June 15th, 2010 by sabrina
Metis (pronounced MEE-tiss) is the Greek Goddess of good counsel. She is the daughter of the Titans Tethys and Okeanos, Goddess and God of the oceans. She is said to have been Zeus’s first wife, and was one of his greatest counsellors. It was Metis who gave Zeus’s father Kronos a potion that caused him to vomit up the other Gods he had eaten, leading to the war between the Titans and the Olympians. Unfortunately, Metis was too wise for her own good—she told Zeus that she would bear children to him who would surpass him in wisdom, and when she was pregnant, Zeus tricked her into turning herself into a fly and swallowed her. Inside Zeus, Metis continued to prepare for the coming of the child inside her, a daughter. She made a robe and a helmet for the girl, and the hammering of the helmet gave Zeus such a headache that he begged his son Hephaistos to use his ax to split his head open and relieve the pain. When Hephaistos did this, the Goddess Athena sprang out, fully grown and dressed in the robe and helmet that her mother had made. Metis remained inside Zeus, and continued to give him advice. Metis’s name means “counsel,” and the epithets Fair-faced and Lovely-haired were used to describe her.
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