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Posted on May 15th, 2018 by Don Cerow

Resetting the Tumblers

Our hypothesis in this series is that Homer’s books, the Iliad and the Odyssey, are astrological primers. Each work has 24 chapters, apparently linked to the 12 signs of the zodiac. In either work, chapter one equals Aries while chapter twelve finishes with Pisces. Chapter thirteen starts the whole cycle over again with Aries, chapter fourteen with Taurus, etc.

We’re up to chapter 13. It’s time to start over.

The God of War, Aries rules this sign. This is a cardinal FIRE sign, exuding confidence in their own strength and power.

The Goddess of War is Athena. She plays prominently in both chapters one and thirteen. In chapter one she is giving advice to Telemachus, the son of Odysseus. Sending him out to see if anyone had heard word of his father, whether alive or dead.

             Athena, her eyes flashing bright, exulted,                        (line 96)
‘Father, son of Cronus, our high and mighty king!
If now it really pleases the gods
that wise Odysseus shall return- home at last . . .

While I myself go down to Ithaca, rouse his son
to a braver pitch, inspire his heart with courage . . .

Next I will send him off to Sparta and sandy Pylos,
there to learn of his dear father’s journey home.

. . . so Athena vowed  . . . 

And from chapter thirteen, Odysseus has come full circle, back to where he began twenty years earlier. In each chapter, Athena assumes a disguise and lays out a plan. She has come to speak and strategize with his son in chapter one and with Odysseus himself in chapter thirteen.

But now Athena appeared and came toward him.                (line 252)
            She looked like a young man . . . a shepherd boy
yet elegant too, with all the gifts that come with sons of kings,
with a well cut cloak falling in folds across her shoulders . . .

. . . As his story ended,                                                                 (line 325)
            goddess Athena, gray eyes gleaming, broke into a smile
and stoked him with her hand, and now she appeared as a woman,
beautiful, tall and skilled at weaving lovely things.
Her words went flying straight toward Odysseus . . . 

Ah goddess,” the cool tactician countered,                              (line 354)
“you’re so hard for a mortal man to know on sight,
however shrewd he is- the shapes you take are endless!

Always the same, your wary turn of mind.”                          (line 372)
            Athena exclaimed, her glances flashing warmly.
“That’s why I can’t forsake you in your troubles-
you are so winning, so worldly-wise, so self-possessed!

To which Odysseus replies,

Come, weave me a scheme so I can pay them back.            (line 442)

            All plans made they went their separate ways . . .              (line 502)

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