What Goddess are YOU?

I am reading a book called “21st Century Goddess, the modern girl’s guide to the universe” and I found this insightful quiz that I would like to share with you. This quiz relates to the type of an archetype goddess that you embody at this present time, however, after reading about each goddess, you might realise that you are a specific goddess now, but you actually aspire to become a different type. It is very fun as well, so dive deep into this curious exercise of discovering a hidden essence you hold inside and reveal yourself as true goddess:

“The Personal Goddess Quiz is designed to find out which of the 6 main Goddesses you are relating to today. The goddess will change, as you change, so it is possible to use this quiz regularly to see which one has you in her sights. And you could use this quiz to ascertain which Goddess you like to be or needs your attention. This will also portray obviously how the specific goddess outcome influences you now.

1.Which is most valuable to you this moment: A) An audience with a spiritual leader B) Fulfilling sexual relationship C) A high-flying career D) A sports award E) an item belonging to a family member F) Being the partner of a powerful person

2.You have some free time. What do you do? A) Meditate or commune with nature B) Call your partner home for an afternoon of pleasure C) Go to the gym D) Curl up with a good book E) Do some cooking or a hobby F) Put the finishing touches to a partner’s business dinner

3. What creature do you identify with: A) Owl B) Tiger C) Fish D) Dog E) Cat F) Eagle

4. Which is the single most important quality you need in a partner? A) Spirituality B) Passion C) A leader D) Intelligence E) Loyalty F) Powerful

5. When you entertain, what do you prefer to do? A) Have a quiet dinner with close friends B) Arrange a romantic dinner for your lover C) Have a spur of the moment dinner D) Like to combine dinner with work E) Have dinner with the family F) A well planned evening to network yourself or your partner

6. What is your ideal holiday? A) A meditation or yoga retreat B) A deserted island, with a partner C) A wilderness camping trip D) You really don’t care, anywhere E) an organized group trip F) Paris or somewhere else in Europe to visit some art galleries

Check the answers and see which letters you mostly chose. If you checked mostly: A – you are Persephone B – you are Aphrodite C – you are Artemis D – you are Athena E – you are Demeter F – you are Hera.

If you got a combination of say mostly Bs and Fs, read the profile for each Goddess and see which one most fits where you are today or best suits where you feel you’re going. The great thing about this quiz is that you can re-do it at anytime and as often as you like. It may be that you’re changing Goddesses daily if you’re in a period of massive change in your life. You could also be phasing from one Goddess to another, which possibly means you are in or are about to enter a transitory phase in your life. In addition, you may find that at different times you have a different Goddess in residence. You should also check to see if you are experiencing the shadow aspect of a particular Goddess (be honest with yourself now).

APHRODITE – The Aphrodite woman holds sex as a sacred activity. She delights in the gratification of the senses, adornments, and things of beauty of any kind. Touch, smell and taste are important to her and she operates largely through these for she is a tactile Goddess. she has an inborn aesthetic sense, loving the arts, poetry and design. In work and career she favours the media, fashion, interior design, or beauty industries. KEYWORDS – passionate, sensual, a lover of beauty and luxury, creative. SHADOW – possessive, lazy, vain, self-absorbed, a slave to fashion.

ARTEMIS – Artemis is in her element when out of the cities. She enjoys the rugged lifestyle. She plays by her rules and makes her own way in the world without too much male guidance. That’s not to say she doesn’t want companionship, it just means it’s the man who will have to keep up with this woman. She will remain youthful-looking well into her 40s. In work and career she is attracted to women’s shelters or women’s groups, anything that is community based, or a pioneering field, or a solitary profession. KEYWORDS – freedom, athlete, physical prowess, natural, practical, independent and individualistic. SHADOW – obsessive, aggressive, feelings of frustration, perfectionist tendencies

ATHENA – Athena is out there, the centre of activity, helping and organizing. She is intelligent and self-confident, willing to put herself on the line for her beliefs and opinions. Athena will keep her head in a conflict, and maintains a clear vision in emotional situations. If you want something done, Athena makes it happen. Men admire her for her practical way of dealing with pressure, but at the same time they can be intimidated by her, because she can outsmart them with her sharp intellect and her persuasive arguments. in work and career she will be attracted to the corporate world, boardrooms, committees and academic circles, or anything where she can make herself known and gain recognition for her talents. KEYWORDS – professional, worldly, transforming, reformer, social organizer, courageous. SHADOW – over-achiever, controller, manipulator and sceptical.

