Ariadne and Dionysus Picture

9x12 pastel on Colorfix paper

Ariadne was most likely the ancient Minoan Snake goddess. The island of Crete was once a very strong matriarchal society and Ariadne was their powerful mother goddess. When the patriarchal Greeks overtook the island they rewrote Ariadne to be the human daughter of King Minos, and there by stripping her of her goddess power.
The Greek myth has her saving the Greek hero Theseus from the dark and scarry labyrinth and the creepy minotaur (symbols for the womb of the goddess and our own connection to the animal world…through the goddess).
Anyway she saves Theseus and they run off together. Then Theseus decides to dump Ariadne, pregnant no less, on an island. The Greek ultimate partying god, Dionysus, spots her there and falls in love with her. As a way of honoring Ariadne he puts her crown into the heavens and it becomes the constellation Corona Borealis.
Though Ariadne doesn’t play a large role in Greek myth, she seems to be strong in our collective conscious. There have been many paintings depicting her. One such painting was Klimt’s “Kiss”. The white flowers placed at the woman’s crown in the painting are in the exact positions of the stars of the Corona Borealis. The man is wearing ivy in his hair to connect him to Dionysus. I decided to do this painting Klimt style to honor him for symbolically placing Ariadne and Dionysus in his masterpiece.
The real truth behind Dionysus is he is the god of ecstasy. I figure Ariadne felt the ecstasy of his kiss long before he touched her. In fact, Ariadne herself might be a symbol for ascension, for feeling the ecstasy of oneness with god and then going to heaven through our crown (chakras).
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