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This Jungian Life
Episode 242 - Melancholy

This Jungian Life

Play Episode Listen Later Dec 1, 2022 71:30


Melancholy evokes images of poets and artists for whom suffering and giftedness go hand in hand. Creative ability as compensation for affliction is depicted in Greek myth by the god Hephaestus. Rejected by his goddess mother and cast out of Olympus, alienated Hephaestus forged magnificent, magical objects for the gods. Such archetypal imagery can inform our understanding of the kind of depression that seems intrinsic but may have roots in early, adverse childhood experiences of emotional deprivation or rejection. Early loss, separation from a primary caregiver, or relational abandonment can have lifelong repercussions. Such disruptive events, though not available to consciousness, nonetheless infuse adult attitudes and attachments. To name the void creates space for mourning and healing, and like Hephaestus, finding the inner fire to forge something new.    Dream In my dream I am walking, I think toward a house. I'm walking through a wilderness area that has many, like at least 2 dozen, dead rabbits. They are dismembered. And I look at them, but when I do, I feel that I have violated their death. I'm not sure. I know a wolf got them but I never see the wolf. I see one of the rabbit's faces, and even though it is missing it's lower half (and is quite bloody), I know its soul is still alive, though its body is dead. I don't ponder this for very long in the dream. After that, I pass the rabbits, and I'm in the yard of what I think might be my home. But it is flooded - the aftermath of a flood. There is a large (80 foot) oak tree in the middle of the flood waters. Next to it is a tower of toadstools, each growing on top of one another. They are beautiful. They are lime green and white, almost glowing. I never go into the house because I'm amazed by the mushrooms. I take picture after picture of them from various angles. References:  Film: Melancholia; Kirsten Dunst, Alexander Skarsgard. Hulu.com. The Ultimate Rumi Collection. Three books by Coleman Barks.https://www.amazon.com/Ultimate-Rumi-Collection-Books-Box/dp/B0B1MMRSDC/ref=sr_1_1?crid=2VCU1NGWW393P&keywords=Rumi+and+Coleman+Barks&qid=1669057175&s=books&sprefix=rumi+and+coleman+barks%2Cstripbooks%2C77&sr=1-1

Prophecy Radio: A Percy Jackson Podcast
Episode #58 - Love Shenanigans

Prophecy Radio: A Percy Jackson Podcast

Play Episode Listen Later Nov 21, 2022 125:27


Prophecy Radio episode #58 sees the hosts talking about food. Specifically, what kind of food represents each of the main Olympian gods (plus Hades)? In addition to this, the hosts discuss all the latest news in the Riordanverse, including the casting of Hades and Hephaestus for Percy Jackson and the Olympians, as well as reread and discuss Percy Jackson and the Last Olympian chapter 12. New episodes of Prophecy Radio air weekly, and all ages are welcome to tune in. News and Updates (00:03:23) Read Riordan released another OTP timelines article, this time about Nico di Angelo and Will Solace. Then, we try to guess which gods said what in the Riordanverse. Did you do better than us?? You probably did. Let's talk about the November 11 blog post. What moments from The Lightning Thief do they need an underwater set for? The Underworld set is going to be AMAZING. It's so interesting to think which gods we're going to see this season and which have to wait. It has been confirmed and confirmed again: No actors from the Percy Jackson movies will appear in Percy Jackson and the Olympians on Disney+. It's so amazing to hear that the studio partners keep giving them excellent notes and that everything has been super collaborative. We got another update for Daughter of the Deep! How long do you think it'll be until that movie comes out? Make sure you've ordered The Sun and the Star by Rick Riordan and Mark Oshiro. Hopefully we're able to go to an in-person tour stop for this book, but if not, maybe we can catch the virtual event. Okay, it's time for the November 18 blog post, which is all about new casting. First up is Jay Duplass as Hades. Do we know Jay from anything? One of our friends is definitely excited for this one! We've also got Timothy Omundson as Hephaestus! Is there a better, more prolific actor for this role?? We think not! Kristen makes a confession that SHOCKS Karen to the core. We do a lot of speculating about how Hephaestus' role could be expanded for the show. Divine recipes (00:40:41) It's almost Thanksgiving here in the United States, so let's talk about food! Despite the fact that Zeus' recipe inspired Karen to come up with this series, Kristen had the most trouble with him! We both definitely tried to incorporate weather somehow. How do you turn Hera's personality into a recipe?? We agreed it had to be something homemade and comforting. For Poseidon, is there really any choice other than seafood? Kristen went for freshness and Karen went for abundance, but both work really well! And no, there's no blue JELL-O with goldfish inside. Hades definitely demands some sort of MEAT. We both also incorporated fire in different ways. And maybe the Italian flag?? Athena was a little bit of a tricky one, but we both knew it HAD to involve olives or olive oil in some way. Plus, it had to be light and have enough substance to sustain you during battle! Kristen's pick for Ares was honestly the best recipe out of the entire list. We both knew it had to be meat, and it had to be violent. Kristen also describes Ares in the nicest way possible. Next up is Dionysus, and we go in two different directions for this one. Kristen was thinking parties, and Karen was thinking wine. How could you go wrong with either? Kristen knew she HAD to work oranges into her recipe for Apollo. Karen had a similar reasoning for going with her choice for Apollo as well. Artemis is next on our list, and Kristen had a really clever way of working one of her major symbols into her choice. Why did we both think Artemis was vegetarian?? She's the goddess of the HUNT. And yes, Karen found a way to incorporate mushrooms. Obviously. Hephaestus is such an interesting god to find a recipe for, and apparently Kristen had NO trouble with this one. That being said, we think of Hephaestus VERY differently. For Aphrodite, are there any options other than chocolate?? Callie interrupts us to eat a little bit of dinner. Whatever Aphrodite gets, it has to be elegant and decadent. Demeter is an interesting one, but Kristen found a really good recipe for that. Meanwhile, Karen went with something a little more classic. Hermes was another god who was really fun and interesting to come up with recipes for. Seriously, tacos are so versatile and they're good to eat on the go! Our last god on the list is Hestia, and we knew from the get-go it would be a little bit difficult. Whatever her meal is, it's gotta be roasted over an open fire! Was this fun? Did you like it? Should we do some more? Percy Jackson and the Last Olympian (01:24:45) It's time to talk about The Last Olympian chapter 12. Is this the first time we're meeting Will Solace? He must be an excellent healer if Percy is allowing him to look after Annabeth. How much does Pompona look like Demeter? Watch out for that foreshadowing! It'll bite you right on the nose. We really wanted to root for you, Ethan! We're really feeling the Percabeth vibes in this chapter!! There was a point in time where Luke wanted to run away from Kronos and everything he had to do. How do we feel about this? Grover returns to deliver some bad news and eat some furniture. Karen totally forgets the word for hellhounds. We're officially up to Prophecy Count #27. Nico needs to learn the delicate art of listening to your elders. Did Maria di Angelo make the right call, or was she being naïve? Zeus would totally kill children. Poor Persephone would've been forced to live with Hades' mistress. YIKES. Hades goes full God of Death on the Oracle, and we just feel so bad for her. Rachel's father is kind of the worst. Kristen has ANOTHER confession. Feedback (02:00:40) Henry lets us know that there's a Mythic Quest/Percy Jackson crossover…in Becky's dreams. Phoebe tries to help us out with the whole sand dollar problem. Thanks for listening, and tune in next time for episode 59, where we'll do a Monster Guide on pit scorpions. This episode's hosts are: Karen Rought and Kristen Kranz. Each episode, our Prophecy Radio hosts and their guests will keep you up to date on the latest information coming out of Camp Half-Blood, including upcoming books and adaptation news, discuss a topic of choice, and do a chapter by chapter reread of the Percy Jackson series. Follow Us: Twitter // Instagram // Facebook // Tumblr Listen and Subscribe: Audioboom // Apple // Spotify Feel free to leave us your questions or comments through any of these mediums! You can also email us at prophecyradiopodcast@gmail.com or visit our homepage for archives and more information about our show. Prophecy Radio is a Subjectify Media podcast production. 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Occultae Veritatis Podcast - OVPOD
Case #193: Legendary Lore and Modern Media

