The myth of Medusa is one of my favorites. When people try to translate this into a volcanic eruption, it’s a guess at best. The snake and serpent are all over the ancient world. The serpent has to do with wisdom and the snake is your thoughts. The snake represents wise thoughts because it moves in the same way as your thoughts, like a wave. Medusa symbolized a conscious, wise woman. Ancient Greece was an extreme patriarchy. In Ancient Greece an awake, wise, conscious woman was feared. She could stop a patriarchal mind(ego) in its tracks. Turn it to stone. The other piece to this myth is the reflection. The ancients believed when you looked at your reflection, you were seeing your consciousness, your higher self, your soul or your true self. You can tell a lot about someone by the way they look at themselves in the mirror. If you are truly awake or enlightened, you will see yourself as perfect.
So back to the myth. You have Medusa and her sisters walking around with all this knowledge and wise thoughts (that’s why their portrayed as evil). Perseus, a demigod, can’t learn enlightenment by just memorizing facts and accepting any information that’s true or false. This is a fanciful story about him being sent to her to learn true knowledge. He has to use her reflection to get at the true knowledge. The true matriarchal, perfect, higher self knowledge. Him getting the knowledge from her is symbolized by cutting her head off and putting it in a bag. Anytime he needs that knowledge he can pull Medusa out and freeze any left brain person in their tracks. I think this myth is as valid today as it was in Ancient Greece.
The birth of the pegasus and chrysaor shows this interpretation is correct. Pegasus symbolizes mastery over your emotions and intellect. Chrysaor took me a little longer to decipher. Most interpretations say the chrysaor is a flying boar, however, it means one with golden sword. This is interesting because while the sword is masculine(Perseus being a male) it is symbolic of mastery over your thoughts. Cutting lose the physical bondage to release a path to enlightenment.