Copyright © 2001 Nick Anthony Fiorenza, All Rights Reserved
Perseus and Andromeda by Giorgio Vasari (1511-1574) Oil on Slate. On display at Palazzo Vecchio in Florence. Some critics think this work to be cluttered by other people in the water, confusing the theme of the chained princess. I however think it nicely depicts Andromeda's almost fatal entrapment in Cetus--the technobureaucratic monster of collective human consciousness, as indicated by many people flocking around the changed princess in the Piscian waters, unconscious of the danger of becoming devoured. Vasari is known for his bibliographical book, "Lives of the Artists."
Beautiful Andromeda is chained to rocks by the sea about to be devoured by Cetus the Sea Monster, the Kraken. Her mother, Queen Cassiopeia, had boasted of her daughter's beauty to be greater than the Nereids, the nymphs of the sea. Upon hearing such arrogance, the gods became angry, and to punish Cassiopeia, they sentence princess Andromeda to her death. King Cepheus, preoccupied with more important evolutionary matters, and disgusted with the perpetual pettiness of the whole affair, turns his head in apparent denial. The king knows there is far more complexity to the issue at hand--including the issues and required growth of all involved.
Perseus, Andromeda's radiant and gallant Twin Flame, in the initiatory process of his own self mastery, had just slain Medusa, having been advised this to be the only way possible to gain the hand of his beloved. From the blood of Medusa sprang the Magical Flying Horse, Pegasus. Perseus, claiming the Magical Pegasus as his ally, sets his sight on Triangulum, and flies above the Kraken. As the monster takes sight of the head of Medusa, the Kraken turns to stone and shatters into the sea. Perseus frees Andromeda. Triumphant, Perseus and Andromeda claim their true soul destiny, uniting forever in their Divine Love.
This mythical story articulates the human struggle and initiatory process of attaining our Divine Destiny.
Andromeda, the essence of Divine Love, represents the exquisite beauty destined for human unfoldment, but which is held in bondage by the very judgment of that humanness. Andromeda has a destiny on Earth with her true soul partner Perseus, but finds herself desperately entrapped in both the emotional genetic confusions of her incarnate family and in the psychic manipulations of outside meddling forces due to her own naivete about Earthian ways.
M33 Spiral Galaxy in Triangulum.
Image Credit: Brad Wallis and Robert Provin
Cassiopeia is queen of arrogance, and Cepheus, king of denial--key facets of our undoing that manifest in duality's frustrating paradox. Cassiopeia can also have a benevolent hand however, and Cepheus the ability to offer aid before all is lost--their more evolved aspects.
Perseus represents the initiatory process itself--the way, the challenges to overcome and milestones to achieve in the human world to evolve into our destined unity.
Cetus the Sea Monster is the techno-bureaucratic monster of collective human consciousness; the human genetic condition spiraled downward into a raging, fear instilling, consuming beast--diverting us from our evolutionary path to Light.
Perseus first slays Medusa, the Gorgon with seven snakes for hair. Medusa is the embodiment of fear, as it is fear that turns us to stone, freezing us in our tracks. Conquering Medusa is Perseus confronting and slaying his own fear, claiming his personal power.
Perseus then claims the magical Pegasus, and learns to fly upon this magical horse. Pegasus represents the evolved genetic vehicle, the mental emotional and physical body purified and refined to become able to rise above human genetic patterns of weaknesses. Pegasus brings Perseus the ability to fly over the Kraken. Pegasus represents grounding Soul Essence fully into the physical body--activating one's body of light / soul awareness. Only then does one's resonance transcend the fear based mortal world. Only then can one rise above the psychic emotional manipulations and the diversions of the mortal world.
Andromeda Spiral Galaxy M31
The beautiful and nearly perfect shaped Andromeda Spiral Galaxy M31 is our largest nearby neighbor, a mer 2.5 million light yeas away. The disc spans about 260,00 light-years, compared to our own Milky Way Galaxy which spans about 100,000 light years across.
Image Credit: Bill Schoening, Vanessa Harvey/REU program/NOAO/AURA/NSF - Kitt Peak National Observatory, southern Arizona
For Perseus to fly over the Kraken and to free Andromeda, he not only completes his initiatory rite, refines his being, and integrates his Soul Essence, he also sets his vision on Triangulum, also called the Holy Trinity of stars. Triangulum's message is "let thine eye become single"--seeing the oneness through duality; surrendering all judgment of opposing forces. It is non-judgment that keeps Perseus from falling into the psycho-emotional entrapment of the Kraken, from being consumed in the fear-based Human drama. Demonstrating his self-mastery, Perseus frees Andromeda and they unite forever in their Divine Love.
This divinely intended union is one occurring on the inner and is one expressing in the outer world as well. On the inner, this is the unification of the conflicts of duality found within ourselves, the integration of the masculine and feminine principles within ourselves. In its highest sense, this is the illumination of the double helix of the Human DNA, the Urn of the Soul, into one radiant spiral of light. This inner illumination allows us to shift from living in the bio-logical mode of mentally comparing opposites (judgment) to unified awareness of wholeness (Love), where we realize Truth beyond the apparent paradoxes of life. This awareness creates an inner peace and magnificence that radiates outward into our experiential world as true compassion. In the outer world, this union expresses as divinely intended soul partnerships--radiant beings unified in Divine Light and Love--relationships of beauty, harmony, and fulfillment. From here, a creative journey beyond all human comprehension awaits--a journey for unified souls through galaxies of light, and beyond.
The Andromeda Galaxy was first viewed as a nebulous cloud in the heavens, but with the advent of powerful telescopes, the galactic beauty became visible as our nearest galactic neighbor. This marked the time for humanity to see its own greater galactic potential, to realize we can become much more than what in the past was merely an obscure nebulous notion.
Spiral type galaxies in general articulate the flow of spiritual and physical forces expressing in evolutionary unfoldment. The beautiful and near perfect Andromeda Galaxy, composed of hundreds of billions of stars, has two nuclei (centers of force) forming the heart of the galaxy from which expresses this integrated perfection.
Perseus and Medusa by Benvenuto Cellini
stands in the Loggia dei Lanzi in Florence.
Bronze, 18 feet high 1545-54.
Photo Credit: © 1999 Mary Ann Sullivan
Perseus was born of immortal Zeus and the mortal princess Danae whose father, King Acrisius of Argos, locked her in dungeon in fear of a prophecy that if Danae bore a son, he would kill the King. Zeus enters the dungeon as a golden shower impregnating Danae. When King Acrisius finds Danae with Perseus, he locks them in a wooden chest and puts it out to sea. The chest drifts to the island of Seriphos and is found by the brother of the island's king, Polydectes. Polydectes takes them in and raises Perseus.
Perseus is later led off on his mission to slay Medusa by Polydectes who had designs to force Danae to marry him, but during his initiatory journey, Perseus slays Medusa, claims his personal power, and fulfills his destiny to save and marry princess Andromeda. He then accidentally kills his grandfather King Acrisius, fulfilling Acrisius's fate. Perseus returns to protect his mother Danae from the forced marriage with Polydectes, the Seriphos king. He creates the city and rules a kingdom that bores the Persian world. He and Andromeda also bore a family. Hercules was descendent of Perseus and Andromeda through their son Electryon. (Robert Graves, et. al.)
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