I just finished this today, but wanted to share it with all my readers. This is something I made in particular for my household altar to Apollon. References to Apollon dancing is pretty well known, but less so in imagery. The closest you get is a statue of Apollon Musagetes in which the god, playing his kithara as leader of the Muses, appears to be stepping foreward with his robes flowing around him. The intentional movement is nice, but it is still a far cry from actually dancing. Therefore, it was an image I particularly wanted to create since I do see this as important expression of Apollon in his domain, and I did so with super sculpy clay.
There are several things at work in this picture symbolically.1) He has nine points of light on his forehead. Nine is a sacred number of Apollon and significant of his domain. 2) He wears a solar necklace with a spiral in the heart of it. The solar disc is obvious in its relationship but perhaps the spiral less so…the spiral is a very simplified labyrinth (Ariadne’s dancing floor), and is therefore symbolic of the holy road. 3) He holds a torch in his left hand as he is the god from whom light in all of its various forms emanates, and the waves of light move as he himself moves, never static. 4) He holds a lyre in the other hand representing the succession of life in its cyclic nature, for as the Orphic hymn to Apollon states..the progression of the seasons are brought by the chords of his lyre as life comes, matures and dies…also suggesting and advancement as well as the symbolism of the soul itself. 5) His coiled hair fly around his shoulders, emphasizing the vigor of his dance and reaffirming that the god is ever moving and his long lengths of hair are like the rays of the sun. 6) He has bells on his feet for I associate the sound of bells with his presence in their pure clarity of sound. 7) Lastly, he stands upon a mountain as a god who delights in the high reaches of the mountains.
This shall very likely be the centerpiece figure of my altar to Apollon as this signifies an important part of who Apollon is to me and in my understanding of the world.