Nike the Greek Goddess of Victory

Areas of Influence: Goddess of Victory

Nike was the Goddess of victory, the ancient Greeks prayed for her protection in times of war and when for they embarked on long journeys. In the war against the Titans she was a personal Charioteer of the Gods. 

Nike is also associated with speed and agility which perhaps also explains why this Goddess of victory is used as a tradename for a famous brand of sportswear. 

Origins and Genealogy: Her father was the Titan, Pallas and her mother was an Oceanid named Styx.

She had three powerful siblings called Zelous (rivalry), Kratus (strength) and Bia (Force). Together they helped Zeus in his battle against the Titans. This allowed the Olympians to win the war.

Strengths: The personification of victory.

Weaknesses: She wants to win at all costs.

Symbolism: Depicted as a winged Goddess carrying wreath of bay leaves. These wreaths were often presented to the winners in sporting competitions. Nike is sometimes shown holding a palm leaf, representing the peace that can follow a battle.

Any Pictures of Nike are usually shown in conjunction with Athena. An example of this is the frieze around the Athena/Nike Temple which is part of the Acropolis in Athena's. Here the Goddess is shown adjusting her sandals.

Sacred Animal/Bird/Plant: None

Roman Equivalent: Victoria

The Greek Goddess of Victory's Archetype

The Heroine

This Archetype awakens her inner strength and power so she can overcome great obstacles. These acts of bravery often benefit not just the heroine but her family or group.

The shadow Heroine's victory is only achieved by using unfair tactics that disempowered her opponents.

This Goddess was the personification of the victorious Hero, however her win costs her fathers life.

How To Work With This Archetype

The Heroine

The Heroine is one of your Archetypes if you have been able to rise above the numerous difficulties to become a stronger, better person.

The shadow Heroine asks whether your victories have been at someone else’s expense.

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