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.
*****
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
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5 more of the best Halloween songs you probably didn’t know about

Well there is so much obscure music that has fitting Halloween themes that we came up with 5 more for you. So if you didn’t see our first top 5, check this blog:
And now for round 2!
Again these songs should be suitable for most ears as they’re not too hard or too soft, though there is a bit of style and variety just to keep things interesting. When you’ve played Monster Mash and Ghost Busters to death and your CD player is screaming for relief down load these auditory treasures and be spectacularly spooked!
5. Ghost of Frankenstein by The Misfits!
As Frankenstein has become a Halloween icon, this definitely needed to go onto our list.
This rocker has a definite spooky feel and speaks of the wonderful book by Mary Shelly in proper spooky form as the creation of Victor Frankenstein, very intelligent rather than an oaf like in the film, bemoans his crewel treatment at the hands of his insane maker. Listen here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9q39pxpUlFo
4. Gremlins by Leslie Fish. Well, the title makes this delightful little ditty self explanatory. It’s got a Gremlin like feel and gives an explanation of why the little monsters are always making trouble that seems quite reasonable. Listen to Gremlins here:
3. Bloody Hammer, by Roky Erickson. This guy has a ton of spooky songs, living and breathing horror as it should be done. This sweet little song speaks of an insane doctor, demons in the attic, and a chained baby ghost. Perfect for a frightful Halloween, right? And best of all he sings it with feeling crooning your mind into the darkest of places along with him.  Listen to it here:
2. Moondance, Van Morrison. This song is fast and light footed just like the delicious quickening feeling of Autumn and Halloween itself. It makes you want to dance under the moon of Halloween reverie. Not particularly frightening, but Halloween does have other important emotional associations that we wish to appreciate and note here. Listen to Moondance: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6lFxGBB4UGU 
Before we list our number one track, we’d like to list a few honorable mentions.
Scream by the Misfits. The title says it all. Listen to Scream here, and maybe it’ll make you…scream: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_8SPnl3qcso 
Harvest Moon, Blue Oyster Cult. This spooky band has come up with a perfect Autumn horror in the story told in this eerie song. Listen to Harvest Moon here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0vVU7MyK9fQ
And finally for our number one Halloween song you didn’t know about…*DRUM ROLL*
Samhain, by Heather Alexander!
I would say, considering the holiday of which we we speak, that the title says it all, but it even gets better than that! Not only is this song entirely about Halloween and having a minor cord spooky feel that creeps up your spine, it speaks of the Holiday all the way back to its roots. Harvesting and the final days of that in ancient Ireland/Scotland for the Celts. We even hear how strangers who come calling and asking for a seat at the table can be viewed as dangerous gods in such a time. So sit back, listen, enjoy and prepare to be spooky with our number one choice! Let us know what you thought of our choices after hearing them, please! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VB1-4qAWKpk
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That’s just how the pizza crumbles//people rant

I’m honestly not sure if this is a food rant or a people rant. but…Wanting to please the masses, and seeing how the masses, for whatever reason, love pictures of food, and people to send pictures of their food to FB commenting to it, I did this. I rarely do and maybe never again, but I did this today. I sent a pic of the pizza we ordered from Domino’s. I put a joke quip up about my husband being evil for ordering it when I told him I was not going to and that I was being good. He encourages me to be evil with food was the point. But instead people focus on the damn way the pizza is cut into damn squares! I know some pizza places, a lot, okay most do the wedge shape, but Domino’s at least in OR, does damn squares. It blows my mind that someone was blown away enough to comment. Several times. LOL. To make it worse several someone’s. They chose to focus on this, to be bothered by this…what is wrong with the world and people’s minds?
Then they actually move on to the fact we put olives on the pizza. We like olives! I mean, why pick apart someone’s pizza? Assholes they are. Really, though, it does sorta scare me…what’s wrong with people’s minds these days? Really that they actually focus, hard and like it matters on that sort of thing! It frightens me and should frighten you. LOL.
Just eat the damn pizza, right?

