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Myths of the World – Hephaestus, the Rejected Son.

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Myths of the World – Hephaestus, the Rejected Son.

This is the fourth article about the psychological lessons we find in world myths. We started with Icarus and Achilles we discussed the Garden of Eden, and we will talk now about Hephaestus, the son of Hera with Zeus.

The myths sometimes appear in more than one version. In one, Hephaestus may not be the son of Zeus, but of Hera alone. Jealous because Zeus birthed Athena by himself, she decided to have her way. Maybe this caused the child to be born lame – incomplete – and be rejected.

In the story of Achilles, we had the loved son; here we have the rejected one.

The Myth of Hephaestus

Hephaestus was rejected by Hera for being lame and ugly. She threw him in the sea to die, but was received by Thetis and Eurynome, marine divinities, dwelt with them for nine years and turned into a great artisan.

Hephaestus’ talent was as large as his ugliness, and he was also intelligent. He devised a scheme to get even with his mother. He built an irresistibly beautiful throne of gold and sent it ti Hera as a gift. But, after sitting on it, Hera was held by invisible hands. All the gods of Olympus, Zeus included, tried to free her, without success. They tried to force Hephaestus to free her, but he conditioned that to marrying Aphrodite, the beauty of Olympus.

All settled, Hephaestus made peace with Hera, honored her and took her side in a quarrel with Zeus, who grabbed him by the leg and hurled him a second time out of the Olympus. But his exceptional gifts guaranteed his return. The Olympian gods could not live without Hephaestus’ crafts.

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This story brings many complex lessons. The first consideration is how a rejected son may have to turn inward to find redemption. The sea is a symbol of the unconscious. There, he may develop his gifts.

However, he had the help of Thetis and Eurynome. The rejected boy may need the support of some adult – grandparent, uncle, aunt or a mentor, any adult that loves him. If left completely by himself, Hephaestus might not have turned well.

Another point to consider is the power of mother-son love. Despite everything, Hephaestus loves his mother and reconciles with her, and Hera also accepts the son.

This myth teaches us that the hurts of infancy may be redeemed.

I am Roberto Lima Netto, and I believe that our objective in life is to be happy and that Spirituality and Jungian psychology, my main areas of interest, can help us in this search for happiness. I am a writer. Some of my books are “The Little Prince for Grown-ups“, “The Jungian Bible“, “The Amazon Shaman” and “In Search of Happiness“. I invite you to visit my blog and leave your comments at:  www.HappinessAcademyOnline.org.

 

 

Mitos do Mundo – Hefesto, o filho rejeitado

Este é o quarto artigo sobre as lições psicológicas que encontramos em mitos mundiais. Começamos com Ícaro e Aquiles discutimos o Jardim do Éden, e vamos falar agora sobre Hefesto, filho de Hera com Zeus.

Os mitos podem aparecem em mais de uma versão. Em um deles, Hefesto não seria filho de Zeus. Hera, com ciúmes porque Zeus gerou Atena em sua coxa, decidiu ter próprio filho, sem ajuda masculina. Talvez isso fez com que o filho nascesse aleijado – incompleto. Hera o rejeitou, jogando-o do alto do Olimpo.

Se na história de Aquiles, tivemos o exemplo do filho amado; aqui temos o rejeitado.

O Mito de Hefesto

Hefesto foi rejeitado por Hera por ser manco e feio. Ela o jogou no mar para morrer, mas ele foi recebido por Tétis e Eurínome, divindades marinhas, e morou com eles por nove anos, se transformando em um grande artesão.

O talento de Hefesto era tão grande quanto sua feiura. Ele também era inteligente e criativo, e concebeu um esquema para castigar de sua mãe. Construiu um trono de ouro irresistivelmente belo e o enviou parai Hera como um presente. Sua beleza era irresistível, mas, quando Hera nele se assentou, mãos invisíveis a seguraram. Todos os deuses do Olimpo, Zeus incluído, tentaram libertá-la, sem sucesso. Tmbém tentaram forçar Hefesto a libertá-la, mas ele condicionou isso, que Afrodite, a bela do Olimpo, lhe fosse dada em casamento.

Tudo resolvido, Hefesto fez as pazes com Hera, que tentou protegê-lo quando ele teve uma briga com Zeus, que o agarrou pela perna e o atirou uma segunda vez para fora do Olimpo. Mas seus dons excepcionais garantiram seu retorno. Os deuses do Olimpo não podiam viver sem suas artes.

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Esta história traz muitas lições complexas. A primeira consideração é como um filho rejeitado pode voltar para família para encontrar a redenção. O mar é um símbolo do inconsciente. Lá, Hefesto pode desenvolver seus dons.

No entanto, ele teve a ajuda de Tétis e Eurínome. O menino rejeitado precisa do apoio de algum adulto – avô, tio, tia ou um mentor, qualquer adulto que o ame. Se deixado completamente sozinho, Hefesto não poderia ter se saído tão bem.

Outro ponto a considerar é a atração de mãe e filho, o amor. Apesar de tudo, Hefesto ama sua mãe e se reconcilia com ela, e Hera também aceita o filho.

Este mito nos ensina que os ferimentos de infância podem ser redimidos.

I was involved in the business world, as an executive of large companies and university professor since recently. I was the president CSN, the largest steel-mill of Latin America and was responsible for its turn-around. My first encounter with the teachings of the Swiss psychologist C. G. Jung, one of the greatest geniuses of the 20th Century, was during my midlife crisis. Reading "Man and his Symbols" at that time, inspired me to go into Jungian analysis and to begin devouring the writings of Jung and his disciples. Since then, I've been studying psychology, especially Jungian psychology and, after reaching my seventies, I decided to become a full time writer, specializing on books on Jungian psychology and psychological thrillers. Every masterpiece of literature can be absorbed through multiple interpretations, and yield powerful insights for our daily lives. My first Jungian book, “The Little Prince for Grown-ups“, in its fourth edition in Brazil, was based on the famous book of Saint-Exupéry. The second, - “The Jungian Bible” - interprets some stories of the Old Testament and world myths. As I get older and, with a bit of luck, wiser, I want to pass on to the younger generations the lessons life has taught me. Jesus Christ taught that it was easier to sell ideas with stories. Following the Master, I published in English "The Amazon Shaman" and "In Search of Happiness", two psychological thrillers around the theme of happiness.

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