Mythology and the Human Condition
Mythology tells us much about the human condition. The ancient Gods once played an important part in the lives of our ancestors.
Modern day psychology suggests that the powers and activities of these Gods are simply the inner powers of the individual, disowned and projected into their outer environment. With the growth of Identity Consciousness (IC), there perhaps comes a realisation of this situation and a reclaiming of these powers.
Whether or not this is the case, mythical symbols can be extremely valuable in identifying and giving colour to the various attributes of the human being discussed and described by our model. Attributes which we will now expand upon.
The Sun God and the Human Spirit
By definition your spirit, or Fire Body, exists entirely in the Universe of Fire. Your spirit is the central facet of your being since without it you have no energy or will to motivate you to undertake the actions necessary to establish yourself in existence as a distinct individual.
In a way your spirit is like an inner sun around which the rest of your being revolves, and like the ancient Sun God who drove his chariot across the sky, your spirit causes your energies to rise at the start of the day, reach a peak and then decline into sleep at the end of the day.
At night when we look upwards at all the different stars, or other sun gods in the sky, we see an infinite variation in terms of their size, brightness, energy output, age, etc. In the same manner each individual's spirit, although composed of the same material as every other, is of a different quality.
Thus we might see someone who is intensely involved with all that happens around them and whose light shines like a bright beacon attracting, warming and illuminating those who radiate at a lower intensity. Such people are the spiritual and temporal leaders of humanity.
Then we have the individual whose light is very dim and who gets involved with little outside of their own immediate concerns. That might be because they are still young, in which case the passage of time alone will ensure their light will grow. Or it might be that for whatever reason their spirit has been starved, and thus has never grown to its full potential.
We, however, must bear in mind that just as some are physically larger than others, there is as great a diversity in the size of our spirit bodies even when they are fully grown. Thus by analogy, we get people who are capable of contending for the world heavyweight boxing championship, but we also get those who are flyweights. Each has their own attributes and abilities, and we must beware using value judgement when comparing them.
Just as an occasional physical giant is born, so does there sometimes come into manifestation those who are the spiritual giants of humanity, the Buddas, the Christs etc. There is no point in wasting energy comparing yourself to them, they are what they are, and you are what you are. Your aim can be full expression of your innate abilities, but it is foolishness to attempt to measure them against the abilities of others, they are different.
The Moon Goddess and the Human Soul
In mythology the Moon Goddess is often considered to be the Archetype of the Soul. She rules the night and the seas. She is the partner of the Sun God even though her nature is completely opposed to his. He is bright, hot, active, robust and obvious. She is dark, cool, reactive, sensitive and mysterious.
As indicated previously your soul, or Water Body, exists entirely in the Universe of Water, it is your feeling nature and tells you of the quality of an experience, ie whether it was intense or gentle, pleasant or unpleasant. It gives value judgements without morality when differentiating between good and bad. Your feelings bring colour, sensitivity and meaning to your life, and by their very nature they are receptive and passive.
Although the Water Universe has within it no boundaries or form, we will assume for the sake of description that our individual Water Bodies do have boundaries and thus have an independent existence within that world.
Healthy Souls Flow
A soul can be compared to a jelly fish in that when healthy it moves and flows with the waves and currents it encounters. If we withdraw the light of consciousness from it, as many of us are forced in childhood to do, like water deprived of warmth it can turn to ice. When this happens it is incapable of flowing with the changes that are taking place in its environment, and we become cold, insensitive and uncaring of the emotional needs and sensibility of both ourselves and others.
Conversely, too much attention, whether our own or that of another, will cause it to overheat and change to steam. This produces the hysterical type of individual, and once again the soul is effectively rendered useless for its intended function.
Like our physical body our soul needs food, ie love, to ensure that it grows and develops, and if it is not cared for properly it can become emaciated and stunted. Emotional abuse can damage it as much as physical abuse can damage our Earth Body, and if we are subject to either we can become emotionally crippled and incapable of establishing and sustaining true relationships. Luckily if properly treated this condition can usually be more easily rectified then the straightening of a broken and twisted physical body.