Occultae Veritatis Podcast - OVPOD

Play Episode Listen Later Nov 15, 2022 68:32


Classification: [History] Guest Presenter Rocky takes us on a journey of Myths, Legends, and Game Of Thrones commentary. We learn about ancient Greek and Roman mythology and learn how modern media still reflects ancient myths like a polished mirror -Sponsored by- Our Patrons at http://www.patreon.com/ovpod https://www.ovpod.ca/

Binary System Podcast Archive
Binary System Podcast #333 - Lore Olympus and The Sandman Episode 4

Binary System Podcast Archive

Play Episode Listen Later Oct 13, 2022 36:53


Original broadcast date October 13, 2022. The original podcast post is here: https://pixelatedgeek.com/2022/10/binary-system-podcast-333-lore-olympus-and-the-sandman-episode-4/ So what's Apollo up to? How is Demeter going to mess things up for Hades and Persephone? Did Aphrodite get married to Hephaestus when she threw over Ares, or someone else? And where's Psyche been this entire time that the mortal realm was cut off from Olympus? You'd think we'd be happy with the story progression we got in episodes 213 and 214 of Lore Olympus (not to mention the character development for a certain river nymph; do we actually like Minthe now?), but all we keep doing is asking a lot more questions. After that we...you know what? Let's just throw up a trigger warning for our recap of the latest episode of The Sandman. Episode 4 had a much gentler start than original comic issue it's based on, and obviously some elements had to be toned down for TV. But there are still instances of torture, and violence, and child abuse, and sex that we're not entirely sure was consensual. So while it's an excellent episode, in many ways this adaptation is even more disturbing. This week's outro is a clip from Skyrise for Tomorrow by TeknoAXE Looking for a present for that hard-to-shop-for person? Want to buy them (or yourself) a square foot of a castle in Scotland? Look no further! You can support the restoration of Dunan's castle, legally call yourself Lady or Laird, AND if you use http://www.scottishlaird.co.uk/#_a_2gk to get there, you can support this podcast too! For updates, fan art, and other randomness, come follow us on Facebook, Tumblr, Twitter, and Instagram!

Binary System Podcast
Binary System Podcast #333 – Lore Olympus and The Sandman Episode 4

Binary System Podcast

Play Episode Listen Later Oct 13, 2022 36:53


So what’s Apollo up to? How is Demeter going to mess things up for Hades and Persephone? Did Aphrodite get married to Hephaestus when she threw over Ares, or someone else? And where’s Psyche been this entire time that the mortal realm was cut off from Olympus? You’d think we’d be happy with the story... The post Binary System Podcast #333 – Lore Olympus and The Sandman Episode 4 first appeared on Pixelated Geek.

