Twin Peaks Usenet Archive

Subject: Re: "If Jupiter and Saturn meet..." quote is from Yeats
From: (Muffy Barkocy)
Date: 1991-05-01, 22:57

In article <52299@apple.Apple.COM> larryy@Apple.COM (Larry Yaeger) writes:

   "The sword's a cross; thereon He died:
    On breast of Mars the Goddess sighed."
   [...]  The Goddess,
   another symbol for goodness and balance, is saddened, and takes solace
   by leaning on the chest of Mars.  This last image, though understandable
   on a surface level, leaves me puzzled:  Mars is usually a symbol of war
   and fighting - a better fit to the sword than Jupiter - so why does the
   Goddess take solace with him?  Is she in fact taking solace from the
   murderer of Christ?  Or is she just leaning on another, strong god from
   the pantheon?

I believe there was one myth, the details of which I forget, in which
Venus, who was married to Vulcan, was having an affair with Mars.  All I
remember is something about how Vulcan thought of some trick for
catching them.