Buyers beware of Douches who over charge for their craft

By craft I mean anything hand made be it a painting, a carved walking stick, sunglasses, clothing, bags and jewelry!
I don’t expect people to give things away as if they were bought in China, though don’t get me wrong, I do love me some Aliexpress! But I don’t expect everyone to do that. They’re not a company in China, after all. But when people jack up the prices of their items because they made them with their own pwecious wittle hands, it is so nauseating. Why? Because I buy from other crafters/artists, who charge far less for similar work that is just as good, that’s why.
 I even sent a very over priced piece of jewelry to one of the reasonable priced sellers from whom I buy and, attempting to educate myself, asked her why!
“Why is this 500 dollars and your items are 30 dollars or 40 dollars? You also use sterling silver and the wax method as they are doing. Am I missing something?”
I”m not a jeweler, after all, so perhaps I am. She looked and said no. That I was missing nothing and she had no idea why people charged that much.
Sadly designers do this, but right or not, and I hate it so I say not, I suppose they’ve earned the right to be a designer so okay…but these little small business uppity annoyances who put on airs make me dislike them and feel they’re taking advantage of people. At the very least they need to get over themselves and stop over valuing themselves so far above others. They should perhaps do their research. For example instead of charging over 200 dollars for crocodile sterling silver stud earrings, try looking online and seeing that other crafters who also made their crocodile sterling silver stud earrings are charging 30 dollars. People who over charge by so much should be ashamed and embarrassed and those who buy from them should stop throwing their money away and shop around for 5 minutes. I promise they’ll find far better deals. Money doesn’t grow on trees so why throw it away?
Here is one infuriating example. This person is grossly over charging nearly 600 dollars for a sterling silver ring. Nope, I didn’t say gold. You read it right.
I bet Godzilla would step on him first were he to visit Tokyo. LOL.
And no one needs to wine about slander or anything, as it’s a fact the price is nearly 600 for the same sterling silver jewelry making method many other people do for far less.
Just shameful.

The thing youtube doesn’t get about viewers and these bloody ads we can’t skip

The thing youtube doesn’t get about these long ass ads that we can’t skip is that many people will likely prefer just moving on to watch something else rather than watching a depressing long commercial about some medication or other. Sure they’re thinking that when watching T.V, not everyone can skip the commercials, but that’s one reason we all started watching youtube, and usually these days you can skip them on T.V as well.
Youtube is starting to slip and I hope they improve fast and remember what made them great. If not they’ll just end up like yahoo, vanishing in the quagmire of obscurity when someone smarter rises up to remember what the people want and give it to them. So many huge and eventually formerly great companies grow too many spider legs, try to change too much, and forget why they became big in the first place. They mistakenly believe that, because they are now big, they will stay that way forever no matter what they do. They believe that no matter how much shit t hey shovel into the mouths of their fans, or customers or whatever, that people will simply continue to eat it. Well that only worked for Steven King and it was based on hope. LOL.

4 Best living dead dolls to have for Halloween, even if you hate dolls! By Jekyllhydeclub

Even if you, like us, hate you some dolls, these specific 4 Living Dead Dolls are the best…even perfect for Halloween decorating. None of them have hair and they’re all basically action figures with soft clothes so no bad doll vibes to be found here. They are easy to pose and these four in particular are very sturdy and well made. Compared to many others they can also be found affordably on ebay if you look.
Each of our top 4 have their own unique thing that makes them a perfect Halloween icon. Looking at each brings forth vividly a different aspect of this best of all haunting holidays. Not to mention each is very unique in its own right not only from other Halloween decor but from other living dead dolls as well, because lets face it after a while many of them begin to look similar. If you get all excited for the sight of pumpkins, ravens, scarecrows, witches, black cats and devils when you think Halloween, do read on as you won’t be disappointed.
4. Nicholas the devil! This demonic doll has a more sinister look when unmasked and more cute and playful with his mask on which leaves you 2 mood options for decor that you can switch around. He’s a fun and unique devil. My favorite Halloween aspect when it comes to him is his mask. It’s like the real ones you had as a kid…you know the ones… the cheap plastic ones with the elastic on the back. It just screams old Halloween memories and how can you top that? Just looking at him makes you want to dress up and go trick or treating.
3. And speaking of Trick-R-Treating…This next guy, Samhane or Sam for short is a totally Halloween icon. If you don’t believe us, just watch Trick R Treat the movie…Sam embodies Halloween with more than just his name. He stands for upholding the Halloween traditions and keeping the inner child alive in all of us. He is the Krampus of Halloween in some ways as Krampus also just wants to remind us to be happy and focus on the true meaning of the holiday rather than spoiling it with the wrong intentions. Sam’s iconic yet frightful pumpkin head make him just radiate Halloween perfection. Like Old Nick listed above, Sam also has AA mask so he is another piece of mood decor. Display him with his primitive scare crow mask on for Autumn or take it off to get right down to the Halloween spirit of the  day! Options are nice and like with Nick, his mask is easy on and easy off but not flimsy or difficult to manage. It is also well made and only comes off when you want it off, so in other words, complete perfection with all bases covered.
2. Okay there is a bit of a spoiler alert with this one…Children of the corn anyone? Go Throwback Halloween! Isaac the scarecrow shares our number 2 spot with his glaring red eyed raven pet dubbed Ole Crow by Mesco toys. For an accessory that comes with the main act, this raven is a good size and makes for great decor himself. His beak is open in a raucous caw and his eyes are glowing red. Purest perfection. And Isaac is a very unique and creepy looking scare crow. His claw hands make him, in some ways, reminiscent of his pet bird and gives him a special touch along with the stitches on his human looking face. The scare crow as well as the raven are both Halloween icons and Living Dead doesn’t disappoint.
1. Who doesn’t think of a witch and her black cat familiar when thinking Halloween? Now…it gets even better…Because Mesco has made a delightful mash up in the spooky witch cat Salem! Her old world dress brings vividly to mind shiver filled recollections of days of old. She is entirely black like any proper Halloween cat cat should be and her fangs bring forth perfectly her catty nature. We only wish a broom had been included with her but we found a small one for her to hold and she is perfect.
If you would like to see reviews of these dolls check ours here:

