Here from "Headlinemuse.com: The quarterly archetypal e-zine" is an article on the God=War/Goddess=Peace Equation:
"What is so attractive to the current [U.S.] administration about the mythos of war?...
"Ares, the Greek deity of War, and Mars, the Roman equivalent, embody the spirit of battle which relishes slaughter and blood. Usually seen wearing armor, a helmet and carrying a sword, the warrior god was known to enjoy the good fight with little interest in the justice of the cause he was fighting for (Grimal 52). Ares was attended by demons who served him as squires, especially his children Deimos (Fear) and Phobos (Terror). One animal associated with Ares was the vulture.
"Beginning in the Homeric age, however, the war god began to lose some of his luster as the Greeks became somewhat disenchanted with Ares' brutality (Grimal 52). Later myths show that Ares was easily beaten several times by the strategizing of Athena, the goddess of wisdom, or even physically weakened by the true heroics of Heracles.
"But there are many ways to best War, Fear and Terror. Mythology tells us so: There are other stories to celebrate, other archetypes to be investigated, other solutions.
For example, in ancient Rome, Peace was a goddess who was worshipped annually (Bell 343). This female deity was invoked during the first civil wars in the first century B.C.E.; the Romans prayed to Pax to stop bloodshed. Praying to the goddess Peace was viewed, evidently, as a reason that the wars ended, because Augustus gave Pax an altar to commemorate the re-establishment of civil order."
Especially interesting is this: "[T]he warrior god was known to enjoy the good fight with little interest in the justice of the cause he was fighting for." I could see that same attitude in Yahweh/Jehovah in some of the "war" passages I culled from the Bible for Monday's post. ("O, joy, O joy, it's warring time again!")