07 April 2012

When Sheep Fly: Happy Birthday Aries


The astrological sign of Aries is associated with the Greek myth of the flying ram who rescued Phrixus and his twin sister Helle. The children of Althamas, king of Boeotianm they were hated by their stepmother Ino. She devised a plot to have them sacrificed while their natural mother Nephele sent the golden ram to save them. The twins were instructed not to look down durning their flight to freedom, but Helle did, falling into the sea and drowning. A Pompeiian fresco depicts Phrixus on the ram trying to save his sister. The courageous beast is also represented by the Emperor card from the Tarot deck. He is a figure of leadership and domination. In the fifteenth century Visconti-Sforza tarot deck the Emperor is shown holding his scepter of power in his right hand and the world in his left. On his head are the wings of an eagle echoing the shape of the ram's horns. American artist Georgia O'Keefe (1887-1987) painted a ram's scull with white hollyhock enigmatically floating over the Southwest desert.

Happy Birthday to my Arian Cousin, Carole!

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