Ancient Wisdom of The West – Greek History of The Fall War

 

Greek Mythology is the language the Ancient Greeks used to tell the story of the Universe. They tell how the Universe came to be. Each character’s name revealing the Energy they represent. Their personalities depicting the nature and behaviour of those Energies. Their relationships reflecting the interactions and reactions of those different Energies. And the children born representing the birth of each new creation in the Universe. Greek Mythology is the Ancient Greeks account of the history of the Electric Wars – the tragic war that ended the Golden Age

Cosmogonies and Theogonies

Cosmogonies relate to the genealogy of the Universe {from root word Kosmos), and Theogonies relate to the genealogy of the Gods {from route word Theoi}.

Almost all of the Greek poems making up Cosmogonies and Theogonies were written in Hexameters {which follows some weird syllable count rules} and the poem that is ‘Hesiod’s Theogony’ is a very long one. It is also the oldest complete manuscript relating to the evolution of the universe from Ancient Greece that is still preserved today. Many others became fragmented pieces of their whole, whist others were intentionally destroyed, all of which led to thousands of years of subsequent misunderstandings and misinterpretations.

Hesiod’s Theogony

Hesiod, alongside Homer was the most respected of the old Greek poets at the time. Living c. 6th Century BC, Hesiod’s works include:

The ‘Theogony’, ‘Works and Days’, and a number of now sadly ‘lost’ or fragmented poems which include ‘Catalogues of Women’, ‘Eoiae’, and ‘Astronomy’.

Hesiod’s Theogony tells of the origins and genealogy of the Greek Gods and Goddesses from the Nymphs song given to him. It is also a given point of reference in Greek Mythology irrespective of the perspective of its context.

It begins with Hesiod paying respects to the Nymphs who cared for Zeus during the time he was kept hidden, and for the blessing of words to tell their song through him, He goes on to pay homage to Zeus, “…the strongest of the gods, by far…” The poem goes on to tell us about the first and primordial gods accordingly…

The First Gods’

In the beginning there was only Chaos, the Abyss, But then Gaia, of the Earth, came into being, Her broad bosom the ever-firm foundation of all, And Tartaros, dim in the underground depths, And Eros, loveliest of all the Immortals, who Makes their bodies (and men’s bodies) go limp, Mastering their minds and subduing their wills.

From the Abyss were born Erebos and dark Night. And Night, pregnant after sweet intercourse With Erebos, gave birth to Aether and Day.

Earth’s first child with Ouranos, starry Heaven, Just her size, a perfect fit on all sides, And a firm foundation for the blessed gods. And she bore the Mountains in long ranges haunted, By the Nymphs who live in the deep mountain dells.

Then she gave birth to the barren, raging Sea. Without any sexual love. But later she slept with Ouranos and bore Ocean with its deep currents, And also: Coios, Crios, Hyperion, Iapetos, Theia, Rheia, Themis, Mnemosyne, Gold-crowned Phoibe, and lovely Tethys…”

The poem continues at length.

It is as we learn more about what actually happened in the Universe aeons ago that the meanings of this poem and other writings become much clearer.

Perspectives

Along with ‘lost’ or fragmented texts, to add to the confusion are the variances between traditional and orphic based beliefs.

So, notwithstanding the variables and their considered implications, and respectfully mindful of incorporating a broad representation of attitudes of the times, the overall classical concept of the Ancient Greeks representation of the known universe, goes something like this…

The Three Airs

The Greeks resonated with three realms. We are told that Ouranos – Uranus, was the upper lighter expanse of air and breathed by the Gods. Khaos, translating closer to ‘Chasm’ or ‘Vast Void’. meaning ‘Infinite Emptiness and Stillness’ – ‘a Formless Space’, relates specifically to the lower atmosphere that is the air around the Earth. With Erebos representing the lower and denser expanse of air filled with the despair of Hades. Aether is said to reside in the spaces in between.

Gaia and Uranus

‘Magic Mountain’ – Hans Peter Kolb

The people of Ancient Greece identified with and worshipped the supreme divine counterparts as Goddess Gaia -Earth, and God Ouranos – Uranus. Their union and the children they birthed, being the other Gods and Goddesses.

