Greek mythology is one of the richest, most diverse and most widespread mythologies in the world. Today you will know one of the most widespread myths of Greek mythology that has permeated popular culture as well as being a symbol used in various human activities. Today we will know the myth of Pegasus, the winged horse.
Whether because of the creativity that the Greeks expressed in their myths or because Greece was the cradle of western civilization expressed today is expressed in at least 3 of the 5 continents (America, Oceania, Europe). The Greek culture and its mythology even greatly influences the other two remaining continents. Be that as it may, Greek mythology has much to offer us from mythology and show us how man understands the world.
Greek mythology reflects Greek society, its needs, dreams and limitations. The Greek Olympus, the equivalent of the Christian sky, is where the gods resided, but when we review a little more, Olympus is also the highest mountain in Greece. This tells us that because of the difficulty of access and its height, the Greeks conceived the gods where they could not reach. But there was someone who could reach and that was Pegasus, the winged horse.
The real version of Mount Olympus is 2919 meters high. It is the highest mountain in Greece and the largest natural reserve in Greece, full of beauties brought by God or the gods according to the religious tradition that is followed.
The winds on Mount Olympus are strong and the climate is relentless so the ancient Greeks there sheltered their gods. It could only be reached by magical means and there Pegasus ’ place enters the scene.
Pegasus is the only one, apart from the gods, who could come and go from Olympus. With its beautiful wings, Pegasus was capable of the protective mists of Olympus and overcome any obstacle. His wings freed him from the limits of humans and normal horses. For this Pegasus was very coveted because those who wanted to get to Mount Olympus wanted to climb on the back of the wonderful Pegasus.
The twelve Olimpians
In Olympus the main Greek gods took refuge, according to the tradition in general, they are considered to be 12 gods representing different facets of the human nature:
Zeus: God of thunder and “boss” of the gods. He achieved this place by dethroning Titan, his father, through the murder. Cronos was not an exemplary father either. He devoured his children to avoid being thrown from the throne.
Hera: Wife and sister of Zeus, goddess of marriage and family. Some say she was also the goddess of jealousy and “snakes” [ROLF].
Poseidon: God of the seas and brother of Zeus. He is also considered the god of horses, which will make him interesting for a future article.
Aphrodite: Goddess of love and beauty. Daughter of Zeus and Dione a granddaughter of the Titans. Although he married Hephaestus he had too many lovers.
Ares: God of war, is the son of Zeus and Hera. Also fond of his sister aphrodite.
The rest of the Olimpians
Athena: The virginal goddess of wisdom and strategy. Daughter of Zeus with Metis, a granddaughter of the Titans.
Hermes: God of rhetoric and commerce, also served as messenger of the gods. Son of Zeus with a nymph.
Apollo: God of the sun, is also associated with the arts and music. The fundamental symbol of Apollo is the sun. He is the son of Zeus with a daughter of the Titans named Leto.
Artemis: Goddess of virginity and hunting. Its fundamental symbol is the bow and arrow with which it was defended to remain a virgin. She is the twin of Apollo.
Hephaestus: God of fire. One of the few legal children between Zeus and Hera. Despite this they threw him out of the newborn Olympus.
Demeter: Daughter of Crono and Rhea, is the goddess of agriculture and fertility. One of the symbols to which it is most associated is wheat.
Hestia: Goddess of home, of order. She was the goddess who cared for Olympus when the gods went to battle.
Hades: In some myths Hades is considered to be within the 12 Olympians. In another cases, it is excluded from the twelve Olympians. The truth is that Hades is one of the most important gods. He is the god of the underworld and the dead. His kingdom waits for all those who leave the earth.
Greek mythology is full of symbols. So we can ask ourselves what does Pegaso mean?
The origin of Pegasus
Within Greek mythology it is common that these myths have different versions that were adapted to the times and to the symbolic necessity. Here we present the different versions of the birth of Pegasus.
Versions of the birth of Pegasus
The first version talks about Pegasus being the son of Poseidon and Medusa … No comments. On the other hand there is talk that Pegasus comes out of Medusa’s neck when Perseus beheads him after using his shield as a mirror to avoid looking directly into the eyes of Medusa, an interesting version. Following the line of thought of this last version, it is said that the blood shed by Medusa mojo and fertilized the earth until from it was born the winged horse Pegasus.
Likewise, the myth of Pegasus is associated with the waters near Mount Helicon. This myth tells that when Pegasus was born, he bucked with such force that caused an earthquake and from the cracks water flowed that ran everywhere making it a source of inspiration.
From this birth it is known that it was finally Bellerophontes who was its owner. Although some versions of the myth say that this was delivered to Bellerophontes by Athena. Other versions indicate that Pegasus was delivered to Belerefonte by Poseidon.
Bellerophontes and Pegaso
Bellerophontes and Pegaso were inseparable companions of adventure. Together they defeated the Amazons in endless battles. But his greatest achievement was the defeat of the Chimera. Monster of multiple heads, one of lion, one of goat and another of dragon, representing the most terrible beasts and evil (the head of a male goat represented the evil one). Each head vomited fire and it was thanks to Pegasus and Bellerophontes that the monster ceased to exist.
Such was the pride of Bellerophontes that went to his head and decided to go up to Olympus to claim his position but could never … Some stories say that Pegasus refused for fear of punishment from the gods, others say that for fear of killing Bellerophontes and the most picturesque speaks of Zeus sending a mosquito to bite Pegasus. Pegaso felt the bite turned and threw Bellerophontes to the ground leaving him on the ground forever thanks to his pride.
What does it mean to dream about Pegasus?
The horse is a symbol of freedom and dreaming of Pegasus is a symbol of absolute freedom. It is a powerful dream because it is tied to mythology and corresponds with a universal symbolism that links all human beings to the need for freedom.
Pegasus’s dream represents the desire for unlimited freedom beyond those imposed by the gods themselves. Also for the mythological and symbolic qualities of the horse and the Pegasus where nobility and purity play a very important role, the human being who decides to opt for climbing such a freedom must have these qualities and must be ready to release the ties that they hold him.
This dream is capable of recharging you with energy and it is a dream that can be followed but first we must cut with the chains that are oppressing us spiritually and mentally. Only in this way that freedom will not hurt us with feelings of guilt. Freedom always has its sacrifices.
Mythological dreams are universal, magical and powerful. If you dream about Pegaso, do not think you’re fantasizing, it means you need a change and it’s in your hands.
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