Author: Claude De Warren

Genealogical diagrams

The first diagram shows the overall architecture. The two that follows present syntheses of the two great spiritual paths: that of the ascent of the plans of consciousness or “spiritualization” of the being (Iapetus) and that of the “psychisation” (Oceanos).

  • For simplification purposes, number of minor characters mentioned in the texts have not been indicated. Also, to simplify the presentation, the meaning of the characters was rarely indicated under the names.
  • Only the main ascendants were mentioned. Other variants and ancestries are clarified in the text.
  • The numbers indicated after the names refer to the corresponding diagrams. Roman numerals, alone or before the names, indicate successive alliances. Names noted in bold type are the ones of the most important characters.
  • The sign ~ indicates union (regardless of its type: marriage, long-lasting or punctual union, etc.)
  • The homonymous names are not differentiated. The ancient masters of wisdom indeed used the same name for characters appearing in different lineages when they wanted to introduce the same symbolic content, possibly with various degrees of intensity. The reader who wishes to differentiate them can refer to Carlos Parada’s work : Genealogical Guide to Greek mythology.

List of diagrams


Family trees – General Synthesis General

Family tree of Japet – Ascent of planes of consciousness

Family tree of Oceanus – Purification and liberation

Gaia and Tartarus – Family tree 1

Iris, the Harpies and the Gorgon Medusa – Family tree 2 – Vital evolution

The Titans – Family tree 3

Helios, Circe and Medea – Family tree 4

Leto, the Fates and the Muses – Family tree 5

Hecate, Boreas and Zephyr – Family tree 6

Atlas and Prometheus – Family tree 7

Pleiades – Family tree 8

Leda, Meleager, Deianira and Diomedes – Family tree 9

Aeolus – Family tree 10

Sisyphus and Bellerophon – Family tree 11

Jason – Family tree 12

Penelope and Helen – Family tree 13

Odysseus – Family tree 14

Tantalus and Agamemnon – Family tree 15

Priam, Hector and Paris – Family tree 16

Gods of Olympus – Family tree 17

Olympian complementary gods – Diagram 18

Styx and the Sirens – Family tree 19

Lapiths and Centaurs – Family tree 20

Inachus – Family tree 21

Dionysus and Oedipus – Family tree 22

Europa and Minos – Family tree 23

Perseus and Heracles – Family tree 24

Achilles and Ajax – Family tree 25

Daedalus, Icarus and Theseus – Family tree 26

Atalanta – Family tree 27

Argolid kingdoms – Diagram 28

Seers in Greek Myhtology – Family tree 29

Seers in Greek Myhtology – Family tree 29

Seers in Greek Myhtology - Family tree 29

FAMILY TREE 29 – FAMOUS SEERS

The genealogies appearing above present the different categories of soothsayers or seers involved in Greek mythology and which correspond to different stages of the seeker’s progress.

Melampous “he who has black feet” received from Apollo his gift of prophecy and was initiated into the language of birds. He belongs to the descendants of Cretheus and therefore to the ascent of the planes of consciousness (cf. Family tree 12). He is a contemporary of Jason. It is therefore about mental divinations, intuitions from the mind at the beginning of the path. His descendants express particularities of this mental intuition and of the understanding of the signs that life gives. His descendants are studied in the page ” THE FIRST FIVE CHILDREN OF AEOLUS: SISYPHUS AND HIS SON BELLEROPHON, ATHAMAS, MAGNES, SALMONEUS AND CRETHEUS“.

Idmon and Calchas – who is sometimes presented as a grandson of Idmon – are more linked to psychic divinations, Idmon being presented as a son of Apollo. They would therefore represent the perception of righteousness: right feeling, right speech and right act. However, as Idmon only intervenes in the quest for the Golden Fleece by Jason and the Argonauts, that is to say at the beginning of the path, we can deduce that it is an emerging perception. This intuition, moreover, quickly disappears due to a lack of purification of vital energies: Idmon is killed by a boar.

Phinea also represents the intuitions at the beginning of the path from which the seeker cannot derive any profit: the Harpies steal all the excellent food he receives in thanks for his predictions.

These soothsayers are studied in more detail on the page ” JASON AND THE GOLDEN FLEECE“.

Tiresias is the seer of Thebes, a city symbol of the purification of the chakras at an advanced stage of the spiritual path.

Calchas had to admit that the grandson of Tiresias, Mopsos, was a much greater soothsayer than him: indeed, the purification of the seeker (everything in its right place, which avoids mixing) is much more advanced in myths related to Thebes than that carried out at the time of the quest for the Golden Fleece.

