Thursday, March 8, 2012

Artful Thursday: In The Right Light, Everything Is Extraordinary~ Homage To Apollo



Into my heart's night
Along a narrow way
I groped; and lo! the light,
An infinite land of day.
~Rumi

Last week I posted about Hyperion, one of the original 12 Titans and original deity of the sun. I also posted about how his son Helios inherited the sun from him. And since we're on the subject of Sun Deities, Apollo is often considered to be God of the Sun.

I think Apollo's relationship to the Sun is blurred a bit because he is often depicted in a similar manner as Helios; both young, handsome, boyish charm and good looks (The ideal of the kouros (a beardless, athletic youth)... both with auras of light crowning their heads.

But while Helios is associated the Sun only, Apollo is in fact one of the most complex deities in any pantheon. The son of Zeus and Leto, Apollo has been widely recognized as a god of light (and the sun), truth and prophecy, healing, plague, music, poetry, and more. Apollo also became associated with dominion over colonists, and as the patron defender of herds and flocks.


Without further ado... Apollo