The story of Arachne is interesting in that we get two distinctly different takes between the Greeks and the Romans. In both versions of the tale, the young maiden Arachne was a very good weaver -- and she knew she was very good. So good, in fact, she boasted that she was even better than the Goddess of weaving herself, Athena. Upon hearing Arachne's hubris, Athena dared Arachne to a weaving challenge that would settle the score once and for all.
In the Greek tale, Arachne wove a scene of beauty, depicting mortals enjoying beautiful outings with their loved ones. Athena knew she was bested and let her jealousy get the better of her.
In the Roman tale, Arachne wove a tapestry depicting scenes that made a mockery of the Gods and Goddesses. In this telling, Athena was very upset by Arachne's disrespect for the deities.
In both tales, Athena turned Arachne into a spider to teach her (and humanity) a lesson. What was that lesson? Was it to demonstrate the consequences of our actions? Or is Her story a warning against letting our emotions get the better of us?
Or, is the story of Arachne a message of the primal feminine essence just trying to be heard through the hypocrisy of patriarchal paradigms?
Regardless of what lesson was activated in your psyche, I think it is important to mention that there is not one lesson to be learned by these stories, but that if you feel into them, you might arrive at your own conclusion.
I make a humbled attempt at redeeming Arachne from the horrors of mythic inversion. You see, here at The Goddess Diaries, every woman has the right to reclaim her sovereignty, regardless of her "perceived" mistakes, and I chose Arachne as the mascot for the new link round-up feature up because she seemed the most fitting. After all, the common thread in all of Her stories is that Arachne was in her divinity when she could weave...so watch this space as she will be "Weaving a tapestry of Goddess Wisdom and Wit from around the Web."
My name is Dawn Champine and I am the Creatrix of The Goddess Diaries. I am very passionate about helping women remember their REAL GODDESS selves.