Athene oil

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The city of Athens is named for the powerful Goddess, Athene. I don't really go for the story of Athene being born of Zeus's head with no mother. It sounds like a patriarchal revision of an older tale. Warrior goddess, diplomat, goddess of the urban environment, Athena is re-represented under different guises far and wide, in her role as goddess of law and civic life. If you are an urban pagan, she is probably one of your patronesses. The Owl is her sacred animal, and the Olive is her sacred tree, which is why Athena oil is one of the few Natural Magick deity oils which contains Olive oil.

While being "born" fully formed from Zeus' head might make Athene seem like a motherless creation of the thoughts of a male, it also emphasizes her intellectual "all head" nature. This is also seems to be reflected in the head of Medusa which Athena wears on her shield. Some researchers have suggested that Medusa is actually an earlier African version of Athena.

Athene oil smells very chaste and intellectual. It would be a good scent to wear whenever dealing with elected officials, government representatives of any sort, and for works regarding legal and contractual issues, or if you are yourself a civil servant or bureaucrat. Athene is given correspondences in 777 by Aleister Crowley, and I use a number of these in my devotional formula to Athene.

Athene oil is made on the Wednesday following the New Moon.

Natural Magick deity oils are made with reverence and research to be pleasing devotional blends for the gods and goddesses they are named for. I research legend and lore, and try to use oils of plants that grew in the lands where the deity originated or rules. The Natural Magick process of using planetary and elemental influences, correspondence, and high quality ingredients is especially appropriate for honoring the gods and bringing their qualities into our lives.

Anoint yourself to attune to these deities, or pour into offering bowls or aromatherapy lamps, or anoint statues or fetish objects. I love to give them to priests or priestesses who run open circles or invoke our patron gods and goddesses.

These oils are in beautiful round 1/2 ounce bottles, blended in 100% jojoba oil, so with any care they should last a very long time. They are priced according to the ingredients requested by the gods.