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Ariadne and Dionysus by MoonSpiral

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9×12 soft pastel and a gold oil pastel on colorfix paper

Featured image in the groups THE PATCHWORK, and *♂♥♥QUORN♥♥♀

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Ariadne was most likely the ancient Minoan Snake goddess. The island of Crete was once a very strong matriarchal society and Ariadne was their powerful mother goddess. When the patriarchal Greeks overtook the island they rewrote Ariadne to be the human daughter of King Minos, and there by stripping her of her goddess power.
The Greek myth has her saving the Greek hero Theseus from the dark and scarry labyrinth and the creepy minotaur (symbols for the womb of the goddess and our own connection to the animal world…through the goddess).
Anyway she saves Theseus and they run off together. Then Theseus decides to dump Ariadne, pregnant no less, on an island. The Greek ultimate partying god, Dionysus, spots her there and falls in love with her. As a way of honoring Ariadne he puts her crown into the heavens and it becomes the constellation Corona Borealis.
Though Ariadne doesn’t play a large role in Greek myth, she seems to be strong in our collective conscious. There have been many paintings depicting her. One such painting was Klimt’s “Kiss”. The white flowers placed at the woman’s crown in the painting are in the exact positions of the stars of the Corona Borealis. The man is wearing ivy in his hair to connect him to Dionysus. I decided to do this painting Klimt style to honor him for symbolically placing Ariadne and Dionysus in his masterpiece.
The real truth behind Dionysus is he is the god of ecstasy. I figure Ariadne felt the ecstasy of his kiss long before he touched her. In fact, Ariadne herself might be a symbol for ascension, for feeling the ecstasy of oneness with god and then going to heaven through our crown (chakras).

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ariadne, dionysus, god, goddess, greek, klimt, mythology, pastel, sensual

Tammy Mae Moon is tired of writing about herself in third person. I like to paint. I like to paint women and birds and snakes, and a few other things.

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Comments

  • Anita Inverarity
    Anita Inverarityover 5 years ago

    Beautiful xxxxx

  • Thankyou Anita…I obviously love the piece you just added…I love the fairy tarot too!!!

    – MoonSpiral

  • Anita Inverarity
    Anita Inverarityover 5 years ago

    Thank you so much- I really like the Klimt reference in this, very magical xx

  • And thankyou again….
    There are a lot of us on here that do tarot…
    We need to trade readings;-)

    – MoonSpiral

  • Anita Inverarity
    Anita Inverarityover 5 years ago

    Thats a great idea :))))))))) xxxxx

  • Just sent you a Bmail about this;-)

    – MoonSpiral

  • Astoreth
    Astorethover 5 years ago

    Truly beautiful and my soul resonates with your image and words. x

  • Thankyou so much my friend for such a heartfelt, beautiful comment!!!

    – MoonSpiral

  • Dawn B Davies-McIninch
    Dawn B Davies-...over 5 years ago

    fabulous!!!!

  • Awww thankyou sooooo much Dawn!!!!!

    – MoonSpiral

  • Sensiworld
    Sensiworldover 5 years ago

    Great work !!

  • Thankyou so much Sylvia!!!!

    – MoonSpiral

  • BGlatzeder
    BGlatzederover 5 years ago

    Oh very nice! I like your interpretations and especially the lengths you go to to explain. I always find personal interpretations of the myths very interesting and enlightning and can really relate to yours! (Now where’s that Tequila?! hee hee)

  • Hopefully the length of my interpretations are not too long….those darn Mercurial tendencies of mine…..:-) Thankyou Babsi!!!!
    (Actually I think I will go for some red wine….I would be out for days if I did Tequila).

    – MoonSpiral

  • Druidstorm
    Druidstormover 5 years ago

    I hate it when mankind can strip a Goddess of her powers! Yet still she holds a special magik within the hearts of many! Beautiful artwork friend!!!…)o(

  • Very well said….she never leaves our hearts!!! Thankyou my friend!!

    – MoonSpiral

  • tkrosevear
    tkrosevearover 5 years ago

    this is fabulous Tammy ;) xoxox

  • Thankyou so much sister Tammy!!!!

    – MoonSpiral

  • Tahnja
    Tahnjaover 5 years ago

    wowee Tammy, this is one astonishing and truly outstanding piece from the perfect expression on her gorgeous face to the wonderful face of Dionysus. Inspirational background. You’re such a gem of a soul hunny

  • Wowee Tahnja, that was one beautiful thing to say!!! Thankyou so much dear friend!!!!

    – MoonSpiral

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