With Cassandra, daughter of Priam, these are intuitions and visions resulting from the access of the seeker to the plane of the illumined mind but which the seeker does not yet trust: nobody listens to Cassandra who is an heroine of the Trojan War.

Proteus is an “old man of the sea” with the gift of prophecy and the power to transform himself. These are therefore intuitions and perceptions from the depths of the vital which relate to very advanced yoga. Proteus appears mainly in the Odyssey.

Argolid kingdoms – Diagram 28

Argolid kingdoms - Diagram 28 - Greek mythology

FAMILY TREE 28 – THE KINGS OF ARGOS, TIRYNS, MYCENAE AND SPARTA

The different genealogies listed above outline the progress of the seeker of truth.

This progression is described in detail on the page “PERSEUS AND THE GORGON MEDUSA; INTRODUCTION TO THE FIRST SIX LABOURS OF HERACLES”.

In the first phase, the kingdom of Argolis is the most important. Argos “white, shiny” is the symbol of one who works for purity in the sense of “everything in its right place”. The essential element of the quest then is the process of purification in the line of Inachus “the evolution of concentration” or “the evolution of the gathering of the elements of the being towards the same goal”. First of all, it consists of an in-depth work on fears with Perseus.

When this work is accomplished, the throne of Argos passes into the hands of Megapenthes “great compassion” who is also king of Tiryns “the evolution of a just movement towards the spirit”. The paths of ascension in the planes of consciousness and of purification / liberation are then brought together.

The quest then includes three distinct movements which advance in parallel without being really interconnected.

– the work of compassion and ascension in the planes of consciousness with Megapenthes

– the development of sensitivity and intuition with Melampous

– the development of strength (Bias), endurance (Talaos) and consecration or “surrender” (Adrastos).

The thrones of Argos and Tiryns will ultimately pass through the hands of the branch of “divine intoxication” (Oineus) to Diomedes “the one who consecrates himself to the divine”.

In parallel, rapid growth continues with “great inner strength” resulting from liberation. Indeed, after having yielded the throne of Argos, Perseus founded Mycenae “rapid growth” for a thorough work of purification: Eurystheus “a vast inner force”, king of Mycenae, demanded of Heracles the realization of the twelve labours with a view to liberation.

The throne of Mycenae was then transferred to the line of the Atrides, the line of “aspiration”, which will ensure the great overthrow of yoga (the Trojan War). To the inner strength is then added a powerful aspiration.

It is Agamemnon’s grandson, Tisamenos “the one who does what he has to do” who will finally unite the kingdoms of Mycenae “what is growing rapidly”, Tiryns “the evolution of a just movement towards ‘spirit’, Argos ‘purification’ and Sparta ‘what arises after being sown’, or ‘the new’.

Atalanta – Family tree 27

Atalanta - Family tree 27 - Greek mythology

FAMILY TREE 27 – THE ROYAL LINEAGE OF ARCADIA: ATALANTA

The myths which have come down to us do not give the ancestry of Lycaon “nascent light (that which is obtained in the lower nature as a result of purification)”, father of Callisto “the most beautiful”, that is to say “The most true”. There is even often confusion with a Pelasgian Lycaon which concerns the very beginnings of the path. However, the very name of his son Arcas “the one who resists, who stands firm (the one who endures)” as well as that of his wife Léaneira “the one who is free from attachment”, descendant of the Pleiad Taygete representing the plan of the “Intuitive mind” (cf. Family tree 8) positions this line at a very advanced stage of the path.

This line is described in detail in the page “THE ROYAL LINEAGE OF ARCADIA: ATALANTA

Arcas had two sons:

– Elatos “adaptability” to new situations, to the movement of becoming.

– Aphidas “the one who decides”, symbol of the seeker who advances quickly on the path, who does not dwell on situations which he feels hold him back.

The latter had a son, Aleos “the one who works for the liberation” and a daughter Stheneboea “a powerful incarnation”. The latter married Proitos “the one who puts forward the consciousness on the higher planes” which is among the ancestors of Heracles

Aleos himself had three children:

– Auge “bright light”: after Megara and Deianira, Heracles had a long affair with this heroine whom he had seduced or even raped when coming to recover the horses of Laomedon. She gave him a son Telephos “the light in the distance”.

– Kepheus “the head” or “the mind”: he had a daughter Sterope “a vision extended and through lightnings”.

