Sailor Moon


Last week, on ‘As The Pottery Wheel Turns’, we told the tale of Argus, a many eyed monster who was transformed into a peacock by Hera to pull her chariot. We left poor Io who faced unwanted advances from Zeus as a wandering cow, thanks to Hera’s wrath. Zeus still didn’t get the girl! How many peacocks does it take to pull a chariot anyways?

You can read last week’s vase story here.

Today’s vase, ‘Io‘, tells the tale of it’s namesake, a wandering cow with a secret, a man in chains, the ultimate cosmetic transformation, and an ending where the god gets the girl.


The Flies Have It!

Io, a former priestess in the temple dedicated to Hera in Argos had faced unwanted attention from Zeus who was in love with her, and from Hera who punished Io for her husbands attraction by turning her into a beautiful white cow. Hades hath no fury like a goddess scorned.

Bovine Io, unfairly punished, was left to wander through deserts and the world. To make matters worse, Hera had another meltdown when her pet monster Argus was killed by Zeus. So she sent a gadfly to follow Io around and harass her in all the places her tail could not reach. I am sure she would have given anything for a can of raid. Or opposable thumbs to use it.

Prometheus Bound

Io wandered and wandered, growing more and more upset and disoriented. It seems she was afflicted with the original mad cow disease. Eventually she reached the Black Sea and the what is now called the Bosporous, (ox passage) which was named in her honour.

So things were looking up and her situation was about to improve. Being named after one of the most strategic areas in the world was cowtastic.

It was on this leg of her journey that she would meet up with another victim of the gods, Prometheus.

HerA and Stones May break my Bones, But Heroes in Chains Excite Me!

It was when Io was passing Mount Caucasus that hope was restored. There she ran into Prometheus, another toy of the gods, who had been chained to the mountain by none other than Zeus.

It was in this moment, that Prometheus told Io that she would eventually be restored to human form and not give up hope. She would be the ancestress of many powerful figures. Holy Cow!


Sailor Moon

Io was often associated with the moon by the ancients. The self proclaimed ‘horned virgin’, made her way across the Ionian Sea to Egypt. I guess the original sailor moon may not have been a goddess, but she definitely had bovinity!

It was in Egypt that Zeus finally restored Io to her human form. Her long journey as a wandering cow had finished, but her story and those of her ancestors was just starting. It would take many generation, but one of Io’s descendants would be one of the most famous figures of the ancient world.

Next week on ‘As the Pottery Wheel Turns’

We will tell the story of the birth of her most famous relative, where Hera will once again get up to some of her usual tricks, and we’ll all learn not to cry over spilt milk. Its just not the ‘way’.

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  1. “HerA and Stones May break my Bones, But Heroes in Chains Excite Me!” I love this blog. Expert skill in play. Expert skill at play. Expert skill. You’re (s)KILLIN’ it. 🙂 I promise I won’t sue for PUNitive damages. I’d much rather continue to thoroughly enjoy them.

    This post is especially resonant. My Dad was a Professor of English, Creative Writing, Poetry, British Lit, and… wait for it… his favorite… Greek Tragedy. I grew up immersed in the stuff, basically living in the Underworld of the Latin and Greek footnotes of anything I read. This post today? DAYum did you guys go places. DAYum do I enjoy the ride. Can I just run back around and get in line to go again, or do I have to buy more tickets? Either way is fine. Wonder what I’ll experience the 2nd time, the 3rd. Thanks for the Passage. As I expressed, this post took me places on a ride in an exquisite Io vessel.

  2. That is a wonderful looking vase. I also never thought there would be some connection between Sailor Moon and Io. The only Greek mythology connection I can think of is one of the cats in that anime being named Artemis, but that’s different. Haha!

  3. So glad I didn’t miss the rest of the story, and the vase! Beautifully done, both. Love your blog and art work. Please do keep on with both!

  4. hi once you typed in Argos and once Argos and that made me think about a book in which is ‘canopus in Argos’ , a book I think you will love. The book is written by Doris Lessing and its title is Shikasta. There are more books in this serie,but it can be read alone.

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