Just as we are able to reach out and touch another physically, so can we reach out emotionally to touch and be touched by another. With deep contact boundaries dissolve, merging occurs, and we become as one with the other. This merging is the definition of emotional love, and the reason why the loss of a loved one through death or separation is so painful. The separation does indeed involve the tearing asunder of a part of our being.
Uranus the Sky God, and the Human Mind
The mythological Uranus is the god of the skies. He is a dry analytical being who gives no consideration to anything other than hard cold fact when deciding how he will react to the actions and transgressions of his fellow gods and subject human beings.
Your mind, or Air Body, exists entirely in the Universe of Air, and can be compared to a tornado or whirlwind. Now a tornado is apparently a self contained entity that moves within the atmosphere and has a being separate to that of which it is a part, however, the only thing that distinguishes it from its surroundings is the fact that it is in motion. It is a process and not an object in its own right.
We stated earlier that an idea is like a breeze in the Universe of Air. It can, therefore, be seen that a mind is nothing more than a collection of ideas running in circles each playing with and feeding off of the others. The more they do this the faster they spin and the more real does the mind thus created appear both to itself and to others. This whirlwind can be moved and directed by external breezes or ideas, but is effected less and less by them as its self induced motion becomes more powerful. At the limit it becomes almost a solid object at which point external ideas have little impact upon it, and it is incapable of recognizing anything which it cannot explain within its own terms of reference.
Mind ranges in its manifestation from the first gentle breezes of intuition which exist only in the upper stratosphere through to the tornados and tempests which hurt themselves against the rocks of materiality as rational thought.
Saturn the God of the Underworld and the Human Physical Body
Your physical or Earth body and its processes are the day to day reality with which you live. In a sense life in the physical world or Earth Universe, can be equated with life in the Underworld described by mythology. Within that realm, an area ruled by Saturn or Satan, the tortured soul was forced to carry out and continually repeat painful, difficult, and often mindless tasks as penalty for transgressions or sins committed against the wishes of the Gods.
Within the context of our model, the Gods of course represent aspects of yourself, and so, if you are living in hell on earth it is because you are behaving in ways that are contrary to the needs of your own nature.
Now as mentioned previously the beliefs concerning reality that our parents and culture have helped us to ingest as we were growing up are the factors that limit our perceptions and bind us to a limited existence. We can term these beliefs our self image, and since we are trained from birth to limit our experience of reality to the processes that parents and culture deem to be truth, we can truly say that by the time we are adults our cultural self image does indeed rule over us.
We have permitted it and its limitations to define who we are and the extent to which we can utilise our abilities and perceptions, and this usually means we can never perceive ourselves to be anything more that a material body with five senses.
By accepting this definition we keep ourselves in a state of unconsciousness, ie in hell, and we will remain there until we throw aside untrue belief patterns.
Our self image, however, strives to prevent this, and its major weapon in the battle is the conscience. Conscience is the disciplining aspect of our self image, it is an external control forced upon us, supposedly for our own benefit, by our parents and teachers and is aimed at preparing us for our role in society. It is a code of conduct and set of beliefs which we have internalized which are not necessarily in tune with our inner natures.
Conscience makes us behave in ways which we were told are acceptable to others and to God, and we eventually come to accept its dictates without question. In fact we quite often treasure it as being the most valuable part of our adult being. Yet it is an alien introjection which was grafted into our psyche by parents we loved and trusted, or forced upon us by threats of violence, it is not a true part of us.
The self image within which we live can be equated to the underworld or Hades described in the mythological legends, and the conscience is the senior devil. Because of this we have a responsibility to ourselves as adults to constantly re-examine everything we have ever been taught concerning proper conduct, God's will etc. If we do this we will discover that most of what we were and are told, was and is, not understood by those doing the telling. They are simply passing down the prejudices and superstitions with which they were indoctrinated as children.
If these rules are harsh enough they might force us to behave in ways which make life so unpleasant that we must, for our own salvation, make our limiting behaviour conscious and modify it. When this happens our self image, our internalised Satan or Saturn, can be likened to a strict school master who over steps the mark and brings forth rebellion from his pupil. Such rebellion is not sin, but your chance for greater freedom, grab at it with both hands.