The Warrior Goddesses stand up for their beliefs; they are the ultimate personification of the strong woman or warrior archetype.
I wanted to explore this aspect of the Goddess as I was born in Norfolk, an area of Britain with a long history of warrior woman. Where Boudicca the Queen of the Iceni tribe, battled against the invading Romans after they had raped her daughters.
According to the Roman historian Dio Cassius Boudicca made offerings to the Goddess Andraste.
Traditionally however, in most cultures around the world, woman did not play an active role on the battlefield yet paradoxically there are numerous warrior goddesses. They reflect the many different faces of war from the pointless death and destruction of war to the glories of victory.
Andraste (British) – Goddess of victory in battle and ravens.
Athena (Greek) - A great battle strategist however disliked pointless wars and preferred to use her wisdom to settle disputes. She also sponsored many of the heroes in Greek mythology.
Bast (Egyptian) - The war Goddess of the Lower Niles, she protected the Pharaoh and his warriors during battle. As the cat Goddess she is also very protective of the young.
Badb (Irish) - A shape- shifting goddess who symbolises life, death, wisdom and inspiration. She is an aspect of the Goddess Morrigan.
Bellona (Egyptian) – Goddess of destructive warfare and sibling/partner of the war God Mars.
Durga (Hindu) – Fierce demon fighting Goddess and protector.
Enyo (Greek) – Goddess of Destructive warfare and sibling/partner of the war God Ares.
Freya (Norse) – As the Goddess of war she was entitled to the souls of half of the bravest warriors. They spent the afterlife with her in the land of Folkvangr.
Kali (Hindu) – Dark Goddess of death, destruction and time. She is depicted with four arms, in one she carries a sword and another the head of a demon. She wears jewellery made from skulls and blood adorns her breasts.
Macha (Irish) – The wild Goddess who battles against injustice to woman and children.
Menhit (Egyptian) - Considered by many historians to be an aspect of Sekhmet. Her name translates as “she who slaughter.” Also known as Menchit.
Minerva (Roman) – Roman equivalent of the Goddess Athena.
Morrigan (Irish) – A terrifying crow Goddess associated with war and death.
Nike (Greek) – Personification of victory in both battle and peaceful competitions.
Pele (Hawiian) – Jealous, volcano goddess of destruction and violence.
Sekhmet (Egyptian) – The lioness headed Goddess of Upper Egypt her name means “powerful one.” Also known as the “lady of slaughter” because in her aspect as the “eye of Ra” she stained the battlefields red with the blood of humans.
Victoria (Egyptian) – She is the Egyptian version of the Greek Goddess of Victory.
The Warrior Goddesses represents physical strength, and the ability to protect and fight for your rights and those of of others.
Whilst the shadow side of the Warrior reflects the need to win at all costs, abandoning ethical principals to prove your supremacy.
If you are drawn to work with this Goddess Archetype you may require the Warrior spirit to help you to stand up for your rights and set firm personnal boundaries. This stereotype is helpful if you want to take control in your life, and no longer wish to play the role of the victim.
You may also choose to call upon the Warrior to champion the cause of others.
Conversely the Warrior may appeal to you if you have a very strong sense of self and are proud of the victories you have achieved. The shadow side of this goddess may be asking you to reflect honestly on the cost of these victories. Have they been at the expense of others or your principals?