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  2. Authentic self

    as rev calli would say"spot on".
  3. Very interesting and informative! But as usual with me, a little knowledge leaves me thirsting for more... This is the first I've ever heard of the ancients using a 10 day week... Thanks for giving me something to research!
  4. Favorite Playwrights

    Aristophanes. His comedies paint a convincing portrait of Athenian life at the time. He also ridiculed and satirized his political opponents and contemporaries, a trend that continues in comedy to this day. I'm also a fan of Shakespeare's plays. Twelfth Night, Much Ado About Nothing, and the Scottish play are my favorites.
  5. I appreciate & respect “live” actors/musicians more than filmed ones because they only get 1 chance to get their lines correct or incorrect. It amazes me to see people who can dance, play instruments and do stunts ‘live’. Unfortunately, the cost of live performances can be prohibitive BTW- I always like watching “Les Miserables” on PBS, which is a stage performance. Also “Scrooge” (1973) with Albert Finney seems more like a play than a movie to me.
  6. The Attic Festival Calendar

    A number of days in each Attic month are sacred to certain gods and heroes: Noumenia: the first day of each Attic month is sacred to Selene, Apollon Noumenios, Zeus Ktesios, Zeus Herkeios, Hestia, and other household gods and spirits. This is also a day many modern practitioners of Hellenic polytheism choose to fill the kathiskos, a jar of various food items which serves as the household altar to Zeus Ktesios (an aspect of Zeus that guards the pantry and brings prosperity in the form of a bountiful food supply). The second day of each Attic month is sacred to the Agathos Daimon, a serpentine household spirit that protects the house itself. The typical offering to the Agathos Daimon is a libation of unmixed wine (Greeks typically drank wine diluted with water) after the last meal of the day, poured directly onto an earthen floor. In my modern house, I keep a libation bucket to receive this offering. The third day is sacred to Athena, and a common offering to this goddess is a libation of olive oil. The fourth day is sacred to Aphrodite, Eros, Herakles, and Hermes. The fifth day is sacred to the Erinyes, Horkos, and Eris. Fifth days were considered unlucky, and the Athenians were hesitant to conduct major business or swear oaths on these days. This also includes the fifteenth and twenty-fifth days of the month. The sixth and twenty-sixth days are sacred to Artemis, and the seventh and twenty-seventh days are sacred to her twin brother, Apollon. The eighth day is sacred to Poseidon, Asklepios, and the hero Theseus. The ninth day is sacred to the Titan-Queen Rhea, Helios, and the nine Mousai (Muses). The eleventh day is sacred to the three Moirai (Fates). The seventeenth day is sacred to Apollon, Asklepios, and Demeter. Hene Kai Nea, the last day of the Attic month (either the twenty-ninth or thirtieth day) is sacred to Hekate and the dead. Hekate's deipnon (supper) offering is made at the end of this day, typically left at a crossroads. Household shrines and altars are traditionally swept on this day, and the dust and debris is collected and given in offering to Hekate, either at a crossroads or upon a grave. Food and drink offerings to ancestors and other spirits of the dead are also appropriate. Many modern practitioners choose this last day of the month to empty their kathiskos jar as part of the cleaning of household shrines.
  7. The festival calendar I follow is based on the Attic festival calendar, which is a lunisolar calendar used by the ancient Athenians to determine their holidays. The first thing to remember is that unlike today, when our day begins at midnight, the Attic day begins at sunset. This is important to keep in mind each year when I calculate my festival calendar, because the Attic day begins the night before the current day in the Gregorian calendar. Each Attic month begins with the first sighting of the crescent moon after the new moon. This day is referred to as Noumenia. The year begins with the first Noumenia after the summer solstice. Tying the cycle of lunar months to a fixed point in the solar year allows for each month to fit somewhat within a certain season, with some variation. There are typically twelve Attic lunar months, listed here in order: Hekatombaion Metageitnion Boedromion Pyanepsion Maimakterion Poseideon Gamelion Anthesterion Elaphebolion Mounikhion Thargelion Skirophorion Because a cycle of twelve lunar months is eleven days short of a solar year, there is a thirteenth intercalated month about every three years. This extra month is a repeat of the sixth month in early winter, known as Poseideon Beta, also rendered Poseideon B or Poseideon 2 in modern calculations of the calendar. Because the moon orbits the earth in 29.5 days, each Attic lunar month has either 29 or 30 days. The months with 30 days are called full, and the months with 29 days are called hollow. Each full month is further divided into three "weeks" of ten days, or in the case of hollow months, two ten-day weeks and a third week of nine days. The last day of each Attic month, when the moon is dark, is called Hene Kai Nea, which translates to "the old and the new." A cycle of four Attic years is grouped as an Olympiad, which corresponds to the four-year cycle of the Pan-Hellenic Olympic Games.
  8. Forgiveness is necessary?

    Thank you, Songster. There is no need to apologize,though I do appreciate your kindness in doing so.
  9. Forgiveness is necessary?

    You have mentioned your in-laws in the past. You said that they were Fundamentalist. Unless I have my wires twisted. The other details don't matter. No matter what you do or don't do -- "If it ain't from God it's from the Devil". With enemies like that, who needs friends? Welcome to the dark side.
  10. Read...then discuss

    And sometimes, the blueprint is at fault. Sometimes that one chief just gets the directions wrong, and everyone follows them accurately.
  11. Forgiveness is necessary?

