Author: Jan Scholten
2.6.1 Stage 1: Caesium
Heracles means “renowned by Hera”. Zeus had seduced Alcmene (= might of the moon) by appearing in the form of her husband Amphitryon and she conceived Heracles. Hera was jealous of Heracles because he was the son of her husband Zeus. So she tried to punish him all the time. On the day Heracles' birth, the jealous Hera seduced Zeus into swearing an oath on the banks of the Styx, that on that day the mighty king of Mycenae would be born. Hera then delayed the birth of Heracles and accelerated the birth of his nephew Eurystheus. So by Zeus' oath Eurystheus became king, although he was a very weak and timid person.
As a baby Heracles is attacked by two serpents sent to him by Hera, but he strangles them with his bare hands, with his immeasurable strength.
Stage 1: The theme of the child or baby is typical for Stage 1; it's new, the start, the beginning; Heracles just (Stage 1) kills (Gold series) the serpents, spontaneously (Stage 1). Another aspect is that Heracles' reign (Gold series) is just (Stage 1) taken away.