– Lykurgus “one who passionately desires light”. He joined Cleophyle “a glorious order” or Eurynome “great accuracy” which gave him four sons among whom:

– Amphidamas “everything related to mastery”

– Iasos “he who heals” or “heals himself”.

The latter is the father of Atalanta who embodies the achievement of “equality” in the sense given by Sri Aurobindo. This heroine took part in the Calydon boar hunt which concerns the purification of the low vital (Cf. THE CALYDONIAN BOAR HUNT). His son Parthenopaios “one who has a virgin vision”, that is to say who is free from any opinion and any preference, is one of the attackers of Thebes, that is to say that he participated to the purification of one of the centers of consciousness or chakras.

Daedalus, Icarus and Theseus – Family tree 26

Daedalus, Icarus and Theseus - Family tree 26 - Greek mythology

FAMILY TREE 26 – THE LEGENDARY KINGS OF ATHENS

The goddess Athena represents a spiritual force which ensures that humanity reaches a complete development and a perfect mastery of the external being (mental, vital and body) by the growth of the inner being. It therefore represents the inner master. It integrates both the progression in the ascent of the planes of consciousness and the path of purification towards total liberation.

Athens, as a city, is the structure that supports this progression. It therefore represents the organization of yoga or sâdhanâ that the seeker sets up for this purpose, more or less consciously. The kings of Athens are the most important elements as the seeker progress.

Their succession is described in detail on the page “EUROPA, THESEUS AND THE MINOTAUR, DAEDALUS AND ICARUS“.

The first three kings represent the period before entering the path. They lay the foundations. With the two following kings, the seeker of Truth enters the spiritual path more or less consciously and takes for goal “the exact action” or “the act which is born from within”.

The reigns of the sixth, seventh and eighth kings are marked by the encounter of the “master” and / or the discovery of the personal path. The eighth king, Pandion II “the one who gives everything to achieve union in consciousness with the Real” represents the part of the seeker eager to devote everything to the quest. However, he was ousted from the throne by one of his nephews. It is this usurpation of the direction of the quest by the analytical mind in the service of the ego which allows the birth and development of a serious spiritual deviance justified by a magnificent mental construction which absorbs everything in its system (the Minotaur enclosed by Daedalus in the labyrinth). This error will lead to a temporary weakening of the forces devoted to the quest (the tribute imposed by Minos to Athens).

The son of Pandion, Aegeus, ninth king of Athens, celebrated the Panathenaic Games, symbol of the seeker who devotes “all” (Pan) to the quest (Athens).

The tenth king, son of the precedent, is Theseus “the conscience turned inward (or which acts from within)”. He is the great purifier at the beginning of the path and he is he who will overcome the deviance illustrated by the Minotaur.

The last two kings of Athens for whom there are few reliable myths are treated in the page “THE LAST FEATS OF THESEUS”.

Achilles and Ajax – Family tree 25

Achilles and Ajax - Family tree 25 - Greek mythology

FAMILY TREE 25 – OCEANOS: THE LINE OF ASOPIDS

The line from the Asopos River is one of the major lines from Oceanos and therefore relates to the purification / liberation process.

The name Asopos, like that of his wife Metope, is related to “the vision”. It means “the one who sees the mud” and represents the yoga work that plunges into the quagmires of the subconscious and the unconscious.

This line is described in detail in the page “THE LINEAGE OF ASOPOS: ACHILLES”.

Recall that this line can be continued by a woman, Aegina, because she is fertilized by Zeus and that no author mentions Actor as being the father of Aeacus.

Aeacus “the opening of consciousness” embodies a new impulse given by the superconscious to the “need for evolution”, impulse towards a return to bodily consciousness.

Aeacus was “the most pious of all the Greeks”, and also “the best in combat as well as in counseling”: he therefore symbolizes the most advanced seeker in the three yogas, that of Devotion (he is the most pious), that of Knowledge (the best in advice) and that of Works (the best in combat).

Eaque having found himself alone on an island, Zeus then transformed all the ants into men and women, creating the Myrmidon people “the ants”: this story would indicate a new attention paid to the tiny movements of consciousness under the impulse of the supraconscious as well as a thorough purification capacity, ants being the great cleaners. Aeacus had two sons: Telamon, father of the great Ajax “the highest consciousness that penetrates into being”, and Peleus.

As fate had revealed that Thetis, daughter of Nereus “the old man of the sea”, would give birth to a child more powerful than his father, Zeus and Poseidon agreed to unite her with a mortal, Peleus “the one who works in mud “.