The first of these were the twelve Titans. Later Gaia and Ouranos birthed six more, the three Hecatoncheires and the three Cyclops…

The Twelve Titans

These are the original Elder Gods, a group made up of both immortal Masculine and Feminines who are strong and powerful magicians. They resided at Mount Othrys which was also Titan HQ until its destruction in the second big war…

Some works reference Mount Othrys as an awful place and as the realm originating the false concept of the energy of fear.

Now in ruin, it’s physical embodiment on Earth can be seen as a mountain range on the outskirts of central Greece near Magnesia.

The Six Titan Masculines:

Kronos (Cronus) – Time

Koios (Coeus) – Northern Pillar/Pole

Krios (Crius) – Southern Pillar/Pole

Lapetos (Lapetus) – Western Pillar/Pole

Hyperion -Eastern Pillar/Pole

Okeanos (Oceanus) – all encompassing /circumventing Ocean

The Six Titan Feminines:

Mnemosyne – put in mind / memory

Phoebe – prophetic radiance, lived at the Oracle of Delphi

Rhea – meaning Flow of Flux

Theia {Aithre} – wide light, associated with prophecy

Themis – closely translating to divine voice, Themis is attributed with speaking the first divine rules and laws of humanity

Tethys – the Goddess of fresh water and who later marries Oceanus – God of the Ocean and all bodies of salt water

The Three Hecatoncheires

Meaning a 100 handed one, the three Hecatoncheires were Giants with 100 Arms.

They were three brothers named Briareus – the vigorous or sea goat, Cottus – the striker or the furious, and Gyes – the big limbed. Their corresponding physical forces are the earthquakes and big waves like tsunamis.

The Three Cyclops

These three sisters were the one-eyed race and known as: Arges – relating to Bright, Brontes – relating to Thunder, and Steropes – relating to Lightning.

The Grandchildren of Gaia and Uranus

The Titan deities birthed by Uranus and Gaia went on to birth gods and goddess children of their own.

Hyperion and Theia – birthed Helios, Selene, and Eos (Sun, Moon, and Dawn/ Seasons, Water Clock, Light}

Coeus and Phoebe – birthed Leto and Asteria

Crius and the later Eurybia – birthed Astraeus, Pallas, and Perses

Laoetus and the later ocean water nymph Clymene – birthed Atlas, Menoetius, Prometheus, and Epimetheus

Cronus and Rhea – birthed the first Olympians; Hestia, Demeter, Hera, Hades, Poseidon and Zeus. The later unity between Zeus and Demeter, creating Persephone who also became known as Queen of the Underworld residing alongside her counterpart Hades.

Oceanus and Tethys – birthed many children during their time together with a figure put forward of six thousand. The three thousand sons are known as ‘Potamoi’ and were the river gods, and the three thousand daughters are known as the ‘Oceanids’ and were the fresh-water nymphs of all lakes, ponds, and rain clouds, dispersed far and wide and all to serve the Earth.

Mnemosyne – means memory and words / put in mind. She is also involved in the story of the Muses.

The most ancient texts around told of three original Boeotian Muses. Mneme/Memory, Melete/Meditation, and Aoede/Song.

Themis – later with Zeus birthed ‘The Horae’ or ‘Hours’, and ‘The Fates’.

The Fates, also known as Morai

These were the embodiment of Divine Order and Justice – The Universal Laws

The Hours

These were the embodiments of the right moment. Collectively they represent the seasons and cycles in the natural world.

  • Auxo (the grower)
  • Carpo (the fruit-bringer)
  • Thallo (the plant-raiser)

After the birth of the Olympians, that a whole heap of trouble ensued…

Uranus and Cronos

We are told that Uranus became convinced that some of his children were trying to take the Cosmos Throne for themselves. To prevent them from evolving and coming into their powers, he imprisoned them all by casting them into Tartarus, a cold lightless pit in the bowels of Earth.

One Greek prophet declared that an anvil would take nine days to fall from Earth to Tartarus…

Other description says Uranus pushed the children or creations, back into Gaia’s womb causing her terrible pain and distress.

