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« Reply #15: February 13, 2009, 08:01:39 pm »

A fluffy badger?  A scratchy bunny?

Considering our beliefs are somewhat close, I think I'd prefer the first one.  All the extra fur may provide an extra degree of protection in fights Cheesy


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« Reply #16: February 13, 2009, 08:17:03 pm »

My profile here may now have to be altered...

Well, maybe 'beliefs' was the wrong word to use, but the approach you described is similar to mine.
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« Reply #17: February 13, 2009, 08:24:41 pm »

Well, maybe 'beliefs' was the wrong word to use, but the approach you described is similar to mine.


No! Dude, it was my lame attempt at humor. I meant that I should call myself:

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I really liked your juxtaposition of the Pagan insults.

I blame the misunderstanding on my not using emoticons.

For what it's worth, we really are on the same page religion-wise.
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« Reply #18: February 13, 2009, 08:43:25 pm »


No! Dude, it was my lame attempt at humor. I meant that I should call myself:

Fluffy Badger Hellenic Polytheist

I really liked your juxtaposition of the Pagan insults.

I blame the misunderstanding on my not using emoticons.

For what it's worth, we really are on the same page religion-wise.

Well it's always a bit difficult to interpret tone over the net Wink
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« Reply #19: February 14, 2009, 12:49:21 am »

At least, I HOPE the gods change with the times.  My most recent offerings to Brighid are ice cream and french fries.  I don't think they had those in Bronze Age Ireland.  Wink
French fries?  French fries?!?  You horrible person, you're trying to turn her into a Potato Goddess!!!
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« Reply #20: February 14, 2009, 12:52:07 am »

French fries?  French fries?!?  You horrible person, you're trying to turn her into a Potato Goddess!!!
 Cheesy Cheesy Cheesy

Hey, She ask for them.  I didn't believe it at first.  I mean, french fries, right?  But She was adamant.  She also wanted ice cream again tonight.  No chocolate sauce this time, though.

And She didn't seem too thrilled with the cream of wheat the other night.  Even though it had brown sugar and maple syrup in it.
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« Reply #21: February 14, 2009, 12:58:53 am »

I could probably say something deep and meaningful about this if I wasn't so tired, but the first thing that came to mind was this episode of the Kemetic web comic I read:
While I'm pretty much in agreement with what others have said about deities adapting to the times they're in (especially, Marilyn's, Mattie's, and Catja's input - biiig surprise), the comic resonated with another side of it that I've noticed:  sometimes the deities haven't fully internalized some of the fiddly minutinae of modern life.  That may be less a matter of their ancient origins, and more because they're "big picture" people, and the minutinae are often things humans come up with because we have a thing for detail.

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« Reply #22: February 14, 2009, 12:59:56 am »

Hey, She ask for them.  I didn't believe it at first.  I mean, french fries, right?  But She was adamant.
Oh, I believe you.  I just couldn't resist the reference.

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« Reply #23: February 14, 2009, 04:48:22 am »

French fries?  French fries?!?  You horrible person, you're trying to turn her into a Potato Goddess!!!
And a modern Potato Goddess at that!  Tongue
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« Reply #24: February 14, 2009, 04:59:52 am »

Well, I think that their spheres of influence grew to adapt to the times.  For example, communication is in Hermes' sphere of influence so I consider him to be the god of the internet.  Zeus could be the god of the electricity flowing through the walls as well as lightning.  Ares could now wield an AK-47 instead of a spear Cheesy
Principally I agree, I'm not able to speak much from own experiences here, but it sounds logical to me.

Does anyone have ideas about Artemis in this regard? I don't have much experience, but the few I have in dreams and meditations have all taken place in a forest. So it's a bit hard to tell. The forest itsself didn't look ancient or originally wild. It looked like any forest I could be in today. Sorry that I can't contribute much here.
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« Reply #25: February 14, 2009, 09:53:09 am »

I think that with all things in the universe, they are not static.  They grow and change over time like the rest of us.  However, being eternal, they may change over longer periods of time.

  I just finished reading a deceptively simple (not the word i really want, but cannot think of another one) book called "The Kin of Ata Are Waiting for You" by Dorothy Bryant.

     There is a  part of the story, where the main character is trying to write down the stories of the Ata.  He finds out that Each person there tells the stories a bit differently, and All are treated as True. He also finds out why the Ata, themselves, do not attempt to write down their own stories.  (there is so much more, but that is part of the nutshell) 

    I also believe that Deity is not static. They could change...our perception can change.   Mea.
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« Reply #26: February 14, 2009, 10:40:12 am »

Does anyone have ideas about Artemis in this regard? I don't have much experience, but the few I have in dreams and meditations have all taken place in a forest. So it's a bit hard to tell. The forest itsself didn't look ancient or originally wild. It looked like any forest I could be in today. Sorry that I can't contribute much here.

Well, maybe with rampant modern-day deforestation, she wants to replant the trees (thus the forest not looking that ancient)?  I can see her as the goddess of wilderness and wildlife conservation as that is something that could concern her.  So appearing in a new-ish forest may be her trying to put that point across.
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« Reply #27: February 14, 2009, 11:17:37 am »

Hmm...I think she would like to see more nature preservation anyway, but maybe she was reminding me that there are always places of wilderness even in the modern world. I'm still trying to find out why I've had those encounters with her of all gods and what she's seeing in a city-dweller like me. Not that I wouldn't perfectly love to live in a forest, but I have to earn money somehow and I like some aspects of cities. At the moment I really don't know how to integrate a mistress of animals into my city life. *confused headshake*
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Hmm...I think she would like to see more nature preservation anyway, but maybe she was reminding me that there are always places of wilderness even in the modern world. I'm still trying to find out why I've had those encounters with her of all gods and what she's seeing in a city-dweller like me. Not that I wouldn't perfectly love to live in a forest, but I have to earn money somehow and I like some aspects of cities. At the moment I really don't know how to integrate a mistress of animals into my city life. *confused headshake*

I don't know if this is what you looking for, but when I think 'Artemis' I see her as a stern Lady.
Might be because of the Goddess Oracle, but it feels fitting for me - you might like to check the goddess text there:

http://www.hranajanto.com/goddessgallery/GGF-home.html
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« Reply #29: February 14, 2009, 11:44:46 am »

I don't know if this is what you looking for, but when I think 'Artemis' I see her as a stern Lady.
Might be because of the Goddess Oracle, but it feels fitting for me - you might like to check the goddess text there:

http://www.hranajanto.com/goddessgallery/GGF-home.html

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