I am very excited to announce the release of Volume Two of the multi-volume series Star Myths of the World and how to interpret them.
This volume focuses entirely on the mythology of ancient Greece.
To my knowledge, it is the first extensive application of the principles of what is sometimes referred to as "Astrotheology" to the body of Greek mythology.
I was amazed at the richness of the insights that can arise when we view the Greek myths through this perspective.
Although I have loved the myths of ancient Greece since I was a child, and although I have taught Homer's Odyssey at the college level, when I began to listen to them in the "language" that I now understand the myths to be speaking -- that is to say, the language of the celestial realms -- it was like hearing them for the first time, all over again.
This is not an attempt to take away at all from the other rich and wonderful aspects of the Greek myths which men and women and children all over the world know and love and have enjoyed about them for centuries, but rather to say that an understanding of their celestial and esoteric foundation suddenly opens up entirely new depths of meaning in these ancient treasures of humanity -- "dizzying depths," I feel it is safe to say (perhaps it is no exaggeration to say that the depths these ancient myths can offer to us are literally endless or bottomless in their profundity).
As just a taste of what the understanding of their celestial nature opens up to the reader, I might offer that this book explores:
- New insight into the role of Artemis as the guardian of childbirth and protector of women and children,
- New insight into the association of the act of Kronos and "left-handedness," as well as into the adjective "wily" which is applied by the ancient poets to both Kronos and Odysseus (and the possible celestial reasons for that modifier),
- New insight into the relationship between Achilles and Patroclus,
- The celestial background for the myth-pattern of the "unsuccessful retrieval from the realm of the dead," found in numerous places in Greek myths (such as in the story of Persephone and the pomegranate, or the story of Eurydice and Orpheus), but which is also found around the world including in the sacred traditions of the indigenous peoples of the Americas and in the Kojiki of ancient Japan, as well as elsewhere,
- The celestial background for the myth-pattern of the "incomplete baptism" which could have made the baptized child immortal but which instead leaves the baptized child vulnerable to mortality (seen in the story of Achilles, for instance, but also found in the Maui cycle of the Polynesian cultures of the Pacific Ocean, and also in the Isis and Osiris cycle of ancient Egypt),
- The strong parallels between certain events in the Odyssey and in the New Testament, and the celestial patterns which almost certainly account for those parallels,
- The celestial "map" or "chart" of the long journey home described in the Odyssey, and its profound spiritual meaning for each of us,
- The amazing celestial foundation for the famous encounter with the Cyclops,
- And the probable celestial solution for the much-debated "trial of the bow" near the climax of the Odyssey, which has given so many commentators difficulty over the years, when trying to explain it as a literal, "terrestrial" feat (and note that the "bow-trial" is an extremely pervasive mythological pattern, which is also found in the Heracles [Hercules] cycle of myths, but also in both the Mahabharata and the Ramayana of ancient India, for example).
Once we understand how to begin to hear the myths in the celestial language that they are speaking, I believe it opens up a path for us to pursue them for our own personal growth and positive transformation, if desired -- for a lifetime (or perhaps for many lifetimes!).
I truly hope that you will be blessed by the incredible ancient wisdom of the myths as you begin to see them in a new light -- I know that I have been and continue to be.
Here is a link to a brief preview which includes the book's Table of Contents.