In Myth: Hestia, Vesta, Ainu Kamuy, Berahynia, Chantico, Gabija
As a psychological archetype: In myth, the Greek Goddess Hestia, is protector of the hearth. She symbolizes the household fire, the central place where the family gathers. As an archetype, the mystic is a deeply introverted woman, focused on her inner-spirtual world, and most concerned with maintaining zen-like inner peace.
While the “huntress” and “wise woman” use their direct energy to focus on external goals, the mystic focuses her energy on inner fulfillment. She values solitude and carries a figurative “hearth” with her, in that she very much feels at home in her skin. Regardless of situation, women who experience a heavy “mystic” influence are capable of detaching themselves from emotional situations and outcomes. She may even appear cool and detached as she focuses her emotions are inward. The mystic is at peace meditating, volunteering, or following a spiritual path. This archetype is prevalent in religious sisterhoods. Under-represented in the female population, the mystic represents the importance of going inward to find meaning, a quality that is often down-played and dishonored in Western Society.
Greatest Strengths: confidence, inner-peace, seductive soulful quality
Challenges: deep introversion, emotional frigidity