Concerning Atlas, I am having a hard time placing him esoterically into his process as a god:
Ατλας - Suffers, Endures, Dares (atlaô).
"ATLAS (Atlas), according to Hesiod (Theog. 507, &c.), a son of Japetus and Clymene, and a brother of Menoetius, Prometheus, and Epimetheus; according to Apollodorus (i. 2. § 3), his mother's name was Asia; and, according to Hyginus (Fab. Praef.), he was a son of Aether and Gaea."
"In one tradition, Atlas led the Titanes in a rebellion against Zeus and was condemned to bear the heavens upon his shoulders. In another, he was said to have been appointed guardian of the pillars which held earth and sky asunder."
"He was also the god who instructed mankind in the art of astronomy..." I have read that he was a Master in Atlantis related to Astronomy/Astrology?
Homer, Odyssey 1. 52 ff (trans. Shewring) (Greek epic C8th B.C.) :
"Atlas the baleful (oloophron); he knows the depths of all the seas, and he, no other, guards (or holds) the tall pillars that keep the sky and earth apart."
Hesiod, Theogony 744 ff :
"There [at the sources & ends of earth, sea, Tartaros] stands the awful home of murky Nyx (Night) wrapped in dark clouds. In front of it the son of Iapetos [Atlas] stands immovably upholding the wide heaven upon his head and unwearying hands, where Nyx (Night) and Hemera (Day) draw near and greet one another as they pass the great threshold of bronze."
Seeing as Atlas is a sibling of both Prometheus and Epimetheus, and that his name means 'to endure', would it be safe to say that Atlas relates in some way to the similar symbol of Prometheus suffering and enduring on the rock?
Also, what is the difference between Gods and Titans? I know Titans are demi-gods, but in what way does Zeus, being termed a God, differ from Atlas, being named a Titan, for example?
And are nymphs, satyrs, etc, related to elementals of the tattvas but the Greek equivalent? Because I see many nymphs etc, born of gods, and I'm guessing that nymphs are basically mermaids? Same as gnomes, pigmies, dwarves, salamanders, fairies etc?
If you could help me with this it would be of great appreciation!
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