Those Insightful Greeks/Self Help Mythology

Those Insightful Greeks
    The Greek mythology has many facets. It
entertains us with its picturesque details. It
inspires our poets and story tellers. It explains the
mysteries of the universe through the beautiful
stories. But most importantly, the Greek myths give us
an insight into our own nature. They teach us how to
act, and not to act, in order to be happy. The
following series of articles purports to analyze, from
an unconventional, and at times humorous, standing
point, several Greek ideas which are still relevant in
the modern times.
Breaking the Patterns
    Uranus, Zeus’ grandfather was a very bad parent.
He put his personal happiness above that of his family
and incarcerated all of his children in his body. He
was afraid to allow them any autonomy, so that he
wouldn’t be deposed from his lofty position of a
ruler.
    Chronos, which many sources mention as Zeus’
father, and Uranus’ offspring, became a tyrant in his
own right. He, who suffered from parental abuse and
should have known better, repeated the mistake of his
sire.  Worried about his continuing leadership he
chose to meticulously control his own children. He ate
all of his sons, and was planning to keep them inside
for all eternity.
    Zeus, a son of an abusive father, and a
grandchild of a tyrant, broke the chain. A few
unflattering comments can be made about his character,
but one thing was clear. Among the uncountable numbers
of children he had, he loved everyone. Not once has it
crossed his mind to limit their freedom out of fear
for his own leadership. Even though his male side of
the family trained him in the tradition of abuse, Zeus
found inside the courage to rise above the
circumstances. He judged his children according to
their behavior, rather than the perceived threat. His
relationship with the two godly children sufficiently
illustrates this assertion. The ruler of gods disliked
his son Ares for his militant character, and favored
his daughter Athena, even though she objectively posed
a greater threat to Zeus’ own dominion aided by her
unfathomable wisdom.
    From a numerological point of view then, Zeus’
primary number is 6. He in many ways represents the
ideal parent, who gives his children exactly what they
need, rather than what they want. Ares, the god of
aggressiveness, always demanded some kind of war from
his father. Most parents would be too worried to
refuse the requests of their beloved offspring. To
them, denial of the child’s desire might indicate
their failure in the parental duty. The case is
different for those who have a 6 in their number. They
wisely conclude that sometimes temperance is the best
method of education. Zeus came to this conclusion
during the Trojan War, when his blood thirsty son
required more and more casualties to satisfy his
enormous hunger for pain. The elder god knew that
total freedom would ruin Ares, encouraging him in the
unhealthy appetite until it was too late to turn back,
and so he refused his request. Even while concerned
about the tension between himself and Ares, the
greatest of gods still made the right choice, as the
‘6’ archetype of parent often does.
    In his actions, Zeus hence exemplifies the most
balanced approach to breaking the patterns. He went
away from the automatically negative attitude towards
his children, but he equally rejected the temptation
of overindulgence. Many a parent, raised in strict
families themselves, will compensate for it by extreme
lenience towards their children. Not so the master of
the gods. He escaped the tyranny in himself, and the
possible weakness. He didn’t have any role models
among the elder gods, and yet, managed to develop a
well rounded and utterly balanced personality.
    None of us, regular mortals, can ever hope to
match the divine entity with its numerous powers. But
his most significant, emotional strength is in our
hands. If we choose to use it. This is indeed the
crucial factor. While we yearn for the freedom of
choice and are willing to fight for it, we are often
afraid to make the really important choices, if they
differ from the familiar.
    The choice doesn’t have to imply any physical
action. It might be just an inward decision to change.
A simple resolution to act differently would do, if it
is likely to improve the situation. It is an
incredibly great feeling to believe that we can change
our own position. Why wouldn’t we do then just about
anything to bring an improvement?
    Possibly, because the deviation from the standard
is emotionally uncomfortable. That is the reason we
would rather perpetuate the bad habits and pass them
from generation to generation, than stop and
objectively consider them. In fact, many of us use our
upbringing as an excuse to keep making the mistakes.
We are only humans, so it is understandable, we claim
to our inner critic and to others. We are right too,
on both accounts. But wouldn’t it be better, in spite
of our mortality, to embrace the greatest power of an
immortal god, and change ourselves for the better?
After all, our greatest right is not provided on a
golden platter by our heavenly or earthly father, our
government, or the United Nations. It is the right to
be happy. We have this right from birth,
unconditionally, no matter who we are, and only we
ourselves can exercise that greatest of rights.
    In the long run, Zeus’ emotional discomfort at
getting away from the tradition was only momentary.
His happy relationship with his children lasted
forever and it was the direct result of his actions.
He made sure, all by himself, to satisfy the strongest
of his needs. His greatness, therefore, didn’t depend
on any supernatural, undeserved powers. Essentially,
he is as strong as we are, or as weak as we are, for
he represents the human ideal. And if he broke away
from the negative patterns, so can we.
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Our fascination with mythology inspired, in part, an extensive acquisition of mythological items, if interested, you could share our passion for mythology with the following mythological haul:
 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tn3ueMyDFWA&t=558s

