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
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The anti Pop Krampus!!

If you are like me and think Funko Pops look stupid or if you just adore Krampus, also like me, and want all the Krampus you can get especially if he’s old school designed, this awesome  Toink toys 5 inch Krampus vinyl figure is for you!
He is solid and sturdy with a decent weight to him. His arms move and he holds his famous switches in one hand. (Told you, old school!) He is 5 inches tall and doesn’t have a stupid looking square head! His tongue is hanging out, cause he’s hungry for little children! (Again so old school!) Has not one, not two, but three, bad brats in a sack on his back. Has a neat box with images of…Yes Old school Krampus’s! You can remove him from the package and repackage him, but you can’t see the sack of kids with him in the package so leave him out and turn the box into wall art or cut it up for holiday tree ornaments as I shall be doing.
Krampus makes for great holiday decor + he can be a great alternative for elf on the shelf if you like. He is also a great holiday toy as he’s made very well so can stand the play with no problem. He, unlike the red Krampus Funko is far more affordable. The Funko red starts at like 30 dollars and goes up from there. this guy comes in red for 14 dollars on Amazon, which I shall link below, and he is larger and just all around cooler looking.
Like Funko he comes in several colors, glow in the dark, black and red. He stands well on my shelf with excellent balance and his chains, (Yep he has them too, more delightful old schoolness) even move around so you can actually rattle them if you like though they don’t come off. I am glad of that as it sucks to lose action figure bits and these don’t need to come off. The sack of kids is made on as well and does not move and same goes for his hand full of switches. They’re made on so won’t be at risk of getting lost like so many other small toy parts can. Go Toink Toys, I totally give this a 5 out of 5 stars, and I, as an (Old school) Krampus fan can be hard to please. I am pleased.
Soon we’ll be reviewing this on our youtube channel, jekyllhydeclub, so subscribe if you like and look out for that +turn on notifications so you will be made aware when it’s uploaded. We also have a Krmapus play list of our other frightfully awesome Krampus Christmas ornaments etc.
to buy your own Krampus 5 inch vinyl toy figure:
It may not be the Christmas season, but it’s never too early for a lil Krampus in your life.

The Mythological Development and Significance of Chinese Water Dragons

Many types of mythology follow the folowing principle of composition.

Mythological features are imposed on something based in reality.

It is very likely that there were either giant serpents, or enormous dinosaur survivors of the sea variety.

When do we notice a creature? When it does something major to disrupt us.

An enormous creature was most lkely to disrupt with its very presence and superiority a sea voyage.

What we fear, we mythologize, bestowing various powers upon it.

Thus a dragon is born.

By association with its environment, it slowly gains prominence over the body of water.

Since the body of water continues to be important for trade, the dragon’s influence grows stronger.

As the dragon grows in importance, it gest to be incorporated into the lore of astrology and from there its popularity expands as well.

Since the sea has a seemingly dual nature, it takes lives but gives bounty, the same nature is conferred onto the dragon controlling it.

This way, a seemingly simply predator becomes almost deified and becomes synonymous with its very environment.

There are many complicated psychological processes involved in mythology.

Fears and need for rituals.

The need to relate to the incomprehensible larger through the accessible smaller.

The need to control by conceptualizing.

The need to bargain with something greater.

The need to isolate the great into something alien, partly familiar, partly not.

There is a reason that Freud, however wrongly, turned to mythology for the location of psychological truths.

When one needs to understand what made the Chinese dragon so influential, or the development of any cultural myth, one only needs to look for general patterns of mythologizing, which can always be established with a careful look at human psychology.

Etsy Purchase: Grimalkin

The Grey Cat, the fabled witches familiar has a long and dignified history, so we(Morticia and Gomez) simply had to get one for ourselves, in a plush form.

If you are into old lore like ourselves, you could find him here, on etsy:

 

https://www.etsy.com/listing/289745641/sale-candy-corn-the-acolyte-of-grimalkin?ga_order=most_relevant&ga_search_type=all&ga_view_type=gallery&ga_search_query=grimalkin&ref=sr_gallery-1-2

Some Solomon Kane Thoughts

Solomon Kane, the movie(2009), presents an intriguing version of the original based on Robert E Howard’s classic.

