Apollo Gives the Cithara to Orpheus

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Apóllohn Gives the Kithára to Orphéfs: Inked pencil sketch by Kallímakhos, created November 22nd of 2008. One morning I woke up with this image in my mind, perhaps from a dream but I cannot really remember.

While living on Mount Parnassus with his mother and sisters, Orphéfs (Orpheus; Gr. Ὀρφεύς) met Apóllohn (Apollo; Gr. Ἀπόλλων). The God grew fond of the boy. Apollo gave him a lyre. He taught Orphéfs how to play the lyre while the boy's mother, Kalliópi (Calliope; Gr. Καλλιόπη), inspired him to write poetry. Orphéfs then wrote and sang songs. His songs charmed everyone who heard him, to such extent that they were loved even by the animals, rocks, and vegetation.

Kithára - (cithara; Gr. κιθάρα, ΚΙΘΑΡΑ) - The kithára is the 7-stringed lyre of Apóllohn, created by his brother Ærmís (Hermes; Gr. Ἑρμῆς) from the shell of a turtle, who gave it to the God after he had stolen his cattle. The seven strings of the kithára represent the seven centers of the soul, similar to the chakras of the Hindus. The word kithára is the etymological root of the word guitar.

Please visit this page: The Lyre of Apóllohn.

The logo to the left is the principal symbol of this website. It is called the CESS logo, i.e. the Children of the Earth and the Starry Sky. The Pætilía (Petelia; Gr. Πετηλία) and other golden tablets having this phrase are the inspiration for the symbol. The image represents this idea: Earth (divisible substance) and the Sky (continuous substance) are the two kozmogonic substances. The twelve stars represent the Natural Laws, the dominions of the Olympian Gods. In front of these symbols is the seven-stringed kithára (cithara; Gr. κιθάρα), the the lyre of Apóllohn (Apollo; Gr. Ἀπόλλων). It (here) represents the bond between Gods and mortals and is representative that we are the children of Orphéfs (Orpheus; Gr. Ὀρφεύς).

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