By L. E. Modesitt Jr.
While her mentor, Anna, by surprise dies earlier than she has comprehensive her education, Secca, a tender sorceress, is thrust right into a place of energy, unprepared for the dissension and betrayal surrounding her as she battles the ocean monks and their lethal new dru..
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Athena began her association with Athens as she vied for patronage of the city with Poseidon, each deity making proposals and counter-proposals to the people. The men voted for Poseidon, the women for Athena. Athena won by one vote when the people finally accepted Athena’s gift of the olive tree and thus chose the Goddess as their protectress. This offering of the olive tree was one of the rare examples of Athena acting as an earth or vegetation goddess. Unfortunately, this decision came with a price.
SACRED PL ACES OF GODDESS Both in Europe and Asia Minor, Goddess is represented in temples, archaeological sites, carvings, and ancestral groves. Areas around and within the Mediterranean Sea are particularly replete with monuments standing in honor of Goddess, and each season archaeological digs uncover new information that shapes and informs herstory, or the record of the Divine Feminine. In the British Isles, for example, carvings of Sheila-na-Gigs (see: Goddess Focus, Ireland, page 73), spirals, and mermaids symbolize aspects of the Mother, while in other areas of Europe and around the Mediterranean, she is represented in the forms of lunar crescents, fish, horns of consecration, vulvas, swastikas, and serpents.
To set the stage, Agamemnon had sacrificed his daughter with Clytemnestra prior to the start of the Trojan War. In retribution, Clytemnestra killed Agamemnon. Orestes then killed Clytemnestra in retribution for the life of his father. Apollo submitted that Agamemnon’s death was the more serious of the two crimes because by his seed, Agamemnon, not Clytemnestra, was the true parent of their dead daughter, thus the female womb was no more than an incubator for the male seed. Athena tipped the scales of justice in Apollo’s favor saying in The Eumenides, “I am always for the male.