This Jungian Life
Episode 234 - Creation and Destruction: Archetype of the Volcano

This Jungian Life

Play Episode Listen Later Oct 6, 2022 52:58


Volcanoes appear in our myths, movies, and dreams. Their awesome destructive power fascinates us and serves as a reminder that we are not in control of nature's primordial forces. Offering access to the earth's molten core, volcanoes have been believed to be the entryway to the underworld or Hell. The Greeks believed that the fiery bursts from volcanoes were the sparks flying from Hephaestus' forge, thus underscoring the creative aspect of volcanoes – Hephaestus created items of great beauty and power in his underground workshop. Volcanoes create new rocks and new land mass. Their mineral-rich output fertilizes the surrounding soil, resulting in abundant and delicious crops. The volcano serves as a potent image of the unconscious – unpredictable, sometimes explosive, powered from the depths – but also capable of bestowing its fructifying blessing upon us.    Here's the dream we analyze: A man and a woman are hiking down through a rocky environment. The man is leading her and tells her that they are on the side of a volcano. She's intrigued and allows him to guide her. They walk around for a while and then on their way back to the top of the volcano they come across a large stone bridge. The bridge is wide, made of heavy stones the color of sandstone, like something out of ancient Rome or medieval Spain. The rapids beneath the bridge are incredibly strong. The waters are white. The man and the woman embrace each other on this bridge in an all-encompassing, deeply intimate hug. The emotion is palpable. There is a close-up of her face, she looks alarmingly like Beyonce. She fights tears. I can only see the man's back, but I can tell he too is fighting tears. When they pull away from each other they see at their feet, right where they are standing, a bright orange ember burning close to the ground. This signals to them that they have to go. At this point I am now the woman. The volcano is unstable and we only have a few moments before we can make it to the other side before eruption. We pull away from each other and start heading to the top of the volcano. As we walk hand in hand magma begins to break through the dark charcoal grey landscape like veins through skin. Then the volcano begins to erupt. Smoke billows, lava flows and the man and I face away from the eruption, pressed up against something like the side of a wall. He presses himself against my back. I wonder if he's even really there, or if he's going to stay. Everything goes black, the ash engulfs us. We survive. The sun reemerges and I leave my male companion and climb to the top left side of the volcano where I find a small wooden hut. I pull aside a curtain and see that inside of the hut are my older brother sitting next to his child self, as well as my child self (though she's sitting on her own) I check on them and ask them if they're alright. A woman's hand hands me a cool washcloth (white) (I believe the woman is my deceased grandmother) and I press it to my brother's face, then his child self, then my child self. I tell them I'll be back, as they seem somewhat infirm. My brother jests "Hey, mind bringing me some coffee?!" His child-self jumps in and says "Yeah! me too!" to which I respond "I'm not bringing you anything. But I'll bring her coffee!" as I point to my child self. She smiles. The dream ends.

Angry Me Production
WHAT THE HELL? Hephaestus Industries with Todd M Heath

Angry Me Production

Play Episode Listen Later Aug 28, 2022 52:52


WHAT THE HELL? Hephaestus Industries with Todd M Heath --- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app

The Tales of Worlds End
TToDO: S2 E16-The Stratos Knights-Pilot

The Tales of Worlds End

Play Episode Listen Later Aug 26, 2022 193:45


Welcome back curious adventurers. When we left off the Party goes to the Pirate Isles. There they meet with Kyran Duros, and he asks them to help him pass on. Taking them to Omnipotence to start the Transcendence. The party fight and after what might be their toughest battle yet, help Kyran Transend. After they stealth raid the main South-Eastern Company outpost in the Isles. They steal one of the experimental metal ships and name it, Hephaestus. The Party make their way to The Sky King's Ruins.Dark Omens will update biweekly on Wednesdays.We are almost done with our web site you all will love it promise!Also check us out on Instagram @Worldsendpodcastsor Twitter @WEPodcastsRealor even @Worlds End Podcasts on FacebookWe would love to chat with you guys, get your feedback, and just interact with you all. Our supporters and listeners mean a lot to us. Hope to see you on there!Also, no matter what app you are listening on PLEASE leave us a review. It helps us get seen more on your app of choice and trust us no one wants to miss this show.Finally tell your friends. Word of mouth is actually the best way for podcasts shows like this to get known by people. It also isn't too hard, nor will it take up too much of your time. So please if you could tell someone else about these amazing stories. Thank you so much for coming on this journey with us. Now let the show begin!Support the show

Jon Solo's Messed Up Origins Podcast
The Messed Up Origins™ of Hephaestus | Mythology Explained

Jon Solo's Messed Up Origins Podcast

Play Episode Listen Later Aug 15, 2022 15:20


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Why Did Peter Sink?
About Uranus (part 1)

Why Did Peter Sink?

