~Jason has arrived in Kolchis and finds an ally but also a love interest inside the palace of king Aietes (son of the sun, the name of the king related to dawn), that is the daughter of his host, Medeia. Medeia’s assistance to the hero finds a parallel to Ariadne’s assistance to Theseus, they’re both key figures when it comes to the heroes achieving their mission, they both defy their fathers’ wills and they provide the heroes with advices, that’s perhaps the power of love at first sight…Jason just like Theseus doesn’t remain faithful to his female helper. The Golden Fleece is related to the sun and the sun is also a symbol of the divine masculine, no wonder Jason pays his respects to Apollo any given chance, Apollo is sometimes identified with the sun itself, since Medeia is a granddaughter of the sun Jason couldn’t have found a more useful supporter towards his goal. Jason’s name is connected to iasis, healing, an aspect enhancing his apollonian character since Apollo’s son, Asclepius was the god of healing.
Medeia although a granddaughter of the sun she’s a carrier of the moon powers as well, she’s a witch and an enchantress just like her relative, Kirke. In Apollonius’ version of the story Medeia uses her magic and potion making abilities to make the powerful dragon guarding the fleece fall asleep. If Jason is the healing, one can only wonder if Medeia stands as his opposite and she represents the possibly toxic powers, the same old question of what consists the ‘farmakon’ and what the ‘farmaki’ emerges again, is Jason the drug and Medeia the poison, powers combined and tested? Only slight differences in analogies of the quantitities can make things differ enormously…Jason aims to the sun while Medeia is a priestess of Hecate, guardian of the night, the underworld and its mysteries, a deity close to Persephone…
Thinking in alchemical terms each one of these characters brings a certain potion into this syzygy of differences or else called this ‘hieros gamos’, Jason stops in Lemnos in order to bring the healing after the women of Lemnos just like meanads have killed all the men of the island and have committed sacrilege as shown in the previous chapters of the myth, while Medeia is aware of the secrets of the herbs, of healing magic potions but also of destructive ones as well. Do our hero and heroine expose different ethics and serve conflicting powers? Is that an important aspect of the myth? Is that why their unison doesn’t last?~
//But in a way Jason and Medea are very much an eternal couple. legendary//
Jason and Medea by John William Waterhouse, 1907.