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The Twelve Labors of Hercules

         Welcome to a creative endeavor that came out of nowhere!

         I have examined Hercules in a series of articles for Gurukulam Magazine, which turned out to be a very rewarding exercise in tuning in to long lost threads of wisdom teaching. Recently a couple of friends teamed up on me to beg me to polish up the articles and get them published, and I am in the process of complying with their request.

         I don’t even remember how I got started on this project; it must have been the gods enchanting me. At the outset I knew almost nothing about the topic. It is certainly true that this ancient myth brimming with psychological wisdom has been utterly debased for centuries if not millennia. It is high time that a corrective interpretation was offered, if only to please the gods. They appear to have handed it off to me….

         The original articles were posted in the Magazine Articles page of this site, but I’m going to put the new versions on their own page, even while they are works in progress. Because I began the project as an innocent, and I was writing for an audience grounded in Indian philosophy, the earlier Labors need more fixing. The later ones are rather good, and do not need much polishing. There was never an introduction, so introductory material is scattered throughout the various Labors. I’ll be culling all that out and making it chapter one. An introduction is paradoxically the last thing to be written, but there will be lots of fascinating passages in there starting now.

         I’ll keep you posted on my progress. As of now, all the  Labors have been upgraded but not finalized, and the introduction is already quite substantial and very helpful. It may even have to become two chapters, but we’ll see.

Setting the Stage

Labor One - The Nemean Lion

Labor Two - The Lernaean Hydra

Labor Three - The Cerynian Hind

Labor Four - The Erymanthian Boar

Labor Five - The Augean Stables

Labor Six - The Stymphalian Birds

Labor Seven - The Cretan Bull

Labor Eight - The Mares of Diomedes

Labor Nine - The Girdle of Hippolyte

Labor Ten - The Cattle of Geryon

Labor Eleven - The Golden Apples of the Hesperides

Labor Twelve - The Hound of Hades

Scott Teitsworth

rsteitsworth(at)yahoo.com