Monday, October 5, 2009

Ariadne's Clue...

When you read the story of the Minotaur, there is a lot of focus on the monster and the hero...Theseus. Yes, Theseus was a brave young man, who faced an enormous challenge facing a man-eating beast. But it was a woman who saved the day.

Okay, but just how did Theseus escape? You may remember Ariadne, the daughter of the King of Crete - who demanded human sacrifices every 7 years.

When Ariadne got a look at Theseus, she made a deal - she'd tell him how to escape the labyrinth if he promised to marry her.

He agreed, she ran off to Daedalus, the creator of the labyrinth - for a CLUE - and he suggested she give Theseus a ball of twine - to tie to the door and unwind the twine as he wandered the lair of the Minotaur.

Sure, Theseus was brave, he had a sword as one weapon - he killed the beast and used another weapon to win the task - the CLUE - winding the twine back to the door where Ariadne waited.

Whaddya know, they lived happily ever after - back in Greece. Except for the part where his father threw himself off a cliff into the aptly named Aegean sea.

This newest piece is inspired by the myth of the Minotaur and how BOTH Theseus and Ariadne were responsible for the end of the human sacrifice at Knossos.

It is a myth symbolizing our struggle to escape spiritual repression - the twine represents inner guidance. We must find our own golden thread - keep to our path in order to defeat our own Minotaur... using the weapons of thought and intuition - spirituality and reason.


Methods said...

You are work miracles...

paul said...

They didn't live happily ever after in Greece, I'm afraid. Theseus abandoned her on Naxos on the way home. That's gratitude for you.