Standing Male Nude, Back View, 1910
- Mythic time
- The fact that some supernatural entities have Rules that they follow for a variety of reasons including: it’s in their nature, it’s part of how they’ve interacted with humans for ages, etc. A.K.A. Why are ostensibly powerful beings repelled by iron, certain trees, or salt? What a Weaksauce Weakness!
- That you can believe multiple things about a deity, sometimes contradictory things, and they can all be true, or false, or not quite true, at the same time
- That just because you think someone’s practice is weird doesn’t make it invalid
- That social ills (racism, sexism, etc.) exist in our communities because we are people who come from societies where they are part and parcel, that we are not actually “more accepting” than other traditions
- That “tumblr Pagans” are actual people who are Pagans IRL, that many of us were Pagans before tumblr and will continue to be Pagans when tumblr is gone
From Pausanias’ Descriptions of Greece: “[2.33.1] XXXIII. The Troezenians possess islands, one of which is near the mainland, and it is possible to wade across the channel. This was formerly called Sphaeria, but its name was changed to Sacred Island for the following reason. In it is the tomb of Sphaerus, who, they say, was charioteer to Pelops. In obedience forsooth to a dream from Athena, Aethra crossed over into the island with libations for Sphaerus. After she had crossed, Poseidon is said to have had intercourse with her here. So for this reason Aethra set up here a temple of Athena Apaturia,68 and changed the name from Sphaeria to Sacred Island. She also established a custom for the Troezenian maidens of dedicating their girdles before wedlock to Athena Apaturia.”
That footnote  points to: “Apparently here derived from the Greek word for deceit.”
So, Athena the Deceiver, or Athena the Liar. A couple of her other epithets refer to her cunning plans or tricky mind, which, to me, seems to support this side of her.
(I hope it’s okay that I publish this; I figured the reference might be interesting for other people too.)