The reason I'm writing about the Battle of the Titans is because I'm reading a journal article by Helen Palmer and Virginia Wiltse on the connection between ancient astronomy and the Enneagram. Palmer was supposed to come out with a book about the connection between ancient astronomy and the Enneagram a few years ago, and I inquired about it again a couple months ago, and it hasn't been published yet. There definitely is a lot to take in in the groundbreaking 2011 article.
It appears that ancient Hermetic-- and eventually Christian and Sufi-- philosophers saw a connection between human spiritual development and the mythical stories behind the "heavenly bodies", the planets. The Christian mystic, Evagrius Ponticus (b. 345 AD)- who was also a neo-Pythagorean (Greek with Egyptian scholarship)- saw the planets as having certain qualities, whose transits and mythology were ordained by God to teach us about our own personal development. They definitely believed back then that the outer cosmos was a macrocosm for our inner cosmos.
So in these three blog posts, I'm exploring the relationships that Palmer sees between certain planetary gods in the Golden Age and the Enneagram symbol.
So is it possible that Western civilization has lost its understanding of Greek mythology and how it relates to our own personal alchemy as human beings- how we grow and change? How we convert our own personal "base metals" into "noble metals"? Well yes, obviously. There are maybe a hand-full of people on earth who are conversant in this material.
So here's what's going on with those three triangles on the right. You'll see there's a triangle connecting Venus, Saturn, and the Sun. Of course, the Greeks associated the visible planets with their gods. So Venus, in its lust is connected with Type 8 and the goddess of the same name. Saturn, usually depicted with his sickle is connected with avarice, therefore Type 5, and the god of time, Kronus. The Sun, with its warmth (and, according to Evagrius, pride) is connected with Type 2, and the Goddess Helius.
Palmer and Wiltse's reasoning that these three are connected in the first triangle is because Saturn was the god who was primarily responsible for ushing in the golden age. Remember, he was the one who castrated his dad, Uranus, when four of his brothers held him down. When that junk came off Uranus, it landed in the sea and out of the sea emerged Venus. And one of those brothers who held down Uranus for the castration was Hyperion, the father of the sun.
OMG, this shit gets complicated, especially because this is only the golden age Enneagram- after the golden age, we have to bring in the redemptive vice-to-virtue process, which involves the moving of those lines (I think which explains why the symbol on the right doesn't look exactly like the modern symbol on the left). I can see how Helen Palmer's book isn't out yet.
I'll discuss the other two triangles in upcoming blog posts.