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Ode to Thirteen Goddesses

Lovely Persephone, ruling over the hosts of Hades
You bring solace, both above and below
Assuaging the barrenness of Winter, Death and Time

Indomitable Rhea, in the face of all adversity You smile
For You are the Lioness, whose prowess is known
In the hearts of those who labor on

Well-loved Columbia, Lady of sweet freedom
Whose strong arms enfold us in warmth
Glad are we by Your presence
And in Your absence left cold

Wild Artemis, running along rivers
Protectress and Huntress of beasts
We honor Your fierce glory
And stand awed by the might of Your Bow

Indelible Ariadne, Lover of Madness, Speaker of Truth
Your lessons are those we find within us
Of Will, and Wisdom, and love’s fickle moods

All-encompassing Gaea, O vastness of Earth
Who is at once Mother and Grandmother
Eternal Creatrix, we praise You
And embrace You at our end

Luminous Hekate, Light at the Crossroads
Tending the unwelcome spirits
Even these have purpose among Your retinue
As we hail them in passing

Compassionate Athena, Lady favoring strategy over brute force
We are the wheels You set in motion
And by our hands is the Divine Work done

Warlike Aphrodite, bane of hearts and Mistress of cruel Ares
You tempt even the strongest of mortals
And Yours is the triumph of procreation

Beloved Hestia, consumed in the flame of enlightenment
Yours is the way of the Unfettered Self
We are but fleeting in the face of Your truth

Illustrious Hera, Queen of Gods, tester of men
Your trials forge character and train resolve
For ego falls away, as Your gaze falls upon us

Resplendent Leto, She of Untamed Spirit
Woe be upon the boasters and fakers
Who with scornful tongues
Will know the peace of Your Offspring

Bountiful Demeter, by whose power Earth’s sustenance is grown
Thank you for the greatest bounty of all
Your Daughter, the Blossom of Spring

Blessed are the Goddesses!  Hail the Magnificent Thirteen!

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New Mythic Interpretations?

So, I’ve had my mind on the birth and origin of Hephaistos, off and on.  I can remember, as a child, reading a version of the myth that I’ve never been able to find again. As far as I know, it could have only been my imagination, or it could have been written from a modern feminist perspective, which might explain some of the altered themes in the version I remember reading.

I’m really reluctant to go over the details of the myth, because it’s so different from the official versions.  I’d actually decided a few months back, the last time this myth got stuck in my head, that it was all just me remembering it wrong.  So, I tried to drop it.  But, I guess that’s not what Hera wanted, because She won’t allow me to forget it.

Why am I being given an alternative version of such a well-known myth? Granted, when I piece it all together with the information from the official versions, the relationships between Hera, Zeus and Hephaistos seem a lot more fleshed out and realistic.  I don’t know.  I don’t know if I should go with it, or reject it.

That’s the thing about UPG (doxa).  It may or may not be what we humans would consider “real”, and it may or may not be personally useful.  However, since this one’s stuck around with me all these years, I’m a lot more inclined to go with it and see where it leads.

I’ve discussed it with Zeus, and He neither confirmed or denied it.  I wonder if He doesn’t want this version to become common, since it’s not all that flattering of Him. But then, a lot of myths aren’t that flattering– of Anyone.  Of course, I don’t take the myths too literally anyway, so maybe this isn’t as big a deal as it seems.  We’ll see.

This isn’t the only myth that’s been spun a different way in my memory, but with the others, I’m still looking for existing versions, or wading through previous research.  The origin of Hephaistos is the only one for which I’ve almost made up my mind.  Almost.

There are many local versions of certain myths, and many differing interpretations, so I don’t believe the Gods are static Beings.  Nor do I believe They want Their myths to remain static.  After all, don’t the myths express aspects of society that can be, and often are, overlooked elsewhere?  If that’s the case, I wonder just what this newer version says about me, about my culture, and about my perspective within this culture.

Questions, questions…