Goddess Medusa  

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MEDUSA IS THE SERPENT GODDESS OF LIBYA; SHE IS ALSO KNOWN THROUGHOUT NORTH AFRICA AND CRETE. SHE WAS ONCE A BEAUTIFUL MAIDEN WHOSE MAGNIFICENT LONG HAIR WAS HER CROWNING GLORY. SHE WAS PURSUED BY MANY SUITORS, BUT WOULD HAVE NONE OF THEM. THEN, ONE DAY, SHE WAS WORSHIPING IN ATHENA'S TEMPLE, WHEN POSEIDON, THE HANDSOME, DARK-HAIRED LORD OF THE SEA, CAME UPON HER AND MADE LOVE TO HER. ATHENA WAS OUTRAGED AT THE DESECRATION OF HER TEMPLE. AND EVEN THOUGH IT HAD BEEN POSEIDON/NEPTUNE WHO DID THE RAVISHING, ATHENA LASHED OUT TO PUNISH MEDUSA. IN HER RAGE, SHE TURNED MEDUSA'S BEAUTIFUL TRESSES INTO SNAKES AND GAVE HER THE DESTRUCTIVE POWER OF TURNING ANYONE WHO LOOKED AT HER INTO STONE.

"SHE WAS THE VERY LOVELY ONE, THE HOPE OF MANY"AN ENVIOUS SUITOR, AND OF ALL OF HER BEAUTIES"HER HAIR MOST BEAUTIFUL--AT LEAST I HEARD SO"FROM ONE WHO CLAIMED HE HAD SEEN HER. ONE DAY NEPTUNE"FOUND HER AND RAPED HER"--FROM OVID'S METAMORPHOSES

MEDUSA STANDS FOR THE BALANCE WITHIN NATURE. SHE GUARDS THE THRESHOLDS OF THE EARTH, OF HEAVEN, AND OF THE UNDERWORLD. HER BLOOD WAS SAID TO HAVE THE POWER TO CREATE LIFE OR BRING DEATH. HER TOTEM IS THE SERPENT WHICH REPRESENTS THE ENDLESS CYCLE OF DEATH AND REBIRTH. SHE WAS ONCE CONSIDERED THE QUEEN OF THE AWESOME POWERS OF THE DARK MOON. SHE RULED OVER THE MYSTERIES OF SEX AND WAS THE KEEPER OF THE FEMININE MYSTERIES.

THE MORTAL MEDUSA WAS ONE OF THE THREE GORGON SISTERS, THE OTHERS BEING STHENO AND EURYALE, BOTH IMMORTALS. THE GORGONS WERE SNAKE-HAIRED, WITH GLARING EYES, HUGE TEETH, AND GOLDEN WINGS. ORIGINALLY, THEY WERE SAID TO BE SEA GODDESSES, AND OF THE THREE, ONLY MEDUSA WAS MORTAL WHICH MADE IT POSSIBLE FOR PERSEUS TO COME AFTER HER HEAD. AND, IN ORDER TO SLAY HER, HE BEHELD HER IMAGE ON A BRAZEN SHIELD SO HE WOULD NOT BE TURNED TO STONE BY LOOKING AT HER, AND WITH HIS HAND, GUIDED BY ATHENA, HE BEHEADED HER. AND FROM HER SEVERED NECK SPRANG HER TWIN SONS BY POSEIDON--PEGASUS, THE WINGED HORSE WHO BECAME A SYMBOL OF POETRY AND CRYASOR, THE HERO OF THE GOLDEN SWORD AND FATHER OF KING GERYON OF SPAIN.

AND AS PERSEUS FLEW AWAY, A FEW DROPS OF MEDUSA'S BLOOD TRICKLED ONTO THE HOT AFRICAN SANDS...CAUSING AN OASES TO GROW IN THE DESERT.

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