The Mutilation of Uranus

Outraged and oppressed, Mother Gaia is said to have orchestrated a plan of retaliation. She made a Sickle weapon out of Adamant and professed for one of her children to use it to take down Uranus. Incited and in a bid to protect their mother Gaia and free their imprisoned siblings, four of the brothers were sent to Earth and posted at each corner to hold the space steady as Uranus intended his descent. Cronus held the centre space and disabled his father through castration and at the same time took the Cosmos Crown for himself.

The blood of Uranus that fell upon Gaia by this act is said to have birthed three more races; The Erinyes, The Gigantes, and The Meliae.

The Erinyes, also known as The Furies

These three goddesses of vengeance were three sisters and loyal to Hades of the Underworld. Virgil identifies these wrinkly grim horrors as:

  • Alecto -Anger
  • Tisiphone – Avenger
  • Megaera – Jealousy

The Gigantes, or The Giants

… then in monstrous labour Terra bore Coeus, and Iapetus and fierce Typhoeus, and the brethren [Gigantes] who were banded to break down Heaven.

Virgil

From Terra and Tartarus were born : Gigantes–Enceladus, Coeus, elentes, mophius, Astraeus, Pelorus, Pallas, Emphytus, Rhoecus, ienios, Agrius, alemone, Ephialtes, Eurytus, effracordon, Theomises, Theodamas, Otus, Typhon, Polybotes, meephriarus, abesus, colophonus, Iapetus.”

Pseudo-Apollodorus, Bibliotheca 1. 34 (trans. Aldrich) (Greek mythographer C2nd A.D.)

By all accounts, these were a mighty and particularly aggressive tribe who fought with the Gods in the battle of Gigantomachy.

“These creatures were unsurpassed in the size of their bodies and unconquerable by virtue of their power. They were frightening in appearance, with long hair that swept down from their heads and chins, and serpent-scales covering their lower limbs.”

Pseudo-Apollodorus, Bibliotheca 1. 34 (trans. Aldrich) (Greek mythographer C2nd A.D.)

The Meliae

The Meliae are said to be Nymphs and the wives of the Silver Race of Man.

The dismembered genitals of Uranus are said to have fallen to the sea making other creations. Some Greeks texts say that Aphrodite was birthed from the sea and floated to the shore on the back of a large shell. Later texts tell us she was born from the union of Zeus and Dione

Meanwhile, now left unable to enter Gaia, Uranus was left to reside as the all-surrounding bowl of the sky, and in classical mythology – held aloft by Atlas for all time.

Cronos and Zeus and a Natural Law

Like history repeating itself, Cronus was told one of his own children would in turn take the throne from him and rule the Cosmos in their own right. To prevent this prophecy and natural law, he is said to have kept them inside himself by swallowing his children in a bid they they would never come to the light. But prophesy or natural law, is just that, and unbeknown to him, his divine counterpart Rhea had hatched a plan with Gaia. When one particular child was born, Gaia took that child under her protection and hid him in a cave under Mount Aigaion. Unaware of the plot, Cronus took a big stone that Rhea gave him and consumed it assuming it was that child. But that child lived on in secret and that child was Zeus.

The Titanomanchy – The Titan Ones

In time Zeus developed and sought to take the rulership of the Cosmos from his Father Cronus. Thus ensued the Titanomachy. Ten years of war, when Zeus and the Olympians of Mount Olympus, fought with Cronus and the Titans of Mount Othrys, for ultimate rule of the Cosmos.

It was the actual events going on in the universe at this time that are behind this tragedy.

In the end, it was Zeus and the Olympians with the help they received that replaced the power of Cronus and his allies, in this bitter struggle for rule of the Cosmos.

Texts tell us that it was with the help of the Hecatoncheires and the Cyclops, whom Zeus had released from Tartarus where Cronus had banished them to. Further that it was because of this act that the Cyclops gifted Zeus with the power of Lightening, and that they then went to live by the side of Cronus on the Isles of Blest.

The Isles of Blest

The Isles of Blest are spoken of by Hesiod in ‘Works and Days’, and Pindar who was another Greek poet born c. 508 BC. They correlate to Elysium of ‘The Phaeacian Islands’ depicted in Homer’s Odyssey, with other representations synonymous in almost all cultures around the world. All relate to a home reserved for mortals anointed with immortality for some act of greatness in servitude to the one true god-source.