Play Episode Listen Later Aug 1, 2022 54:45


It's time we talked about Uranus. It's not easy to bring up Uranus, but Uranus is an important topic, more than you realize. No, no, not the planet. I mean Uranus. I'm referring to the god of Greek mythology, also known as Father Sky, born out of Chaos by Gaia, Mother Earth. He's one of the top gods of the lower-case ”g” variety. The greatest coincidence in word history for any eight year old boy is the collision of modern English with the name of this Greek god, Uranus. By sheer passage of time and happenstance of language, a child can mock and blaspheme a word that the ancient Greeks thought held power. Uranus wasn't always a funny word. There was a time when the word was spoken with seriousness, as Uranus and his offspring provided meaning in the ancient world. That's where we're going in this multi-part episode.I'm not sure how many people know the story of Uranus. He is also called Ouranos, which is not nearly as funny, but I'm going to switch to using that version now, so I can shove off from the dock of toilet humor before this turns into Captain Underpants fan fiction. An interesting thing about mythological systems is the order of how creation happened, or what came first. In Greek mythology, as written by Hesiod, the order of creation goes like this: Chaos was the first thing to exist. Followed by Earth (Gaia), then Tartarus (Underworld/Hell), then Love (Eros), and only after all that do we get to Heaven with Father Sky (Ouranos). So the God of heaven, Ouranos, is the fifth thing to come into existence. Notice that this mythology does not have a pre-existing God. Ouranos is fifth so he didn't even medal in this contest, or get to stand on the podium. Chaos and the Earth were first and they somehow begat the Heavens. This order of “begetting” is important. I know what you're thinking. This probably seems rather unimportant. It certainly did to me. After all there are many world mythology systems. Osiris in Egypt arrives in a similar path. Often the primordial first gods of other mythological systems arrive in a similar pattern. When I read this years ago, I marveled mostly at how similar concepts seemed to crossover with the creation story of Genesis. In particular, the idea of chaos stood out. As I read more myths, the origin stories use of this idea “chaos” continued to appear and it fascinated me, but led me down a classic path of doubt where I began to see all religions as being the same thing with different names, different recipes of formless chaos mixed with different characters. There is always a flood story, too, in many cultures' mythology. So like many people exploring our past and origin stories, I came to believe that various cultures arrived at a similar, solid story that satisfied our searching hearts and minds. This pulled me toward classrooms instead of churches, as the project became comparing religions, looking for parallels to explain away the truth claims, rather than looking closely at what the truth claims are saying. After enough nights of looking up at the stars and wondering, I imagined the ancient peoples found their way to an origin story that helped them sleep at night. I recall doing this myself, leaning on the hood of a car and smoking cigarettes with friends, staring into the Milky Way on humid summer nights. Between drags, we would ponder the depths of the sky, just like any ancient person might. Underneath the billions of distant fiery stars, the cherry red end of the Marlboro would burn brighter than them all, and sooner or later someone would bring up the fact that staring into space makes us seem small, or better yet, “You ever wonder what's out there?” or worse, “You ever wonder what the purpose of all this is?” That to me seems like the perfect leading question into the beginning of myth. Rather than dig too deep though, we'd move on to talk about something else, usually girls we liked, which was at least a topic closer to earth. Once I started reading the old stories, perhaps made up by ancient smokers laying on the hood of their chariots, I started to see a remarkable similarity in the stories around the world. So I thought it was all quite simple. We just needed a story to make sense of the unknown. But as I returned later in life to those stories, some things began to stand out that seemed insignificant as a teenager. Having decided that the stories were nothing more than entertaining fairy tales from ignorant bushwhacking cavemen, I ignored the fact that these stories were told over and over again for thousands of years and these stories did not provide mere entertainment, but actually formed the rock of meaning in their lives. These stories attempted to give people something to stand on and make sense of their thoughts when they peered out onto the vast ocean, or looked into a gaping night sky, or survived a howling storm, or mourned the death of a child. These stories had more depth and meaning to them than we tend to understand, because we consider our ancestors to be simpletons, at least until the Enlightenment. Many of us, including me, think that our current generation is the only one that is finally onto the truth. We still have origin stories, like the Big Bang Theory, which seems to be the most solid model that science has found. Science is always trying to chase down new origin stories, like the multiverse, or the idea that we live in a computer simulation like The Matrix. In essence, we are still staring into the sky and wondering the same questions, making us not all that different than the ancient storytellers. The story of Ouranos being born out of Chaos, however, stopped me in my tracks one day, because I realized how different Hesiod's Greek creation story actually is from the book of Genesis. As usual, I'm late to the game. I don't think I've kicked over any new rocks and found treasure but this struck me as significant. The key difference between the Greek story of creation and the Genesis story of creation is what came first. In the Greek story, it's Chaos. In Genesis, it's God. I passed over this various times without thinking it mattered, but it does, because the root of the origin that the universe grows out of results in a different path. The order matters a great deal. If God was made, there is always the question of something before God. If God was first and made everything, including the chaos, then God is the final stop for all questions of existence, meaning, understanding, and purpose in this world. If God is first, then he is the answer to all questions. The buck stops with God, so to speak.The order of which came first is critical, but so is the life of Ouranos. Ouranos did not have omnipotent power. Nor did Gaia. Nor did Chaos, or Eros, or Tartarus. None of these gods were omnipotent. Ouranos is treated as the top dog, but he suffers defeat by his own children. He could not withstand a rebellion and is toppled by sub-gods. Ouranos is sat on the bench. A new god, in this case his son Cronus (or Saturn), takes over. The idea of an infallible, omnipotent god fades, because if Father Sky can be beaten, then so can the new god. Again, you may just hear these stories and think this is minor, that it's not a big deal, that it has no impact on our lives today, and you will move on. You may think these are just stories like “How the Tiger Got Its Stripes” but they are not. These are much bigger stories because they are foundational for the meaning of life. How the tiger got its stripes doesn't affect how you feel when you lay back and look at the stars. But if you live in a world where chaos spawned the gods, instead of an omnipotent God creating order out of chaos, the