Saturday, March 23, 2013
Pallas and the Centaur.
Sandro Botticelli, c. 1482. 

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Pallas and the Centaur.
Sandro Botticelli, c. 1482.

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(Source: Wikipedia)

Monday, May 28, 2012
Athena Meditation:
(adpated from original source, click through for original)

I call on you, Athena, to help me to realize that my goals are attainable and that I can realize my visions.

Goddess, guide me to build the right boundaries so I can relinquish any excessive reliance on others.

Goddess of wisdom, remind me that I can release all indecisiveness and move on with my life.
Help me to be like you, Athena, sure of my own adequacy and unafraid of failure.

Great Goddess, help me fulfil my promise by developing my natural talents.

Lend me your inner strength and ability to fight back, Athena, so that I can become more independent and self-reliant.

Athena, remind me to be more productive and responsible in all that I do today.

Thank you, Athena, for helping me to let go of my fears and become courageous like you.

Athena, help me give full attention to the moment I am in so that I do not miss valuable opportunities that come my way.

Great Goddess, remind me that my value does not depend solely on my accomplishments.

Athena, let me be like you, always expanding my mind and continuing to learn.

Athena, make me aware of the importance of taking responsibility for those who look up to me.

Thank you, goddess Athena, for sharing your happiness in working for the good of others.

Athena, I affirm that, like you, I am fair and honest with all around me.

Athena, as the goddess of wisdom, help me to take charge and meet challenges straight on.

Athena, remind me today that, like you, I am caring and have a good heart.

Athena, share your ability to speak honestly and in a straightforward manner with me. 

Grant me your willingness to empower, support and protect those you care about, Athena.

Goddess of Crafts, help me adorn my home and my workplace with beautiful objects lovingly crafted by the artisan’s hands.

Athena, show me how to release the limits I impose on myself and to get all the enjoyment I can out of life.

Help me to be like you, Athena, sure of my own adequacy and unafraid of failure.

Great Goddess, help me fulfil my promise by developing my natural talents.

Thank you, Athena, for helping me to let go of my fears and become courageous like you.

Athena, help me give full attention to the moment I am in so that I do not miss valuable opportunities that come my way.

Goddess, help me to restore some order in my environment and to keep it peaceful and harmonious today.

Athena, lend me your ability to display competence without being arrogant or inconsiderate.

Great Goddess, help me to remember to breathe deeply and to relax my shoulders when I am under too much stress.

Athena, teach me to see new situations as welcome challenges that I can manage with success.

Athena Meditation:
(adpated from original source, click through for original)

I call on you, Athena, to help me to realize that my goals are attainable and that I can realize my visions.

Goddess, guide me to build the right boundaries so I can relinquish any excessive reliance on others.

Goddess of wisdom, remind me that I can release all indecisiveness and move on with my life.
Help me to be like you, Athena, sure of my own adequacy and unafraid of failure.

Great Goddess, help me fulfil my promise by developing my natural talents.

Lend me your inner strength and ability to fight back, Athena, so that I can become more independent and self-reliant.

Athena, remind me to be more productive and responsible in all that I do today.

Thank you, Athena, for helping me to let go of my fears and become courageous like you.

Athena, help me give full attention to the moment I am in so that I do not miss valuable opportunities that come my way.

Great Goddess, remind me that my value does not depend solely on my accomplishments.

Athena, let me be like you, always expanding my mind and continuing to learn.

Athena, make me aware of the importance of taking responsibility for those who look up to me.

Thank you, goddess Athena, for sharing your happiness in working for the good of others.

Athena, I affirm that, like you, I am fair and honest with all around me.

Athena, as the goddess of wisdom, help me to take charge and meet challenges straight on.

Athena, remind me today that, like you, I am caring and have a good heart.

Athena, share your ability to speak honestly and in a straightforward manner with me.

Grant me your willingness to empower, support and protect those you care about, Athena.

Goddess of Crafts, help me adorn my home and my workplace with beautiful objects lovingly crafted by the artisan’s hands.

Athena, show me how to release the limits I impose on myself and to get all the enjoyment I can out of life.

Help me to be like you, Athena, sure of my own adequacy and unafraid of failure.

Great Goddess, help me fulfil my promise by developing my natural talents.

Thank you, Athena, for helping me to let go of my fears and become courageous like you.

Athena, help me give full attention to the moment I am in so that I do not miss valuable opportunities that come my way.

Goddess, help me to restore some order in my environment and to keep it peaceful and harmonious today.

Athena, lend me your ability to display competence without being arrogant or inconsiderate.

Great Goddess, help me to remember to breathe deeply and to relax my shoulders when I am under too much stress.

Athena, teach me to see new situations as welcome challenges that I can manage with success.

Friday, February 17, 2012 Friday, August 19, 2011
Mosaic of Minerva (Athena) 
by Elihu Vedder, 1897.

This mosaic is a central arched panel leading to the Visitor’s Gallery at the Library of Congress Thomas Jefferson Building in Washington, D.C. 

Beneath the mosaic is an inscription from Horace’s Ars Poetica: Nil invita Minerva, quae monumentum aere perennius exegit, and translated as, Not unwilling, Minerva raises a monument more lasting than bronze.

Mosaic of Minerva (Athena)
by Elihu Vedder, 1897.

This mosaic is a central arched panel leading to the Visitor’s Gallery at the Library of Congress Thomas Jefferson Building in Washington, D.C.

Beneath the mosaic is an inscription from Horace’s Ars Poetica: Nil invita Minerva, quae monumentum aere perennius exegit, and translated as, Not unwilling, Minerva raises a monument more lasting than bronze.