Top 5 awesome Halloween songs that no one ever thinks about

If you want some spooky tracks for Halloween that aren’t the usual standards but are still delightfully eerie look no further~! These are also great in that they will suit most everyone’s musical styles and tastes. Timelessly spooky, not too hard or too soft…Yeah if Goldy Locks is into Halloween these will be just right for her for sure!
5. I walked with a zombie, by Roky Erickson! Honestly all of this guy’s songs are perfect Halloween music! He sings about all things scary, but I had to pick one for this article. As zombies just keep…rising to popularity, his zombie tune seemed fitting. This song is so brilliant because it only has like 1 line, literally, and it still completely and utterly bloody rocks!!!! It is catchy, spooky and like any proper ghost will get stuck in your head and haunt you forever! Or maybe just on Halloween? The melody is haunting and beautiful, and the musical arrangement darkly perfect. Listen to I walked with a zombie for free here. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KcGb24n9hvM
4. Devil woman, by Cliff Richard.  This song has it all. Witchy potions! A witch’s familiar in the form of a black cat haunting the neighborhood at the behest of a dark haired beautiful witch. I especially love the line about the crystal ball on the table showing the future, the past. Just spooky, witchy, catchy, not at all cute, and definitely perfect for Halloween. Listen to Devil woman free here.
3. Rickity Tickity Tin, Cover by The Women Folk. A million people, literally a million, covered this frightful Irish ballad, but I love this version. It is performed by women about a crazy las who did her family in in some spooktacular ways that are sure to give you nightmares…especially if you happen to have a crazy relative who don’t like you much, right? As The Women Folk say at the beginning of this delightfully horror filled tune, it is a duet meant for nails and chalkboards! Their version has the most old spooky feel so I believe it carries the intention of the song across most properly. Listen to Rickity Tickity Tin free here and if you want a spooky bed time story look up the lyrics while you’re at it. She even kills her baby brother! I mean…the las has no limits! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6YxlcQR4FBg
2. The Siege and Investiture of Baron von Frankenstein’s Castle at Weisseria, By Blue Oyster Cult. Like Roky Erickson, this band basically only sings Halloween songs, but I had to pick one, so here it is. Pop culture loves to put Frankenstein into the Halloween mix, and this song is about him…more true to the book in wording and old world feel, it’s like you’re taking a spooky trip right back to the early 1800s. Listen to s
The Siege and Investiture of Baron von Frankenstein’s Castle at Weisseria free here:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AoPqrzkYMJ4
1. Happy Phantom, By Tori Amos. While this fantastic lady’s general dark lyrics and classic style make her generally perfect Victorian Gothic music, I always wondered why this particular dark little ditty wasn’t on a ton of Halloween CDS already. It’s one of those darkly cheerful songs that has you feeling good about the day when you become a ghost…or rather a happy phantom. Listen to Happy Phantom free here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o8fJmpuPH7w
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Meaning of rabbits in season of the witch

“Two rabbits running in the ditch,” goes the line in that delightfully spooky song Season of the Witch by Donovan. Rabbits are also shown in some Fall motifs. As we often associate rabbits with Spring, Easter and fertility I never particularly thought of them as a fall representation until that song…
Then I put some thought into why. Rabbits symbolize fertility and boundless energy. The harvest, the season of the witch, is the culmination of all the growing after Spring planting. The harvest also requires energy to reap. It also symbolizes fertility because we also want a fertile plentiful harvest. A good fertile Spring makes for a good Harvest.

