By Phoenix of Elder Mountain – Elektra (Asteroid #130) of Mycenae is the daughter of Agamemnon and Clytemnestra, first mentioned by Aeschylus in Choephori. She and her brother Orestes killed their mother and her lover Aegisthus, for the murder of their father. In her later evolution, Electra is the daughter of Atlas and Poleon, daughter of the Ocean, or Ishonis, a sister of six sisters, all of whom were called the Pleiades. With the exception of Meropi, they all joined the gods (three with Zeus, two with Poseidon and one with Mars).
In the Italian variations of the myth Elektra is that she becomes the consort of the King of the Etruscans of Korithos and their children Dardanus and Iasius are born in Italy and then leave, one in Samothrace, the other in Troad. Later in her story Elektra and her sisters were beaten and abused. The Latinized form of Greek Ηλεκτρα (Elektra), derived from ηλεκτρον (electron) meaning “Amber”.
For the causes of transformation of the seven siblings, various reasons are given…
1. Taurus, Electra, is one of the Pleiades or Seven Sisters, a group of stars on the shoulder of the Bull. This star is clearly visible to the naked eye; yet Electra is the missing Pleiad. There is also another Pleiad, Merope, who is often considered “The Lost Pleiad.” The Pleiades, together with their mother Poleonis, hunted Orion the Hunter, who had hunted them for five years in Boeotia. Jupiter eventually transformed them first into pigeons and then into a Star.
2. Electra, although for at least two or three centuries had the title of a clearly visible star, and has been regarded as the Lost Pleiad from the legend that she withdrew her light in sorrow at witnessing the destruction of Ilium, which was founded by her son Dardanos,— as witness Ovid (43 bce -18 ce.) in the Fasti:
2. Electra Trojae spectare ruinas Non tulit ante oculos, opposuitque manum (It took the Ruins of Troy to look into her amber eyes and shielding hand); Hyginus wrote, left her place to be present at its fall, thence wandering off as a hair-star, or comet; or, reduced in brilliancy, settled down close to Mizar (in Ursa Major) as Alopex, the Fox, the Arabs’ Al Suha, and our Alcor (in Ursa Major).
In the Harleian Manuscript the word is written Electa. Ovid called her Atlantis, personifying the family. The Pirt-Kopan-noot tribe of Australia have a legend of a Lost Pleiad, making this the Queen of the other six sisters, beloved by their Heavenly Crow, our Canopus, and who, carried away by him, never returned to her home.
3. They felt deep sorrow for their father Atlas, condemned by Zeus to carry the sky on his shoulders.
3. Pleiada Elektra from whom the genus of the Trojan kings came, was very sorry for the fall of Troy because of Dardanus (Dardanus is son of Zeus and Electra, founder of the city of Dardania and the tribe of Dardans) which was completely lost. That’s why she was removed from her sisters, who were thought to have been taking the circle of stars dancing and then they ceased to shine.
Dardanus settled in the arctic circle and only occasionally could be seen in the year appearing in the celestial dome, with his hair turned and laughing. That’s why people called him a comet and or a fox.
ELEKTRA, ORESTES AND AURA
Asteroids (example in my family’s charts)
The myth of Elektra and her brother Orestes, relates to my own archetypal story of my families karma and its purification process. I looked up our Elektra, Aura and Orestes (asteroids were). The first chart is my wedding chart, which had Moon/Mars conjunct (a signature of my first born) and Sun/Mercury conjunct (a signature of my second born child). In my personal chart Elektra and Orestes are both at 29 Sagittarius (galactic center), conjunct my Mars/Saturn (21/22 Sag), square my moon. Aura is conjunct my Sun/Venus/Chiron.
In my son’s chart, Elektra is conjunct his Moon/Mars in Libra and no aspect to Aura; and Orestes is at his IC (conjunct my sun/venus/chiron). My daughter’s Elektra conjuncts her Uranus (exact) opposite Chiron; Orestes is opposite her Sun/Mercury conjunction. Aura is opposite her Saturn.
Elektra had married the cousin of Pylades, who was fraternal friend of her brother and were challenged because the Furies. Together her and her brother went to Tabriz (Iran), under the command of the Oracle “Iphigenia in Tauris” Euripides. From Elektra and Pylades marriage, were born two boys.
