Sunday, August 07, 2011
The Gordion Knot
Some years ago in the early 2000s I had a most significant and memorable dream which had a clear spiritual meaning.
The key figure within the dream was a young boy dressed in a red robe which was tied by a red cord around the waist. I attempted to undo the knot in the cord but no matter how I tried I did not succeed and then I recall saying to myself "this is a Gordion Knot." With this I awoke.
At that time I was not familiar with the story of the Gordion Knot and how Alexander the Great managed to sever it with his sword. In 333BCE Alexander the Great reached Gordium in Phrygia and severed the Gordion Knot with his sword after finding that he could not untie it. An oracle in Phrygia predicted that the man who could untie the famous Gordion Knot would become king of Phrygia[they were without a king at this time]. That night there was a tremendous thunderstorm and this was interpreted as a good omen for Alexander in that Zeus was pleased and would grant him further victories.
His biographers also claimed that the untying of the knot would grant the person who managed this control over all of Asia.
So when one says today that a certain problem is a `Gordion Knot` they are impying that it is a problem that appears to have no solution.
The symbol of the knot represents spiritual continuity and connection and suggests a need for a pause for one to assess a situation or one`s life and the need for contemplation. Psychologically it can indicate that the dreamer is a bound to a situation by a sense of duty and/or guilt and the only way to free oneself is by the untying of the knot or the things that bind us.
The boy symbolises the potential for growth and development and the willingness to face difficulties. The robe symbolises something that has remained uncovered but the desire to take off the robe by loosening and untying the knot is indicative of a need to shed old beliefs and/or inhibitions.
The robe and the cord were red and red stands for energy, vitality and vigour.
The cord itself stands for those things that tie or bound us to situations or people.
Significantly I was not aware at the time of the legend of the Gordion Knot and the connection with Alexander the Great. Was it possible that within the dream state I had accessed the Collective Unconscious of the Aryan peoples?
Certainly after this time I began to expand my interests and studies from the narrow confines of Germanic mythology and history to that of other Aryan peoples and the Proto-Indo-Europeans, taking a keen interest in the science of Comparative Mythology and the life of Alexander the Great.
This dream certainly marked a spiritual transition for me and certain personal problems were subsequently resolved.