A reader of this blog and blogger (she is also a Cultrix with a good knowledge of the Sacred Science), asked me to write some thoughts on the myth of Prometheus. It is a very important issue as that of Prometheus is one of the myths of the Greek tradition at the base of the ancient traditional religiosity, among which we find the Traditional Roman Spirituality .
It is a very complex and difficult myth: therefore I needed a long time before writing this post.
The main difficulty comes from the fact that this myth, like all myths in their more authentic meaning, value and role, are stories, narratives, groups of words related to the Gods and Goddesses with a strong religious foundation, destined to a small group of initiated persons. A myth is aimed to transmit a secret knowledge not accessbile to ordinary people. In the myth, everything is alien to the profane.
The object of the mythical story consists of deep and hidden truths of the existence - a secret theology - whose narration is not aimed to captivate a potential audience, but to provoke and dissuade if composed of not-initiated.
Sometimes the mythical story is expressed in riddles, enigmas, that add additional sacred value : I stress the term "story" (Vox), since the transfer of the myth in writing is already a first form of desecration, profanation. This is why the myth is never a dogma: it appears fluid with a range of versions because filtered by the spirituality of those who, once understood in its deepest essence, can articulate it the level of logos.
For this reason, the formal reading of a mythical tale for the profane and/or for modern looks like a fairy tale "nonsense" for the most foolish, contradictory and incomprehensible.
The mythical story is never clear and it can not be as such: it is contradictory, the true and the false are confused, symbols, paradoxes, meanings, allegories, riddles, levels of understanding are difficult to discern. The more the myth speaks of the immediate, natural, elementary and basic truth, the harder it will grasp its meaning. Its most authentic message is then accessbile only after a long process of inner preparation. The myth is therefore the land on which it grows the traditional spirituality of a Cultor and a Cultrix.
If this applies to all myths, this is particularly true for the myth of Prometheus which is a "foundation" myth.
Based on these premises, it becomes really difficult for me to "write" something about the myth of Prometheus, to explain this or that. What can I write? I have a so limited knowledge of these topics in this deep perspective. Some things were told to me, and others I have always been advised to not talk about it. Let alone write about it on a blog: it could give rise to many misconceptions and misunderstandings. Just think that the epithet is given to Pandora - the Woman - as "Beautiful Evil", the poisoned gift ("Gift of all the Gods") that the Divine gave to the humanity as a punishment.
The only thing I can do is to invite Cultores and Cultrices to read between the lines of the myth, to think about its deeper meanings. I can only emphasize that this myth at the end describes the human condition in an intermediate level between the Divine and the animals, the characteristic of humanity to fluctuate between cunning and stupidity (Prometheus and Epimetheus), the definition of the basic rites, the birth of civil institutions (eg. the marriage), the role of the agricultural practices, the fact that everything related to humanity is precarious and requires support (human fire and Divine Fire), etc ...
But the thing that maybe is more useful to highlight is how this myth is focused on the idea of "hiding", to "conceal", the deception of appearances. We live in a world where good and evil are intimately linked and hidden inside each other. As the yin and yang the benefits are hidden and intersected in evil and vice versa. Nature appears in this way to humanity: there is a veil of deception, of illusion that makes us unable to see what is behind the reality.
Wisdom (in the deepest and authentic sense of the term) is the only way to dispel appearances and being able to distinguish the "real" reality without falling into deception.
We have to remain along the Via.