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Revived - November 23, 2018

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“Freud, Jung, Luke Skywalker, and the Psychology of Myth: Crash Course World Mythology #40”

“In which Mike Rugnetta teaches you about Sigmund Freud and Carl Jung, and how a lot of their work was influenced by myth and mythology. While Freud and Jung aren't quite as revered as they once were, they were undoubtedly a huge influence on the practice of psychology and psychiatry, and these two fellas were undoubtedly influenced by foundational stories. Today, we'll learn about Oedipus, the collective unconscious, archetypes, Star Wars, and more!”

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Revived - November 9, 2018

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Journal - Friday, 02Nov2018

Thinking by blogging

I made a mistake this last Tuesday.

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Revived - November 2, 2018

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Somebody please explain to me…

Now, can somebody please explain to me, what the fuck do any of these movies have to do with “real magic”?
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Those who hunt for treasure…

Those who hunt for treasure must go alone, at night, along the way they lose some blood, and when they find the treasure, it's never what they expected.
— unknown
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Philosi-bear

Bearistotle

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Music as a place

If Music is a Place -- then Jazz is the City, Folk is the Wilderness, Rock is the Road, Classical is a Temple.
— Vera Nazarian
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NeoNotes — Perception and symbols

I wonder. If a symbol can be "tainted" no matter what it was used for previously, what does it take to "purify" the symbol?

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Another passing

“Ursula K. Le Guin, acclaimed for her fantasy fiction, is dead at 88”

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So much for avoiding the topic

I don't approve of older men having sex with young teens, but it has been happening from the beginning.

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“Circles”

An old favorite

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“The Christians and the Pagans”

A great seasonal song

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A good man

Good men don’t need rules. Today is not the day to find out why I have so many.
Doctor Who, A Good Man Goes to War
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“Joy to the World”

A pagan take on a holiday classic.

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“Oh, Come, All Ye Faithful!”

A pagan take on a still another holiday classic.

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“Away from the Harvest”

A pagan take on a still another holiday classic.

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“Moon of Silver”

A pagan take on a still another holiday classic.

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“Silent Night”

A pagan take on another holiday classic.

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“All Hail Ye, Simple Pagans”

A pagan take on another holiday classic.

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“The Holly and the Ivy” (pagan version)

A pagan take on a holiday classic.

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❝One Tin Solider❞

Lately when my mind turns to politics

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“Nina Paley's haunting, mesmerizing, and life-affirming God-Mother animation”

Gimme that old time religion.

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“Cosmic Sexy Time, Eggs, Seeds, and Water: Crash Course World Mythology #3”

“In which Mike teaches you about the creation of the universe, with sex. This week we're talking about creations stories from Egypt, West Africa, Greece, China, and Persia that have a lot in common with human sexual reproduction. And also some castration and puking, to boot. We've got your cosmic eggs, right here!”

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“Coyote and Raven, American Tricksters: Crash Course World Mythology #22”

“Mike Rugnetta continues to teach you about Tricksters in myth, and this time we're headed to the Americas. Coyote and Raven appear in stories from many Native American groups, and more often than not, they're tricky. They're also often kind of, well, nasty. Not to get too judgy. But we do a lot of talking about poop in this episode. I'm just saying. We also talk about Tricksters as creators, as Coyote creates constellations, and Raven creates some rivers.”

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“Hermes and Loki and Tricksters Part 2: Crash Course World Mythology #21”

“In which Mike Rugnetta continues to teach you about tricksters. In this episode, we're talking about tricksters as culture heroes. Basically, a culture hero is someone whose creativity adds to their mythological culture. We'll learn how the shennanigans of Hermes are credited with deeply influencing Greek culture and myth, and we'll look at how Loki's tricks led to a lot of important aspects of Norse myth. This episode has it all! Cattle rustling, cook outs, luthiery, joke haircuts, and Gullinbursti the Battle Swine. All that's to say, this is a good one.”

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“Creation from the Void: Crash Course World Mythology #2”

“Today on Crash Course Mythology we’re starting in on creation stories. This week, we’ll focus on the creation of the universe out of nothing, or Ex Nihlio creation. Basically, a god decides to make a universe out of nothing. We’ll look at the Genesis story (which has nothing to do with Peter Gabriel or Phil Collins), a Mayan creation tale, a Kono story of the beginning, and we’ll even look at the Big Bang.”

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“What Is Myth? Crash Course World Mythology #1””

“Welcome to Crash Course World Mythology, our latest adventure (and this series may be literally adventurous) in education. Over the next 40 episodes or so, we and Mike Rugnetta are going to learn about the world by looking at the foundational stories of a bunch of different cultural traditions. We’re going to look at the ways that people’s stories define them, and the ways they shape their culture. We’re going to learn about gods, goddesses, heroes, and tricksters, and a lot more. We’re going to walk the blurry line between myth and religion, and we’re going to like it.”

