While the lords of light and darkness don’t seem to have much in common, there is a bit. Would any devotees of Hades like to explore this connection for the devotional?
First, there is their involvement in the story of Orpheus. Orpheus was either the son or student (or both) of Apollon. His parents were either a Thracian king and queen or Apollon and Calliope, which would give Orpheus his own divine birthright. On his wedding day, his wife, Eurydice, died after falling into a nest of vipers. Orpheus played music so mournful that all of the nymphs and gods wept with him in his grief. He traveled to the underworld, and when he arrived there, his music was even able to move the hearts of Hades and Persephone. He was given permission to lead Eurydice out from the underworld provided he didn’t turn around to look at her until they arrived in the upper world. Unfortunately, Orpheus was unable to resist and as soon as he reached the upper world, he turned to look at his wife who had not yet left the underworld. She vanished before his eyes, and he was unable to retrieve her a second time.
In addition, Apollon and Hades both had lovers who who underwent kataphytosis, or were transformed into plants. Like Daphne, Hyakinthos, and Kyparissos (Apollon’s loves), Hades loved Minthe, a mountian nymph. She fancied herself better than Persephone, and either Persephone or her mother, Demeter, trampled her and transformed her into garden mint. Leuke was another nymph loved by Hades. He abducted her and took her to the underworld where she was transformed into a white poplar and placed in the fields of Elysium.
Apollon and Hades also share one epithet – Isodotes, which means He Who Binds All Equally, or perhaps Impartial. For Apollon, it usually refers to his giving of oracles and the binding of the querent to the answer. For Hades, it refers to the fact that all souls eventually enter his domain.
Finally, there were oracles (of a different sort – these were necromantic) at several temples of Hades.