I have written before on bridal mysticism as that in which the attraction between the god and the mortal soul results in often times the mortal developing a very strong devotion to the god which occassionaly results in a symbolic marriage. This is not unheard of as we see nuns who are brides of christ, and we see in many cultures instances where a girl or youth, in worship practice and myth, is a bride or bridegroom of some deity. I am not going to go over it all over again, rather I direct my readers to previous posts on this matter. In short bridal mysticism manifests in love for the god within the worshiper beyond all other love in his or her life.
Instead I want to address something here about this due to a conversation I had today from a woman who is under the mistaken impression that a god has a one true mortal wife. This is absurd to say the least. First, the relationship in bridal mysticism, where it might have an element of pleasure and happiness from how our brains receive and interpret what is experienced, the relationships are not formed in the manner in which biological pairs are formed as the gods are not in possession of biological bodies. They are so far beyond what we are as mortals, to say that the gods are chosing singular wives among mortals just makes me laugh. I do have to wonder which of her friends she has selected as *THE mortal wife* of Apollon. That she has claimed such a role for herself as THE mortal wife of Hermes, I am fairly certain that she has chosen someone among her friends or acquaintances to elevate into a similar position. This is the same woman who nearly convinced a nice individual of being the physical incarnation of Hermes. So when I am being told (and using a name that I don’t use commonly which is neither my Hellenic name given to me during my naming ceremony in Hellas, nor my birth name) that Apollon is setting me aside and drawing away from me for the favor of some hypothetic mortal bride….I just started laughing. I went along with listening to her nonscense and playing along for as far as I could tolerate. But such declarations flew in the face of reason and formed off a poor understanding of Hellenic philosophy and Hellenismos in general. And really the way the gods spoke through her was laughable at best with no depth to dialogue (ambiguity is one thing but someone talking on the level of my 11 year old is another), and making claims how they couldn’t know what she didn’t know when in possession of her, and yet claimed knowing things. The whole thing was absurd beyond the tenth level.
There is no one mortal wife of any god, and make any such claim is hubris. Bridal mysticism itself is not a literal marriage in the sense of mortal marriage, and so claiming that someone shares an experience with a god on part with mortal marriage is hubris too. Because it suggests a singular attachment which the gods really do not possess, not with all the loves and spouses that they aquire in myths and over time among their worshipers. Rather instead it is, on the part of the worshiper, a symbol of deep love, respect, and devotion to said god which one might hold for a spouse in that it holds such unshakable and deep bonds for the worshiper, and so forms an important deep bond between the god and worshiper which is a state attainable by everyone who feels such love and attraction. For these reasons there cannot be any one true mortal wife of any god, but rather a multitude as souls reach out in great love towards the gods and connect to the gods that they adore. Not one is elevated above any other, nor should their be jealousy or conflict. The love of the gods are boundless beyond what pale reflections of our mortal relationships can express. Their love is not contained by petty jealousy, nor by vows or social sanction. Therefore, in my opinion, anyone who claims to be “THE wife of such and such god” is very much mistaken and lacks education in the subject or the philosophy of Plato in which he speaks of the relationship between the souls and the god.
The love of the gods is open and available to all, not be delivered forth by the sayso of a mortal to select as she or he likes who is and is not favored among the gods. The love of Apollon is vast as the currents of light which spreads about and around all the world! Hail Apollon, most beloved!