Thetis gave birth to Achilles and tried to purify the deadly part of the child by plunging him at night in the fire, but Peleus took fright and stopped the process. She then returned to her kingdom of the deep sea.

Achilles will be one of the main actors in the Trojan War.

Perseus and Heracles – Family tree 24

Perseus and Heracles - Family tree 24 - Greek mythology

FAMILY TREE 24 – OCEANOS: THE LINE OF BELOS

The line of Belos in which the great heroes Perseus and Heracles appear is a branch of ” Inachus – Family tree 21“, which describes a line from the son of Oceanos, Inachus, and therefore concerns the process of purification / liberation. Inachus, let us recall, embodies “the evolution of concentration (of the seeker)” or “the evolution of the process of bringing together the different parts of the being” around the psychic being.

The branch listed above is described in detail on the following pages:

PERSEUS AND THE GORGON MEDUSA; INTRODUCTION TO THE FIRST SIX LABOURS OF HERACLES

INTRODUCTION TO THE SIX FINAL LABOURS OF HERACLES

– In the twelve pages where the Labours of Heracles are studied (see the tab “Greek Myths Interpretation” to access these pages)

LATEST ACHIEVEMENTS OF HERACLES

It describes the achievements necessary for liberation.

Perseus being the great-grandfather of Heracles, the victory which he gained on the Gorgon and which is the symbol of a progressive victory over fears, is like a leitmotif which oversees all the Labours. For the seeker must successively overcome his fears in the mind, in the vital and then in the body. The last fears are uprooted when the seeker reaches the deep layers of consciousness represented by the Graeae. Between the three of them, they had only one eye and one tooth that they passed in turn, symbols of the first glimmers of consciousness and the rudiments of archaic memories.

Perseus had several sons, including:

– Electryon, the one who is like “amber”, symbol of an advanced stage of purification, father of Alcmene and therefore grandfather of Heracles.

– Sthenelos “the one who works for a powerful liberation”, the father of Eurystheus “a great (inner) force” the fourth king of Mycenae. The latter is the one who sets the transformations in motion by demanding that Heracles carry out the Labours.

Europa and Minos – Family tree 23

Europa and Minos - Family tree 23 - Greek mythology

FAMILY TREE 23 – OCEANOS: THE LINE OF EUROPA AND MINOS

The family tree above is a branch of ” FAMILY TREE 21 – OCEANOS: THE INACHIDS “, which describes a line from the son of Oceanos, Inachus, and therefore relates to the process of purification / liberation. Inachus, let us recall, embodies “the evolution of concentration (of the seeker)” or “the evolution of the process of bringing together the different parts of being” around the psychic being.

The branch shown above relates more particularly to the descendants of Europa “a vast equilibrium” or “a vast vision”. (Remember that a line is continued by a woman if she is united with a god). It is described in detail in the page “EUROPA, THESEUS AND THE MINOTAUR, DAEDALUS AND ICARUS”.

Europa is very beautiful: she therefore represents a first “true” movement of purification of the external being which allows this enlarged consciousness to be contacted and fertilized by the higher plane of the spirit, Zeus. She had two children, Minos and Rhadamanthus, known for their wisdom and justice. Minos is the symbol of the evolution of receptivity and the purification of discerning intelligence. It represents a seeker who obtained a great mastery over the vital world (emotions, desires, etc.) because Minos was famous for having first obtained a vast maritime empire.

Minos joins Pasiphae “the one who shines for all”. But Pasiphae fell in love with a bull, symbol of the “power of realization of the luminous mind”, which should have been sacrificed to the gods. The seeker therefore kept this power for his own benefit, which will lead him to a monstrous realization, outside the spiritual path: the Minotaur. The seeker then appealed to his highest intellectual qualities because Pasiphae asked for help from Daedalus. The latter is the most skilful of craftsmen, that is, the most skilful in developing perfectly structured mental forms. This intervention will only reinforce this error by dressing it with a mental construction “the labyrinth” which integrates everything into its own system but from which nothing can come out. It will take the intervention of the tenth king of Athens, Theseus, the great purifier, to get the seeker out of this impasse.

Dionysus and Oedipus – Family tree 22

Dionysus and Oedipus - Family tree 22 - Greek mythology

FAMILY TREE 22 – OCEANOS: THE CADMOS LINE

The family tree above is a branch of “FAMILY TREE 21 – OCEANOS: THE INACHIDS“, which describes a line from the son of Oceanos, Inachus, and therefore relates to the process of purification / liberation. Inachus, let us remember, embodies “the evolution of concentration (of the seeker)” or “the evolution of the process of bringing together the different parts of the being” around the psychic being.

