Metis, the Shape-Shifter Picture

This less well-known goddess was fun. She's featured in the story about Athena's birth.

See, Zeus had had to overthrow his father, Cronus the Titan in order to rule the heavens. However, he later heard a prophecy, (similar to what his father heard before him), about how any son his first wife, Metis would have, would overthrow him as well.

Metis was a Titaness (a female giant) of wise counsel, advice, cunning, crafting, and wisdom. She was the one who had helped Zeus develop a plan to rescue his brothers and sister (Poseidon, Hades, and Hera) from their father, Cronus.

Metis also could transform herself into any animal she chose, and when she became pregnant, Zeus feared it would be a boy. So he tricked her into morphing into a mouse, and swallowed her whole. However, since she was immortal, she didn't die inside him. When it was time for the baby to be born, Zeus got a horrible headache. Hephaestus, god of the Forge, took an ax and split Zeus's forehead open, and out came Athena, all grown-up and dressed in armor. She became Zeus's favorite and bravest daughter. In many of the myths, she claimed to only have a father and no mother, whilst Metis remained inside Zeus and continued to give him advice.

I had some fun with Metis, putting 2 coins on her head to be like mouse ears
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