foundation you build your life upon will lead to different patterns of living. I think we naturally want to respond to these ancient myths like silly fables, like those of Rudyard Kipling or the Brothers Grimm. These old stories seem so distant from us, and even childish, but I think we are fooled about our level of sophistication by our indoor plumbing and iPhones. We are not unlike the ancient storytellers nearly as much as we think, and even the simple fables by Kipling and Grimm and Aesop have far more depth than we'd like to think. The story of the Bible is different from that of mythology, and it's also unlike any fable. Why? Because of the origin story. God exists first, and nothing defeats God. It's actually quite boring in terms of drama, which is why studying mythology is fun. There are more characters, more variety, there's love, there's violence, treachery…it's like the Sopranos or Game of Thones or Lord of the Rings. Since the one God of the Bible never suffers defeat, there is never a power struggle at the top. There is a rebellion, but it is squashed and we hear about it only briefly. The books of Ezekial and Isaiah and Revelation discuss this rebellion a bit, but God is never defeated, and seems to never have been in any real danger of defeat. Why? Because he is the omnipotent creator God who created everything out of nothing. He brought all order to the chaos, doing so by his voice alone, and of course if he wanted to he could speak and destroy as well. God created the earth and everything else, and this is unlike the Sumerian, Greek, or Egyptian myths. The famous opening line of the Bible says it best:“In the beginning, when God created the heavens and the earth — and the earth was without form or shape, with darkness over the abyss and a mighty wind sweeping over the waters...” (Gen 1)God is first, not created from something prior to him. God creates the heavens and earth out of nothing (also called ex nihilo, to sound fancy). The Greeks have it the opposite way. So do the Egyptians and Babylonians, as the gods are born out of chaos. The God of Judaism, Islam, and Christianity is not born. He just is. He is existence itself. This is why when Moses asks for God's name, the answer is, “I AM.” There is no name, because he is being itself. The funny thing about this is that I felt drawn into the Greek and Egyptian and Norse mythologies because of the characters and the conflicts. For a long time I thought the book of Genesis was boring because it lacked an exciting storyline like other mythological hierarchies, but there is a reason the book of Genesis doesn't read like the Game of Thrones mythologies of the Greeks. The reason is that the rebellion is smashed. In the Bible, there's no underdog upset. You might say that Cronus doesn't win. Why? Well, the sub-gods don't win, because they were never born. They don't exist. Whatever rebellion happened, it's over. God has no problem defeating it. We move on as if God had swatted a mosquito. The rebellion seems more like a nuisance event among God's created beings, the angels, than something he is ever concerned about. The great image of this is that God is like an artist, and the characters in the painting or book may attack one another, but they cannot attack the creator, because the creator is not in the painting or book. He's outside of it, he's bigger than the work of art. The example I've heard told is that you don't see Shakespeare show up in one of his plays. Macbeth can't kill Shakespeare, because Macbeth is a creation, not the creator. Macbeth cannot even fathom Shakespeare, let alone attack him. That's like us with the one God. Fortunately, we are more than words on paper, so we can see hints and breadcrumbs that God has laid down for us, which is more than Macbeth could ever do. We also get to make choices, and Macbeth is stuck. Rather than disturb God, the angels squash the rebellion. They remove the disgruntled leader, the shiny one, along with his other rebellious snaky friends. The rebels are heaved off the deck of heaven while God relaxes on the patio with some iced tea.And this, finally, is what I want to discuss in this episode. Cultures all have a creation story, and ancient mythologies also have a rebellion story among the gods. However, the order of creation is not the same, nor is the result of the rebellion, and these two things make a difference in how you see and interact with the world and other people. These foundational things can change how you find meaning in the world and how you explain events that happen in the world. There is line from Jesus that is jarring in Luke 12, because only an actual divine being could even say these words: “I saw Satan fall like lightning from heaven.” So there is a rebellion, but it's over. Nothing happened to God when the rebellion occurred. He is still the Most High God, the only God with any power. Now consider what happens to Ouranos in Greek mythology:Uranus (Ouranos) was Father Sky, the Ancient Greek personification of the heavens and, for a while, the ruler of the known universe. Fatherless, he was conceived by Gaea alone, with whom he formed the primordial couple, thus becoming an ancestor of almost all Greek gods. However, he was a cruel husband, and he didn't allow any of his children to leave the womb of their mother, which eventually led to a rebellion and his demise at the hands of his son, Cronus. What is interesting is that Ouranos is mentioned as the ruler of the universe, before we was replaced by sub-deities. His own children replace him. This is common plot in myths. In most mythologies, an initial god, seemingly all-powerful, has his throne usurped by a more youthful and virile god, proving that he never was all-powerful. This is exactly what does not happen in the Old Testament. Let's just walk this path quick so we can jump ahead to Zeus and the time of Caesar, when Jesus walked the earth. The pagan stories of a higher god being replaced by the other gods is a common one. Ouranos is overthrown by Cronus (a.k.a Saturn). In turn, Cronus is eventually overtaken by one of his sons, Zeus. We all know Zeus as the god who threw lightning bolts and acted like the Harvey Weinstein of Mount Olympus. When the Greek epics are written in the heroic age, Zeus is the ruler, and his children rule the cities of mankind (Apollo, Artemis, Hephaestus, Athena, etc). In other words, full-blast polytheism is in place, and the old primordial gods are all on the bench. Ouranos is dead or impotent or just missing in action. A similar story happens in the Sumerian stories with Anu and in the Egyptian stories with Osiris. They get toppled in a coup. Why am I telling you this? Why on earth do I spend any time thinking of this? In the story of Greek mythology, the portrayal of the overthrow of the elder gods by Zeus reads as a kind of progress. Zeus's victory reads like a good thing. The successful rebellion of Zeus reads like a freedom-fighter story, like a Braveheart of the heavens, where William Wallace overthrows the the evil Edward the Longshanks. There's a sense of propaganda in the stories, and obviously you can argue that for the Bible as well, as it's advocating for the one God, and we'll go into this shortly. The gods of myth are seen as heroic. Some, like Hercules, are even called heroes, so of course the rebellion that brought the heroes must have been a righteous act. Heroes are to be worshiped because they are righteous. But there is a story in here about the gods and heroes that is easily missed amid the victory champagne and backslapping hoopla. The ancient people, somewhere along the way, seem to have changed from worshiping one God to worshiping many gods. This