Goddesses in the Dust: Elpis, the Spirit of Hope - or What Was Left in Pandora's Box
An archaeologist unearths the divine feminine, one archetype at a time...
|Hope in the Prison of Despair, Evelyn De Morgan, 1887|
Have you ever wondered whether what we want for ourselves is the same as what the Universe has in store for us?
I think about these things a lot. I don't know what the Universe has in store for me, but I keep working at my craft, bringing my passion to reality in my writing - and hope that the Universe and I are on the same page.
We all hear funny things about hope. Hope is a thing with feathers. But Hope is also an important figure in Greek mythology.
The Greeks called her Elpis.
As the spirit of hope as well as the modern Greek word for hope, Elpis is most notable in the story of Pandora and her famous box. When Prometheus stole fire from the gods and gave it to mankind, an angry Zeus decided to exact a punishment. He tasked the smith-god Hephastus to craft a woman out of clay and give her a box filled with all the evils of the world, telling her not to open it.
|Pandora, Dante Gabriel Rossetti, 1869|
|Pandora, J. W. Waterhouse|
So as I wait and see what the Universe has in store for the book I have just finished, I am helping Hope along by taking Nemerov's advice and doing something in the meantime.