The gods are back, if, in fact they ever left at all.
Always hospitable, the early Greeks provided us with an ample supply of gods and goddesses. They are more than just statuary and art. These myths become patterns for our lives. Certainly, the power of myth is overflowing into the current presidential campaign.
On the Democratic side, Hillary Clinton channels Hera, queen of the gods. Long before her marriage to Zeus, goddess Hera ruled over heavens and earth. She was the source and protector of all things mortal. Their marriage… a stormy one at best…elevated him, not her, to the throne. In their frequent disputes, Goddess Hera established her credentials by ruling over childbirth and community, and as the protector of women.
Candidate Clinton has been channeling this ancient energy for a long time. According to Homer’s Odyssey, goddess Hera sided with victorious Greeks in their struggle with the Persians over the city of Troy during the Trojan War. It should be no surprise that into the same conflicted geography, Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton, followed a similar course, three thousand years later.
Nothing in this post should suggest that Zeus is manifest in Hillary’s opponent. If D. Trump had thunderbolts, we would have seen them. Nor is the Zeus energy apparent in Hillary’s husband, Bill Clinton. Unfortunately, Zeus’ clarity is not apparent in the current election cycle. These are great topics however, fair game, and fertile ground for future blogs.
It is no secret that both goddess Hera and candidate Hillary have philandering husbands. Therein lies a strategy for Hillary to build some eleventh hour trust with the voting public. For all of Hera’s duties and responsibilities, she is most beloved when she pushes back against Zeus’ for his infidelities. For whatever reasons, Hillary has never shown that human side of herself in public. If Hillary is interested in winning not just minds, but also hearts of the voting public, then she is well-advised to stop standing by her man and give him some public grief.
Like Hillary, Donald has been channeling this ancient energy for a long time.
Candidate Trump believes he can make changes. Change is the providence of Proteus, a son of Poseidon, the Greek god of the sea. Proteus is a shapeshifter. He can take on any form he chooses. Like Trump, his true form is that of an old man. Proteus can also foretell the future. But, he prefers not to share this knowledge. In Homer’s Odyssey, to avoid giving up information that would assist a crew of stranded mariners, Proteus changes first into a roaring lion, then a stinging serpent, a leopard, a wild boar, a waterfall, and finally a tree. Unfortunately, like Proteus, Candidate Trump only shares his knowledge to make himself appear more grand.
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