One million easy ways to D.I.Y an awesome Gothic bracelet, bats, pentagrams and more

love jewelry. I love Gothic stuff and bats and witchy stuff and gargoyles and bats….and…and…and buying jewelry…oh and I also lean toward expensive tastes so while I do buy I don’t end up buying everything that I see that I feel would look simply charming on me.
In order to keep myself from pining away for want of all the expensive bracelets out there, I put my creative thrifty side to work. I may be creative and thrifty but I’m a bit lazy and tend toward impatient as well…so all my awesomely crafty ideas for Gothic and witchy jewelry are very easy to make. And when I say easy I mean easy…not the  way some others mean it when they say easy, and the more you watch their videos or read their how to’s the wider your eyes grow in incredulity that anyone thought that was easy!
My D.I.Y jewelry ideas are not that sort…they don’t require loads of pricy equipment that you don’t have or want to buy and they don’t take more than a few minutes to make while still looking expensive and well put together. You will spend 10 dollars aprox or less and your completed bracelet will look as though it easily cost 50. Cause that’s how we roll.
Check out my quick and easy videos of the various bracelets I did and leave me a comment if you end up making any for yourself or tag me on instagram at jekyllhydeclub
Each link has a brief description above  it so you’ll know what sort of bracelet you’re about to watch me tell you how to make.
Bracelets made from pendants that are pentagrams, bats for one and gargoyles for the other, awesome styles and look way more expensive. My personal favorites though it’s hard to choose.
   
Bat bracelet made from a necklace, very easy and awesome looking/not a charm dangle
Bat bracelet made from a metal bat loop back button, not a charm dangle
In which i turn a bat ring from spirit Halloween into one of the best bat bracelets ever, Victorian looking and most striking.
These are earrings that I turned into bracelets due to the fact, for me, their too large for earrings but make awesome good sized centerpiece dangle charms. One is black bat wings with a red stone, very Gothic and the other is a lovely example of Victorian, Steampunk Gothic with a claw holding a ball.

Easily grow your own long strong nails

If you would love to grow your own nails and not mess with acrylics or salon this article is for you. If you have tried everything to grow your nails and they keep breaking I feel you! I have discovered a solution. My solution is not expensive to do. Cost me 2 dollars like 6 months ago and I still don’t need to buy more. I’m good with dollar tree though Even if your not down with Dollar tree, even if you like the expensive stuff you still won’t spend more  than 10 dollars a year for your long perfect strong natural nails. Watch my video to find out how to DIY that  right now!

Yummy Protein egg and seed snack, not for the birds!

This is fast, easy and yummy. You don’t have to be into cooking to make this happen and it’s good as well as good for you Fantastic for that pre or post workout energy boost or just that boost to combat the summer heat.
You will need: eggs
shelled sunflower seeds
sea salt if they are unsalted
Unsalted is best as then you can sea salt them yourself adding as much ass you like and you know the salt will be  the healthiest.
If the sunflower seeds are unsalted put them in a ziplock then sprinkle in some salt. Zip the bag up and shake well for a few seconds. Try a nibble and see if it’s enough salt. Start small so you don’t over salt as  little goes a long way and the first time will probably be enough salt.
Boil the eggs and peal them. Then slice 1 or 2 eggs, 3 if you’re extra hungry, into 4ths or so. Sprinkle each with about half a tea spoon of he salty seeds.They should stick to the white  and yolk of the egg long enough to get it into your mouth. Simple bight sized goodness that is so filling, good for you and satisfies the salty protein craving.
 If you like this boil a carton of eggs up so they’ll already be chilled in the refrigerator and waiting for you when ever you need this quick fix of goodness.
If you found this interesting check our other  recipes.

Delicious banana nut snack with honey and cinnamon

Even if you hate cooking this is so easy you won’t mind. It takes less than 5 minutes to make even if you’re moving slow.
This is nice and healthy for summer yet filling with loads of nutritious benefits from fiber to potassium protein, cholesterol lowering and more! It’s so nice to pig out, enjoy it and still be doing good deeds for your body and health. For those of you with  sweet tooth this dessert full of natural sugars will satisfy those cravings without putting on all the pounds that chocolate cake surely will.
You will need:
1 Banana,
a cup of roasted and salted cashews
cinnamon
honey
Split banana into natural segments after pealing, then break those up into about half inch slices. Cover those with the cup of nuts then drizzle liberally with honey and finally sprinkle with cinnamon before stirring the mix.
That’s it! You’re ready to eat. Simple and fast, wasn’t it? And it is delicious!  If you enjoyed this check out our other recipes.

