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little Shakespearean trivia:
"Women’s eyes are the source of true Promethean fire…."
Love’s Labors Lost
first face of Aquarius is that of the Greek Titan god Prometheus.
it! You've heard the guy's name somewhere before and that he somehow
brought the gift of fire to humanity? The Greek gods Prometheus
and Zeus were both the sons of Titan gods.
was the son of Japetos, while Zeus was the son of Kronus. However,
for various reasons, Zeus was the chief ruling god of Olympus. And
furthermore, it's rather critical to know it would seem that Prometheus
and Zeus were forever butting heads with one another.
There are several myths surrounding Prometheus, including one where
he was the creator of humanity...
in this particular creation story, Zeus decided
to give Prometheus (literally meaning foresight) and his brother,
Epimetheus (literally meaning hindsight), the task of populating
Epimetheus immediately jumped in made all sorts of animals, and
due to his sad lack of foresight, he foolhardily lavished all the
totally awesome gifts on them. So the animals could all run really
fast and had excellent endurance. They could see, smell, and hear
Prometheus, then, created more men (these would be our ancestors).
Prometheus created the forms of his men out of the elements of earth
and water (the mud) - and then Athena, goddess of wisdom, bestowed
“soul” to their lifeless forms by bringing butterflies (psyche)
to them. But when Prometheus finished shaping man, he discovered
that all the good gifts were already gone. Yep! Epimetheus had already
used up all the good gifts when creating the animals. Prometheus
figured this just wouldn't do, and so he went before Zeus and asked
the chief god of Olympia if the mortals could have a small portion
of Zeus' sacred fire.
Bringer of Fire
But Zeus said no, and that fire belonged to the gods alone. He (Zeus)
seemed to think for some strange reason that mortals would become
arrogant if they possessed this wonderful blessing of fire.
So now, Prometheus steals some fire from the hearth of Zeus and
gives it to his mortals. As a result of having fire, man no longer
shivered in the cold of the night, and the other animals (who feared
the light of fire) no longer dared attack them. Prometheus provided
humanity with the precious gift of fire, while knowing full well,
that he would incur the full wrath of Zeus. And sure enough, Zeus
decides to punish Prometheus for a few centuries.
punishment is to be chained to a rock, where an eagle comes by everyday
to eat on his liver. Each
night the liver of Prometheus is renewed and put back to being whole.
the eagle comes again the next day to continue its meal. This went
on for a long, long time.
for Prometheus, he somehow acquired secret knowledge regarding the
ultimate destiny of Zeus’ dominion and rule.
one of the story lines - in return for this secret knowledge - Zeus
allowed Hercules to shoot the eagle, rescue Prometheus, and then
return him to Olympus (yeah, like that’s exactly where I’d wanna
go after being mercilessly tortured for several centuries).
literally means "foresight." And much to his credit, he taught humanity
all the proper uses for fire, invented mathematics and introduced
(to the world of mortals) such crafts as metalworking, architecture,
links: Since this page on the mythology of Prometheus
appears to be rather popular, there's another
variant of this myth as to how Prometheus was released from
his torment that involves the wise centaur, Chiron. Also at this
site: another story about mythological Prometheus is located
to the Rebel (Ouranos)