is the opposite of the story of Abraham and his descendants, because they are going from many gods back to the one God.This results in a major issue and fundamental discrepancy between cultures. To this day it impacts individual and national interactions. The difference is staring us in the face through the stories of the cultures themselves. The defeat of the rebellion makes the original God all-powerful for Jews and Christians. Conversely, the success of the rebellion in other mythologies makes the original God or gods weak. In the case of Jews and Christians, this belief in one undefeated true God results in a different morality and expectations for life and the afterlife than that of the defeatable Ouranos. Once I realized this, much of the Christian story started to fall into place and make sense, even the difficult parts. The rebellion of the gods is actually a rebellion of the people, because the moment the people kill off the creator God in their stories, then you have a vacuum of meaning that must be filled with a sub-story. The lower gods are inventions, stories to explain away the uncertainties and unknowns of life. The reason we shrug off myth today is because its so apparent that these gods are invented. A child who laughs at the word “Uranus” doesn't concern us, because we know that the myth was just a powerless invention of the past, like Zeus or any other deity. Uranus is a joke today, just like Zeus, because they never had any power to begin with.When we kill the idea of “one God,” humans get creative. We pull the idea of god close to us, just like the people were attempting to do in the Tower of Babel. They wanted to reach god, but what they really wanted, the real goal, was to become gods. They wanted to make the one true God serve man, and if that was not possible, then they would make new gods. And that is what happened. It's what happens today, in more subtle ways, less obvious ways. When those building the Tower of Babel could not bring the Most High God down to the people, God “scattered” the people. Another way of saying this is that when they failed to control the one God, they withdrew from God and invented their own gods. The reason why the Tower of Babel failed is not because of engineering limitations. The whole “tower” idea of a metaphor, but the meaning of the story is an explanation of how humans rejected the idea of a single God to rule them all. The problem for people was that God doesn't bow to human will. He carries out his will. Being human, that's not a satisfactory answer to us. Thus, learning that we could not become God or make him do our will, we created new gods, ones that serve us. These gods don't care what is in our heart. No, these gods only want sacrifice and we want control. The problem with one God, with only one, is that not everyone can get what they want. If the one God made everyone happy, he would be a constant contradiction. Consider it this way: if two children are arguing over the same cookie, only one can eat it. Both cannot eat the cookie. They could split the cookie, but let's just say it's a small cookie, or if you want, change it to a paper dollar bill, which is something that cannot be split apart. One will leave happy and the other will leave pouting. To take this into religious terms, one will win and presume God loves him. The other will lose and assume that God loathes him or has cursed him. One will feel righteous. One will feel victimized and abandoned. And both are wrong. The history of the Yankees and Red Sox franchises illustrate this, as Boston fans assumed for 86 years that the team was under the “curse of the Bambino,” as it was believed that the baseball gods had smiled on New York and abandoned Boston after the trade of Babe Ruth in 1920. The Yankees received the cookie; Boston received a “curse.” While this was mostly considered a joke, people believed it and even asked modern witches to reverse the curse, and I would guess millions of prayers went up to God from Boston in those years. If any franchise appears to have been chosen, it is the New York Yankees, which is why many fans across America loathe the Yankees, because the Yankees have won the cookie (known as the World Series) twenty-seven times, with the next closest team, the St. Louis Cardinals, being at a mere eleven cookies. We spend a great deal of time praying for sports teams to win, not unlike the ancient prayers and sacrifices in cities where they worshiped gods and goddesses. Interestingly enough, the ancient gods often had a mascot or animal representation like our sports teams do. Since sports is a way of life in America, when my team wins, I feel satisfied, as if the world is somehow right and just, as if God had directed things correctly. But that is not how I am supposed to understand the world if I believe in one God. In fact, it's the exact opposite. This is how pagan gods worked, where they received prayers and answered them.God's will is not like this. His will is done regardless of which team wins, and it has nothing to do with my feelings on the matter. Whether I get the cookie or someone else gets the cookie, God's will is done. That's the way to understand the world and universe that has only one God. The correct response is to give thanks whether you receive the cookie or not, which can be difficult to do but is critical in understanding how the one God differs from the many gods. To praise God for getting what I want is to slip into a worship of the slot-machine God, which is as false as Zeus. On the other hand, if I blame God for not getting what I want, then I've moved into rejection mode. I can slip into a passive-aggressive mode in order to fix or justify hurt feelings. When I perceive suffering, or perceive abandonment of God, I might reject God, wanting to hurt him by turning away from him, but it only ends in self-harm to me. Or I may go in search of a new or a different god that will support my desires. One way or another, I want satisfaction, which is not the same as praying for the one true God's will to be done.This split happens in Lord of the Flies, as the boy Ralph keeps order on the island initially with the symbol of the shell, the conch, holding it up as a representation of authority. The conch, beautiful in itself, represents the old world that the boys came from before their plane crashed on the island. This old world seems to be a kind of heaven in their minds, where adult authority held a stabilizing, centralized force in their lives. They have this past civilized world represented in the conch. The conch is like a sacred object, but it is only an object. Yet it seems to have power as when it's produced, order is brought to the meetings. However, as soon as division begins, Jack and his pack of choir-boy hunters decide that they want to live by a different set of rules. They want new rules, but really, they just want to rule, to win, to be in charge. They don't want Ralph and his appeal to an empty authority that no longer exists or has any teeth. The weakness of Ralph is exposed, as his authority has no actual power to discipline or enforce rules. In other words, the conch is exposed as a mere symbol, or idol, with no real power, and soon it's tossed onto rocks where it shatters into pieces. Jack and his hunters move away to the other side of the island and create a new god, a god that encourages competition and hunting, mainly because Jack likes hunting. Whatever Jack likes becomes what the god likes. He has created a new god out of thin air, without having so much as a online bachelor's degree in theology. By the mere speech of Jack, the power of Ralph's side of the island is declared dead. If Jack cannot