Best Halloween songs

People like us over at Jekyllhydeclub on youtube are already getting ready for Halloween. As items begin showing up in the stores, the delicious spooky feeling takes us over, and it’s just how we like it! Halloween hauls begin and the spooky music comes out even more frequently than usual. Autumn is coming and so are the spooks. This article is in response/food for thought for the 2 different sorts of articles that are written on the topic of Halloween music.
 The first is the sort listing all the Halloween songs we know and love as those to feature at your party. I.E Monster Mash, Love Potion Number 9, Thriller, and you get the point. That’s all well and scary, but we already know. Then there are the articles offering unknown songs as the ones to go for at your party. Songs that no one knows are really gonna get things moving. Right. Not. No one is gonna throw down to some weird tunes they’ve never heard before and that sound more weird than particularly spooky. Also those unknown songs are reported to be somehow better than Ghost Busters, I Put a Spell on You, and Purple People Eater because they are more twisted and horrifying and screwed up.So…when did Halloween stop being Spooky dark fun that could end in tricks or treats and become twisted, horrifying and screwed up? The answer is it didn’t, so people who bash the good Halloween spooky songs in favor of, for example, Throbbing Gristle, are missing the point of Halloween entirely.
 I mean come on people! I’m more into Throbbing Gristle and that sort of thing for Easter. HAHA, just kidding. But truly Twisted Dark, Morbid and Horrifying aren’t really suitable for Halloween any more than they are for Easter. People who believe otherwise don’t understand the true SPIRIT, as it were, of Halloween. When they write articles about such songs being too scary for Halloween they’re exactly right. Halloween can be scary but scary and twisted are different though they can at times hang out together when the mood strikes. Just not necessarily on Halloween.
The people who bash the traditional Halloween songs like Nosferatu, Night of the Vampire, and Ghost of John because they’re not sick enough can’t appreciate spooky over straight twisted horror. I’m not bashing twisted horror. I love me some Clive Barker as much as anyone…He’s just not what comes to mind on Halloween. The traditional songs leave you creeped out but in a delightful sort of way. If this wasn’t the way it should be, there wouldn’t be Halloween parties…There would only be Halloween slaughters. I mean it’s not rocket science.
I saw one article saying people only play those songs during the Halloween season and not all year, and somehow for them, this made the songs unsuitable for Halloween. Um…Okay? First of all I do play them all year just as I leave up Halloween decorations, but those who don’t, feel it’s more special to do such things only in the Autumn. To appreciate them more. I do play them even more frequently around that time of year to make it more…special.
You don’t see Santa’s elves rockin’ out to Jingle Bells in May, after all. Okay you really don’t SEE Santa’s elves precisely but…you get the point. It’s called Seasonal Music for a reason! Hello!

Salem RPG original pbm game

The year is 1630. The place Salem Massachusetts and here there be witches. Some good witches, some very bad witches, and the magicless good people whom they live amongst. Those witches who came to America running for their lives from the unwanted prospect of being eventually burned alive if they remained in Europe hoped to find the freedom to practice their magic. This was not to be so easy, though and some witches are simply too wicked. They stir up trouble and draw the notice of nonmagical eyes. Witch eventually turns against witch when those not so dark who only wish to heal and quietly practice their craft are suspected while the darkest of the dark witches still manage to hide in the shadows. Still there are some witch hunters that never give up.
Where do your characters fall in this? Shall they be puritans, good witches, very bad witches, or something else entirely? The something else entirely has much potential as we all know that witches can summon some very interesting creatures from the bowls of hell by the dark of the moon.
This game is an original concept, not based on any show or movie that involves Salem witches. It does however allow for canon characters to be brought in if they are from that period because Salem is Salem, after all. If you wish to play a canon, request it from the owners. Their story will likely change as this won’t be their Salem, just a general Salem with other characters, ETC, so keep that in mind.
Originals are of course welcome as well and encouraged. players can play as many characters as they like so long as they keep up with posting. Submit original bios to the owners after filling them out and they shall be approved in a reasonable amount of time. Please direct any questions to the owners when joining.
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/salem1600s or subscribe by email by sending a blank message with subscribe in the subject to salem1600s-subscribe@yahoogroups.com