APOLLO

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Apollo, son of Zeus and Leto and brother of Artemis, is the god of the inner psychic light.

Dispute of Heracles and Apollo for the Delphic tripod - Louvre Museum

Dispute of Heracles and Apollo for the Delphic tripod – Louvre Museum

Poseidon concludes the list of the seven gods originating from Cronos. The five other gods of Olympus are the outcomes of unions between Zeus and goddesses belonging to the lines of descent of other Titan couples. As the children of Zeus, they are incarnations of the highest plane of mental consciousness in view of a development of other modalities of divine Consciousness. They correspond to a series of ‘awakenings’, or re-awakenings if we take into account the reality of past lives, which necessitate a certain level of prior maturity of consciousness. Apollo is the son of Zeus and Leto.

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In the lineage of the Titan Oceanos, when the highest mental consciousness, Zeus, ‘fertilises’ the current of cosmic intelligence or supreme wisdom (Metis) within the being, man awakens to the need for an inner quest (Athena).
When he begins to consciously search for Union (marked by Zeus’ union with Dione), the seeker awakens to Love (Aphrodite).
(Here we will only consider Homer’s version of the story in which Aphrodite is the daughter of Zeus and Dione, which is to say the concept of evolutionary love with the participation of mental consciousness, rather than Hesiod’s version in which Love appears with life at the very beginning of creation.)
In the lineage of the Titan Iapetus which includes all the stages of mental development till the boundaries of the supramental, man awakens to Knowledge. He accesses the overmind, symbolised by Hermes, the last to arrive at Olympus, to one day become the equal of this god when the being will be wholly dedicated to and perfectly under the influence of the divine (when the union between Zeus and Maia, ‘consecrated receptive consciousness’ or ‘perfect surrender’, will have been accomplished).
Finally, in the lineage of the Titan Koios the contact of the supraconscient with the psychic being, the divine Leto, produces forces of Light and a Will of realisation or of Integrity represented by the two divine twins Apollo and Artemis.
Leto is in fact the symbol of the psychic being under formation.
Her sister Asteria can be seen as either ‘the soul’ or the ‘divine spark’ around which the psychic being will take form, or as the innumerable experiences of light which lay the foundations for this.
Pursued by Zeus, Asteria flung herself into the sea, transforming into the island Ortygia, ‘the island of the quail’ on which her sister Leto gave birth to Artemis and Apollo. Under the effect of the forces pulling towards the supraconscient (Zeus), the first illuminations or luminous experiences of the seeker (Asteria) establish the foundations of what will liberate dawn from the clasp of darkness.
The word Ortygia does in fact signify ‘quail’, which in the Rig Veda symbolises the liberation of dawn from the clutches of darkness, expressed in the line ‘The quail calls you, O Acvins, when you have freed her from the jaws of the wolf’. Asteria is the symbol of ‘everything which reappears after a voyage into the night’.

Apollo is therefore first and foremost the god who accompanies the dawning light within man. He is given the additional name ‘Lukeios’, built from a very ancient root signifying ‘the light preceding dawn’. In the Vedas he is known as Agni, the mystic Fire guarded by Hestia.

The psychic being has been described on several occasions already as the body forming itself around the divine spark within each one of us. According to the Vedas it is ‘not any bigger than a thumb’, which means that it is still at a very embryonic stage of development in man. It is only in very few individuals that it governs the other planes of the being, the physical, vital and mental. Its first manifestations can be a pull towards beauty, justice and truth, and when we enter into contact with it, it is often perceived as an inner fire.
Unlike our other bodies it is not dissolved after death. In the very rare cases of initiates who have achieved during their lifetime a union between the psychic and mental however, the latter can also be maintained after death.
As the psychic being is an integral part of Unity and an expression of the diversity of the Divine in Unity, it must pull the lower nature along with it. While this aspect of the being is unknown to the vast majority of humankind, the work of yoga is that of coming into contact with it, and then making it come to the forefront of the being and progressively submitting to it everything that we are and that we do. This is to be done untill all attachments are abandoned, till one learns to never use another individual for one’s own means, to be neither a dependent nor a captor and to have neither fears, desires, judgments, aggressivity or the need to please.

