Oct 17, 2008

The King of Hearts

And Adam knew Eve his wife; and she conceived, and bare Cain, and said, I have gotten a man from the LORD.

And she again bare his brother Abel. And Abel was a keeper of sheep, but Cain was a tiller of the ground. --Genesis 4:1-2

My honey has been watching reruns of the 80's megahit - Dynasty. The show was hugely popular nation wide, but it went NOVA in the gay community, with Dynasty parties popping up everywhere, and bars even naming Wednesday 'Dynasty Night'. The reason was Steven Carrington (Al Corley), the first sympathetic and "out" gay character in TV Land.

Steven was the male heir of oil tycoon Blake Carrington (John Forsythe) and his first wife, Alexis (Joan Collins). In the first season, Blake "accidentally" kills Steven's lover, and is put on trial for murder. The surprise witness is his first wife - Alexis, who rides in on her broom to spread enmity wherever she goes.

During the trial, Blake refuses to allow his lawyer to cross-examine Alexis, which leads to him being found guilty. Alexis has a secret that she uses to blackmail Blake, one he even goes to jail to keep. Her secret is that Blake's other child - Fallon - is not actually his. Even worse, the father is his business competitor, Cecil Colby.

We have the mother of two children and two fathers - and suddenly we are back in the Garden. Eve was the mother of both Cain and Abel, and rumors about Cain's true parentage persist. A Dynasty is ALL about inheritance, and we can read the biblical record as a great struggle between sons/families for the inheritance of the Father. Cain vs. Abel, Isaac vs. Ishmael, Esau vs. Jacob, Gentiles vs. Jews. Jesus gives us the Parable of the Prodigal Son.

Joan Collins also played the Eve archetype as Edith Keeler in Star Trek's The City on the Edge of Forever. She had two suiters - McCoy playing Adam and Kirk playing the serpent. See Edith Keeler Must Die. I closed with the interesting comparison of Edith to Diana Spencer - both victims of an automobile "accident". Diana is conflated with Eve. Diana had two sons - William and Harry. Will is certainly his father's son, but rumors about Harry's true father persist. Even at the very heart of the Dragon Throne...

Star Trek's Deanna Troi (of Troy) was also torn between two lovers - William Thomas Riker and Worf (Woof - Sirius resonator), the Klingon. This gets very close to the Nephilim taking wives from the daughters of men, and theories of competitive alien intervention/genetic manipulation. Curiously, Deanna is played by MARINA Sirtis.

Linda Evans (Krystle), the second clone fembot of John Derek spent time with Lemurian/Nephilim channeler J. Z. (Judy Zebra) Knight on her ranch in Yelm, Washington State.

Bringing it all a little too close to home, my partner is the gay son of Jack the NY Jew diamond cutter (recently deceased) and Emelia, his Gentile wife (deceased long ago - cancer). V is the youngest son and recently, rumors about the parentage of the eldest son have come to light. His father may not actually be Jack, but Jack's business partner and close friend! If so, Var would receive the inheritance.

To make it even synchier, Jack's third wife often called herself Krystle - sensing the similarity in their stories. The fractal nature of archetypes... repeating.

Jack married Emelia in a double wedding on Valentine's day, an amazing synch, because V and I also met on Valentine's Day, and we hold that as our anniversary. According to Wikipedia, the Catholic church can't actually pinpoint which St. Valentine the day is named after, and one begins to suspect that Valentine is simply Catholic spin for a much older Pagan holiday - the Feast Day of Cupid, or EROS.

Eros (Greek: Ἔρως), in Greek mythology, was the primordial god of lust, love, and intercourse; he was also worshipped as a fertility deity. His Roman counterpart was Cupid.

According to tradition which was made by Eratosthenes, Eros was principally the patron of male love, while Aphrodite ruled the love between men and women. His statue could be found in the palaestrae or wrestling schools, one of the principal venues for men to associate with their beloveds, and it was to him that the Spartans sacrificed before battle.

Meleager records this role in a poem preserved in the Greek Anthology: "a woman, hurls the fire that maddens men for women; but Eros himself sways the passion for males."

If ever there was a gay God, it would be Eros. In early Greek thought, he is a primeval deity who embodies not only the force of erotic love but also the creative urge of ever-flowing nature, the firstborn Light for the coming into being and ordering of all things in the cosmos.

