Orpheus and Poetic Licentiousness

June 11, 2011
The Head of Orpheus ~ Gustave Moreau

The priests of the Orpheus religion were called Shepherds (boukolos) and Orpheus is the Good Shepherd, thus being head of the priests.

The first and genuine Orpheus, was a poet of Thrace, and, according to the opinion of many, the disciple of Linus; who flourished, says Suidas, at the time when the kingdom of the Athenians was dissolved. Some assert that he was prior to the Trojan wars, and that he lived eleven, or according to others nine generations.

The second Orpheus was an Arcadian, or, according to others, a Ciconian, from Bisaltia of Thrace; and is reported to be more ancient than Homer, and the Trojan war. He composed figments of fables called (μυθοποιϊα) and epigrams.

The third Orpheus was of Odrysius, a city of Thrace, near the river Hebrus; but Dionysius, in Suidas, denies his existence.

The fourth Orpheus was of Crotonia, who flourished in the time of Pisistratus, about the fiftieth Olympiad.

The last Orpheus, was Camarinæus, a most excellent versifier; and the same according to Gyraldus whose descent into hell is so universally known. And thus much for the life of Orpheus.

Sourced at Cosmos and Logos: Life and Theology of Orpheus

li·cen·tious (l-snshs)


1. Lacking moral discipline or ignoring legal restraint, especially in sexual conduct.
2. Having no regard for accepted rules or standards
From the Muse
Asteroid Orpheus in my natal Sixth House of occupation explains a lot………from those office affairs in the 80s to challenging the rules. Especially those rules of the “this is the way we’ve always done it” variety.  What does Orpheus tell me? 
Once you leave a situation: stay left! 
Which is a Rule for the Road down here: Keep left unless overtaking. 
That might be some deep metamystical wisdom…..but the previous rule still applies.  If zombies chase us, I’m tripping you!
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