a reply to: TheJourney
This is very interesting, I think you could maybe even take it further.
For example, what do you make of the Eternal Flame maintained by the goddess?
- In the pre-Greek Eleusinian and Orphic Mysteries the divine fire was handled by Demeter, who used it on the infant Demophon in an attempt to burn
away his mortal-spirit and reveal his pure-godhood. In Classical Greek mythology this same Eternal Flame was maintained by Pallas-Athena and her
virgin priestesses in Athens; here, an element of youth and purity have been added to its meaning.
- In the Celtic tribes of western Europe the Eternal Flame was the domain of the goddess Brighid, who used it to inspire poetry, craftsmanship, and
excellence in physical skills. Very similar to the Greek concept of arestia
. Brighid influenced the Celtic mind, inspiring a spiritual
methodology that dominates nearly all of the modern Neo Pagan movement.
- When the Roman Catholic missionaries arrived and Brighid became St. Brigid, the Eternal Flame continued, this time maintained by several nuns living
at a commune in Kildare. St. Brigid went on to become the Celtic mid-wife of Mary, and deliverer of the Christ child.
While you used Prometheus as the bringer/giver of fire, I feel like it is the feminine, not the masculine, that really harnesses and understands the
power and potency of pure spiritual fire. Feminine divinities, more often than masculine, are seen using the sacred fire for spiritual purposes. Where
the masculine divinity uses fire is in the lesser, terrestrial version. For example:
- In Mesopotamia the god Nushku was said to be the keeper of the sacred fire. However, this fire, while having a cultic following and spiritual
implications, was primarily used for the blessing of sacred crowns, and the construction of "magical" weapons. This same element of terrestrial fire
used by a god to bless a non-living thing was continued in Canaan by the smith-god Kothar-wa-Khasis, who used it to craft the twin clubs, Chaser and
Driver, that Ba'al used to defend Man against the threats of famine, plague, and drought.
- The Grecco-Roman keeper of the sacred fire was Hephaestus/Vulcan (who has a number of similarities to Kothar-wa-Khasis). Anyone familiar with
Hephaestus knows that he used fire to craft weapons for the gods, and stunning furniture, but that the two times he attempted to use it for
"creation" (in the life-giving sense) resulted in the birth of Pandora (who doomed Mankind), and then a race of automaton Attendants
were capable of mimicking divine and mortal life, but not actually living.
- Finally, the Celts also recognized the sacred fire, and it was awarded to the Tri Dee Dana (three gods of the art), Goibhniu, Creidhne, and
Luchtaine (iron-smith, gold/silver-smith, and carpenter) who used it to, once again, create great weapons and vessels for power, as well as an ale
that mimicked immortality, but could not actually grant it.
The nature of spiritual fire seems to be dichotomous. When used by the Immanent Masculine (Nushku, Kothar-wa-Khasis, Hephaestus/Vulcan, Goibhniu,
Creidhne, Luchtaine) it creates objects whose deeds are legendary and lasting, but also ephemeral; while in the hands of the Transcendent Feminine
(Demeter, Pallas-Athena, Brighid and Brigid) it can remove mortality, and expose the inner spiritual permanence.
On a biological level this would also seem to make sense, since a Father's hope is that his kingdom may be passed down to, and one day eclipsed by,
his Son, and his son's son does the same, etc. While a Mother is responsible for begetting this line of ephemeral "immortals". You trace your deeds
and actions through your father (the terrestrial fire), but honor and revere your mother (the spiritual fire).
I hope this wasn't too difficult to follow. These are ideas that I've only just recently tried putting into coherent thoughts, and this is my first
go at expressing them as such.
~ Wandering Scribe