Start Your Week Off Right: A Round-Up

Here are a bunch of urban homesteader links I found, and will probably sidebar:

I now seriously believe that very few self-identified “pagans” are as committed to “sustainable living” as they want others to think they are. Oh, you and your hubbie made cheese in your basement that you shared with your “poly family” while you spend oodles of cash at the local No We’re Not Whole Foods But We’re Not a Farmer’s Market, Either? These people are living on 1/3 of an acre or less, and are producing a majority of their own diet.

I also suspect Jane Jacobs had an urban-focused spirituality. Too bad she’s no longer around for me to ask.

What?! It’s a puppy!

Sannion gave a beautiful biography of Plutarch:

in the first few generations after Octavian cemented his sole rule of Rome there was very little for a politically minded Greek to do. You got nowhere without extensive social contacts in Rome – and the wealth to travel in such circles – and even then there were limits on how high one could aspire. Many Romans looked down their noses at their Greek subjects, except when it came to the arts and philosophy where they were grudgingly accepted as their superiors. Thus many cities such as Athens, Alexandria and Antioch became little more than college towns where wealthy Romans sent their sons for proper education, deeming them worthy of little else.

This is the era into which Plutarch was born. At one point he even moved to Rome seeking a promising career. Though he made many close friends and met with modest success he eventually bumped into the glass ceiling and grew frustrated with the realization that he could progress no further. So he returned to his hometown, once the shining star of Boiotia but now a pitiful backwater, and spent the remainder of his days active in small-time local politics, serving as a priest at Delphi and pursuing antiquarian and philosophical studies.

Dver suggests to others to balance discernment with certain realities of the spiritual world some of us might not be as ready to admit as we think we are:

While discernment is extremely important, and certainly some things that appear to be messages are just random coincidences, I think we often err too heavily on the side of skepticism because of our preconceptions. That face we saw in the pattern of leaves on a tree must just be our imagination, even though it looked so much like a familiar god, even though we had prayed for a sign, because a real vision of a deity will manifest out of nothing before us, undeniable and life-altering. But why do we expect that the gods and spirits would use, as the medium of Their communication, anything other than the elements of our own physical world, when those elements are ready at-hand (and, as a bonus, easily processed by our sensory organs and brains)?

Normally, I’d put this follow-up interview of Ronald Hutton in the “Shit You’ve Probably Read Already” sub-heading, but I wanted to include a quote that actually got me interested in reading Hutton’s book:

Will you publish on the history of modern Paganism again?

Probably not. I wrote Triumph to suggest an answer to one specific question: why Wicca appeared in England, of all the places in the world, and in the mid twentieth century, as opposed to any other time. To put it another way, I wanted to show why it was that one of the most industrialised, urbanised and densely populated countries on earth happened to be the one to produce a religion drawing on ancient pagan roots and centred on nature deities, at the threshold of late modernity? In providing my answer, I also believe that I achieved three other objectives. One was to explain the national and international success of the religion concerned, and another to reassure those who knew little or nothing of it of its essentially benevolent character. The third was to show that, far from deriving from ideas and impulses which were the preserve of a fringe element in society, they drew on several which were mainstream to modern British culture, and involved some of its most familiar and admired figures. In particular, its deities, although present in the ancient world, were not those who were most central to that world’s religions but those who had become most important to the modern British in general, in a way which has not been adequately appreciated and honoured.

Oh, and did you know that Sannion hates women who get abortions? Oh, wait…:

At any rate I do not want to see people going around saying that Sannion believes Dionysos hates women who get abortions, because that is so not the point of this post.

The Barking Shaman has some words about that HuffPo article from the mother of a 7-year-old who came out as gay:

The Huffington Post ran a piece a few days ago from a mother whose 7yr old son recently declared that he was gay. It was a lovely essay about love and acceptance, with a bit of parental concern in there too. The parents are being supportive of his identity, while at the same time, understanding that what he feels at seven may or may not be how he feels in the months and years to come. They seem quite content to take him at his word and see what does or doesn’t change with time.

There have been quite a lot of people on internet message boards saying that this is ridiculous, that this child can’t know at such a young age that he is gay. I’ve seen this particularly on LGBT message boards, where people are holding up their own coming out at older ages as proof that seven is “too young.”

I’ll probably say something about this, myself (assuming I haven’t already, and then forgot to come back here and edit appropriately).

And I also found Hêrakleion, a Herakles blogger. It’s a relatively new one, but so full of good posts already!

Shen Hart at Ink-Stained Pawprints asked Atheists to be a bit more tolerant. I may have arrived late, but I think I “totes pwnd” a troll.

I’m glad to see some-one I don’t believe I know (on-line or off) who enjoyed my post on urban spirituality facts and the pagan community.

Just in case you were curious:
This has been the first week (to my knowledge) that this blog has had a minimum of 100 views a day.

