The Divine Consorts
ΤΑ ΖΕΥΓΗ ΤΩΝ ΘΕΩΝ
(The Pairs of Gods)
In the Mystical path of the Great Theologian Orphefs (Orpheus), the Olympian Gods are worshiped in pairs. This is true of Hellenismos in general as it is practiced by the Greeks. They are called the Divine Consorts or The Pairs of Gods (ta Zefyi tohn Thæohn; Gr. τα Ζευγη των Θεων). Each Olympian "male" God is paired with one of the Olympian "female" Goddesses. These pairs of Olympian deities intimately work together: the Goddess prepares the ground for the transformation actualized by the male deity.
Each Olympian deity has dominion over one of the twelve zodiacal months as the signs progress through the cycle of the Mystery year. Connected with this, each Olympian deity has governance over one of the Twelve Natural Laws. So we have twelve zodiacal months and twelve Natural Laws individually associated with twelve Olympian deities, all of whom are worshiped in pairs. Consequently we have twelve pairs of Gods, but in reality, since the Olympians are paired only with other Olympians, and since there are six "male" Olympian Gods and six Olympian Goddesses, there are, in fact, only six pairs.
The pairs are as follows and appear in this order along with their zodiacal dominions and the Natural Law in which the first or the pair is associated:
ÆSTIA (Hestia; Gr. Ἑστία) and Iphaistos [Zygos (Libra; Gr. Ζυγός)] [Law = Movement]
ARIS (Ares; Gr. Άρης) and Aphrothiti [Skorpios (Scorpio; Gr. Σκορπιός)] [Law = Life]
ARTÆMIS (Artemis; Gr. Ἄρτεμις) and Apollohn [Toxotis (Sagittarius; Gr. Τοξότης)] [Law = Energy]
IPHAISTOS (Hephaestus; Gr. Ἥφαιστος) and Æstia [Aigokærohs (Capricorn; Gr. Αἰγοκέρως)] [Law = Form]
IRA (Hera; Gr. Ήρα) and Zefs [Ythrokho-os (Aquarius; Gr. Υδροχόος)] [Law = Attraction]
POSEITHOHN (Poseidon; Gr. Ποσειδῶν) and Dimitir [Ikhthys (Pisces; Gr. Ἰχθῦς)] [Law = Progress]
ATHINA (Athena; Gr. Ἀθηνᾶ) and Ærmis [Κrios (Aries; Gr. Κριός)] [Law = Co-Influence]
APHROTHITI (Aphrodite; Gr. Ἀφροδίτη) and Aris [Tavros (Taurus; Gr. Ταύρος)] [Law = Harmony]
APOLLOHN (Apollo; Gr. Ἀπόλλων) and Artæmis [Dithymi (Gemini; Gr. Δίδυμοι)] [Law = Freedom]
ÆRMIS (Hermes; Gr. Ἑρμῆς) and Athina [Karkinos (Cancer; Gr. Καρκίνος)] [Law = Movement in the Divine World]
ZEFS (Zeus; Gr. Ζεύς) and Ira [Læohn (Leo; Gr. Λέων)] [Law = Life in the Divine World]
DIMITIR (Demeter; Gr. Δημήτηρ) and Poseithohn [Stakhys (Virgo or Parthænos; Gr. Στάχυς)] [Law = Energy in the Divine World]
Another function of the pairs is that each individual mortal being is said to have a relationship with one of the pairs. This pair assists this individual in the deification of the soul.
at Libra, the beginning of the Mystery year, the Autumn Equinox (Phthinopohrini Isimæria
; Gr. Φθινοπωρινή Ἰσημερἰα). Iphaistos rules Capricorn (Aigokærohs
) commencing at the Iliougæ
nna (Heliogenna; Gr. Ηλιουγεννα). This is in contrast to the arrangement outlined by the ancient astrologer Manilius which places Iphaistos at Libra (See Hellenic Zodiacal Calendar).
There is one further pairing of Gods, but this pair is not like the others; it is an exception to the other pairs in that it is symbolic. The union ofÆrmis
and Aphrothiti producesÆ
rmaphrothitos (with the accent on the third syllable: Gr. Ἑρμαφρόδιτος), a being with both sexes.Æ
rmaphrothitos is the personification of the union of each pair. The union or marriage of every pair of Olympians is anÆ
rmaphrothitos. The GreatÆ
rmaphrothitos (Toh Mægaloh Æ
Gr. Τω Μεγαλω Έρμαφρώδιτω
) is the marriage of Zefs and Ira, which is the union of the two cosmogonic substances, Earth and Water (See Mystic Materialism
(Source: Dictionary of Celtic Religion and Culture by Bernhard Maier, trans. Cyril Edwards, pp. 132-133, The Boydell Press; Alfred kroner Verlag Stuttgart 1994, 1997; trans. Boydell & Brewer Limited 1997)
In Orphic ritual,the pairs of Gods are worshiped using the
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