Wednesday, July 20, 2011
Not the computer, the forbidden fruit.
A symbol of ecstasy, fertility, abundance. Of love. And of desire.
Ever since that fateful moment in the Garden of Eden, the apple has served as a symbol for everything from evil to love. Professional dream analysts (of course it’s a real job, why do you ask?) will tell you that dreaming about an apple tree symbolizes knowledge, wisdom and great prosperity. I've never dreamt of an apple tree, but I bet that hardly surprises anyone. I have dreamed about eating an apple, though, something that apparently represents harmony and pleasure. In a biblical sense, it would be a representation of sexual appetite, lustful desires and sexual awareness à la Garden of Eden. Luckily, I’m not very biblical either, so it’s perfectly safe to keep reading, mom.
In Greek mythology, when Gaia married Zeus, she gave Hera (one of Zeus’ 64 other wives and mistresses -- monogamy is for lazy people who don’t have the stamina of a god) apples symbolizing long love and union. And Dionysus, the god of wine, offered Aphrodite apples to try to win her love. Personally, I think he’d have been better off going with diamonds, but I guess when you’re the goddess of love, all you really want is an apple or two.
In China the apple symbolizes peace, and the apple blossoms adoration, whereas the Celtic interpretation is all about sex and fertility, randy little Celts.
In this case, I’ll let the apple symbolize desire. There are many things I desire in this world. Chocolate cake, for example. A ready-made master’s thesis just for me. The early arrival of the weekend. Chocolate cake. A better zoom lens for my camera. The opportunity to travel wherever I want, whenever I want. The perfect body. Chocolate cake. I think the great French Renaissance writer François Rabelais said it best.
“We always long for the forbidden things, and desire what is denied us.”
Ain’t that the truth. Now gimme some chocolate cake.
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