Apollon–the sign of the twins

This here is just a rough idea for a section of my writing I will be working on exploring the light and shadows of Apollon, there is an article reference that I have ( ) for since I have the article in my database of articles and just wanted to get the ideas down before I go hunting for it. It is an article about an ancient altar that shows the Olympians with the astrological signs carved onto it. Also it may seem a bit broken up because I want to get a quote on the modern interpretation of the astrological sign.

According the  Calendar which we see illustrated in the article(———), we see Apollon’s association with the sign of Gemini, the sign of the twins. This makes sense that the god is twin to Artemis, so we can talk of the symbol in those literal terms. There is also, if one looks an explanation of the sign, a sort of duality embodied within the sign. Some might point out that this represents the solar light of Apollon, and the lunar light of Artemis his sister, but I think that simplifies it too much. It is logical to go with that simple answer, but when we look more closely at Apollon, I think it is clear that he encompasses the scope of the astrological symbol he is tied with. Perhaps best known is his cycles of absence, he is a departing and returning god representing the wane and growth of light as he leaves Delphi and returns again to his high seat there. Also as the god of light, he throws into sharp affect the shadow. Perhaps some of my most meaningful experiences with the god have been with the play of light, reflection of light, and shadows cast by light. As children we are mystified and occasionally frightened of the shapes that shadows cast. It is a word beyond our world that we cannot clearly define. It is in the shadows that his light is the most clearly defined, when we are robbed of our ability to concentrate to much on the details of the world around us and are suspended in a void of shadows and nothing but his light, like an oracular cave.


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