003. The Golden Apples
The Third Gate opens. On many levels besides the first. The 3 Golden Apples grow on a Hallowed Tree, guarded by a Dragon and tended by the Fates. The Labour is winding, multifaceted - a thesis in 5 parts. Learning to navigate through the voices of true Messengers and false Teachers we move on to Wrestle with the Serpent. En route to the crux, the journey is interrupted by an encounter with Prometheus - restrained and tormented by vultures on a rock. Breaking these chains we press on. This selfless act for another reveals the path to the Tree. Finally, Herakles holds the world for Atlas as they defeat the Dragon and retrieve the apples, lovingly, on their behalf. Through these applied act of Service, both are liberated.
Gemini. The Third Labour.