I also learned the hard way that ReBlogging does not work with privately hosted WordPress blogs, no matter how much you’ve hooked up said blog to your account.

Shit You’ve Probably Read Already:
* Survey on Pagan Prayer
* Galina Krasskova: C is for Cultural Misappropriation
* Hark! A Vagrant – Greek Couples sketches
* Something Positive: Seasonal Spirit (I really wish those things existed)
* Oglaf: Obligation Day (NSFW)
* ETA! Darwin Carmichael Is Going to Hell: Valentine Pin-Up Boys! (sorry about the last minute add, but I had to)

Your New Old Word for the Week:
Rhathymia (ruh-THY-mee-uh): n. from Greek rhathymos (light-hearted, easy-tempered, carefree): the state of being carefree; lightheartedness.
The modern person often mistakenly sees Aphrodite as a Goddess of Peace and rhathymia, but that role belongs to Eirene.


14 thoughts on “Start Your Week Off Right: A Round-Up

      • 🙂

        Oh, I managed to get my hands on some of The Journal of Hellenic Studies and I came across an article about Herakles and Eros. I don’t know if you’ve read it, but on the chance that you haven’t and are interested, I can upload the PDF for you to download. It’s:

        “Herakles’ Attributes and their appropriation by Eros”
        The Journal of Hellenic Studies, Vol. 109, 1989. About 4 pages of text (with footnotes)

        Just let me know!


              • You’re welcome! 🙂

                I didn’t know there was any sort of connection between the two of them.
                I hope it’s interesting. I haven’t read it yet.


              •  I did know of a previous connection, but hadn’t a whole lot in the way of sources.  For the most part, this 19th Century statue by German artist Emil Wolff was my first confirmation of connection between the two, and then my “primary source” was in this vase.  Unfortunately, I haven’t gotten as much reading in as I’d like to, and most of it has been very generalised, as I find it hard to get good sources on Eros that are neither Freudian (like how, I’m sure, it’s hard to find good Dionysian books that aren’t Neitzchean-influenced) nor porn.  I have a few on my “NEED TO READ YESTERDAY” list, but getting to the library is always a task at my place because I don’t drive and my housemate works third shift.


              • I totally understand. I hate finding a book only to realize it’s being sold on Amazon for like, $100 plus and no public libraries around carry it. Or it’s being carried in a university *miles* away, so basically out of reach. And not all books have previews in Google Books. I use their preview thing a lot, though. Sometimes I can find torrents, but there aren’t torrents for everything. I’d imagine books about Eros being limited. I know of one that discusses him, “Aphrodite and Eros: the development of erotic mythology in early Greek poetry and cult.” I have a PDF of it somewhere, I think. There’s two books for Herakles I want to read, but they’re too expensive. I have limited funds and can’t afford them at the moment. Maybe one day!

                Oh and thanks, about the images. I saved them for any future posting. 🙂


              •  There’s actually a whole book on Eros in the gymnasia, Eros and Greek Athletics, that I want to read, but I haven’t been able to get out to a library since I’ve been in Lansing –even if just through inter-library loan (according to MeLCat [Michigan eLibrary Catalogue], it’s at the local university library).


              • Well. I just did a search and found it on the internet for download. Free. Obviously this would be pirating, but if that’s something that doesn’t bother you…I found a link and can give it to you if you like. I downloaded it to make sure it’s legit. It is. So, yeah… LOL. I mean, I want to make it clear I respect copyrights and such, but there are times when obtaining a text is way too difficult or impossible. In those cases, I look to alternatives. Some may have an issue with that, which is understandable…I’m not sure if you mind or not, so I thought I’d ask. 🙂


              • Well, I can check it out locally, I just got to get my house-mate’s rear in gear so that we can finally get local library cards (the closest library branch is a bit far for me to walk, and I don’t drive) –yeah, either way, the author’s not getting my delicious monies, but I know it’s a text I can obtain with relative ease.  As a rule, I prefer to only download things that are either out-of-print or when obtaining a legit copy is downright impossible.


              • No problem! I understand. I thought you were saying it was hard to get. I’m glad you can access it!
                I don’t like to download stuff unless it’s hard or impossible to get/find, whether it be price (like totally jacked up for a used copy on Amazon), lack of copies or inability to get to a copy (I use public library all the time, but they don’t carry everything and because I don’t drive, I can’t get to universities or other places, etc). I wish JSTOR was easily accessible! I’d be all over that place, LOL.


              •  Does your local public library do inter-library loan?  That’s where books from another library system in your state can become accessable at your local library –it’s just usually a wait of a few days, and it’s usually free (some places charge a small fee, but typically no more than $5 each time).  In Michigan, it’s easy –just go to the MeLCat website, look up the title, enter in your library card number, and select the location you want to pick it up at.  I doubt this is the only state that does it like that.


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