As usual, Michael Roads is right in tune with the “Stars,” writing in his “365 steps to a happier more conscious life” email (http://int.michaelroads.org/) as if for the simultaneous Stations (Strengthenings) of Ixion (Forbidden Genius) and Sappho (Self-Love)…
“There is no higher-Self and lower-self; there is only Self
“As I have often written, Self is who you are. When I refer to self, this is the aspect that relates to separation and identity. Some people call this the ego-self. The problem with this is that these people often indulge in attacking their ego, claiming that the ego must die before Self can be realised. This is nonsense.
“It is Love that brings freedom from the illusion, and Love does not attack any aspect of who you are to achieve this. Love and accept yourself for who you are, the way you are, right now. Treat identity-self lovingly, gently, and with great care. Always, always, always . . . choose Love!”
Ixion was the psychopath of the Greek Pantheon, creating all manner of cultural havoc until Zeus cornered him. Rather than punish Ixion though, Zeus, liking Libertarian males as the Founder and Archetype of Patriarchy, gave Ixion a second chance. With that second chance, Ixion set out to seduce Zeus’s wife Hera. That Zeus didn’t tolerate, so Zeus bound Ixion to the Sun, to forever spin across the Sky in Fire.
Of course the behavior Zeus couldn’t tolerate in others, was exactly the behavior that Zeus perpetrated repeatedly on other women. Some authors attribute upwards of 150 children to Zeus in the various versions of Greek Iconography. This is a good example of the “Funhouse Mirror” through which we see our selves. If it occurred to Zeus that Ixion was simply Mirroring Zeus’s own behavior, then Zeus becomes a bit of a tyrant, reserving those sorts of Adventures only for himself.
More likely, Zeus failed to recognize the Mirroring, as we are wont to do when we Judge others for the behaviors or attitudes that we are unable to Witness in our self because it would conflict with our Limiting Beliefs, or trigger the Held Emotions that we’re unwilling to tolerate. An illustration of how our Judgments, when exposed to the Light, are doorways into our Stuck places. Hence the punishment of being strapped to the Sun, to the Light, and hence the burning Pain of Ego Death from Spiritual Fire.
Here is some excellent Perspective on one of the greatest tricks of the Patriarchy and Power-Over in general, a behavior which for some weird reason people are naming “Gaslighting.” In my day it would simply have been called a Mindfuck, but that may not be polite enough for the DSM…
A picture is worth a thousand words, and Gaslighting is illustrated here…
In the process of Zeus’s punishment of Ixion, Ixion grandfathered the Centaurs, Equine-Huper hybrids – Zeus fashioned a Cloud in the image of Hera, and the father of the Centaurs was the result of Ixion’s tryst with the Cloud. We’ll let your own imagination play with any Atlantean metaphors about the Cloud that our Computers mate with today. Of course our most famous Centaur is Chiron, master of Pain and Miracle, and metaphor for Separation.
An interesting and very useful Perspective on Chiron, from…
“…a dream message from a guide who called himself The Hierophant. His message was to ‘follow the 8 winds’ and he also said, ‘Within a moment you will be changed.’ My research indicated that the Hierophant was a typical part of the tarot deck often also known as the High Priest. Further, he can also be known as Chiron, the wounded healer. Further research showed the 8 winds as a reminder to avoid attachment to those things which are very desirous while also not avoiding things that are very painful.”
The Hierophant stands for the Fifth Harmonic – Learning and Teaching, while the Eighth Harmonic is about “alignment and balance” and “piercing the webbed veils of illusion, delusion, and deception” (Angie Arrien, Tarot Handbook, p.55). The part about “the 8 winds as a reminder to avoid attachment to those things which are very desirous while also not avoiding things that are very painful,” in addition to being the core of Liberation from Archetypes, is for me an intriguing addition to the concept of Rebalancing.
And “Within a moment you will be changed” is the hallmark of Chiron, as the Leap from Despair to Miracles that results from the successful Shift to a New Perspective that, for instance, Poor-Sweethearting can accomplish.
It also sheds further Light on the Mjolnir or Thor’s Hammer (a third planet at the Far Midpoint of a Square) as Lightning or Epiphany, since the Mjolnir is a pair of Trioctiles, or the combination of the Third (Love with Wisdom) and Eighth Harmonics. A Waning Trioctile is after all a Quinoctile, combining the Fifth and Eighth rhythms.