  Also, I'm hearing mixed reviews about oxygen therapy.  Check it out.  Mostly, be gentle on yourself.  Unlike Zeus, you did not swallow some poor Titan.  Your sweet body is doing the best it can dealing with a really crummy situation.  Give it some love.

Channel this goddess: When having a migraine or really bad headache.  Titans aren't the only food triggers, by the way.  Also watch out for bacon, wine, cheese, chocolate--basically anything good.  Enjoy your gruel!

Need a goddess?  I got goddesses! Post a comment explaining what you need or want a goddess for.  Then check back in a week or two and see what you got.  It's fun!  It's free!  It's better than having a fully-grown goddess stuck in your head.

PS: On another note, local readers might appreciate knowing that my novel The Goddess Lounge is now available at Vroman's Bookstore, 695 East Colorado Blvd, Pasadena, CA.  Each copy is looking for a good home and is fully house trained.  Tell your friends.

Also, I'll be reading from The Goddess Lounge at a book signing and reception this Saturday, July 21 at SPACE Arts Center, located at 1508 Mission Street, South Pasadena, CA.  The reception is from three to four-thirty in the afternoon.  The reading will be at three-thirty.  A portion of all proceeds will go to SPACE Arts Center scholarships.  I'm making cookies, so come on down!
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Rois said...

Getting enough sleep is my son's trigger.

Feel better.

Tony Van Helsing said...

I thought Athena was the goddess of greetings cards.

Daisy said...

Does the AMA know about this? Some friends of mine are looking for the cause of their pain.

Deb @ Paper Turtle said...

Haha - couldn't keep his toga closed. Awesome.

Migraines are the worst! And I've had those that felt like splitting my head open would be the best resolve! I hope Elizabeth gets some relief!

Cafe Pasadena said...

Elizabeth may need a second Goddess to help her!

MF, I hope there's plenty of space for all your bookie groupies Sat.

Petrea Burchard said...

Hey, come to pasadenadailyphoto.com tomorrow for a dose of Margaret! She's my guest author and she's fab! (You guys already know that.)

Stress causes my migraines. Although some wines bother me I can have all the bacon and chocolate I want. So I think acupuncture is a good idea. Also maybe yoga.

Everyone and their brother has a suggestion. Try them all until you find relief. I was with the same doctor for a long time and didn't get anywhere. So why was I with him for a long time? Beats me.

Ms M said...

I love your "goddess of the week" posts! The way you tell their stories....

Jean Spitzer said...

Wonderful--about the book news, not the migraines.

You are right about triggers. If you can figure out them, you can probably decrease the headaches.

Bec said...

I had migraines for about one year when I was under a lot of stress - rough. M - I'm bummed that I'm out of town on Saturday . . . let us know about any other readings!

Pasadena Adjacent said...

My High School called itself "Home of the Titans" I was the first person to leave graduation night. Walking home I remember feeling something I can only describe as Athena like liberation.