For months now, I’ve been thinking about Eris and the way she drives things apart when discord is not honored on the way to consensus or mutual respect.¹ It’s part of why I wrote a devotional poem to her, wanting to push back against that — to find a space that honors her properly, that pivots within itself from strife to union. I’ve recited it every 5th, 15th, and 25th lunar day (☽) for a while now.
“What does the feast Eris is famous for disrupting look like in art?” is a question I have also had. Since it’s the ☽15th, let’s look at a few of them on the Wikimedia Commons. Two are of the feast itself; one is of the apple picking.
Hendrik de Clerck – The Nuptials of Thetis and Peleus. (2019, June 14). Wikimedia Commons, the free media repository. Retrieved 03:20, November 12, 2019.
Golden Apple of Discord by Jacob Jordaens. (2019, November 8). Wikimedia Commons, the free media repository. Retrieved 03:27, November 12, 2019.
Turner, Joseph Mallord William. The Goddess of Discord Choosing the Apple of Contention in the Garden of the Hesperides. (2019, October 6). Wikimedia Commons, the free media repository. Retrieved 03:31, November 12, 2019.
(1) There was one point when I suggested that a bunch of us bloggers read Conflict Is Not Abuse by Sarah Schulman and talk about our reactions to it and what we think our polytheistic communities can take away from it, and to this day, nobody has taken me up on it. Since it seems that I will be alone, this sounds like a great thing to read in January.