|A beautifully enhanced image of the planet Jupiter showing a swirling cloud layer of ammonia crystals|
|A magnificent bronze statue believed to be Zeus hurling a lightning bolt dating from 460 BC at the National Archaeological Museum in Athens|
|Lightning captured on Jupiter by the NASA spacecraft New Horizons|
Jupiter is the Roman incarnation of the Greek God Zeus. He is a God of the sky, lightning, thunder, and justice. He is often depicted clutching a lightning bolt ready to hurl it Earthward. Lightning is a phenomenon that could easily inspire divine explanation.
|Jupiter depicted in a ceiling painting I photographed in the Louvre in Paris|
The Eagle is associated with Zeus, and Bald Eagles land here in the tallest trees from time to time. I love hearing their distinctive cry and have seen them soaring overhead while I work on the labyrinth. I have heard that with the building of new homes on the island that trees traditionally used as nesting sites by eagles year after year have recently been cut down. There is great wealth on Bainbridge and lots with views of the water are increasingly more rare, so the impact of new building on less accessible sites tends to be greater. Our natural systems are being impacted at an alarming rate.
|200 AD Roman floor mosaic depicting Zeus as an Eagle, snatching Ganymedes. Museum of Archaeology, Thessaloniki|
This winter I visited several islands in Greece, including Crete and Naxos. Both islands are mountainous, and I climbed up to caves on each that are related in mythology to the life of Zeus. The cave of Ideon Andron on Mt. Ida, south of the city of Rethymno on the island of Crete, is according to legend one of two possible birthplaces of the baby Zeus.
|The Ideon Andron Cave, one of the mythical birthplaces of Zeus, on Mt. Ida, Crete|
|8th Century BC Bronze drum depicting Zeus and Kouretes, from the Ideon Andron, Museum of Archaeology, Herakion, Crete|
Zeus, in retribution for his father having eaten his siblings, dethroned Cronus and caused him to vomit up the family. Afterwards he became the supreme deity to whom all others worshiped.
Zeus was a ladies man, and had a jealous wife, the Goddess Hera. He sired many children with Goddesses and mortal women, many of whom were cursed and put to great tests by Hera. The list is stellar. Athena was born when Zeus's skull was split to relieve the worst of headaches after he had swallowed Athena's Mother, Metis. The twins Apollo and Artemis (Diana), were birthed by Leto on the island of Delos after a curse from Hera that made it impossible for her to give birth in any other terrestrial place. A tryst with Maia produced Hermes. Hera had six children with Zeus, including Ares (Mars), Hephaestus, and Hebe. Mnemosyn, the Goddess of Memory gave birth to the 12 Muses. One of Jupiter's Moons is named for the Muse Aoide. Dionysos fetus was stitched up in Zeus leg after his Mother, Semele was incinerated when she made Zeus promise her a boon, and she asked to see him in his divine form. He attempted in vail to minimize his appearance to spare her, but he had promised with an oath made on the River Styx and was committed to fulfill it. All in all he sired more than 40 divine offspring and a large number of mortals, including the mighty Heracles (Hercules).
|Lighting bolts I made and left outside the entrance to Zas Cave, Naxos, Greece|
Zeus had many rolls and aspects as a God. He was the King of the divine pantheon that resided on Mount Olympus. He continued to be the King of Gods in Rome as Jupiter, and the most important oaths of honor were made in his temple. The Jupiter Temple at Baalbak in Lebanon was the largest temple in the entire Roman empire, with some of the largest known blocks of stone ever hewn, weighing 60 tons and more.
|The Jupiter Temple at Baalbek, Lebanon, the largest in the Roman Empire|
|Me standing on the World's 2nd largest known hewn stone at Baalbek, Lebanon|
|What remains of the great Temple of the Olympian Zeus, Athens, Greece|
|The Labyrinth as it looked on my return on March 23rd|
Today I had a visit from a lovely woman named Angie, for whom I dedicated the first of a series of simple 'lightning bolts', that I am incorporating in to this circuit as a symbol of Zeus, the God of lightning and thunder and storms. In return I asked her to go and turn the prayer wheel and send an intention out in to the World.
|Angie visits the Labyrinth|
|Angie's Lightning bolt (they tend to be very subtle when made of beach rock)|
My good friends Trish and Thane from Portland came by on their way back from Anacortes to see the project. I love that friends find their way to this rather remote location in their travels to see what I am up to. I made a special lightning bolt to commemorate their visit.
|Friends from Portland visiting the project|
|Turning from the 6th circuit to the 5th at the Northern cardinal point|
|A lightning bolt made from stone shards I collected on Mt. Zas on the island of Naxos, Greece|
I worked my way around to where the 5th circuit turns and runs straight to the center of the Labyrinth. A section of the path in line with the entrance path parallels the one leading to the center, which represents the sun. These straight paths are made of yellow stones since they are aligned with the east, and yellow is the color for the east in Native American medicine wheel diagrams.
|The paths turn towards the center in the East|
The next day was epic for its rainbows. They lasted for at least an hour, arching across the sound while I gathered another 400 pounds or so of rock. The tide is out in the afternoon so I am gathering what I need to make my way through each band of color during that time.
|A brilliant full spectrum rainbow|
|The day's pickings|
|Ava, Lori, and Farrell|
|Barb and her sweet dogs|
|The Jupiter Circuit, the 5th|
|Subtle zig zags of stone honor the God of Lightning and Thunder|
Thanks for reading, Jeffrey
|With the Jupiter circuit complete, there are four circuits and the center remaining to be built|