DEMETER – Demeter is the mother of mothers, she has patience and likes to be surrounded by people who need her help or motherly advice. She loves children and wants a family – the whole box and dice. Unflappable, a whirlwind can be happening ans she’s dealing with all manner of tasks, calmly and surely. If you have a work or family dinner to organize, just let the Demeter woman take over – she will remember to invite everyone, ensuring that no one is left out. She is also very good with hands and engages in anything that’s crafty oriented. In work and career she is often found in hospitals, schools, church groups or fundraising. KEYWORDS – motherly, home-maker, peacemaker, counsellor, nurturing, instinctive. SHADOW – overbearing, fussy, stubborn and excessively dating.

HERA – Hera is conscious of her position in society. She upholds what she considers important to make a pleasant environment, although she can be a little conservative and always knows what to say to whom. she is socially adept and always in sync with the correct etiquette for every occasion. Her dignity is the bedrock of her values. Hera is formidable, and will often be at the centre of disputes, debating and clashing with people. If you are aware, you will appreciate her gifts, respect her and not treat on her toes! KEYWORDS – commanding, confident, authoritative, dignified, self-assured. SHADOW – social climber, arrogant, aloof, superior.

PERSEPHONE – Persephone is the person who knows how others feel. She senses what you need to feel better, and she’s the one that you tell your deepest, darkest secrets to, even if you’ve just met her. She often needs time alone, to deal with her unseen world. Highly connected to the spiritual world, she can appear to be misunderstood and will have an aura around her, protecting her from the outside world. In work and career she is to be found as a counsellor, writer, working with the dying, healer, health practitioner. KEYWORDS – mystic, sensitive, secretive, spiritual, nonconforming, reclusive. SHADOW – overly sensitive, out of touch, whimsical, unrealistic.

You can be all 6 Goddesses, but you can be only one at a time. There is no such thing as the “wrong” Goddess for you. It’s more a question of efficacy and timing. You are not going to relate to all that is said about these Goddesses. There are going to be times when one will appeal or be more relevant to you than others. As with anything, it is about balance: it may seem at times one Goddess is in overdrive in your life. You’ll feel this in a physical and emotional sense because the influence can be very obvious and usually feels too pervasive or dominating. This is what happens when you are overdoing the Goddess. This means the particular shadow side or negative aspects of the Goddess in operation are showing up. It is wise to be alert and to try to avoid this occurring, or at least to minimize the effects. And to do this, you need to watch the signs. For example, if you were “overdoing” the Goddess Artemis, you may be acting too aggressively (as opposed to assertively), feel insecure (as opposed to feeling safe and confident in your abilities) and prefer to be alone to the point of isolation (as opposed to feeling happily independent). These are some of the shadow aspects of Artemis in the context of what the “healthy” or positive aspects of Artemis are. so to compensate for the “extreme” Artemis energy, you could concentrate on healing and overcoming your fears, forgiving others, and practising letting of of the situation. Compassion and love – for both yourself and those around you – would be a great starting point for a longer term remedy in this case.

This is why the Goddesses archetypes are so helpful. They can be indicators of where you may gain awareness of your shadow and access to the solutions that are blocking you from whatever is holding you back from reaching your true potential. The shadow elements are considered by the ego to be undesirable or simply not useful, and are therefore relegated to the dark. And these same shadow aspects and also be positive in keeping the ego in check, but we must actively and consciously choose to deal with them – we need to truly “engage” and get to the heart of it.