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“Tricksters: An Introduction: Crash Course World Mythology 20”

“This week, Mike introduces you to Tricksters, starting with Anansi, the West African trickster god who is also sometimes a spider. Tricksters are, well, tricky. They're wise and foolish, they're promiscuous and amoral, but in a lot of ways, they're good guys. We'll also talk about the occasionally tricky Hercules and Atlas, and touch on more recent tricksters like B'rer Rabbit.”

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Wonder Woman Easter egg

“Film Review: Eugene Brave Rock Speaks Blackfoot to Wonder Woman in DC’s Best Film Ever”

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“We are starstuff…”

We are starstuff, we are the universe made manifest, trying to figure itself out. As we have both learned, sometimes the universe requires a change of perspective.
— Delen in Babylon Five
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Naked ritual

From the looks of it, it's probably a fertility rite.

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NeoNotes — Help

I think it goes beyond religion.

I think it's the keystone to Western Civilization. ReligiousTolerance.org calls it the Ethic of Reciprocity. Christians call it the Golden Rule. My favorite version comes from the movies.

"Be excellent to each other! And party on Dudes!"

Philosophically, the EoR assumes that there are other people and they are just as important as you are. If you want to be treated well, you have to treat others well.

I call it parity. Some call it fairness. It's all the same thing. Help if you can because you may want help later.
NeoNotes are the selected comments that I made on other boards, in email, or in response to articles where I could not respond directly.

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“Reflection-Medusa”

Sorrow and regret

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Rhythm Of Life

”And The Rhythm Of Life is a powerful beat…”

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❝NO PROBLEMS!❞

NO SOLICITORS
NO RELIGIOUS GROUPS
(This Means You Everyone)
NO PEDDLERS
NO PROBLEMS!
HAVE A SUPER FANTASTIC DAY!
— three minutes and fifteen seconds into the movie Growing Op
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❝You have to believe in dreams…❞

You have to believe in dreams, because sometimes they believe in you.
— Simon R. Green, Something From the Nightside
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Better

My friends have always been the best of me.
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❝At the end of the day…❞

At the end of the day, some things can't be faked.
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Remember this

Power has to be shared. It is the key to survival.
Andromeda TV series
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Last night she bet me I wouldn't do it

Playtime

Never bet Neo when the stakes are sexplay

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Eyes open and watching carefully

We have the future we make, nothing more and nothing less

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Yesterday's news…

doesn't touch tomorrow's promise

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hums softly

Playtime

Some things just make your day

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Good reasoning

This is a page from the third version of Technopagan Yearnings. There are some formatting differences. Originally published at www.neowayland.com/C1982366546/E20100420115235

I'm not a parent but this makes sense to me.

Well, I told him to walk away if it's ... for himself and to stand up and fight if it's for someone else.
— Booth to Brennan in the Bones episode "The Finger in the Nest"
I've seldom seen it explained better. In this world of soundbites, sometimes the truth shines through.

Posted: Tue - April 20, 2010 at 11:52 AM

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Do you believe

A musical interlude because I have a song that won't get out of my head

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Myth ruminations

Looking for Pagan fiction? I may not be the guy to give it to you.

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“I dare you to do it better!”
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Adventures in Mythmaking

I lost a bet, so now I have to share

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Redux: Christians & Pagan Tolerance

My comments on a list I belong to

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Lost in the story

People so disconnected from reality that a movie depresses them

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October - updated

Evil spelled backwards is live. And that's what I do.

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Forget the red pill, go for the green drink

Summing up my thoughts on the Matirix films after a long email conversation

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Snap out of it!

Neo got kidnapped

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Sometimes the sad songs do help

iTunes and it's "random" selections

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In a hole

Friends in dark places

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License to thrill

Rattling the windows, singing in anticipation

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Riding the Music Part II

I got an email asking why I didn't include Pagan music. Long story short, I think we need to look for connections beyond things that are just "Pagan" or Pagan related. There is meaning and life all around us, we do not need to shut ourselves off from it just because it didn't come from an approved source.

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Riding the music

Some songs work amazingly well as meditation aids, IF it's the right music and the right lyrics.

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Pagan films part 1 - updated

Looking for Paganism in films

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Mulling over the nature of Deity

Fiction and nonfiction collide and spawn in my semi-fevered brain

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Pagan Films Part II
- Projecting the Horror

Looking at portrayal of Pagans in horror films

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“You're not doing what I wanted you to do!”

Frustrated by unspoken expectations

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Religion and popular culture

Conversation with Juliaki

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Happy Towel Day!

Douglas Adams Passing Day

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