An even older tradition tells of an account through unwritten whispers, of a voyage to the Isles of Blest through a place around Madeira and the Canaries but as its unrecorded, details are hard to come by.

Seemingly though it has connections with Atlantis and other matters, but that’s another topic for another day…

The Gigantomanchy – The Giant Ones

Nike, and Zeus and his Chariot – 400-390 BC – Musée du Louvre, Paris

Time passed but Gaia once again distressed and oppressed instigated a new intervention. This led to a climatic war between the Titan Gods and The Olympian Gods. The Titans held Mount Othrys and were assisted by one hundred Gigantes. These faced off against Zeus and the other five male Olympian Gods, and who were supported in the fierce battle by The Fates {the Moirai}, and Victory {Nike).


When the Gigantes about Pallene chose to begin war against the immortals, Herakles fought on the side of the gods, and slaying many of the Sons of Ge, he received the highest approbation. For Zeus gave the name of Olympian only to those gods who had fought by his side, in order that the courageous, by being adorned by so honourable a title, might be distinguished by this designation from the coward; and of those who were born of mortal women he considered only Dionysos and Herakles worthy of this name.

Diodorus Siculus, Library of History 4. 15. 1 (trans. Oldfather) (Greek historian C1st B.C.) :

It was a truly terrible and damaging battle and the cost was high on both sides. Ultimately Zeus was victorious. It ended with the demise of the race of Gigantes, although legend does tell of two Gigantes that survived; Syceus and Aristaeus, and whom were hidden by Gaia in the guise of the Fig Tree and the Dung Beetle.

Zeus de Esmirna, desenterrado en el año 1680 (Louvre).

Another aeon was to pass under the rule of Zeus, and then as throughout all the aeons throughout evolution, different forces have fought to gain control of the universe with opposing objectives ever since.

Orphic Mythology

There were of course those that came before and after Hesiod. Orphic Mythology is a blending of both Cosmogony and Theogony, combining the science of cosmology with the spiritual and philosophical language of theology. Orphic is after the poet, musician, and prophet Orpheus.

Orphic Mythology focussed on Zagreus, being comparable to Dionysus, and as the centre of all the strife between the Olympians and the Titans. That the Titans consumed Zagreus and because Zeus then destroyed the Titans, mankind was born from the ash of both.

Orphic Doctrine tells us that a human soul is made up of these two additional and different parts. The Zargreus part being connected to the Divine, whilst the Titan part is the aspect kept in bondage. And that each soul must go through ten cycles of death and re-birth in a cyclitic process known as ‘Metempsychosis’, aka ‘the transmigration of the soul’…

Changing Winds

Records show us that it was after the destruction at the battle of Gigantomachy that Helios became identified with Zeus, whom through his own status as an Olympian God and celestial being thereby also included the divine essence of Helios. Helios being the Light, after also being blessed with the gift of Lightening {not to be confused with Lightning}.

Evolutionary the powers of Zeus waned over time and so too did the Helios essence of his substance which Apollo then assumed thereby becoming a deity himself, with Apollo thus embodying many of the characteristics of a pure Sun God. 

And as with the bloodline of any family tree, so it goes on…

During the Classical Age and as a reflection of the by then lost knowledge and the subsequent changing attitudes and beliefs of the times, we see how Greek Mythology and the latent dichotomy of storylines shifted.

Anaximander 644 – 610 BC

The Ancient Greek Philosopher Anaximander concluded that ‘The Void’ (Chaos) was ‘Asperon’ which translates to ‘Unlimited’ or ‘Infinite’. Further that it was not a definite entity, in the sense that it represented something which was ‘Formless Matter’ and ‘Infinite Space’. Rather Anaximander believed ‘The Void’ to be a perpetual entity from where everything originated and to where everything will return.

Heraclitus 540 – 480 BC

Following on from Anaximander, Heraclitus believed that Fire formed the foundation of The World, That, it flares up and rages, and at other times dies down low. He deemed the creation of World Order as the extinction of the Fire, and it’s opposite, a raging Fire, as the Death of Cosmos.

Empedocles 490 – 430 BC

Another Greek Philosopher who came just before Socrates believed that Cosmos is organized according to; the push and pull of Love, and Fear or Strife {‘Philia’ and ‘Oikos’}. From this ensues four stages of World Evolution. The first condition is Chaos and everything associated with it. The last is Unconditional Love and everything associated with that. And the others two are everything in-between.