In a sense, the movie Kane is more psychologically consistent.

The background story given him explains his motivation amply, although it changes the conflicted and tormented look of him we get from the stories.

His humanity is accentuated through his relationship with the good Puritan family in the movie, a feature utterly lacking in the original stories. There he is shown to have friends, allies but they are always addressed in the context of his mission.

The magical/supernatural elements are properly dispayed in the movie as well, although the famous staff of Kane is conspicuously missing, the producers were probably hoping to rectify it with a sequel that is not planned at this point.

The movie could have benfitted from being turned into a mini series. Too many events were crammed into it, making it somewhat long and perhaps for that reason less popular with the viewers.

The setting was often appropriately Gothic, except where it was appropriate pastoral to highlight the Puritan element.

The actor playing Solomon, James Purefoy, also known to us from the Following, was a powerful presence, dynamic and, equally important here, with a resonant voice.

Overall though, the movie differed from the original in more than one respect.

The “real” Solomon seemingly failed to find his redemption, had a different, less defined family history, and, honestly, a less attractive appearance.

[If you want to compare, check out our Solomon toy for instance which is closer in looks to the original

To some degree, Solomon is made more human in the film.

The story Kane, is a different matter.

Despite fighting for humans all of his life, he has remained as alienated from them as the Elder gods written about by Howard’s best friend and mentor H P Lovecraft.

But with my usual disclaimer, don’t expect the same, expect a different version loosely based on the original, the movie was actually very decent on its own.

 

Another example of Dream Interpretation

The question was, what does it mean to dream of a romantic relationship with someone you only know online.

My answer was this:

“Some dream interpreters would claim the very literary explanation to be the true one.

They would say “you are dreaming about such a person because you have seen their writing online and it made an impression on you.”

That is a plausible explanation and I understand those for whom it would suffice and who would wish to stop reading my answer at this point

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On a symbolic level, it is significant that the one you dream about is the one you don’t fully know.

Dream people are generally considered to represent different aspects of yourself.

The conclusion that seems almost obvious is that the person online represents a part of you, or a skill, even you are barely aware of, but would not mind exploring.

The skill could be artistic, such as writing, drawing, pottery etc

It may also connote certain self expressive elements.

Sometimes the best way to work through something is to talk it out, to describe it to yourself or others. Any skill that suggests to you self expression could be implied in a dream.

The element of a romantic relationship has its own associations.

In a dream it suggests exploration, fascination with the unknown, a willingness to take bold steps towards the unfamiliar.

A romantic relationship implies among other things an investment of your time.

That is also true for the skill, or the hobby, the symbol represents.

It is likely a skill you have heard of but may not associate with yourself or your abilities.

It is a skill that would allow you to express yourself nonetheless. To clear the mind, and, pardon the lofty words, the heart.

The primary skills of such kind are writing and singing, one or both could be implied in the dream.

Overall the dream may symbolically suggest the following: you are drawn to something new, as tantalizing as it is frightening.

Just like a romantic relationship, it would require from you some commitment, persistence and willingness to compromise when needed.”

A Sample of Dream Interpretation

The Q/A site Quora gave me a question, what does it mean to dream of being deaf in one ear. For those interested in learning dream interpretation based on associative logic, rather than a drema dictionary, here is my reply:

“It could imply being stuck with a problem, or a particular mode of thinking.

If there has been a situation where a new solution or perspective is required, then the dream bodes well for new ideas.

The immediate future may hold some new insights for you.

If there is not immediate problem that needs solution, the dream may present a symbolic warning that you are not seeing everything you should.

