Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Pegasus - The Divine Symbol of Texas Oil

Sir Alfred Bossom of England designed this early Dallas Skyscraper that was the headquarters of the Magnolia Petroleum Company, predecessor to Mobil Oil. In 1934, Magnolia Petroleum Company erected a large "oil derrick" on the roof that supported two 30 by 50 foot red neon signs that were in the image of Pegasus, the flying red horse, that was the corporate logo for Magnolia. Mobil, as a part of Exxon Mobil Corp. still uses the logo today.

Pegasus (Ancient Greek: Πήγασος, Pégasos, Latin Pegasus) is one of the best known fantastical as well as mythological creatures in Greek mythology. He is a winged divine horse, usually depicted as white in colour. He was sired by Poseidon, in his role as horse-god, and foaled by the Gorgon Medusa.

A proposed etymology of the name is Luwian pihassas, meaning "lightning", and Pihassassi, a local Luwian-Hittite name in southern Cilicia of a weather god represented with thunder and lightning. The proponents of this etymology adduce Pegasus' role, reported as early as Hesiod, as bringer of thunderbolts to Zeus.

According to legend, everywhere the winged horse struck his hoof to the earth, an inspiring spring burst forth.

(The above credits to Exxon Mobil and Wikipedia)

With the shutting down of deep water drilling in the Gulf, the prevention of the Keystone pipeline from Canada to Texas and EPA dogging of existing oil industry activities, Americans have had to pay much more for energy for their vehicles. The assault on coal enery will add another price shock and potentially major rolling blackouts over the summer.

As seen above in the scene from the Clash of the Titans, the symbol of Texas oil is far too powerful be tied down for long. That is a promise, America.