The First Castration

The first castration occurs in mythology, near the very beginning of the cosmos.   Mother Earth Gaea, gave birth to Uranus (Father Sky).    Just as Eve in the Bible married Adam, Gaea of the Greek Myths married Uranus.   

Upon the marraige, Gaea had Father Sky surround herself, so that she would provide a protected home for mortal beings. 

Their first children were monsters.   First, there came three Hundred-Headed giants and then three Cyclops.    Father Uranus didn’t take to them.  In fact he feared and hated his children so much that he threw them deep into the darkest parts of the  earth. 

Gaea felt betrayed.   She loved her children.  She wanted revenge.    Nevertheless she hid her feelings from Uranus until she had borne her next group of children, the thirteen Titans.

As the Titans were growing up, Gaea planned for her husband’s punishment.  She honed a piece of flint into a large, sharp sickle, and kept it hidden until one day she approached her children and asked them to punish their father for being so cruel.  

Almost all of the Titans were so terrified of their father that they refused to obey her.  But her youngest son, Cronos had inherited his father’s temperament, and said “If no one else will help you, Mother, I certainly will!   If our father has been cruel to you and to our brothers, we should take revenge!”

Later that night, when the chariot of the sun had crossed the sky, father Uranus joined his wife by the shore of the sea and lay down to sleep with her.

Cronos appeared with the sickle.  In one stroke he castrated his father.    He threw the testicles into the sea, where they became surrounded by white foam.  In time from that foam rose Aphrodite, the goddess of beauty and sexual desire.

After the castration, Cronos realized he could very well succumb to the same fate as his father.  And so “I shall fool the Fates!” he cried. “If I do not have any children, then I will be able to rule forever!”

But as we all know, or should know, one can never cheat the Fates.   There is no perfect justice, and no perfect equation for the ways of this world.  Cronos had a wife, they bore children, and one of them, whom they had named Zeus, would make his name as ruler of the gods.