Wednesday, April 8, 2015

"In Search Of Their Other Halves"

Zeus - God of the Sky,Lightning,
Thunder, Law, Order, and Justice.
Zeus was the God of the Sky and Ruler of the Olympian Gods. He overthrew his Father, Cronus, and then drew lots with his brothers Poseidon and Hades, in order to decide who would succeed their Father on the throne. Zeus won the draw and became the supreme ruler of the Gods, as well as Lord of the Sky and rain. His weapon was a thunderbolt, which he hurled at those who displeased or defied him, especially liars and oath breakers. He was married to Hera.
Zeus, the presiding deity of the universe, ruler of the skies and earth, was regarded by the Greeks as the God of all natural phenomena on the sky; the personification of the laws of nature; the ruler of the state; and finally, the father of gods and men.
Using his shield, ( the Aegis), Zeus could create all natural phenomena related to the air and sky; such as storms, tempests, and intense darkness. At his command, powerful lightning would flash and thunders would roll, wreaking havoc; or the skies would open to rejuvenate the earth with life-giving water.
As the personification of the operations of nature, he represented the grand laws of unchanging and harmonious order, by which both the natural and the spiritual world were governed. He was the God of regulated time as marked by the changing seasons and the regular succession of day and night, in contrast to what his father Cronus represented before him; absolute time....eternity.
As ruler of the state, he was the source of kingly power, the upholder of all institutions connected to the state, and the friend and patron of Princes, whom he guarded and assisted with his advice and counsel. He was also the protector of the people.
As the Father of the Gods, Zeus ascertained that each deity perform their individual duty, punished their misdeeds, settled their disputes, and acted towards them on all occasions as their all-knowing counselor and mighty friend.
As the Father of Men, he took a paternal interest in the actions and well-being of mortals. He watched them with tender solicitude, rewarding truth, charity and fairness; while severely punishing perjury and cruelty. Even the poorest and most forlorn wanderer could find a powerful advocate in Zeus, for he is noted as a wise and merciful paternal figure. He demanded that the wealthy inhabitants of the earth be attentive to the needs of their less fortunate fellow citizens.
"It is written - According to Greek mythology, that humans, in the beginning;  were originally created with 4 arms, 4 legs, and a head with two faces. Fearing their power, Zeus split them into two separate parts, condemning them to spend their lives in search of their other halves."


DJan said...

I never heard that last part, about looking for our other halves our whole lives. I'm glad I found mine! :-)

Linda Kay said...

Hi there SK, I remember studying some of this mythology when I was a kid, then have since lost it. Thanks for the update on Zeus!

Red said...

You're really up on your Greek mythology. Kids were knowledgeable and very interested ion Greek Mythology.