Iris The Rainbow Goddess

Areas of Influence: Iris Goddess of the rainbow and messenger to the Gods.

As Goddess of the rainbow she joined the human realm to the place of the Gods. She restored calm and balance to the forces of nature after a storm.

She was the handmaiden to Hera and served nectar to the Gods.

Iris was one of the few Olympians who was able to travel to the underworld. Where It was the rainbow Goddesses job to collect for the swearing solemn oaths.

This Goddess had no specific myths of her own or temples dedicated to her.

Origins and Genealogy: Her father was the Titan Thaumas and her mother was Electra.

The cruel and fearsome Harpies were her sisters.

In some myths she is said to be the mother of the God Eros.

Strengths: Faithful, loyal and a shape - shifter.

Weaknesses: Defined by her role in life. No distant personality


Often depicted as a winged Goddess, holding a pitcher full of nectar.

The Rainbow is her main symbol.

Sacred Plant: The flower the Iris was named after her.

Iris's Archetypes

The Servant:

A Servant is paid to look after other people, performing their menial tasks.

This role can be chosen or enforced as circumstances and issues of self-worth prevent the servant from having the same status as the master.

Shadow Servant fails to be of service to herself. She has no sense of her own powers and abilities, becoming a slave to the social system.

The Greek Goddess of the rainbow was a faithful servant to her mistress Hera and the other Olympian Gods.

The Shape shifter

The Shape Shifter has the ability to change her physical appearance. They are also able to adapt easily to different environments by altering there behaviour.

Shadow Shape Shifter is fickle, lacking conviction and constantly reinventing themselves, like politicians to appeal to more people.

This Goddess uses her ability to Shape Shift when she delivers messages, turning into the image of the sender.

Please follow this link to the Archetypes page to discover which other Goddess Archetypes resonate with you.

How To Work With These Archetypes

The Servant:

The Servant Archetype reminds you to look at the masters and petty tyrants you defer to in your life.

Learn to let go of people or self-limiting beliefs that no longer serve you.

The Shape shifter:

The Shape Shifter is a useful Archetype to have if you need to be flexible or perform lots of different roles.

The shadow side asks whether your chameleon like tendencies reflect a deep insecurity and inability to commit to any particular path.

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