Retirement

I am retiring this blog. Haven’t written in it in ages, so that’s probably not a surprise.

I’ll be leaving it up. I stand by what I’ve written here. (Or most of it. Who hasn’t rethought some of the things they’ve said?) I am still me. Still feeling my way along as a devotee of the Theoi, and Dionysos in particular.

I just haven’t felt the urge to live this part of my life online. Not in a long while.

 

I’ll still be blogging – though sporadically I’m sure – on my personal/art blog: http://reverendthorn.wordpress.com. Anyone who’s curious is most welcome to follow me over there.

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Honoring the Ancestors: Emma Goldman

A wonderful tribute to one of my heroes.

Jack of Many Trades

I think Wendy Davis and Leticia R. Van de Putte have already done a fine job this year of honoring the memory of Emma Goldman… Though I think the efforts of the protesters who simply shouted down the Texas senate were more in line with her own beliefs. Goldman was an anarchist, after all. Goldman was held up as a bogeyman, the terrible, scary anarchist who wanted to incite the people to riot and caused the President to be shot.

Since the 70s, she’s become better known and understood. Her life is a reminder that doing the work is exhausting and not without consequence. She was jailed multiple times, once for violating the Comstock Law by disseminating birth control information. She burned out, left the movement, came back. She struggled to live according to her belief in free love despite feeling jealousy and rejection at times.

I admire Goldman because of…

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I – Observations on the Iliad (PBP Week 18)

I’m re-reading the Iliad and happened to need an “I” post.  So I though, “What the hell?”

Instead of writing a book report, however, I’ll just keep this short with a few observations:

1.  This is some really gorgeous writing!  The scene where Athena and Ares meet on the battle field is literally awe-inspiring.

The first time I read Homer I was a teenager and found this really dry and tedious next to the Odyssey.  In retrospect, I’m not sure why.

Also, any one who things gorn is a modern invention needs to read some of these battle scenes.

2.  There has been some discussion lately about whether the ancient heroes were looked upon as role models for how to live a virtuous life.  Obviously the pro position is being held by people who have never read the Iliad.  Hector:  Wonderful father, husband, and son.  Ideal patriot.  Achilles:  Self important dick.  (There’s a reason so many people who read this root for the Trojans.)

But the victor?  The greatest  hero Greece has ever known?  Spoiler:  It’s not Hector.

3.  I’ve been disturbed about how the Gods are portrayed in Homer – especially in the Illiad.  Apollo kills thousands of mortals – mortals who argued in favor of acquiescing to His priest’s wishes – to make a point.  Zeus ardently supports the Trojans, and particularly Hector, only to abandon them in the end because His intention was for the Greeks to win all along.

(Ares, on the other hand stands by those He loves and is willing to start a war with Zeus in order to avenge His son.  He gets more interesting to me every day.)

Then I realized that Homer is illustrating some very basic, if unfair, truths about the world – and doing it disturbingly well:  Bad things happen to good people.  The actions of leaders affect those who follow them, however innocent.  People die for “no reason.”  And we can’t always understand the will of the Gods.

It is not our place to try.  Our place is honor the Gods and to strive for excellence despite what fate has in store for us.

And in that, I guess the heroes really are excellent role models.

Can You Help a Family in Desperate Need?

If anyone has anything they can offer, this is totally legit. I’ve “known” Kelly online for sometime (through a forum we’re we are both long time members) and she is not the type to ask for help unless it is absolutely necessary.

Liminal Lotus

Dear Reader,

A friend of mine, Kelly, and her family are in desperate need.  They have lost their home, thanks to some bureaucratic crap. They’re currently living out of their small pickup truck. Literally.  Three people and a dog.

Imagine your family living in your car!

We’ve set up a fundraiser for Kelly’s family, to try to help get them through this unbelievably difficult time. All donations (except for the small processing fees charged by the host website and the payment processing company) go directly into an account that only Kelly can access.  Alternatively, donations can be made directly through Paypal (which the fundraising site does not accept), by sending funds to williambarnes26@gmail.com.  (That’s Kelly’s SO.)

They have tapped out all the public resources in their area (central Washington state) are now relying on private food banks and dumpster diving for recyclables.

The goal of $3,000 is enough to…

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Ares is a God I’ve been fascinated by for a long time, but have had no idea what to do about it, not being the warrior type. Lykeia at Beloved in Light recently wrote a wonderful post that sheds some light on Him, as well as asks important questions about why modern pagans tend to embrace some war Gods, and revile others.

Beloved in Light

First I want to say that I am by no means an expert in the cult and myth of Ares. Certainly there are folks, such as Pete Helms at Aspis of Ares, who are a bit more qualified due to their heavy dedication and studies, to talk about Ares more affluently. However, when I, as a feminist, see feminist literature that takes pot shots at my gods, well I have a problem with it. And so it is in that spirit that I wanted to discuss how feminists can appreciate Ares, and how he is not some evil maniacal patriarchal overlord god bent on destroying all life (my summarization of what a feminist article on Ares more or less said about Ares). The article I am giving commentary about can be found here.

The primary assertion of said article seems to have been that Mars is preferable to Ares…

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