He sounds a bit like Min, and thus Yahweh. Later on, he became the son of Aphrodite - Venus to the Romans, AKA The Morning Star. The symbols of Cupid are the heart and the bow (Bow Ties anyone?). Diana is the huntress, and Princess Di was called the "Queen of Hearts". To make it all even crazier, Jesus calls HIMSELF the bright Morning Star in Revelations.

London's Picadilly Circus is home to the Shaftsbury (got it, thanks) Memorial - a likeness of Anteros - the twin brother of Eros.

The brother/lover of Eros was Anteros: the god of requited love, literally "love returned," and also the punisher of those who scorn love and the advances of others, or the AVENGER of unrequited love. Physically, he is depicted as similar to Eros in every way (his twin), but with long hair and butterfly wings.

Motivated by vengeance?


devin41 said...

I love your blog. This was a beautiful post. I wish there was something I could do to as a gift to my favorite bloggers. There are about 7 blogs I just love- 3 in the synchromystic category. As a gay man myself I can really relate to a lot of what you write about. Best wishes-Devin

Michael said...

Thanks Devin. Your attention is payment enough.

aferrismoon said...

Joan Collins - got me thinking about the adverts for Cinzano Bianco in the UK in the 70s . They were funny, and the 2 characters acting wer JC and Leonard Rossiter , who had a part in 2001:Space Odyssey.
Just a flash of these 2 space adventures melding together
' Do you find Kirk attractive , Dave?'
'Not really Hal'
Of course it would have to be as series somewhat like Dynasty.


JB said...

Being of Greek myth myself, I have always found the homoerotic contrast between the lord all-mighty Zeus and his arch-nemesis Achilles (me past self) to be of interest.

They were both bisexual, but Zeus merely wanted to dominate over all life, and his relationships involving humans were mostly rape. When you're raped by another human being, it's a horrible tragedy, but when you're raped by a god, it's apparently a blessing. "The RAPTURE" was a common theme in Greek myth, long before the Christians redefined it, and it literally meant Zeus bringing you up to Heaven in order to rape you.

Achilles, on the other hand, was entirely motivated by love. Sure, he was an enraged, bloodthirsty killing machine on the battlefield, but at home he "surrendered" to both his male lover Patroclus and his female lover Deidamia. You can't be angry and on top all of the time. ;)

Esperanto Grrl said...

DYNASTY was before my time, but my God, does it sound great. I have to get it on DVD or something. Strange I haven't got it before now, because I'm a big fan of Joan Collins. One of my lifetime ambitions has always been to be a soap opera villainess.

It's interesting how some mental and physical disorders happen a lot more in fiction than in real life. Amnesia, for example, is almost unheard of. There's even some debate in psychology about reclassification of Multiple Personality Disorder.

The circumstance where a pair of twins is born from different fathers entirely is called "heteropaternal superfecundation." It seems to be a favorite idea of the Greeks.

Michael said...

Thanks for the comments all. Joan Collins was fierce! She was like a jungle cat defending her brood, fangs and all. John Forsythe played Blake (God) with insufferable and unshakeable self-righteousness, and remember he also played the unseen God Charlie to his Angels, with Bosley (the dutiful homo) as his prophet.

Dr Do Little said...

Firstly, thanks for confirming my own belief that life is a soap opera.

Fallon I recall was later abducted by ‘aliens’. .. (possibly another inter-species sex link)

Mmm Eros…didn’t he marry Psyche? Their story always reminded me a bit of Beauty and the Beast. (For good reason - http://www.essortment.com/all/erospsyche_rvde.htm )

Myth becomes fairytale becomes soap opera ...

P.S TY for your lovely comment. It meant a lot.

Michael said...

Hi Dr. DL, and thanks back. You're comment reminded me that soap operas are called such because they're primary purpose was to sell soap to house wives. A Star Trek geek factoid/myth is that on the first day on the set of the Original Series, Gene Roddenberry gathered the cast around him and told everyone that the only reason they were all there was to sell soap!

Which synchs nicely with my theory that we're all here acting our little hearts out in order to make ecstasy, AKA "soap".

Cheers, Michael

Dr Do Little said...

Just re-reading your post and it struck me:

“A Dynasty is ALL about inheritance, and we can read the biblical record as a great struggle between sons/families for the inheritance of the Father. “

Dallas (hand-in-hand with Dynasty) was based on the father-brothers ‘love triangle’ in Steinbeck’s ‘East of Eden’ - the title referring to Cain’s exile. The brothers conflict for dad’s money and love. One good/one bad …Interestingly the ‘mother’ in Steinbeck bares more resemblance to Alexis Carrington…

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