One million easy ways to D.I.Y an awesome Gothic bracelet, bats, pentagrams and more

I love jewelry. I love Gothic stuff and bats and witchy stuff and gargoyles and bats….and…and…and buying jewelry…oh and I also lean toward expensive tastes so while I do buy I don’t end up buying everything that I see that I feel would look simply charming on me.
In order to keep myself from pining away for want of all the expensive bracelets out there, I put my creative thrifty side to work. I may be creative and thrifty but I’m a bit lazy and tend toward impatient as well…so all my awesomely crafty ideas for Gothic and witchy jewelry are very easy to make. And when I say easy I mean easy…not the  way some others mean it when they say easy, and the more you watch their videos or read their how to’s the wider your eyes grow in incredulity that anyone thought that was easy!
My D.I.Y jewelry ideas are not that sort…they don’t require loads of pricy equipment that you don’t have or want to buy and they don’t take more than a few minutes to make while still looking expensive and well put together. You will spend 10 dollars aprox or less and your completed bracelet will look as though it easily cost 50.You will have sturdy quolity jewelry and not weird paper crap tht will be quickly ruined and thus have wasted all your time in making it. Cause that’s how we roll.
Check out my quick and easy videos of the various bracelets I did and leave me a comment if you end up making any for yourself or tag me on instagram at jekyllhydeclub
Each link has a brief description above  it so you’ll know what sort of bracelet you’re about to watch me tell you how to make.
Bracelets made from pendants that are pentagrams, bats for one and gargoyles for the other, awesome styles and look way more expensive. My personal favorites though it’s hard to choose.
   
Large striking bat bracelet with a victorian flair and elligant look. turning a stretch ring into a bracelet. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MYdFEkpiYWM 
Bat bracelet made from a necklace, very easy and awesome looking/not a charm dangle
Bat bracelet made from a metal bat loop back button, not a charm dangle
These are earrings that I turned into bracelets due to the fact, for me, their too large for earrings but make awesome good sized centerpiece dangle charms. One is black bat wings with a red stone, very Gothic and the other is a lovely example of Victorian, Steampunk Gothic with a claw holding a ball.

The Dark Side of Harry Potter

There are so many great characters in the Harry Potter series that could have been developed so much more than the were. Characters who were intriguing with depth to them, Regulus Black, Blaise Zabini,Aberforth Dumbledore, Millicent Bulstrode, and even Grindalvald himself just to name a few.
None of these characters got an action figure sadly, but there were some that did…also awesome and unsung characters that I would love to know more  about…I can at least share their action figure reviews with you, though and they are awesome to look at…Some may even call them fantastic beasts…and they’d likely get hexed for  their pains!
Check here for Kreacher, Griphook, Buck Beak and Kreacher…Yes I am aware I typed that twice…
Morticia

Greek Mythology 3/Self Help

 

Gomez was previously published in the Messenger but his series of articles, Those Insightful Greeks does not appear to open any longer.

If you’d like to see the previous article in the series, it is available here:

https://batwebgothicreviews.wordpress.com/2017/06/11/those-insightful-greeksself-help-mythology/

 

Shop Gothic for less

We all love to follow the most popular Gothic shops and fang girl over all their delectable items. Only we can’t afford as many as we’d like  or at some times any at all. Just DAMN IT! Only there are many awesome alternatives that people don’t know about and I’m not even talking about buying on Ebay from China though that can rock too.
What I’m talking about is finding similar items as well as quality for a fraction of the price of the popular and awesome shops we all covet and adore. Below I’ve put links to some items I’ve reviewed from awesome bat bags to jewelry. I can’t put them all here, there are tons more some from the brands I’ve shown and some from others you’ve yet to discover so if you find the below links helpful subscribe to our channel and check the playlists from which these items came. You’ll be able to shop large and spend little, I promise!
Here is my favorite bat pendant ever! And trust me Alchemy Gothic and other such places would want far more for it so it’s a steal here from realmetaljewelry.com plus free shipping! I love free shipping!
A really neat Gothic bat ring with black stone from overstock.
And this is the most awesome purse ever because it’s shaped like a bat! It doesn’t have a boring square or rectangle look with a bat on it, it is shaped like an actual freaking beautiful bat! And unlike others from other popular companies for 50 and up this is under 20 dollars including shipping!
Here is an awesome bat pendant, a raven pendant and tons ,ore things this company has in high quality pewter, very much Alchemy Gothic in nature except far less costly again for pewter! You have to see it to believe it so watch away and happy shopping!
And who doesn’t love gargoyles, skulls and ancient spells?

Role play in LOTR

It seems to me that most fans of Lord of the Rings tend to stick to strict categories when playing characters within this setting, and always with the same kind of affiliation, Orcs are bad, humans are good.

I am not surprised therefore, that such rigidity takes away the fun, the space for growing and exploring which I expect from my role play campaigns. For myself, I don’t play standard characters too often, what would be the point?

Instead, I work within the world established by Tolkien but push the boundaries as much as I can, because there is a lot of unknowns still, a lot to work with and develop, if people don’t get stuck in “the author wrote it so it must be universally true,” ad idea rejected by a school of literary criticism generations before ours.

The bottom line: no RP world is dead, only the imagination that fuels it can be slowly killing itself. I say, venture out, and make Orcs with questionable motifs, additional races that have no right to exist in this world, different magical rules and history that only at times coincides with the established one. I certainly have, and never looked back myself.

Note: The featured image  is rather reminiscent of one unusual character I have been working with.

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Feel free to just read the post and ignore all else, but if you are as much of a LOTR fan as we are, you might also find the following LOTR One Ring youtube video to be fun: