I have often mentioned how much in common I have with the myth of Daphne and how that one, and the myth of Kyrene, as well as that of Hyakinthos, are very important myths to me spiritually. But there is another that has profound meaning that I think can be taken to heart regarding the relationship one has with any god, and that is the myth of Klytie.
For those who do not know Klytie’s myth is the one that centers around the origin of the sunflower. There are of course different variations of this myth. One I have seen most commonly was that she had loved the Helios, the sun god, and was taken to his bed. But the celestial gods, in their way through the heavens may not linger with mortals. We see this well in the myth of Selene whose lover was sent into a deep sleep so that she could kiss him in her passing. Sometimes it follows that he departed her bed to go visit the bed of another, or that he never had lain with her at all but that she fell in love with his bright face and loved from afar unable to join him. Whatever the cause of his departure, her life became focused on his comings and goings in her life, even if she could not touch him at his great height, she spurned all other things, to continually keep her gaze upon her lord whom she loved. Eventually her body passed away and instead she became the sunflower who forever turns its head to watch the path of the sun. In a sense this bears a great similarity in meaning to the myth of the chataka bird which spurns the water flowing on the earth to drink solely from the drops of water that fall from the sky, which is a myth commonly expressed to mean spurning the worldly for relationship with one’s god. Or the chakora bird who cries to the moon that it loves but cannot join, drinking from moonlight. Klytie rings of both of these to me, because wherein many myths portray the loves of gods passing away due to some tragic event that led to their demise, Klytie’s gaze does not spare a glance to any but her god and therefore by her personal sacrifice born of love for the god her physical being passes.
The feeling that a devotee may have towards the myth of Klytie may vary of course depending on the level of devotion that they feel is appropriate or that is present in their devotion, but it is bound to be meaningful on some level to those who engage in relationship with their gods by the concept of devotion one has towards a god. Thus the devoted soul, with their gaze focused on their gods will flower and blossom even long after their body has perished. In my relationship with Apollon this is very much an important element, and for this reason I have contemplated tattooing Klyties flower, the sunflower, on my person as a spiritual reminder of her blessed myth.