Epiphanius – He knew

It was the year 399 BC and the divisions between the people and their theologies had become more evident. Epiphanius grew up in Palestine and after he was Baptised his path took him to work in a monastery in Ancient Egypt under the protection of elder Saint Helarion the Great. It was during this period that he spent much of his time translating Greek texts and became accomplished in several languages including Latin, Greek, Egyptian, Hebrew, and Syriac,

He worked deep in Faith advocating vehemently against heresy. After becoming ordained he created his own monastery and was eventually made the leading Bishop of Cyprus. Much of his work is also lost or fragmented and translations debated due to perspectives. We do know of the ‘Panarion’ also known as ‘Adversus Haereses’ meaning ‘Against Heresy’ which essentially is a work of responses to 80 heretic arguments. And he had an interesting way of insulting the heresy heads by combining their ugly personality traits with animals, and of which he cites 50 of!

He also took particular Umbridge to the use of certain false church imagery. In one incident on passing a dwelling with a light on and being told it was a church, he went inside to pray,. Then when he saw a curtain with an image of Jesus on the cross on it – a terrible misinterpretation, he tore it down in disdain…

He Knew. And the source of his knowledge is the same as the reason why we refer to an Epiphany in the context that we do.

Kronos and Ananke

In line with a number of other cultures’ mythologies including; Vedic, Japanese, Chinese, Egyptian, Finnish and Dogon, we are told that the Universe began as an Egg, a Cosmic Egg.

One such Greek Orphic Cosmogony goes on to tells us that the egg was enveloped by Time {Kronos} and Inevitability {Ananke} in a serpent like fashion. {Mr Anderson and Mr Smith anybody?} And, together Time and Inevitably exerted their Forces to constrict the Cosmic Egg until it split creating two halves and its Matter {base elements} spilled out as Phanes, the hermaphroditic primordial God whom represents birth and the method of creation. After this, the base elements and atoms arranged themselves throughout the Universe accordingly.

“The lighter and finer ones floated above and became the Bright Air and the Rarefied Wind, whilst the heavier and dirtier atoms sank and became the Earth and the Ocean…”

This is a reference to the three Airs, or more accurately as we are understanding, the three Earths…

A Real Big Bang

The Ancient Greek Mythologies were articulating the wars in the Universe. And whilst the order and details differ due to intentional obfuscation, they remain as such regardless.

The stories illustrate the birth of the gods in parallel juxtaposition to the birth of the base elements and celestial bodies in the cosmos. With each divine counterpart pairing comes the birth of a new entity made up of their makers’ blended parts. And depending on the energies of those, and their interactions, therein dictates the form and nature of the new creation. The intricacy of the plots to describe how the cosmos came to be and all the subsequent quantum entanglement of Elements, Forces, and Celestial Bodies, down to our own existence on this planet, is fantastic and accurate.

When we start applying this information to modern day physics we can clearly see the parallels. And when we translate and refine the details against all other subject areas, we see it…

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AeschylusPersians. Seven against Thebes. Suppliants. Prometheus Bound. Edited and translated by Alan H. Sommerstein. Loeb Classical Library No. 145. Cambridge, Massachusetts: Harvard University Press, 2009. ISBN 978-0-674-99627-4Online version at Harvard University Press.

Apollodorus, Apollodorus, The Library, with an English Translation by Sir James George Frazer, F.B.A., F.R.S. in 2 Volumes. Cambridge, Massachusetts, Harvard University Press; London, William Heinemann Ltd. 1921. Online version at the Perseus Digital Library.

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HesiodTheogony, in The Homeric Hymns and Homerica with an English Translation by Hugh G. Evelyn-White, Cambridge, Massachusetts., Harvard University Press; London, William Heinemann Ltd. 1914. Online version at the Perseus Digital Library.

Homeric Hymn to Hermes (4), in The Homeric Hymns and Homerica with an English Translation by Hugh G. Evelyn-White, Cambridge, Massachusetts., Harvard University Press; London, William Heinemann Ltd. 1914. Online version at the Perseus Digital Library.

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