from The Witch of Portobello



We women, when we’re searching for meaning in our lives or for a path of knowledge, always identify with one of four classic archetypes.

The Virgin (and I’m not speak here of a sexual virgin) is the one whose search springs from her complete independence, and everything she learns is the fruit of her ability to face challenges alone.

The Martyr finds her way to self-knowledge through pain, sacrifice, surrender and suffering.

The Saint finds her true reason for living in unconditional love and in her ability to give without asking anything in return.

Finally, the Witch justifies her existence by searching for complete and limitless pleasure. A union with the divine spark of all life; a melding with the Universe.

Normally a woman has to choose from one of these traditional feminine archetypes, but Athena was all four at once.

She wanted to live, dance, make love, travel, to gather people around her, to share her gifts, to provoke the neighbors, to make the most of all that is profane in us.

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