Relational Archetypes

The Relational Archetypes

Persephone, goddess of the underworld, “The Maiden”

Persephone’s job is to be a good girl and please others. Persephone’s playfulness and innocent way of looking at the world gives her an air of being unaffected and a special charm which calls for being taken care of although she may miss sexual passion.

Because she often lacks direction and individual drive, Persephone has the most possible routes for growth among all the goddess archetypes.

This type of woman has a natural understanding of the unconsciousness in human psyche. If she evolves, she can bring important healing to others.

Demeter, goddess of grain and agriculture, “The Mother”

A Demeter woman carries a deep longing for becoming pregnant with her own child. Then she lives solely for them and even experiencing life through them.

If a Demeter woman cannot become a biological mother, she is deeply wounded and struggles all her life to find meaning and purpose.

A woman with strong Demeter influence is almost incapable of saying ‘no’ to others, and therefore has the tendency to burnout through taking on too many tasks. She has a strong sense of responsibility.

When she ignores her boundaries, her psychological health may deteriorate. Her strongest shadow side can appear in the relationship with her children. With the intention of protecting them, she may become over-controlling.

Hera, goddess of marriage, “The Queen”

Women high in Hera energy are really relationship-oriented and good at making commitments. Hera’s full focus consists in not only finding a partner or mate, but in finding a man who is ready for commitment and marriage.

Hera’s obsession with finding fulfillment only within marriage often limits her own individual growth and potential.

Only if she manages to bring her attention to inner realms and other forms of motivation and satisfaction – like the independent goddesses – will a Hera woman grow beyond these negative behaviour patterns. When she does this, she will find peace and balance on her own, as well as within a relationship.

About the Author Megan Malone