Monday, July 22, 2013

Postcards from the Underworld: Full Moons and Greek Temples

Temple of Apollo at Sounion
I am a diehard romantic - so for me, there are fewer things more mystical than seeing a full moon rising over a Greek temple. When the two things happen together, I am in heaven. 

When I moved to Greece my junior year in college, I celebrated my 20th birthday a few days into my stay. As I was walking with my fellow group of students underneath the Parthenon in Athens, we all watched in awe as a full moon rose through the slender columns of the ancient building that would dominate the skyline of my life for the coming months. All of a sudden the group broke into song,  serenaded me with Happy Birthday.

Years later, I was wandering through Athens with my son, who had himself just turned 20. 

As I looked up at the Parthenon, I recalled my friends singing to me. After these mere decades, the building still entrances me, and continues to dominate the Athenian skyline, as it has for over two thousand years. It was wonderful to see it through his eyes. 

So as the full moon rises tonight, July 22, I will be dreaming of my favorite temple again, and imagining how it looks under the glow of Selene's orb.  

Top two images by Elias Chasiotis, bottom image by Anthony Ayiomamitis

21 comments:

  1. oh gosh goodness holy moley f*** amazing. are these photoshopped? they have to be, right? in any case the positioning of what is ancient from man and ancient from the gods is such a sight; as though we learn about ourselves just from the looking.

    your son looks like such a fine guy.

    i'm singing to you, amanda. from right here in my bedroom, :^)

    love
    love
    kj

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    1. kj - the top image is from the recent supermoon phenom, but the photographer obviously used a special lens as the moon wasn't that close to the earth haha!!

      p.s. feel better soon - sending healing wishes your way!! xoxo

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  2. 'All of a sudden the group broke into song, serenaded me with Happy Birthday.'

    This drew an audible, 'aww' from me. I love imagining the scene of this memory.

    Your son looks soo much like you! What a gift, the synchronicity of those two events. Certain people just travel through the world more open to these sorts of peak experiences and, from all of your wanderings, I gather you are most definitely among the genuinely receptive.

    Happy full moon. I will be out under it tonight for a while, receiving.

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    1. me too dear suze - thinking of you recharging under that moon!!

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  3. Something magic about a full moon and somehow your handsome young son reflects you in his face too!

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  4. What spectacular images. I love the moon and the moon light. It is so soothing and calming and magical and mystical ...

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  5. Beautiful! And how great to share with your son years later!
    Can't get over those shots. I think seeing the cycles of the moon
    we are connected to those people having had the experience before us ...
    like a thread creating some sort of web though time. It's magical.

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    1. i like the idea of that web through time, lucinda.....a lovely thing to contemplate, the light of moons over temples throughout millennia.....

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  6. How wonderful that you are able to share this with your son. These photos are just simply, stunning.

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  7. That moon is incredible! What amazing shots! They are just begging to be printed and framed :)
    P.S. your son looks just like you x

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  8. Such a beautiful post and magical tribute..gorgeous image of the massive, dazzling moon..and you and your son..very special...yay..wonderful sharing..your stories are always magical!
    Hope you enjoyed the moon...
    Victoria

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  9. "Post cards from the underworld." What an "amanda" kind of title! Only you would go to the underworld to get the cards from Persephone.

    And what a sweet group of friends.

    Visiting with your son would have been a powerful experience. You've written about that before. Great times!

    Blessings and Bear hugs!
    Bears Noting
    Life in the Urban Forest (poetry)

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    1. I have written about this trip before. One of the things I love about blogging - and writing in general - is that I can recycle those experiences in a different form and live them all over again.

      Now on my way to the Underworld to get more postcards! xx

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  10. What a marvelous juxtaposition of moon and temple - Diana would be pleased.

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    1. I believe she would! Diana - or Artemis as the Greeks call her - is one of my favorite goddesses because of her association with the moon.

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  11. Ah, La Bella Luna...in all her glory..be she Silver, Orange or Red... I've had a very grey (in every sense of the word) few days....and thus, was not able to see the July Full Moon... sigh....BUT...these photos made my heart pound with happiness...

    Your son (the Fencer) is so handsome...(this is NOT a surprise)...

    Thank you for a very uplifting post!!!!! I needed it, dear Twin!

    Love,

    ♥ Robin ♥

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    1. Thank you dear Robin♡

      I'm sorry you weren't able to view the moon - I know how much you love that! Here's hoping that August's full moon coming up on August 21 will not be hidden from you!

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  12. When the moon is full it always feels special. To see it with friends, on a birthday, or with a son in such a setting must be indescribable.

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