break the rules, then he will make the rules. His power is ensured by making sacrifices to the new god. Of course, Jack's god also has no power, because as soon as someone else wants to break the rules, they can go and create their own god. This is how gods come to be. They are power moves. They take power by force. What Jack offers the young boys is safety and strength, through the willingness to commit violence to retain power. This calms the fears. His idol is a dead pig's head placed on a stick that has been “sharpened at both ends” which is emblematic of what Jack will do to anyone that crosses him. This is how gods of myth come into existence. This is also how organized crime comes into existence. Weakness and fear and rejection of existing authority leads to an overthrow. The old authority must be replaced, so human or divine gods are invented, conjured naturally by our desires and fears, in order to explain the universe and the world we live in. Most of all, we want something to restore a sense of order to calm our nerves about the unknown. This is why chaos is at the beginning of all creation stories. Chaos scares the hell out of us. These gods have no power, except in our minds, because they only exist in our minds, with perhaps an object that we venerate as the embodiment or personification of the idea, like a golden calf or bull that we read about in the Bible. But like the golden calf or bull, the conch shell and the pig's head are objects that have no actual power. They work for a while, until the next disgruntled group or tribe or nation takes over by force. The void cannot be stared into for long without a guardrail, or you will fall into the chaos and die. We need a story, a reason, a meaning, a vision, a protector. You can choose the one God, or you can choose invented gods. People will choose that which serves their desires and assuages their fears. These guardrails, these minor gods, are still with us today, perhaps even more so than they were in ancient times. We just don't use golden statues or bloody sacrifices. (Well, we do actually, but that's for another day).In the end of the book, Ralph is the only boy who has not converted to the new idol on Jack's side of the island. Ralph is the only believer in the old system who is willing to stand up for the world symbolized by the conch, the rightly ordered world, as he sees it. He ends up being hated and hunted because he will not join Jack's side. Most interesting in the end is that he is saved by a Navy ship, an officer, and while this seems to vindicate his appeal to the authority of the old world, the author makes this closing scene a masterful conclusion, because the larger world is in a nuclear war, a world war. The same battle that is happening in microcosm on the island is playing out in the larger world. The conclusion shows us that the island is no different from the adult world, because the Navy ship is on its way to destroy other people, other nations, when it stops to save the boys on the island. The naval officer seems to bring back civilization, but in reality he is doing exactly what Jack was doing to Ralph, which is hunting other men, just in a more polished and “civilized” way. Power justifies itself through whatever means necessary. Of course, everyone who ever read this book in middle school or high school is told that the weak boy, Simon, is the Christ character, and before Simon is killed, Jack tells him, “You're not wanted. Understand? We are going to have fun on this island.” That's exactly what rejection of God sounds like, from the Garden of Eden to the death of Christ in the Gospels. Adam and Eve reject God because it's more fun to eat the fruit. The Pharisees and the Romans reject God because it's more fun to be in power than to surrender. The cold reality is that to have “fun” and to eat all the fruit, the one true God must be rejected or killed off, even though in reality God can never be killed off. God doesn't go away or diminish because we pretend he's not there. To believe in the one true God leads to a different set of rules, ones that are not as fun, which is exactly why it irritates us so much. It chafes us to know that there is only one answer, one truth, because then we can't always get what we want. The rules of the one God disallow the “fun” things, calling them “sins,” but the rules are all there for good reason and not arbitrarily. This is the root difference between worshiping one God versus many. The one God has specific rules, while the invented gods can have whatever rules the inventors choose, and even then the rules are malleable. The invented gods can spin off into many new versions, like spinoffs that get worse and worse. We have all seen how spinoffs devolve into madness. Anyone that watches TV knows this. Think of the shows that flung out like radioactive isotopes from Law and Order and All in the Family and Happy Days. They become progressively worse, further from the inspired original, with only a profit motive as the muse for the writers. This is what it feels like when you read some of Ovid's Metamorphoses. Don't get me wrong, I love the stories, but you can't take it seriously as coming from the heavens. By the time you get to Arachne, the spider, goddess of weaving and sewing, you have then entered into the same realm as Paul Bunyan or Pecos Bill or Goldilocks or Little Red Riding Hood. I'm not making fun of the story of Arachne, I'm just saying that the mythology is so obviously invented that the whole tree is poisoned if you are trying to sell it as divinely inspired. This is what makes the Gospels so different, because there is no sense of fairy tale or fable about it. The Gospels are not written like tales, they do not read like fables, and in the overarching story of the whole Bible, the more you read it, the more strange and more connected it becomes. This has an enormous impact on how you interpret what is truth. The response from Pontius Pilate to Jesus is the great example of this difference in cultures and worldviews. After Jesus states that he has come to testify the truth, Pilate's response is the perfect summary of someone living under the pantheon of Rome. Pilate says to Jesus, “What is truth?” (Jn 18:29-38) This line could be the thesis statement of a culture that worships many gods. A better line could not more fully describe the Roman worldview of Pilate's era. Really, most Americans today might give the same response. Pilate speaks “his truth” in that the truth is kind of gray, kind of movable, kind of like a Protean and shape-shifting god of ancient mythology. For Pilate, there is no truth but what power declares it to be. Truth is the first casualty as soon as we rule against the one God in favor of many gods. There is no truth except what we decide, and who decides? He who holds power. But, for those that believe, there is truth. There is one undeniable truth. And Pilate is looking at that truth when he tosses off this line. It's so rich in meaning. Pilate is staring at the truth. He's telling the truth that truth doesn't exist. There is a sense of comedy and tragedy all at once here. Pilate is lost, but he's so close to the answer. For Christians who believe in the one true God, Jesus is the truth. He is the way, the truth, and the life. He is the complete and total truth. But Pilate cannot see it, because he is spiritually blind. He is blind not only because he dwells in the indoctrination of a Roman world with many gods, but more likely because he is blinded by his own ambition and earthly power. This is a public episode. If you would like to discuss this with other subscribers or get access to bonus episodes, visit www.whydidpetersink.com

