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The Heroic Adventures of Theseus: Realization



 

There is a great story and history within the mighty Greek legend of Theseus. This first facet of heroic Adventure is realization through to individuation, the sacred Beholder of Life and Destiny, flying within the realms of eternity, the connection to the Divine sacred Self of manifestation and intuition.
 

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Theseus, the great Athenian Hero teaches us to bring out the Enchantress and Enchanter within our own sphere of destiny and thus shine the mantle of the Hero and Heroine.

In Athens, Theseus' name was revered as he took part in many great adventures, there grew a saying "Nothing without Theseus."

Theseus' name can also be broken down into The - seus. In the ancient alphabet, the s and z are interchangeable, and thus seus becomes Zeus, the Father of the Greek Gods.

Theseus spent his youth at his mother's home in southern Greece. His mother, Aethra is the daughter of King Pittheus of Troezen. His father was the Athenian King Aegeus. He was also fathered by Poseidon, god of the Sea.

 


Before Theseus was born, Aegeus placed his sword and a pair of sandals in a hollow log and covered them with a great stone. He asked Aethra to bring the boy to the stone when he had come of age and once he had retrieved the items he could join his father in Athens.

This act, the manifestation of the first trial symbolizes the coming of age into a new chapter of thought and Being, knowing the Path along the stream of Life.

Theseus ploughed the fields with determination, and thus he grew up strong. When the time came to turn over the stone, he performed the task admirably. Aethra informed him that he had a ship standing by to take him to Athens, provided by his grandfather.

Theseus refused to take the easy ship route as he wanted to establish himself as a Hero, so preferred to take the harder road. He very much admired his cousin Hercules.

The challenge of Individuation. This requires effort on the part of the Beholder of Life, the One who experiences, feels, thinks, taking in all the wonderful flows of Creation, being a channel for the divine, that Beautiful inner Voice reflected into the world, manifested as sublime and eternal Love, the flow of Forever.



 

Theseus set out to Athens on foot, defeating many bandits and making the passage safe for travellers bound along their Journeys;

The first bandit he encountered was Sciron. Those he captured he made kneel and wash his feet, then kicked them into the sea. He tried this miserly act on our boy Theseus, who promptly hurled him over the precipice, to be dashed on the rocks below. Ouch!

Bandit number two was a hellish rogue by the name of Sinis, who killed travellers by fastening them to two bent pine trees. He got a taste of his own medicine and no army was able to stitch him back together again once Theseus was through with him.

Procrustes, bandit number three, placed his victims upon an iron bed, tying them to it and then making them the right length for it by stretching those who were too short and cutting off as much as was necessary from those who were too long. After his encounter with our man Theseus, Procrustes' career ended.



 

News of his heroism spread across Athens, so by the time he arrived at the great city he was greeted and welcomed openly by all people including the King, who did not realise that Theseus was his own son.

Because of his popularity, Medea, who knew of
Theseus' heritage, tempted Aegeus to poison the young man but as Theseus drew his fatherís sword, Aegeus immediately flung the poisoned cup away and embraced his son. Medea escaped to Asia.

Aegeus proclaimed to the country that Theseus was his son and heir, and father and son are once again reunited in love, camaraderie, honour and companionship.



 

Journey into the Heart of the Minotaur


Years before in Athens, a terrible misfortune was laid bare across the City.

Minos, the powerful Cretan King had lost his only son and heir Androgeus, while the young man was visiting the Athenian King. King Aegeus gave him the task of killing a dangerous bull, however the bull ended up killing Androgeus.

Minos invaded the country and threatening to raze the City to the ground demanded that every nine years the people send a tribute of seven young maidens and youths to be given to the Minotaur as a sacrifice, for his feast.

The Minotaur is a monster, half-bull, half-human, the offspring of Minosí wife Pasiphae and a wonderfully beautiful bull. See Age of Taurus.

 


Poseidon had given him the bull so that he can offer sacrifice but instead Minos kept the marvellous creature for himself. To punish him Poseidon had made Pasiphae fall madly in love with the Bull and thus the Minotaur was conceived.

When the Minotaur was born, King Minos had Daedalus, a great architect and inventor construct the Labyrinth in which the fourteen youths were offered as sacrifice in the maze.

The time came for the next tribute to take place and so Theseus came forward eagerly.

And the Adventure continues ......
 

Reference Source: Edith Hamilton - Mythology

 

 

 

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