The Phoenician word Elēkrŏn, meaning ‘Shining Light’.” Clearly 2,500 years ago, its birth of the Shining Light is attributed to Goddess Elektra. Her story is the root of all civilization, humanity and culture with other goddesses of Illumination and the Night Light. I have always been interested in the wholeness and root of her shamanic and dreaming past, her cave life, her ancient art and rock art, and her reflection upon our lives today. Because they were before written languages and I focus on the values of what small pieces are left from prehistory as her root.
The name Elektra carries much about a Goddess (woman) herself, and her tales, more than words could ever express, from a past to build a kingdom against her.
In most Greek tales woman is either vindictive or a victim of men and their behaviors. To me, that is such a small part of and even though we live in a modern mind-cult world, extractions through our art, creativity, dance, song and rituals tell another tale of our archetypal past. We return to our root soul, to understand our world (mother earth), which sits deep within us, under layers and layers of karma and pain, and the much deeper patterns of our personal healing journey that can be extracted.
Latin electricus, from Latin electrum ‘Amber is from the Greek word ēlektron, because rubbing amber causes electrostatic phenomena. Being Slavic, amber is a sacred stone and has qualities that help add power to the subtle bodies.
Who is Elektra before and after the patriarch and why has she dissolved? She is who she has always been, the life force of electricity, the energy of friction that leads to illumination. Even Urania was given other attributes instead of electricity. Now with Uranus in Taurus, Uranis and Elektra play roles in our personal life in regards to changes. Electra is the being who causes the winds to move in any direction that she wishes. She is a life force of energy that fragments what is whole (within shadow) and destroys it.
My divorce was for truth, not only this lifetime but my karmic lifetimes and that had to be hit by the winds of Electra and I had to follow through. She is also associated with the human forces of Aerokenisis, Hydrokenisis, Electrokenisis and is equaled to the Thunder God but she is borth the thunder, the wind and lightning. This makes her a very powerful goddess of destruction and rebirth.
AURA – Avra or Avrig (Asteroid #1488)
Aura is the daughter of Perivia from Phrygia and Titan Lelanda. A divine personification of the Wind from the plural form, Aurae, “Breezes.” She is one of the daughters of the Anemoi and belonged to the circle of Artemis and shared with her the huntress experience. The most well-known Aurae is Chione; a daughter of Boreas (the North Wind); Chione is also a goddess of the Winter season and snow.
Auras association with horses puts her in the shamanic family of the “wind horse” which means she travels in-between the worlds and is not limited to the physical world. Aura as Chione is the goddess personification of snow and of winter; as the goddess of winter, she is often depicted accompanying the seasonal Horae; Thallo (Spring), Auxo (Summer), and Carpo (Autumn). Chione is an Aurae (the daughters of the Anemoi) and daughter of Boreas, the god of the North (wind), and Orithyia, the lady of mountain gales.
Aurae are also said to partially resemble Ghosts which makes her the positive side of the Banshee in the maiden aspect. She becomes part of the breeze or can prevent it. They appear to disappear into the air, which, along with the fact that they glide, is why they are often mistaken for Spirits of the Departed. They are also said to sometimes work with Aeolus, Master of Winds, and are the more gentle cousins of the Harpies.
Anemoi were wind goddesses and gods who were each ascribed a cardinal direction from which their respective winds came and were each associated with various seasons and weather conditions. The Anemoi Goddesses are the Aurae who are the Wind (but then later demoted to wind nymphs).
In later stories (5th century ce), Dionysus fell in love with her, but a lighter and free goddess (virgin), she refused him, and had the advantage of running like the wind and escaping his clutches. When Aura came to understand what Dionysus had done, she fell to the Sangarios River to die. Aura adorns one side of one of the two-sided reliefs of the pillars in the Archos or the Enchanted (Incantadas) in Thessaloniki (2nd century ce).
ORESTES (Asteroid #13475)
In Greek mythology, Orestes has several stories. His name means “mountain dweller” derived either from orestias “of the mountains” or oresteros “mountainous” from oros “mountain” was the name of the following:
Orestes, son of River God Achelous and Goddess Perimede, daughter of Aeolus. Orestes, the famous son of Agamemnon and Clytemnestra. Orestes, a Greek warrior slain by Hector and Ares during the Trojan War. Orestes, a Trojan soldier who attacked the Achaean wall together with Asius and was killed by Leonteus, a Lapith leader. Orestes, one of the leaders of the Satyrs who joined the army of Dionysus in his campaign against India.
