Medusa-Caravaggio (Uffizi)

The head of the Hesperide Medusa on the shield of Athena. One of Medusa's severed heads became Pegasus but the other became the monster Chrysaor.

Pink Headed Reed Snake2

Non-venomous Pink Headed Reed Snake

Héraldique meuble Pommier

The immortality-giving Golden (glittering/glowing) "apples" of the Hesperides

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Every religion is true one way or another. It is true when understood metaphorically. But when it gets stuck in its own metaphors, interpreting them as facts, then you are in trouble.

-Joseph Campbell


ir-os = eros = eyes many
ir-on = orion = eyes great
ir-on-os = ouranos = eyes great many

cheir-os = chrys-aor = hands many (cf. gold)
cheir-on = chiron = hands great
cheir-on-os = chronos = hands great many

di-os = zeus = many heads
di-on = dione = great heads (cf. Zion)
di-on-os = dionysus = many great heads