Transmitting a light originating from the plane of Truth Apollo utters infallible prophesies, insofar as they are not confused or veiled by the mind or the vital. As a son of Zeus he transmits his will, which is to say that he infuses into consciousness the influences of the overmind that find their origin in the plane of supramental truth. But as long as the seeker has not established a permanent contact with his psychic being – the only part of himself which allows an appropriate putting into action of what is perceived in truth -, his perceptions remain veiled, filtered and deformed by the mind, and so the will of Zeus is revealed through enigmas and riddles.
The seeker must interpret the signs given to him by his daily and nightly experiences, messages of the soul transmitted through the intermediary of other planes of being – hence the need for a figure like Pythia and her priests. One must therefore achieve a state of receptivity not perturbed by mental or vital movements, and have access to a system of interpreting the symbolic messages received.

While it is Hermes who is the god of mental light, Apollo, god of the light shining from the psychic, is therefore also the god of inspiration, poetry, music and the arts in general. For to begin with it is through the sense of harmony, justice and beauty (truth) that man draws near to his psychic being.
As a delegate of a superior harmony he of course watches over healing, which is a result of purification with each element resting in its rightful place.

Some ancient authors seem to have confused him with Helios the Sun, son of the Titan Hyperion, the god of the supramental plane of Truth where all souls find their place. This confusion is understandable, for the nuance was difficult to comprehend for the non-initiated. Helios is the cosmic plane of the soul, the shining of the world of supramental Truth, while Apollo and Artemis are only the manifestations of the individualised psychic being, Leto, which is solicited by the supraconscient and which the soul gathers around herself in her journey across numerous lifetimes.
The psychic being is our real Self, what we are called to become and which grows around the soul and the divine spark present in all living things. When it seizes the reins of the personality Apollo and Artemis are emancipated from the guardianship of Zeus, becoming greater gods than the children of Zeus and Hera, Ares and Hephaestus, and action-perceptions become direct and no longer need to be filtered through the mind. In a much more advanced phase of yoga, perceptions occur at the level of the body, and are symbolically described by the children of Helios; Circe represents the direct power of vision and the organisation of Truth in all its details, while Aietes represents consciousness of the whole and the power of realisation.

Apollo is a god of radiance. The seeker’s first encounter with the psychic being is therefore the result of an opening manifesting itself through a perception of the order of light, an intense emission of light which can occur on a variety of planes. When this light illumines the mind spiritual traditions refer to it as ‘illumination’, and in the heart it causes an experience of universal love.
This initial contact can be accompanied by new capacities in artistic domains, expressing Truth or the Essence of things in a superior harmony.

The psychic being has two essential aspects, one that is the irradiation of light, and the other an integrity or will for realisation. Apollo represents the aspect of irradiating light and is often also known as Phoebus ‘the luminous’, taking after his grandmother Phoebe. Artemis represents the aspect of Will. She is depicted as a female character because the will she represents is no longer that of the ego, but rather that of the psychic being; it is an intuitive knowledge of what must be done, and a right action stemming from a unified will in agreement with the symbolism of Artemis’ bow. It is not a desire resulting from a tensing of the ego, but rather a Will which knows the aim and is an aspiration and determination of the whole being towards its realisation. In this sense the twins are symbols of action, also known as non-action in certain traditions, rather than of ‘doing’. Action is the execution of what is perceived by intuition through the help of the logical mind after these two instruments are purified from all desire and from all deformations of the ego. At this level there is a balance between the masculine and feminine poles, for the twins are equally skilled in archery.
Apollo is also known as ‘he who strikes far’, for the goals of the psychic aim towards the progression of the soul on the long term rather than for immediate fulfillment alone.