The above branch relates more specifically to the descendants of Agenor “the brave, the noble” who, wed to Telephassa “purity in the distance”, describes an advanced process of purification. It is described in detail in the page “OEDIPUS AND THE THEBAN WARS”.

It begins with the son of Agenor, Cadmus, who symbolizes “the opening of the conscience to mastery” and is reputed to be the founder of Thebes.

Cadmus married Harmonia, illustrating a way of incarnation of the inner being by which “the yoga of mastery” and “purification” with a view to the “transparency” of the being takes for goal “the exactness” represented by Harmonia , in the sense of everything in its proper place.

His son Polydoros is “the one who gives himself a lot”, or “the gift of oneself”, or the one who has “many gifts”, that is to say, the full development of the personality and his abilities.

Polydoros is the grandfather of Laius, himself the father of Oedipus, whose myth illustrates a seeker who, unconsciously, cuts himself off from his divine roots, while continuing to pursue the same goals.

Before arriving at Thebes, Oedipus killed the Sphinge, also named Phix. The latter is a girl whom Orthros “the lie” engendered with her own mother Echidna “the cessation of evolution in unity” or with the Chimera “the illusion”, daughter herself of Echidna. She is therefore the symbol of perverted wisdom and spiritual pride, a lie disguised as truth.

The children of Oedipus fought a fratricidal war for the throne of Thebes at the seven doors, symbol of a deep attempt to purify the seven centers of consciousness-energy in the body or chakras. This first attempt was a failure. This purification will only be possible with the victory of the Epigones led a symbolic generation later by the children of the first. This purification takes place before the Trojan War begins.

Inachus – Family tree 21

Inachus - Family tree 21 - Greek mythology

FAMILY TREE 21 – OCEANOS: THE INACHIDS

This page presents the main line from the Titan Oceanos and therefore concerns the purification / liberation process.

A general description of the first generations of this lineage corresponding to the family tree appearing above is given on the page “PERSEUS AND THE GORGON MEDUSA; INTRODUCTION TO THE FIRST SIX LABOURS OF HERACLES“.

The study of the lines from Agenor (those of Cadmus and that of Europa) as well as the study of the Labours of Heracles appear in the pages indicated in the summary under the tab “Greek myths interpretation”.

Inachus embodies “the evolution of the process of concentration or of bringing together the different parts of the being” around the psychic being. For the Ancients, the man who has not yet really started to “gather” himself is similar to Inachus, the one who according to the legend “is not yet human”.

His son Phoroneus “the one who carries evolution” is therefore reputed to have gathered the first inhabitants of the future Argos, confirming the impetus launched by his father Inachus.

Phoroneus had a daughter Niobe “the embodiment of the evolving consciousness”. She was called “the first woman”, “the mother of all living” because she was the first mortal woman to have had a child of Zeus, thus manifesting the first influence of the overmind in humanity opening on a new evolution. His son Argos “the bright one” embodies the seeker’s aspiration for purification and therefore the entry on the path.

Io, the daughter of Argos, symbolizes “the consciousness that is embodied” because of the “gathering of being” in the incarnation. This attracts a response from the higher planes (Zeus). Io was called by the ancients “the daughter of Inachus”: indeed, many ancient authors did not mention the intermediate generations. From Zeus, she had a son, Epaphos, the one who receives “the” touch “of the Absolute.

Epaphos married Memphis. The introduction of Egyptian names into the family tree establishes a connection between the Greek and Egyptian spiritualities. Greek initiates presumably assumed that the first experiences of psychic opening took place in Egypt. For them, Epaphos was indeed the great founder of the cities of primitive Egypt, that is to say at the origin of “coherent constructions” of spiritual or evolutionary principles.

It would also seem that from Epaphos, the different characters, either by name or by their place of residence, indicate the regions through which spirituality spread and progressed: Egypt, Libya, Phoenicia, Crete, Greece.

After Libya, daughter of Epaphos, the Inachids tree divides into two branches.

The first branch comes from Agenor “courageous, heroic” or “the thrust of evolution”. He married Telephassa, “the dove in the distance” symbol of peace and especially of purity in the sense of “unmixed”. The myths of this branch – those of Oedipus and the wars of Thebes – Europa and the Minotaur – expose the progress of the work of purification in the aspect of the experiences encountered by the seeker.

The other branch, that of Belos, is more theoretical. The corresponding myths illustrate the victory over fear and the conditions of liberation with the Labours of Heracles.