…And there’s the other version of Dionysus when he takes the form of the divine and eternal boy child Iacchus.Ovid writes about young Iacchus:"Tu puer aeternus, tu formosissimus altoConspiceris coelo tibi, cum sine cornibus astas,Virgineum caput est…”Iacchus is the companion of Demeter and Persephone and a prevalent deity of the Eleusinian Mysteries. He’s the “freshly dug” boy, that is an epithet echoing his phallic character and source, he’s the product of a coitus still very much close to the stage of nutrition as psychoanalysis points it, in this aspect he’s the edible fruit of the field and also called Demeter’s daemon, that’s is Demeter’s libido.Persephone and the edible fruit, pomegranate by Margaret Evans Prince, 1940..

…And there’s the other version of Dionysus when he takes the form of the divine and eternal boy child Iacchus.
Ovid writes about young Iacchus:
"Tu puer aeternus, tu formosissimus alto
Conspiceris coelo tibi, cum sine cornibus astas,
Virgineum caput est…”

Iacchus is the companion of Demeter and Persephone and a prevalent deity of the Eleusinian Mysteries. He’s the “freshly dug” boy, that is an epithet echoing his phallic character and source, he’s the product of a coitus still very much close to the stage of nutrition as psychoanalysis points it, in this aspect he’s the edible fruit of the field and also called Demeter’s daemon, that’s is Demeter’s libido.

Persephone and the edible fruit, pomegranate by Margaret Evans Prince, 1940.
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~A lament on the nature of the lost object~Is Aphrodite’s grief over the loss of her lover Adonis a different kind of sadness than that of the sharp cut of any bond in all important relationships?…How do we continue to revive the relation inside our head when the object is long gone?…The death doesn’t have to be an actuality, all sorts of disruptions can be felt like death inside the psychic reality. It is the nature of the fission that always activates the unconscious reaction, that one of the lost paradise motifeme, in the end we don’t lose a lover or a relationship but the chance to return to a state of total innocence and safety inside our first environment, the cave we were once complete, that is the womb and aftewards our first encounter and squeeze with eros, the good breast during the nursing of the infant.Aphrodite’s lament over Adonis’ death by Bryson Burroughs.

~A lament on the nature of the lost object~
Is Aphrodite’s grief over the loss of her lover Adonis a different kind of sadness than that of the sharp cut of any bond in all important relationships?…How do we continue to revive the relation inside our head when the object is long gone?…The death doesn’t have to be an actuality, all sorts of disruptions can be felt like death inside the psychic reality. It is the nature of the fission that always activates the unconscious reaction, that one of the lost paradise motifeme, in the end we don’t lose a lover or a relationship but the chance to return to a state of total innocence and safety inside our first environment, the cave we were once complete, that is the womb and aftewards our first encounter and squeeze with eros, the good breast during the nursing of the infant.

Aphrodite’s lament over Adonis’ death by Bryson Burroughs.

~Partly human, partly divine~Dioscuri, the emblematic twins, stand as a symbol of the two natured essence of humanity. One of the brothers is mortal while the other half of the duo is immortal, just like our human nature that is both a bodily, that is perishable experience and one participating in the cosmic soul, therefore eternal. The brothers are both different and the same, that is also the struggle of the individual to comprehend the limitations of the carnal existence but also the incorruptible freedom of the psychic powers hidden inside…Another pair of Dioscuri could be Hercules and his  brother Iphicles. Hercules gains immortality and a position close to the sun for all eternity while Iphicles dies. The pattern of Dioscuri, mortal and immortal, represents in mythology the pattern of the setting and the rising sun, a ceaseless phenomenon resembling the passing of human generations, one generation dies to leave room for the next one, that is continuation and rebirth at the same time.Dioscuri, the brothers Kleobis and Biton, 585 B.C., Archaeological Museum of Delphi, Greece.

~Partly human, partly divine~

Dioscuri, the emblematic twins, stand as a symbol of the two natured essence of humanity. One of the brothers is mortal while the other half of the duo is immortal, just like our human nature that is both a bodily, that is perishable experience and one participating in the cosmic soul, therefore eternal. The brothers are both different and the same, that is also the struggle of the individual to comprehend the limitations of the carnal existence but also the incorruptible freedom of the psychic powers hidden inside…Another pair of Dioscuri could be Hercules and his  brother Iphicles. Hercules gains immortality and a position close to the sun for all eternity while Iphicles dies. The pattern of Dioscuri, mortal and immortal, represents in mythology the pattern of the setting and the rising sun, a ceaseless phenomenon resembling the passing of human generations, one generation dies to leave room for the next one, that is continuation and rebirth at the same time.

Dioscuri, the brothers Kleobis and Biton, 585 B.C., Archaeological Museum of Delphi, Greece.

