30 April, 2019

Leda and the Swan


Jean THIERRY (Lyon, 1669 - Lyon, 1739)
Leda and the Swan
1717

Do you know the story of Leda and the Swan? This story keeps coming up to our reality in movies, art, and from historical remains. Like the bedroom art found in Pompeii recently…

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-46265708

The story is, Leda was very beautiful and got Zeus’s attention. She was married, and this was no issue for Zeus. One day, Zeus seduced Leda in the guise of a swan while she was taking a bath in a river. As a result, she bore two eggs, from each came out twins. From the eggs came out Helen, Clytemnestra, Castor, and Pollux, the children of both Zeus and King Tyndareus. Helen later became the most beautiful woman on Earth and was the reason for the Trojan War since Paris of Troy abducted her. And Clytemnestra murdered her husband, Agamemnon.

You probably heard about Yeats’s famous poem about this…

Leda and the Swan- W. B. Yeats, 1865 - 1939

A sudden blow: the great wings beating still
Above the staggering girl, her thighs caressed
By the dark webs, her nape caught in his bill,
He holds her helpless breast upon his breast.

How can those terrified vague fingers push
The feathered glory from her loosening thighs?
And how can body, laid in that white rush,
But feel the strange heart beating where it lies?

A shudder in the loins engenders there
The broken wall, the burning roof and tower
And Agamemnon dead.
Being so caught up,
So mastered by the brute blood of the air,
Did she put on his knowledge with his power
Before the indifferent beak could let her drop?


The fact that Zeus seduced Leda and caused her to get pregnant with Helen caused so many anomalies that we are still suffering from if this myth is true…Helen was the reason for the Trojan War. Think about all these beings that lived then… They had to fight or migrate… How things would have been different today for us if Trojan War hadn’t happened? What about Clytemnestra? If she was not born this way, would she have killed her husband? What about everything the other siblings affected in one way or the other?

The truth is that, whenever gods came to rule humanity, they introduced new paradoxes. The gaps, energetic blocks, unresolved emotions, hatred grew and grew and brought us here. Whenever gods came to rule, like Zeus did, the injustice took over and we are here today. And gods descended here from time to time and left, leaving us fighting with each other…

But the irony is not this here. Because gods did what they came for. What humanity did was the real issue. Because humanity thought they could play the gods. It was why whenever something good was invented, it was turned into a weapon by the ones that wanted to be the new Zeus. Like fire used for killing others, like technology used to take advantage of others. To scare and make others obey. In all that history of humanity, this has never changed. The right hand wanting to be the kings and queens of the left hand…

On the other hand, from time to time, certain genre of folklore, legends, fairy tales were introduced to this reality. The main purpose of these projects was to show humanity that there was always hope with miracles and certain acts of the hero. Like the Legend of Robin Hood, Lady Godiva, and many more.


Lady Godiva by John Collier, c. 1897, Herbert Art Gallery and Museum, Coventry.

Other legends have played their part in religious context with the stories about Solomon, 12 imams, Jesus, al-Khidr, Moses, Queen of Sheba and many more. If one looks more deeply into these stories, similarities will be found.


Pandora’s box opened long ago and out came all that suffering for humanity. And humanity have always chosen to blame Pandora for the consequences of “their own free will choices”. And today still, humanity blames “Archons” for their misfortunes. Humanity still waits for the savior. Humanity waits for Pleiadians to save them.

Pandora’s box will be opened again for sure. But what will come out this time? As we approach the nexus point, will it be hope in the box? Perhaps it will be the goddess. Or will it be the end of humanity?

And for some, it will be Nemesis in thousand years, and for others it will be the harvest, and who knows what else… But in all that, there was beauty in this reality. Humanity’s beauty came from the creative art. Because the longing for home and the forgetting yielded the most beautiful art. So let’s keep enjoying art while we still can…