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Contemplations on the Old Gods

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Have we all seen the Statue of Liberty?  She stands in New York Harbor, looking very much like a Greek goddess.  She is the personification of "Liberty".  She is known as "Lady Liberty".

 

I find myself thinking.  We need only install an altar -- and a priesthood.  Then we can actually worship at Liberty's feet.

 

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Here we are in August.  The heat is on.  It's time to start thinking about December.  It's time to start thinking about

Santa Claus.

 

What do we know about Santa?  It's all in the children's songs.

 

"He's making a list.

Checking it twice.

He always knows who's naughty or nice.

Santa Claus is coming to town."

 

"He knows when you are sleeping.

He knows when you're awake.

He knows when you've been bad or good,

So be good for goodness sake."

 

Where does this leave us?  An old man with a beard.  Watching everything that we do.  He keeps lists.  He flies around the night sky, in the company of magical creatures.  He rewards the good and punishes the bad.  This is God Lite.

 

Santa isn't alone.  There is also Old Man Winter.  He's on television.  He sells snow tires.

 

Jack Frost is also still around.  A relative of Frosty the Snowman.

 

The old gods have changes in form and name.  They never quite go away.

 

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Tykhe/Fortuna is still “Lady Luck” in casinos, and the goddess Dike is still Justice personified in the courthouses of modern law.  Artists still speak of their Muse, and buildings where art is kept are still called by their ancient name: Museums - the temple of the Muses.

 

The Rod of Asklepios, though often mistakenly replaced by the caduceus, is still the symbol of modern medicine.

 

In the English speaking world, the days of the week still bear the names of Germanic gods, and in the Romance languages, they still bear the Roman names of gods.

 

Venus and Mars can be seen in the night sky.

 

The gods of the various polytheisms have never truly left the minds of mortals.

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2 hours ago, LeopardBoy said:

Tykhe/Fortuna is still “Lady Luck” in casinos, and the goddess Dike is still Justice personified in the courthouses of modern law.  Artists still speak of their Muse, and buildings where art is kept are still called by their ancient name: Museums - the temple of the Muses.

 

The Rod of Asklepios, though often mistakenly replaced by the caduceus, is still the symbol of modern medicine.

 

In the English speaking world, the days of the week still bear the names of Germanic gods, and in the Romance languages, they still bear the Roman names of gods.

 

Venus and Mars can be seen in the night sky.

 

The gods of the various polytheisms have never truly left the minds of mortals.

 

 

Yes.  The casinos.  What do people chant before rolling the dice?  "C'mon Seven.  Daddy needs a new pair of shoes!"  This sort of makes sense -- if the chant is directed towards Hermes, Messenger of the gods.  Nobody appreciates good footwear like a messenger.  Just look at his winged sandals.     :birgits_giggle:

 

Speaking of the old gods.  On Valentine's day -- who do we see flying around with his bow and arrows?  It's Cupid.  Not even a change of name or form.  It's CUPID.     :lol:

 

Don't forget the Fates.   Every Christmas, Nat King Cole sings -- "if the Fates allow".     :birgits_giggle:

 

I almost forgot the obvious.  Today is Thor's Day.  Tomorrow is Frey Day.  As in -- Thank God for Frey Day.     :birgits_giggle:

 

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