The ancient myths
In the pre-patriarchal era of ancient times, the major deity was Gaia, the primordial mother of Earth who emerged at the dawn of creation and was worshipped at ancient Delphi as early as 1400 bce during the Mycenean period. All of the other gods and archetypes of the Hellenic period descend from her through her marriage to Uranus (Ouranos), the god of the sky. The astrological archetype of Uranus carries into the present this sense of the visionary perspective that comes from the Universal sky.
Uranus by all accounts was a very bad father and threw most of his children into Tartarus (the regions of hell) and Saturn (Kronos in Greece) alone was willing to rise up against him, with the encouragement of Gaia. There is a sense here of the attempted overthrow of the patriarchy by Gaia who previously had ruled alone. In any case, Saturn castrated Uranus and the power of the gods was passed on to the next generation. Saturn wasn’t that great a father either and had a nasty habit of eating his children. He in turn was castrated by Jupiter who went on to rule the Olympian gods. Sandwiched between the generation of the cosmic chaos deities Uranus (sky) and Gaia (earth), Saturn rules over the cold hard facts of matter and the mastery of the material world.
As the god of the sky, or more accurately the sky itself, Uranus represents the light of creation and the wisdom of the heavens. The archetype of Uranus as the rebel and radical is fascinating in light of the mythological history. It is fairly apparent that Gaia was the primary deity in pre-patriarchal times (age of Taurus), and […]