Asteroid #118, "Peitho" Jan 4, 2006 21:26:48 GMT
Post by Amoroso on Jan 4, 2006 21:26:48 GMT
It looks like Aphrodite had a little help in her ability to seduce and tempt. Evidently she had a retinue that included a goddess that doesn’t get a lot of press, but who was considered a powerful force in ancient Athens. Her name was Peitho, Goddess of Persuasion.
Peitho’s talents, which included verbal persuasion, were considered fundamental to the democratic society of Athens, as she helped to keep union and harmony in the city. She was seen as a necessary element of persuasion that kept the citizens from fighting with each other. This is where we get the tradition of oration and debate we have in politics now. Of course, she can be used to seduce and corrupt or elevate and educate.
I “discovered” Peitho this past September, when I was studying Sappho and writing volumes about the experience of knowing C, while reading the amazing academic exegesis of Sappho by Anne Carson, called “Eros the Bittersweet." Carson maintains that Sappho’s choice of Greek words was ordered to reflect the physiology of the moment. She explains the erotic effect of the oral tradition that certain vowel sounds can have upon the LISTENER, but not necessarily the READER. Carson wrote:
”A listener listening to an oral presentation is an open force-field into whom sounds are being breathed by the poet. Written words, therefore, do not present such an all-persuasive sensual phenomenon…The same irresistible sensual charm, called “peitho” in Greek, is the mechanism of seduction in love and of persuasion to words; the same goddess (Peitho) attends upon seducer and poet!”
Upon reading these words I was immediately swept back into feeling the relationship with C, both as his singing teacher working with him vocally (breath, physical coordination, vowels, text) and as his student as he worked with me on Swedish pronunciation (breath, coordination of lips, teeth, tongue, vowels, text..) And of course, I had to look at her in our synastry and composites. These are all within 1 degree or less:
My Peitho conjunct his Pluto
Trine our Sun/Moon conjunction
Square his Mars/Pallas/DC conjunction
His Peitho trine my Venus (talk about romancing within an inch of your teeth)
Square my Chiron/Eros
In the Composite Peitho is conjunct our North Node!!!!
I have yet to look at her with other charts. Where does she appear for others?