//The earth (Gaia) is my strength//

   Hercules met Antaeus (the hostile one) while on his way to the Garden of Hesperides that is the 11th herculean labour. Antaeus, child of Poseidon and Gaia, lived in Libya and he would challenge all the passers-by to wrestling matches so to kill them and use their skulls as construction material to build a temple dedicated to his father Poseidon. What a brutal son of mother earth and the ever flowing waters Antaeus was, coming straight from the unconscious powers and the archaic fears of humanity.
   Hercules noticed fighting the titanic strength of Antaeus that he couldn’t beat him while Antaeus had the chance to touch the ground as so long in the combat. Antaeus’ wounds would heal once he felt the terrain…So Hercules defeated the powerful and violent Antaeus by holding him aloft and crushing him in a bear hug. That was the end of Antaeus.
   Antaeus’ libido was originating from the mother of humanity, Gaia herself, in this sense he represented the spirit of the tribe so evident back in the ancient days, that strange and yet charming feeling that one has sometimes by partaking in the herd, some kind of reassurance, that’s why Antaeus’ strength vanished once he no longer maintained his contact with the ground, he then lost his reference point and sense of belonging, that’s perhaps a characteristic of an archaic organization of personality as said earlier still isn’t the same belief, that sense of common belonging responsible for the formation of every group and religion cult in history? So, what happens once someone loses his well known strategies…does he also lose his grasp of reality, motivation and will?…One can only assume.

Hercules slaying Antaeus by Hans Sebald Beham, 1545.

Antaeus setting down Dante and Virgil in the last circle of hell by William Blake, 1827.

~We are one in nature~As Cadmus was initiated in the mysteries of the Cabeiri, the dwarf like brothers although some say the pair of the Great Gods was a father and son, I found myself inside the enchanted forest of memory and if some like to deconstruct the mythical into its simplier components I’d like to make the myth a possibility once again, a remedy for the soul, where proportions become tiny or gigantic and that makes no difference at all, wandering inside the magickal forest is the same with wandering inside the unconscious in quest of the primordial and ever giving powers of the collective unconscious, it’s all there waiting…

~We are one in nature~
As Cadmus was initiated in the mysteries of the Cabeiri, the dwarf like brothers although some say the pair of the Great Gods was a father and son, I found myself inside the enchanted forest of memory and if some like to deconstruct the mythical into its simplier components I’d like to make the myth a possibility once again, a remedy for the soul, where proportions become tiny or gigantic and that makes no difference at all, wandering inside the magickal forest is the same with wandering inside the unconscious in quest of the primordial and ever giving powers of the collective unconscious, it’s all there waiting…

   After Cadmus was initiated in the mysteries that Zeus had taught to Iasion, he married the daughter of Aphrodite, Harmonia. This was the first marriage of a mortal that the gods were present. The gods sat in gold thrones inside the house of Cadmus in Thebes, they all brought gifts. These gifts were all exceptional and both of material and spiritual nature, Aphrodite gave to Harmonia the famous necklace that Hephaestus had created, while Electra, the mother of Iasion, taught Harmonia the ceremonies of the Great Goddess…Apollo played his lyre for the wedding. During their old age the couple, Cadmus and Harmonia were transformed into snakes as the prophecy had forseen it and they were moved by Zeus to the Islands of the Blessed (Νησιά των Μακάρων). What a destiny!One half: Cadmus and Harmonia by Evelyn De Morgan, other half: pehaps a modern Cadmus and Harmonia, photo by Tim Walker.

   After Cadmus was initiated in the mysteries that Zeus had taught to Iasion, he married the daughter of Aphrodite, Harmonia. This was the first marriage of a mortal that the gods were present. The gods sat in gold thrones inside the house of Cadmus in Thebes, they all brought gifts. These gifts were all exceptional and both of material and spiritual nature, Aphrodite gave to Harmonia the famous necklace that Hephaestus had created, while Electra, the mother of Iasion, taught Harmonia the ceremonies of the Great Goddess…Apollo played his lyre for the wedding. During their old age the couple, Cadmus and Harmonia were transformed into snakes as the prophecy had forseen it and they were moved by Zeus to the Islands of the Blessed (Νησιά των Μακάρων). What a destiny!

One half: Cadmus and Harmonia by Evelyn De Morgan, other half: pehaps a modern Cadmus and Harmonia, photo by Tim Walker.

   Selene, Artemis, Hecate…no matter how you call her the great goddess of the moon participates in all the reproductive cycles on earth, she is the sweet unapologetic ecstasy of lovers during the darkness, prophetic intuition and inspiration. The moon is the muse of the restless poet that strives for his eternal body of work, she’s his soulful companion. In the myth of Selene and Endymion the goddess falls in love with the mortal Endymion, she’s obsessed with watching him sleep, kissing him gently in his eternal sleep while his beauty remains incorruptible in time…a love gentle, an eros still sparking…++

Paintings: Selene and Endymion by Nicolas Poussin.
                 Diana And Endymion by Walter Crane.
                 Selene and Endymion by Moritz von Schwind.

Medusa/Lunar Deities/Sovereign Female Wisdom.

   No matter the passing of time the female strength archetype, that of a gorgeous goddess combining inner wisdom, stamina and charm resurfaces. This is a calling for the celebration of gnosis as a deliberate path towards self fullfilment and the bettering of the world. Living in our troubled times where still human rights are suffering our choice is obvious, the female voice must be restored to its unity and all the female heroines out there must reach their ‘apotheosis’ overcoming the obstacles and transforming them through their divine nature, the godlike spark within.

Raquel Zimmermann by Mario Sorrenti for Vogue Paris, August 2014.