Metaphysic Study

Charmed Series Book of Shadows: Medusa

Medusa is both a witch and a monstrous Gorgon. She has two older sisters, Stheno and Euryale.

In the days of ancient Greece, when the Greek gods ruled the world, Medusa and her sisters were up-and-coming witches. Medusa was the most powerful of the sisters by far, but she had a mortal lifespan. Stheno and Euryale were immortal, but weaker on their own.

When things finally got out of hand with the Greek gods, the Elders sent the sisters to Greece to check out what was happening. While they were checking on the Gods, Medusa fell in love with Poseidon, which was against the rules. However, her love soon turned to hatred after he raped her in Athena's temple. As powerful as Medusa was, she could not stop him.

Enraged that her temple was defiled, Athena cursed Medusa into becoming a gorgon so that no one would ever want to look upon her. While Athena was motivated by rage, it served a greater purpose as well. It was her way of fighting back against the Elders; by taking out some of their servants, the witches; Athena had cursed Medusa’s sisters as well when they came after her in a quest to avenge/save their younger sister. It sent a message to Athena’s enemies not to mess with her, or else she’d turn them into something even more hideous.

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