Seems that The Weather Channel has decided to name winter storms. So, why, you might ask am I posting this here? On a mythology page? Because 7 of the 12 names chosen for this season come from the great gods and goddesses of Greek and Roman Mythology! Perhaps there is some feeling of control by naming these massive weather events.
Mythic namings of 2012-13 winter storms of include:
~Athena, the Greek goddess of wisdom (for more on Athena, see post from Jan 21 on Pallas Athena)
~Helen, the beautiful wife of Menelaus who was given to Prince Paris by Aphrodite… causing the Trojan War.
~Jove, an alternate name for Zeus, the Olympian god of the sky, weather, law and order, and fate (and also the source of our phrase “By Jove!”
~Luna, the Latin name of Selene, the Greek Titan goddess of the moon
~Saturn, the Latin name given to the Greek Titan God of Time, Chronos. “Chronos” is where we get the name for the clock, a chronometer. Also some of you might know that famous painting by Goya of “Saturn devours one of his sons,” a painted metaphor for “Time devours all things”…I’ll put that up in the next post.
~ Triton, the sea god and a son of Poseidon, (the great god of the oceans, rivers, earthquakes, and horses. For more on Poseidon see post from Jan 2)
~Zeus, the great Olympian Greek god of the sky and thunder, the King of the Gods.
I find it truly noteworthy that thousands of years later, these names still conjure the image of great power in our culture!
And I hope that all of you find yourselves safe and warm as we go through the season!