~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.

//Daughter of Nyx//
   Hecate, the one close to us and yet the “far away one”, the triple goddess, personifies the phases of the moon, a replication of the great goddess Phoebe, another name for Selene, the lunar deity that is. Hecate is described as only-begotten by Hesiod, a characteristic she shares with the lady of the underworld, Persephone. Hecate is a goddess fond of the sea realm and its gods. Ruler of directions, this Titaness was especially respected by Zeus.

Hecate Illustration by Luis Royo.

~In the same way that the lovers emerge gradually from the beauty, which is evident in delicate forms, to the beauty that is divine, in the same way the priests, when they perceived that there was a specific correlation and togetherness between two natural phenomena , but also and between objects that expressed arcane powers and they discovered that in this manner everything is surviving inside everything, then they (the priests) fabricated a sacred science out of this mutual harmony and similarity.~Proclus, the Neoplatonist philosopher (c. 410-485 AD),  on the Doctrine of the Signatures, a hypothesis and theory declaring that certain appearances and similarities in natural things lead to  further co-operations, treatments and unveiling of secrets beneficial for the growth of the human knowledge and healing, through this doctrine people intuitively learnt how to use the herbs so to treat certain diseases following the belief that the outer form of the herb indicated a similarity with its purpose in healing. The doctrine is also valid when someone wants to evaluate the character and inner qualities of a person by estimating how much his/her outer presence matches an inner reality and properties, the doctrine is put in practice once we’re mentioning natural states of being and only, that’s its limitation and somehow blessing.The Bacchante by Jean-Leon Gerome, 1853.

~In the same way that the lovers emerge gradually from the beauty, which is evident in delicate forms, to the beauty that is divine, in the same way the priests, when they perceived that there was a specific correlation and togetherness between two natural phenomena , but also and between objects that expressed arcane powers and they discovered that in this manner everything is surviving inside everything, then they (the priests) fabricated a sacred science out of this mutual harmony and similarity.~
Proclus, the Neoplatonist philosopher (c. 410-485 AD),  on the Doctrine of the Signatures, a hypothesis and theory declaring that certain appearances and similarities in natural things lead to  further co-operations, treatments and unveiling of secrets beneficial for the growth of the human knowledge and healing, through this doctrine people intuitively learnt how to use the herbs so to treat certain diseases following the belief that the outer form of the herb indicated a similarity with its purpose in healing. The doctrine is also valid when someone wants to evaluate the character and inner qualities of a person by estimating how much his/her outer presence matches an inner reality and properties, the doctrine is put in practice once we’re mentioning natural states of being and only, that’s its limitation and somehow blessing.

The Bacchante by Jean-Leon Gerome, 1853.

~Ah me, how sudden have the storms of Fate,
Beyond all thought, all apprehension, burst
On my devoted head! O Fortune, Fortune!
With what relentless fury hath thy hand
Hurl’d desolation on the Persian race!
Wo unsupportable! The torturing thought
Of our lost youth comes rushing on my mind,
And sinks me to the ground. O Jove, that
Had died with those brave men that died in fight I~
"The Persians" by Aeschylus.

How daring and innovative sounds till our days a writer to dedicate a whole play to  the enemies of his country, that’s Aeschylus’ case when writing “The Persians”, an antiwar cry against greed and obstinance of mind. King Xerxes is no equal in glory compared to his godlike father Darius but he has to find that out in the most bitter way by sacrificing the youth and future of great Persia. The venerable mother of Xerxes, Atossa refinds her son after his defeat and humilation but she can feel no comfort in the thought that her son is responsible for the loss of many, a mother can only bare while remaining wise inside her grief. Aeschylus writes while he has no intention to underestimate the magnitude of the persian suffering, on the contrary he feels for them conveying an ageless message, a message against blind power and violence of the numbers, one we know very well in our modernity as well. Some warnings are forever, let’s stop now and listen…

In the photos: “The Persians” as presented by The National Theatre of Northern Greece, in the role of Darius’ ghost the legendary greek actor Yannis Fertis. One of the most enjoyable aspects of greek summer is the plethora of options the audience has when choosing to see theatrical adaptations of ancient greek plays and most of those plays speak with the words of the past a language of today.

//Venus Cythereia//Aphrodite, the goddess of lust, emerged naked from the foam of the sea, her first stop on land was in Cythera, since the island was small she then passed to Peloponnese and then to Pafos in Cyprus where she established her worship. Grass and flowers were blooming where she had stepped. Ores (Hours), the daughters of Themis went to her to dress her and adorn her.The Birth of Venus by William Adolphe Bouguereau, 1879.

//Venus Cythereia//

Aphrodite, the goddess of lust, emerged naked from the foam of the sea, her first stop on land was in Cythera, since the island was small she then passed to Peloponnese and then to Pafos in Cyprus where she established her worship. Grass and flowers were blooming where she had stepped. Ores (Hours), the daughters of Themis went to her to dress her and adorn her.

The Birth of Venus by William Adolphe Bouguereau, 1879.