Often a woman becomes stronger and wiser by understanding them and working with and through them, rather than pushing them away in denial or projecting their effects on to other people. For the same reasons you may therefore also resist the Goddess you most need, the one who can show you how to heal. You are the one living your life, and if you’re ready to face your own shadow and deal with its effects, you will start to really live.”

As C.G. Jung points out: “it is often tragic to see how blatantly a person bungles their own life and the lives of others, yet remains totally incapable of seeing how much the whole tragedy originates in himself or herself.”

Fall in love with your job

There are 3 ways you can fall in love with your job. The first one is to work in that field you have a passion about. The second is by achieving success in that type of activity you do, which ultimately will lead your heart to loving the job you are doing, because you are successful and you are valued for what you deliver. The third is when you try to accommodate yourself to the job, by using your skills, talents or passions at your current workplace, by either doing some extra activities (usually not paid) but that you truly enjoy and make you really love your job or by actually moving into a new role simply because the company you are working for needs that and you happen to be the right person at the right time. But this rarely happens. Or I have not come across this very often.

There is another way that can help you adjust yourself to start falling in love with your job. It is called using your character strengths in your current role or when you are searching for a new job.

A team of German researchers found that those who consider their job a calling use between 4-7 character strengths while performing it. The less character strengths you use, the less interested you are in what you do.

Therefore, once you know your character strengths (you can go to www.viacharacter.org to take the free survey to discover it) you can start using it at work or when you want to apply for a new position.

fall in love with your job character strength

I find this survey extremely helpful, because sometimes the character strengths that portray something we really love is not something we know how to name. I read about this research made on a tribe who had specific names for all green shades, which they could name, even though they were very close in shade. The researchers put these people to name our specific shade of green (the color green as we see it) that we can all name as green (as we don’t really use shades to name the green, it’s just green in our eyes for every shade of green) and they could not name it because they did not see it before. They had no idea that particular shade of green existed prior to the research and they still could not name it. That’s because we grow up with specific notions and concepts and those concepts make us understand the world. If we do not hold a concept for a specific thing, not only we cannot see it, but we cannot name it. And even if we can see it, we won’t be able to describe it. Which makes it harder to act on it.

I feel the same thing happens when we need to pin point what is it that makes us happy at work. First of all, no one teaches us how to do that and secondly, there is no notion of attributes we should have to love our jobs. So, this specific survey The Character Strengths will reveal to you your true traits. The traits that lay hidden inside you, that you can rely on when you are in the state of flow, but that which you cannot name. As you do not know how to name something you appreciate and enjoy doing. I am referring to something very specific in a particular task. As an example, my core character strength is appreciation of beauty and excellence, followed by creativity, honesty, love, judgement and love of learning. Now, if you think about it, what jobs do you see advertised that can offer me that? The feeling of appreciation of beauty and excellence, creativity, honesty, judgement? It is a feeling I experience when I create on my blog, but then, who will pay me for my blog? I must have a huge following to start receiving an income just from my writing or sharing stuff here.

My core virtues are transcendence, wisdom, courage and humanity. This translates to me in a job related to healing, teaching, even artists. It is hard to find a job description saying we require artists. So, the true value of this survey consists in the fact that you get to have a name for what makes you happy when you work, you get to have a concept for that specific thing you experience when you are in the state of flow, you get to finally understand yourself better and to make the best of your time at work by following that which brings to you that creative freedom.

Therefore, I strongly recommend for you to take the survey, get a notion for your pleasurable attributes for working and start incorporating that more into your day to day working life or lifestyle in general. I guess it is fine to not necessarily work having to use all your character strengths, but will you feel happy to have that job?

We now have this opportunity to discover those traits and start acting on it. Because just as the people who could not name the green color, yet they could name all shades of green, we have a lack of understanding the basics. The very thing that makes all shades of green. 

And we only need between 4-7 character strengths to say that our jobs bring us joy. Have your first 7 core character strengths revealed here

fall in love with your job core character strength test