Hercules. Achilles. Perseus. Many today are familiar with these iconic heroes from ancient Greece due to such 21st century films as “Hercules”, “Troy”, and “Clash of the Titans”. But ask anyone in the present day if they are at all familiar with the epic tale of “Cupid & Psyche” and it’s practically a guarantee, most, if not all, will draw a total blank.
This is quite surprising when considering the epic action and adventure ancient love story of “Cupid & Psyche” that’s nearly all but forgotten in the present day was the most commonly known and well-loved ancient Greek myth throughout most of Western culture during the 16th through 19th centuries.
Nearly all but forgotten in the present day – until now.
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In Brad’s book “Seven Tales of Hubris & Other Divine Things”, the majority of these tales from antiquity deal with the concept of “Hubris”, a quality found among those particularly silly humans who feel they are above the jurisdiction of both the gods and their fellow mortals
…and unfortunately pay a dear price for believing such folly.
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Heads up, everyone! Not only will the King of Planets’ upcoming transit through its own sign of Sagittarius be affecting the hyper lucky, in the second installment of this Jupiterian series Brad provides his predictions as to which areas of society will be the benefactors of the Great Benefic’s bestowments of both blessings and bounty during the calendar year of 2019!
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Part II left off after the emergence of a new layer of Hell which Roman Polanski was forced to face, that being Life following the gruesome murders of his wife Sharon Tate and unborn son. As this series has repeatedly shown, the man has been no stranger to horrific tragedy but it must be said the continuity of tragic theme throughout his life is nothing short of astounding when considering his pregnant wife’s murder to that of his pregnant mother’s untimely death in Auschwitz, to even the subject matter of the film he had just finished directing before calamity struck where in “Rosemary’s Baby” a pregnant woman is besieged by the followers of a Satanic cult. This thread of tragic theme is reflected in Polanski’s chart with the most elevated planet being the Moon, the planet of motherhood and pregnancy conjunct the planet of death and anything of cult-like status, Pluto by one degree.
The aspect about the myth of Persephone which I find most fascinating can also be directly applied to the life of Roman Polanski. What binds Persephone to the Underworld is the eating of six seeds which can be interpreted as the innocently pure maiden ingesting the darkness of her captor and it taking hold or in the literal sense takes “seed” to further grow in her psyche. Said another way by being exposed to Hades/Pluto’s violence, lust, and assertion of power, Persephone has the potential for those very same Plutonian expressions at her disposal since she has eaten that which comes from the Lord of the Underworld’s domain. In the same vein, as a helpless child the director had his mother taken from him, followed later by both his wife and helpless unborn child being destroyed, yet when the opportunity arose Mr. Polanski as a 43 year old adult at the time felt the impulsive need to sexually dominate a victim who was herself, a mere child.
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An ancient depiction from the year 525 BC of the Disabled God on his “winged chariot” which we in the modern day would term a wheelchair. On Mount Olympus, all was perfect. So thought Hera, Queen of the Gods as she stood from her palace in the clouds surveying her divine Kingdom at the dawn of Time. […]
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In ancient times when much of the world was ruled by the Roman Empire, in a town called Phyrigia, there lived an elderly couple named Baucis and Philemon. Back then it was the custom to treat a person, no matter who he was or where she was from, like a god….should that person be a guest in one’s home.
Unfortunately, this was very much NOT the case in Phyrigia.
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The Myth of Arachne or How the First Spider Came to Be by Brad Kronen The ancients weaved a memorable tale that was recounted whenever one of their kind attempted to transcend their human limitations or during those rare occasions when a mortal behaved as if they were above the reproach of the Gods. […]
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As the calendar pages shift from the head strong impulsiveness of Fiery Aries into the aesthetically pleasing surface beauty of Earthy Taurus, the time is right to tell a hubris filled tale about an exceedingly handsome mortal whose impetuous nature placed him above the jurisdiction of the gods only to be brought abruptly back to earth in a crashing fireball of punishing humility soon thereafter. Now is the time to tell the story of Phaeton, the Heir of Helios.
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