(Zeus:) “For his sake Poseidon, shaker of the earth, although he does not kill Odysseus, yet drives him back from the land of his fathers. But come, let all of us who are here work out his homecoming and see to it that he returns. Poseidon shall put away his anger; for all alone and against the will of the other immortal gods united he can accomplish nothing.” (1.74-79)
-The Odyssey by Homer
34 days out of 42
ETA: Feb 5th, San Pedro Port, California
Jypsy Returns Home...
Since I have a good imagination, I am weaving a tapestry. One magical thread of the days out at sea for Jypsy with another magical thread of the days on land and my pondering. My pondering are enmeshed with my teaching. Since I am teaching the Odyssey, and ironically dating someone who travels out to sea, there is a strange similarity. Like Penelope, I have no word from him until he enters the port of California.
(It is strange how life evolves with strange synchronicities if you allow it. It takes some magic and thinking out-side-the-box, yet it will yield strange magnetic and wondrous experiences. Isn't that what we all really want. We can say this and that...but we want to experience the magic, the synchronicity- that feeling that all is connected and that we have a purpose.)
There is something mysterious about a sailor. He loves the sea, but he also loves land. So it is a strange combination of extremes. He must go out, way out, far away from the known, but when he returns the land is something so longed for. It is not about women or drinking, although those are a good bonus. It is more about being in love with land and realizing how precious it is. Maybe a sailor is aware of the entire movement and marriage of land and water. He travels the globe on the Giant River and comes home to soak up the dust and tree. Maybe he is like a lost Greek. This might fit into the Gypsy style of existence. A Greek, the Renaissance man...that man who can do many things with purpose and style. Maybe????
Fate and The Modern World
While it would seem that Jypsy lives between the world of extremes, that is luxury of land and working out at sea, he is master of his own fate. Poseidon has not prevented him from coming home. Only Jypsy determines his suffering or does he? It would appear that some of his bosses have ulterior intentions, thus making Jypsy suffer acutely within a very short intense amount of time.
Then there is the superstition- modern view- law of attraction. This would be very Greek. This is saying there is some outside force, yet wielded by the vibration and or energetic pattern of the hero- thus personified as gods. It is possible. Does this determine his fate?
What is the mystery of the Greeks and their ability to harness some kind of belief in human potential. It was not New Age...like law of attraction....but it was something. They bypassed the elementary beliefs that stunt the average modern man with fear and loathing. This fear and loathing- existential view -is just an extension of the Puritan mindset without the element of god. The Puritan says all of humanity is in need of cleansing-through hard work and not being tempted by the evils of the world. Man was born in sin...and thus repentance and cleansing the inherent dirty self -is the only way to redemption. This is a sad way to wander through the world. The Greeks could never have created such great artwork, great warriors, great science and philosophy(thinking) with the heavy burden of Puritan Christian values.
Jypsy is returning home.. He has been out wandering for two months. Odysseus' Mediterranean Wandering for 20 years seems like child's play in comparison to two months in a the belly of a steel monster. If you are the one monitoring that machinery day in and day out....your suffering is acute. Now since everyone believes in complete free will over our destiny...then Jypsy chose this fate. So people say it his choice to suffer. At one level this is true, but it does not give this free ticket to industry and men of high rank to punish or make others suffer. Most of this is unconscious. Men who are stunted with their petty egos and power plays are like children with power- using big toys. That is honor, respect and integrity are not qualities that exist on these steel ships, thus they are monsters.
Somewhere in our development between European humanism and America's Puritan mentality we have created monsters in our work environment. The human element is erased for the American Commercial industry. Profit is the angry god and we are dirty born in sin - workers trying to redeem ourselves.
Returning to the Natural World
Returning home is the treasure, not being out wandering the world...or working on a ship. Home is where you can erase all the trauma of the dysfunction of the God- Profit. Profit is a sick god nowhere close to Poseidon or Zeus. At least they had purpose. Profit is an empty virtue falsely promoted.
Returning Home is the bliss...where the hero, Jypsy can escape to the unencumbered Natural World, with its sweet subtle balance. The Natural World is Calypso - welcoming, exotic, loving and a bit possessive. But oh how sweet it is to be possessed by a goddess. She brings balance back to Odysseus. He was healed in those watery caves where he could be nurtured as a man, not a king, husband, warrior and father. There was no role for Odysseus on Calypso's Island. He was completely free to sleep, love, rest and participate in the luxury of the Natural World.
The return home for Jypsy is only days away. He will land on shore with achieving an amazing work load in this modern age. He will put on his play shoes and seek out his other water, the frozen powder on the high mountain side. He will seek her and she will receive him like she always has.