    I recognize in my life that I have no control over what others think of me, nor should they have control over what I think of me. An example, and kind of a crummy happening recently. As many know I moved to Georgia. What many may not know is that I also moved my in-laws with me. I haven't really gotten along with them throughout my marriage, but I have always been civil at the least. It seemed to me that they had a lot of misconceptions about me. They lived with me 7 months rent and bill free, I simply considered this hospitality to be honest. My father in law helped out around the house considerably while we were reconstructing certain aspects, adding in a bedroom, things along this nature. We talked freely, we communicated amicably and it really seemed like we were getting along nicely. They moved out, and less than a week went by before the mother in law starts telling my wife how I did nothing but sit around the entire time they lived here(keep in mind, my wife watched me do a lot of the work on the house). This caught me off guard, and my first reactions were harsh. Fortunately they were also internal. I decided upon further introspection about the situation that I needed to remember I have no control over what others think or do. No matter what I did, and I did try while they were here, I simply didn't make them happy with me. They only appeared to be happy, I don't know if they feared getting thrown out if they showed their true colors or if they are simply two faced. I tend to think the latter, because they were often two faced before we moved(and yes, I am aware I was asking for trouble). In the end however, nothing I did was going to be enough to put them in a position to respect me any more than they did already, which apparently was very little. I have often been naïve in life, and I think I might have learned from this. But one thing that constantly needs updating in my head computer is that I don't control anyone else in any way, only myself and how I respond. I certainly don't seek the forgiveness of others if I think I have done nothing wrong and they do, unless they can convince me I was wrong anyway. And I think that boils down this topic a great deal: perceptions. I don't seek to forgive others unless they seek it, and even then there is always the caveat, forgive but never forget.
  12. Forgiveness is necessary?

    Sadly, I do. You have sent some remarkable barbs in my direction. I was caught off guard by your insistence that you always apologize. You don't remember? Never mind. I have to do a better job of letting go.
  13. Forgiveness is necessary?

    Really? May be... May not.... Might be... Might not.... I don't recall....
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  15. Authentic self

    Interesting. Thank you.
  16. Forgiveness is necessary?

    Really? If you believe that, you have a short memory.
  17. Forgiveness is necessary?

    In keeping with the theme here.... When I find that my actions or words may have caused offense to another (sometimes the realization is immediate, sometimes only after reflection and contemplation of the apparent consequence of the action) , I apologize as soon as I realize my offense. With the utmost sincerity, I apologize.
  18. Authentic self

    Knowing myself is a balancing act between my own perceptions of myself, and what others around me might tell me they perceive of me. In more than a few cases, I trust my own perceptions of myself over those of my community, because many of my core beliefs are at odds with theirs. In some cases, others see things about me or the way I act that I might not notice unless they bring it to my attention. I also keep in mind that the Delphic maxim that is often translated to "know thyself" is not just a call to introspection, but also a warning against hubris. Knowing yourself is also knowing your limitations, flaws, and any bias you might have that colors your perceptions.
  19. Authentic self

    Thank you. For me, it begins with radical internal honesty. What do I believe? What do I really believe? Not, what I should believe. Or what I would like to believe. Or what I would like to tell others I believe. No. That's crap. What do I really believe? Not much. I have also discovered, that the true nature of my deep beliefs, is subject to drift. I have made a few discoveries. 1. I lack piety. This is not good or bad. It is simply true. I don't care whether or not God exists. That is my truth. 2. I don't know whether or not God exists. That is the truth. My truth. The idea of God's existence seems rather silly. But I could be mistaken. There were times when I did believe. They could come back. I doubt it, but I am inconsistent. 3. At minimum, I do not have an affirmative belief that God exists. 4. I can not be certain of my own beliefs. In the past, I have believed. I prayed. I look back in horror and disdain. I might have a future self looking back at me now -- wondering how I could have been so stupid. Probably not, but maybe. Well, Agnostic seems to fit. So does Atheist. So does Apatheist. For a while, I tried working with Pantheism. In my truth, I discovered that that was dishonest. Labels. In the end, none of them matter. Stream of consciousness. I seem to have drifted off topic. Anything specific need covering?
  20. Authentic self

    We have meditation. Some things can not be heard unless we are quiet.
  21. Authentic self

    And what of the moment of transference from THIS to THAT.... Pergaps a moment with no name? von
  22. Authentic self

    As do I ! Sometimes I didn't realize I made the mistake initially. Sometimes someone explaibs things to me ... I think about it and realize ... geesh....I made a mistake! Somtimes feedback from others helps me to do better. Sometimes I learn from others sharing their mistake... which is good ...I don't have time enough to make all the mistakes myself ( old joke) Hearing feedback is'nt equivalent of handing over control if you life well it can be - but I can't view that as a healthful option in most instances. Whatever you are doing it is clearly working well for you - you seem to be in a good place von
  23. Authentic self

    This particular task is also a mother's job. One of my mother's favorites.
  24. Authentic self

    "The Tao that can be named is not the eternal Tao. The Name that can be named is not the eternal Name." Tao Te Ching by Lao Tzu. Change is the only constant. I Ching (Book of Change)
  25. Agnostics, Atheists, Brights, Free Thinkers

    Yes. My point exactly. If someone is determined to project the complexity of their beliefs -- onto the simplicity of my non-belief -- it's their issue. Not mine. I am not motivated to try to explain Atheism to all those believers. There is no Atheist obligation to enlighten the believer. Just as well. I do despise missionaries.
  26. More specifically, for one who does have belief, clarification is often required to distinguish another belief to comprehend it. Which is what complicates Atheism in the point of view of Monotheist, and possibly other belief systems. Which is why it is often difficult for them to pinpoint or define what an Atheist actually believes. Thus, complications arise via communicating the differences, which is what I feel is being experienced here in this thread. I get it, though.
  27. Agnostics, Atheists, Brights, Free Thinkers

    Atheism complicated? Simple non-belief -- not even dis-belief -- on one point of one issue? What am I not seeing? How can anything be more simple?
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