In order to make this hypothesis, it is important to lay a foundation of basic understanding. First, there are two distinct and opposite Ways of spiritual development. The Way of Passion, which requires the shedding of ego through the uprising of the Power of Passion or Kundalini. This is the way of the king, the warrior, and the animus-based personality. The Way of Grace, which requires the focusing of purpose and hardening of resolve through the downpour of the Power of Grace or Light. This is the way of the virgin, the feminine or creative, and the anima-based personality.
It is important to note that once a Way is chosen, the adherent needs to complete the entire progression before they allow the opposite energy to enter into the mix. The exoteric energy excavates the inner being, so that the esoteric energy has an empty vessel to inhabit. This is why only a king or fully ordained knight could seek the Grail and a virgin’s quest was only valid after experiencing the Immaculate Conception.
When the esoteric energy is added before the exoteric energy has completed the excavation, all the spiritual work to this point is destroyed. The student is thrown back to the beginning of the road and must begin the journey again from step one.
Here is where we begin interpreting Sophocles’ Oedipus, which is a forerunner to Plato’s Atlantis. Both of these stories are metaphors for the tragedy experienced by the animus-based personality when Grace is allowed to flood into a system where Passion/Kundalini has not reached full fruition. Grace is to an animus-based personality as Kryptonite is to Super Man.
In the ancient cultures, a man was expected to be a man. Power was the measure of a man. The more power a man exercised, the more respect he wielded. We are told that Oedipus was a king, which is the epitome of manliness. When an animus-based personality reaches the height of spiritual attainment, it is said that the eye is opened and the king “sees.” The Bible tells us that the Three Kings “see” the star in order to validate the superior spiritual accomplishment of the ones who visited the nativity. They did not just rule over a piece of land, they were awakened or enlightened beings.
In contrast, all male priests of the Great Mother, known as the Galli, were required to castrate themselves. It was known that when Passion is injected into an adherent of the Way of Grace the result was an enraged female bent on revenge and destruction. Every culture features a myth of female rage: Medusa, Kali, Sekhmet, & Pele. The thought was that in order to prevent a raging goddess, all men who associate with the goddess must renounce their masculinity (Passion/Kundalini). The physical way to do that was by castration. The result for the poor man was the loss of testosterone to the male body causing emotions and effeminate features to arise. The Galli wore women’s clothes and jewelry and for the most part became transvestites. Not something a manly man would consider appropriate behavior. Such a man was considered so vile, that it was against the law for a Roman citizen (only males were citizens) to participate in the cults of the Great Mother.
The first step along the Way of Grace is “The Wedding.” This first step along the spiritual path opens the crown chakra so that Grace can begin its journey to the root or base chakra. Just as Catholic nuns today are married to Jesus when they take the veil, so too were all female initiates in the Greek cults of the Great Mother. This is our first clue. Oedipus married.
Just as Jesus referred to God as “My Father,” so too did the ancients refer to the Mother Goddesses as “My Mother.”
When you understand the mystical meanings of such words like, “married” and “mother,” add that to the knowledge of the archetype of the king, you get a mixture of energies that are not compatible. I do not think Sophocles’ intention was ever about Oedipus marrying his biological mother. Sophocles’ story was meant to keep men from joining the cults of the Great Mother, which would destroy the psyche of an animus-based personality. The destruction of the psyche is exemplified by the gouging out of the eyes. The “king” can no longer “see.”