The Origin Of ‘Soulmates’ According To Greek Mythology


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The Origin Of Soulmates

According to Greek Mythology, soulmates are two halves of the same person who were separated by the Greek god Zeus due to jealousy and fear. This is why we spend our entire lives looking for our “other half.”

The “Primal Humans” in Greek Mythology

In his philosophical text ‘The Symposium’, Athenian philosopher Plato describes the myth of the original humans and the creation of the concept of soulmates through the speech of comic playwright Aristophanes. Plato’s The Symposium explains – “According to Greek mythology, humans were originally created with 4 arms, 4 legs and a head with 2 faces. Fearing their power, Zeus split them into two separate parts, condemning them to spend their lives in search for other halves.”

Aristophanes’ speech explains that there is a spiritual reason why we always keep looking for “The One” and feel mentally and emotionally “incomplete” without our romantic partners with whom we share an intimate, loving and committed relationship. He explains that in the beginning, the original ‘primal’ humans were created very differently from what we are today. According to the myth, Greek Gods created humans with two different, yet joined bodies. Two individuals were created in one physical body with two genders, both man and woman, four arms, four legs and two faces who existed as a single entity or identity. It is believed that the two individuals were soulmates unified in one body.

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The Origin Of ‘Soulmates’ According To Greek Mythology
The Origin Of ‘Soulmates’ According To Greek Mythology

These original or primal human beings were physically strong, mentally sharp, powerful, fearless and exceptionally talented. Moreover, there were three different genders – male, female and androgynous, someone who is partly male, partly female. These humans were descendants of three divine parents – the Sun, the Moon and the Earth. Males were the children of the Sun; females were born from the Earth; but the androgynous were the offspring of the Moon, formed by combining the Sun & the Earth. Each of the three genders had double bodies with two faces in opposite directions, four limbs & two sets of genitalia. The males had two male reproductive parts, the females had two female reproductive organs, while the androgynous had one male and one female genitalia.

These primal humans were twice as powerful and faster than humans today. These joined humans in a single body were actually soulmates, with two male or two female lovers being homosexuals, while the androgynous lovers were heterosexuals.

The curse on the soulmates

According to Greek mythology, filled with pride, ego and hubris, the powerful primal humans tried to challenge the Greek Gods by scaling Mount Olympus. These humans wanted to conquer the Gods and become the new rulers. However, this angered the almighty Gods, who decided that something must be done to control these powerful creatures and bring back harmony & balance. Although Zeus considered striking the unruly human beings with his divine thunderbolts and eradicating them, he changed his mind as this would mean there would be no humans left to worship him. 

So in order to ensure the offerings and devotions of the humans are sustained, he decided to split the humans in half, making them weaker and lost. This was not only a fitting and painful punishment for the humans, it also doubled the human population, increasing the volume of offerings the Gods received. Thus, the humans everywhere faced the wrath of the Gods by being cut into two due to their own pride and ego.

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Rescued by Apollo, the healer

The humans were now miserable without their other half and drowned in pain and suffering. They felt lost, alone and lacked the will to live. They cried and grieved over the loss of their soulmates and stopped eating or drinking. However, Greek mythology states that the Olympian deity Apollo, the God of truth and healing, could not bear to see the humans suffer like this. So he decided to heal their wounds by stitching and restructuring their bodies with one face, four limbs and one genital. Now only their navels reminded them of their primal form. Apollo also decided to move their genitals to the front from their back so that humans could experience the joy, warmth and comfort of copulating with their soulmates, once the humans found their other halves.

The Origin Of ‘Soulmates’ According To Greek Mythology
The Origin Of ‘Soulmates’ According To Greek Mythology

Apollo believed that this could encourage androgynous couples to reproduce more offsprings, which would make sure that there were more humans to worship the Greek Gods. He also ensured that homosexuals, whether male or female, could still find love, happiness and satisfaction by being united with their other halves – their intimate partner, even if they couldn’t procreate.

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The search for your ‘Other Half’

By cutting the humans in half, the Greek God Zeus divided the soulmates, creating separate individuals with one face, two hands, two legs and one body with one gender – now identified as a man or woman. Separated from their original form, now the humans would spend their entire lives looking for their other spiritual, physical, mental and emotional half to feel complete again. As we are separated from our other half, we have this burning desire to look for them even now. We have this blind belief that there is someone for us who would complete us, make us feel ‘whole’ again. And we spend our entire lives waiting and looking for them. This Greek mythology explains why we yearn so strongly for our soulmates, for their companionship, for their love.

Perhaps this is the reason why we often feel a deep connection with strangers who makes us believe that we have known them for a long time. That they are the ones we are meant to be with. And often, these form the best real-life love stories. Being separated from our soulmates burns our physical body, our heart and our spiritual self alike. We feel this inherent and powerful need to find them and feel ‘complete’ like we have never been before. The myth even states that when we find our soulmates, our souls know that we are meant to be together through silence and spiritual understanding. There is no greater joy than finding your other half – your soulmate, and returning to your primal form.

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Whether you are a heterosexual or homosexual individual, we are all looking for our other half ever since that period. Trying to pursue our ‘primal’ need to find the one we were split and separated from. And once we find “The One”, our other primal self, we take great measures to ensure that we are never separated again. However, this search for our soulmates can last through multiple lifetimes and reincarnations until our karmic dues are paid. Once we are able to find ‘The One’, we will unite with the Divine, The Supreme Being.

The Origin Of ‘Soulmates’ According To Greek Mythology
The Origin Of ‘Soulmates’ According To Greek Mythology

Being ‘whole’ with our soulmates

According to the 2017 national Monmouth University Poll, about two-thirds of U.S. adults believe in soulmates – someone we are destined to be with. “Among adults who are not currently in a relationship, just over half of women (53%) and just under half of men (47%) say they believe in the idea of soulmates,” explains the Monmouth University Poll. Regardless of our sexual orientation, we believe in the concept of having a partner with whom we share a special, instinctive connection, even if the Greek mythology is simply folklore. Perhaps this is why we feel empty, lonely and depressed when we are unable to find our other half. We feel like there is a void inside us that only “The One” can fill.

All of us are a matching half of a whole spiritual being that was separated in the primal era and always busy looking for our matching other half. This is why when we finally meet our soulmates, we are struck by a sense of awe, driven by an instinctive feeling of love, connection and belongingness with the other person. Our desire to be united takes over us and we feel an euphoric joy inside. But the quest for “The One” takes us through a difficult path filled with several obstacles and disappointments where only the hopeful, brave, patient and fearless reach their destination. And our only guide in the quest is our heart that will always show the way back home – where we can be ‘whole’ again with the person we are meant to be with.

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