In this case, not properly observing the situation could take away from the quality of life”

There is something strange going on with the song lyric sites

If you look up the lyrics to your favorite song, or even that annoying song that you can’t get out of your head or understand the words to, on any of the popular web sites for song lyrics, you will eventually notice something strange. The various sites have conflicting lyrics, and often they’re obviously incorrect and even nonsensical to a point of (Who is high?)
Perhaps it’s because CD sales have given way to digital downloads, but the cds actually often come, boys and girls, with print outs of the song lyrics. So these people diligently putting the lyrics onto the lyric sites could just be using those given by the original artist and actually getting them right. It’s kind of insulting to the artist if fans like the song enough to bother putting up the lyrics, but not to bother getting them right. Yeah, that is kind the point…To have people know wtf they’re actually singing.
If/when the art of cds and correct lyrics via the use of the accompanying print outs, completely dies, the artist’s site should release correct lyrics to then be circulated around. And those should be put on all the popular lyric sites. Those being Metrolyrics, genius lyrics, azlyrics, etc.

Which do you prefer in fiction, sentient or non sentient dragons?

I, Gomez, was asked this question on the Q/A site Quora and here is my response:

I always prefer the sentient dragons.

I think that modern fantasy made some improvements over the classical mythology.

In mythology the dragons always seemed bound to a particular task and did not appear to hold much of their own personality.

So many dragons dedicated to Ares appeared to almost be mindless beasts, guarding this, that or the other, and always lunging at every hero just because they could.

I think Gaea’s dragons were a degree above, they were more sophisticated but still, only as a tool.

Most notably in Medea’s scene of escape, or in that oracular shrine that Apollo may have eventually appropriated from Gaea.

Honestly, I don’t truly see a purpose to a dragon if it only labors to serve a human, or even a god.

I think Robin Hobb brilliantly showed us what a dragon is truly like.

Her distinction between sea serpents that had some skills but were more akin to an infant, and dragons as adult beings with distinct personality was simply breathtaking for me.

Or John Gardner’s rendition of the Beowulf dragon in Grendel. What astounding depth, what philosophy.

I don’t even have a bias between Western and Eastern dragons.

Naomi Novik’s Temeraire is just as noble and fascinating as his Western counterparts.

My point being this.

A dragon is not supposed to be just another beastly creature, there are various serpents for that.

I see a dragon as a higher being, a creature as physical as it is magical, and above all, noble.

And only modern fiction I usually read presents the dragon the way I like.

As a, possibly faulty creature, with weaknesses that can be exploited. But also as a being of magic, mystery and intellect.

The way, I feel, it is supposed to be.

Ungrateful customers suck/seller rant

So I make one of a kind items and this person writes and asks what hair clips I have. I show her the only one I have and tell her, with words, it is the only one. She proceeds to ask if I have something for 10 dollars cheaper. I tell her you know what, screw it you can have this one for 10 cheaper, happy Valentine’s day. Do I get a thank you? Hell no I do not. Instead she tells me she moved to another state and asks if shipping will be more. That’s it.
I don’t expect her to grovel or write a soliloquy or anything, but a little appreciation goes a long way. Cause you know what she just got along with that discount? A big bag of no more discounts in the future cause I remember that shit. LOL. I mean why bother to give to someone who obviously doesn’t value or appreciate you? it’s a negative energy exchange. We have to appreciate ourselves and that includes noting when others don’t and moving on to people who do.
I have repeat customers and for those I do knock off some dollars here and there and I tell them that I do. They are grateful + they return frequently and everyone is happy. This particular lady, about whom I am bitching, has returned before, but this is the first big discount I’ve given her, because while frequent as in more than 2 times, she’s not overly frequent. So she can come back and pay my generally low prices and call it good because she’s not getting anything else. I could see if I was expensive but in general I’m not so the underappreciation sort of feels even worse considering that.

Are audio book readers dumber than they used to be?

The answer is yes. At least one out of 3 audio books that I read, and I only read audio books + I read a ton, has a mispronounced word in it. Some more than one. The point is these so called well educated people who are reading audio books, and are allowed to read audio books/worse being paid to read audio books, are in possession of very poor vocabulary skills. They mispronounce common enough words, ranging in difficulty from 2 to 5 syllables. To my mind this means they have never  heard or used these words in their own common speech, and this perplexes me. Do they live in a silent online world? Did they only take online university classes where they did not have to speak and all their classes were in print?
Worse if readers are hearing these words and thus learning incorrect pronunciation these readers/narrators are passing down the stupidity. *cringes* And no one seems to care.