Amber Elektra Ηλεκτρα & Aura Avra

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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, one with Mars).

In the Italian variations of the myth, Elektra becomes the wife 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, Elektra and her sisters were beaten and abused. The Latinized form of Greek Ηλεκτρα (Elektra), is derived from ηλεκτρον (electron) meaning “Amber”.

For the causes of transformation of the seven siblings, various reasons are given:

1. The Pleiades, together with their mother Poleonis, hunted Orion the Hunter, who hunted them for five years, in Boeotia. Jupiter eventually regretted them and transformed them first into pigeons and then into a star.  2. They felt deep sorrow for their father Atlas, condemned by Zeus to carry the sky on his shoulders.  3. They were deeply saddened by their sons, Yades, for the death of their brother Handa, who had snickered him. Pleiada Elektra, from whom the genus of the Trojan kings came, was very sorry for the fall of Troy, and because the genus of Dardanus’ son was completely lost. That’s why she was removed from her sisters, who were thought to have been taking the circle of star dancing and ceasing to shine. He settled in the arctic circle and only occasionally in the year appears in the celestial dome, with his hair turned off and laughing. That’s why people called it a comet or a fox.

Electra in the memory of Agamemnon Sir William Blake Richmond (British 1842-1921)Elektra siblings were her brother Orestis , and two sisters, Iphigenia and Chrysosthemis. The myth of Elektra begins with the Trojan War, when Eleni, wife of King Menelaus of Sparta and her sister Clytemnestra, flew to Troy with the prince of Paris, the Greeks decided to campaign against Troy and bring Eleni back. Agamemnon, brother of Menelaus, was chosen as the commander of the Greek forces.

Before the Greeks could sail for Troy, a saint told Agamemnon that he would have to sacrifice his Daughter of Iphigenia to the goddess Artemis, for the fleet would be destroyed by the winds. Artemis received the daughter as a priestess, and the Greek fleet started for Troy. Clytemnestra, who was defeated by the loss of Iphigeneia, never forgave her husband. As long as Agamemnon was fighting in Troy, Clytemnestra and her husband’s cousin, Aegisthus, became lovers, but Elektra remained loyal to her father and longed for her return.

After ten years of fighting between the Greeks (Achaeans) and the Trojans, Troy was finally defeated, Agamemnon returned triumphant to Mycenae, but did not return alone. As a war lord he had taken Cassandra, the daughter of the king of Troy, Priam. Within a few hours of his return to the palace, according to some versions of the myth, Clytemnestra, Elektra’s mother, with Aigitus murdered Agamemnon and Cassandra.

Clytemnestra then planned to kill Orestes, but Elektra secretly arranged for her young brother to be sent to the kingdom of Phocis where he was raised safely. Betrayal and revenge was the story of this family. For many years afterwards, Elektra was in mourning from her father’s death and avenging revenge. When Orestes matured, he learned about the way his father was killed, and he started for Mycenae with his cousin and friend Pillades. When the two men arrived at the palace, they were disguised as travelers to go unnoticed. They claimed to have brought the ashes of dead in a hydra.

ELEKTRA, ORESTES AND AURA Asteroids (example in my family’s charts) 

The myth of Elektra and her brother, relates as an archetypal story of my own families karma and its purification. I look up my chart and my two children’s charts to see where Elektra, Aura and Orestes (asteroids were). The first chart is my wedding chart, which had Moon/Mars conjunct and Sun/Mercury conjunct in the eighth house, which are both signatures in my children’s birth chart.

In my 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 (where I caused karma), opposite Uranus (involved with four other planets in that T-Square).

In my son’s chart, Elektra is conjunct his Moon/Mars in Libra and no aspect to Aura; but 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.

671aa-ceb7cebbceb5cebacf84cf81cf83cebfcf86cebfcebacebbObviously the death I had experienced from my divorce was not only that event but my karma as well. It effected my children greatly as all divorces do, but our was lifetimes in the making, and that anger brought a great rejection of me as their mother (Pisces Moon in the 4th house).

My children became so angry at me in their youth, then their teens and all of their twenties, for leaving their father and them. Even though it was because my intense shamanic initiations would lead me to my deaths, they didn’t want to live with me at all after my divorce. This was one of my first personal deaths as a mother of two young children and broke my heart.

We had all experienced a very tragic Pluto influence in our family (all four of us with Scorpio Rising and a 4th house Aquarian cusp. Our story was the Elektra and Orestes (my children) who would deliver the woundings to me, that would eventually help heal me through rejection. The supercharged of otherworldly energy of Elektra and the involvement of the family scenario, brought intense deaths and rebirths to all of us, cutting the chords to the past life karma in which we were all, as a family, to heal.

You learn a lot about your karma first hand, when its delivered that way through twenty five years of pain, at least the very personal relationships of the inner circles of your life. Elektra being located in the galactic center of 29 Sagittarius, meant that there was no fixing this situation, there was only the journey to the other side and all the way through each part of the disasters. Eventually there was a slow reconciliation starting about half way through the destruction, and I kept building a bridge to my children, through the path of forgiveness with healthy boundaries and so too with their father. We all have a good relationship now, but it was a rough Scorpion path, for a long time. 

Ορέστης και Ηλέκτρα
Ορέστης και Ηλέκτρα – Elektra and Orestes

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.

Orestes, Hermes and ElectraThe 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 has dissolved? She is who she has always been, the life force of electricity, the energy of friction that leads to illumination. 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.

She is also associated with the human forces of Aerokenisis, Hydrokenisis, Electrokenisis and is equaled to the Thunder God but is both thunder and lightning.

Aura is the divine personification of the breeze, from the plural form, Aurae, Breezes

AURA – Avra or Avrig (Asteroid #1488)

Aura is the daughter of Perivia from Phrygia and Titan Lelanda. A divine personification of the breeze, 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.

Aura,Aurae are also said to partially resemble Ghosts, and can become 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 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 cORESTES (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.

Orestes kills Clytemnestra.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 his sister ElektraOrestes 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. 

220px-Las_Incantadas_Louvre_Aura velificans caryatid from the agora of Thessalonica (late 2nd–early 3rd century)
Sources:

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.

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