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Jan 12th, 2019 at 8:28pm
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Sometime ago, after the Second World War, the virgin goddess Hestia married the trickster god Hermes.  The courtship was long and tumultuous. 

 While not spoken about out loud, many think that it was Hermes' mercurial nature that was the root cause of her descent into madness.

To his credit, Hermes was, and still is, uncharacteristically, a gentleman with her. Despite this, something happened to the quite goddess of Home and Hearth.  Hestia changed.

She was no longer the quiet, sweet, little sister of Zeus. She, at first, spoke up. Then she rebelled, and then, most scandalously, lost her virginity.  True, it was with her husband, but this soon let to a path of promiscuity. 
 
Her appearance also changed.  She used to be modest, with sensible dress.  She took to make up, and flaunting her, admittedly, ample charms.  By the time of her first suicide attempt, she was nearly unrecognizable.

Her husband, of course, took care of her.  At first it was just with her physical needs, but soon he had to take up her mantle over hearth and home.

And even after the gossip and embarrassment, Lord Mercury remains a loyal husband and main caregiver over his tragic wife.

And so, Hermes, became the god of tricksters, magicians, thieves, messengers, and the home.
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Reply #1 - Jan 12th, 2019 at 8:48pm
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In 1453 Zeus, father of the sky and gods, ruler of Olympus, abdicated.  While many thought the successor should be Apollo, Ares demanded the throne.

Zeus, tired, let them fight it out. Ares made a compelling case.  He matured.  He was no longer the barbarian lord of war and destruction.   He added to his mantle change, rebirth, and a return to his roots, agricuture.  A wiser soldier. He showed how empire spread and bring peace and prosperity in its wake.   Through war, renewal, and from destruction, creation.  He brought challenge and increased the stock. 

Apollo, lord of culture and light, debated.  He spoke calmly, and with reason.  He explained the value of law, of culture, of art.  What is life without the exploration of mind and body?  Many agreed.


When both were done, the Olympians retired to cast their votes.  Ares paced like a lion, while Apollo waited in sublime contemplation.

For 12 years, Olympus was without a king.  True, the Titans did try to seize on this, but Ares and Apollo put them down as a display of their might.

When all was done, Hermes, herald of the gods, announced the decision.


The new ruler of Olympus was to be, for now, and for all eternity,  Athena!   For Ares was right.  War is a nessessary, but horrible thing.   Action is needed to right wrongs. 


And Apollo was right, Law and and culture are needed, for with out them we are but animals.   

Both gods offer what is needed to rule, so the god who best respresents both is what we need.  And only one of us is equal  in war and law,  in destruction and creation.  In wisdom and slaughter, and that is our Gray Sister, Athena.


Apollo smiled, for he, while saddned by his loss, recognised the sound logic.   Ares, accepted the decision, but never forgave his sister, who no doubt, used their absence outside the delibrations to persuade her cause, unmolested by his rebuttals.


Athena's rule lasted centuries. It was filled with bloody war, and innovated science.   Both art and bloodshed defined her rule.


She too, became weary of leadership and abidcated to live with her long retired father.    All looked to Hermes for advice.  He of course, nominated himself.  But that is another story.
  

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Reply #2 - Jan 25th, 2020 at 10:24am
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The Titans were all beings of spirit. They were concepts, intangible. Time, light, memory, momentum. The Olympians took on material form. Zeus was gas, Poseidon liquid, Hades Solids. In the form of matter they conquered and tamed their father, Time.

Thus The three forms of matter battled and defeated Typhon, who is entropy. But in the end Typhon will return as all matter decays.
The three forms of matter gave rise to plasma, Apollo, and how to change matter, Hephaestus.

And soon the sky and sea gave rise to Aphrodite, goddess of fecundity.

So the Olympians are the gods of the material world, the Titans are the gods of the mind.

This makes Hermes, the god of both real and illusion, tangible and intangible. Body and mind.
  

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