A lot of the stories that involve Orestes and his purification after he murders his mother:
According to Euripides, the mother-in-law will suffer, until exhausted, by the Erinids. Elektra supports him, but can not soften the attack that Orestes receives from his remorse. Aristotle’s natural aversion to the murder of the mother is convened by Orestes’ grandfather and father, Clytemnestra Tynareos. The possible punishment that will be imposed on them by the tribunal to try them is death by stoning, so that no Argos will be infected by contact with the two siblings, who put their hopes on their uncle Menelaus who had just flown with the ships In Nafplio.
The first concern of the Spartan king is to send Eleni to the palace of Agamemnon, to protect her from the possible vengeance of a father who would like to avenge the death of his son in Troy for her sake. In the supplications of the two brothers he stands reluctant, let alone thinking that Orestes may be extinguished in Argos. He only promises to claim the Grace’s grace, but he did not do it at the time of the trial.
The Argives decide the death of the two brothers, but with their own hands. Following the suggestion of Pyladi, and then another of Elektra, Orestes decides to enter the palace and kill Helen or start a fire in the palace; then they capture Hermione and threaten her father so that he, in turn, asks the Argives to let them go.
It is Apollo, who, by order of Zeus, saves Helen from the swords of her two friends, raises her to the ethers, where Eleni will live immortally beside her brothers Dioskouros, keeping them in their work to protect the sea travelers. Apollo will resolve the impasse as the two friends and Elektra hold Captain Ermioni, blackmailing Menelaos for his mediation to the Argives, and deciding to burn the palace.
The god announces the fate of Eleni, orders Orestes to stay exiled in Arcadia for a year, then to go to Athens where he will be tried by the gods and will be acquitted. The final order concerns the marriage of Orestis and Pyladi, with Ermioni and Elektra. Thus, the culprit is again in the social system, cleansed of crime and offering offspring,
Orestes and Iphigenia – With Iphigenia in Tauris , Euripides adds another chapter to Orestes’ treatment of the madness of guilt. According to an oracle that Orestes took, he would have to bring the statue of the goddess Artemis from Tauris. But:
“[…] And the people over Artemis glorify the Tavriotissa. And when the feast is celebrated, when the priest celebrates for his slaughter, he has been called a priest by swording a man’s throat and spoiling him for the grace for the pilgrimage of the goddess. “(Euripides, Iphigenia in Taurus , 1456-1461) .
Both Pyladies and Orestes were imprisoned to be sacrificed to the goddess. However, Iphigenia had the opportunity to ask strangers for her homeland and thus to be recognized. As soon as they were informed of the purpose of their journey, Iphigenia was engineered to allow Orestes to take the statue of Artemis from Tauris and take it to Attica, to escape from the sacrifice and to make it all together -Arestes, Pyladis, Ifigeneia – to return to their homeland.
Marriage and death – Engaged by Agamemnon’s father and her cousin Ermioni, he had to kidnap her when he came back from Tavrida because Menelaos in Troy defaulted on his speech and gave his daughter to Neoptolemos. He even killed Neoptolemos in Delphi, at the invitation of Hermione. They captured a son, Tisameño, and reigned seventy years. He died ninety years ago and showed his tomb in Tegea, where he gave him divine honors after sending colonists to Asia Minor to restore the cities and their sanctuaries destroyed by the Trojan War. This is why he pillaged his kingdom shortly before he died. This last legend marks the decline of the Mynenean civilization and the beginning of colonization.
Electra in the memory of Agamemnon, Sir William Blake Richmond (British, 1842-1921); https://argolikivivliothiki.gr; Pottery representation from a white-red red peat of the 4th century BCE where Orestes, Hermes and Electra are depicted in the memory of Agamemnon, Museum of the Louvre, Paris; Orestes, Hermes and Electra Pottery;
The Aura. A marble statue depicting the Aura on the back of a horse is attributed to the sculptor Timothy, about 380 BC. It was the right cape of the western frontier of the temple of Asclepius in Epidaurus. Athens, National Archaeological Museum. Other art from http://www.greek-language.gr.
Orestes at Delphi flanked by Athena and Pylades among the Erinyes and priestesses of the oracle, perhaps including Pythia behind the tripod – Paestan red-figured bell-krater, c. 330 BCE; Orestes kills Clytemnestra.