Quest Cast
O Vale dos Perdidos - Em Busca da Alvorada 02 [Numenera]

Quest Cast

Play Episode Listen Later Jul 27, 2022 76:35


Nossos aventureiros foram para o templo do deus do fogo onde Jorn jogou o sumo sacerdote num poço de lava, levando a uma perseguição que os encaminhou à uma estranha Instalação. A Imagem de Hephaestus apareceu após a ativação do computador e disse que havia um caminho a ser seguido. CONTRIBUA COM O PROJETO! Se você gosta do nosso conteúdo, você pode nos ajudar contribuindo através do picpay se vc estiver no Brasil ou o Paypal se estiver fora. Conheça todas as recompensas na na página da nossa campanha. Confira aqui o nosso relatório mensal de gastos e arrecadações. AJUDE A GATINHA LINDY Turma, uma das gatinhas do Zorzal (nosso editor) teve complicações de saúde e ta precisando REFAZER uma cirurgia. A situação apertou bastante e por isso ele ta pedindo uma força aqui. Quem puder ajudar, nós agradecemos bastante e quem n pode financeiramente, da uma força la na divulgação tb. https://www.vakinha.com.br/vaquinha/ajude-a-gatinha-lindy SIGAM AS NOSSAS REDES SOCIAIS Twitch @questcast20 Youtube @questcast20 Facebook @questcast20 Instagram @questcast20 Twitter @questcast20 JOGADORES Hita Aisaka – Mestre Izadora Lima – Leila Cerante Lobs – Jorn Boldur Dressler – Niynom ARTE DA CAPA: GABRIEL FREITAS

Prophecy Radio: A Percy Jackson Podcast
Episode #40 - Big God Energy

Prophecy Radio: A Percy Jackson Podcast

Play Episode Listen Later Jul 11, 2022 101:23


Prophecy Radio episode #40 does a deep dive on Athena, goddess of wisdom and war—and Annabeth Chase's mother! The hosts also tackle all the latest news, including a new book from Rick Riordan Presents author Tehlor Kay Mejia, as well as read Percy Jackson and the Battle of the Labyrinth chapters 13 and 14. New episodes of Prophecy Radio air weekly, and all ages are welcome to tune in. News and Updates (00:01:58) Happy birthday to Jason Grace and Leo Valdez! A lot of people are searching for Percy Jackson and the Olympians on IMDb! We are once again asking you to follow all the cast and crew on social media (or at least follow @updatespercy). Dior seems delightful, and we talk a bit about her Instagram Live from the other day. You wanted more summer status updates from Read Riordan? You got it! Remember how we were talking about ILM the other day? There's a documentary coming out soon. Tehlor Kay Mejia's Lucha of the Night Forest got a cover. Deep Dive: Athena (00:10:46) There's so much to talk about when it comes to Athena, so we'll do our best to get through as much as we can! Needless to say, Athena had an unconventional birth. From the get-go, this goddess was the definition of impressive. But how did she get her clothes and weapons!? She's got a very iconic look, though there are some discrepancies. Kristen has an idea for that, thanks to Black Panther. Athena's cool and all, but why did she have to invent math!? Did you know BOTH of Athena's sacred animals? Do you think Lizzo ever thanks Athena for her flute skills? Would you trade your sight to talk to birds? Have you ever heard of Pallas Athena? Do you think Athena and Pallas were lovers? Bet you can't guess how Athena had her child with Hephaestus. It's weird that we don't find it weird. Now it's time to talk about Athena's rivalry with Poseidon. Karen had an incident with a bird when she was a kid. She is not a fan. Again, why did Medusa get punished and not Poseidon!? Athena gave Arachne a chance to take back what she'd said about her. But Arachne had some good points to make with her tapestry. Athena still had to prove a point, much to Arachne's detriment. Kristen definitely has a spider scream. Hate not ate. What does Athena look like in the Percy Jackson series? Athena and Annabeth's powers are a bit more passive but still awesome. But really, what CAN'T Athena do? Did you know the word for making brain children!? It's pretty special that Athena is such a fair and just goddess (even if she still has her own flaws). Is it weird that we associate Athena with the Statue of Liberty? Let's get into our fancasts for the goddess Athena! If you've seen the trailer for The Woman King, you'll know who Karen's first pick is. Kristen's next pick is a bit younger than Karen's, but she's just as powerful of an actor. Karen has another Marvel pick for her second choice. The reason Kristen picked her next choice is very…specific. Next up is an actress who already has some ties to the Greek gods. Then we talk about the youngest actor on our list. The Marvel actors just keep coming, but Karen's next choice might be a surprising one. Speaking of surprising, Kristen's also got another interesting pick. Lastly, Karen picks one of the greatest and wisest actresses of all time. And Kristen rounds us out with another outside-the-box pick. Our listeners also gave us a bunch of actors they'd love to see in the role! Percy Jackson and the Battle of the Labyrinth chapter reviews (01:08:54) Let's talk about Battle of the Labyrinth chapter 13. Annabeth is so upset her “friend” is dead. Wouldn't you want to hear what people would say at your funeral? How do we feel about Percy not mentioning Calypso at all? What the heck is Quintus up to?? Prophecy Count #21! Was that death really painless? Who's the demigod wandering in the labyrinth? Should Sally be worrying a little bit more about Percy? And maybe Rachel Elizabeth Dare should have less of a death wish? Now we're turning the page to Battle of the Labyrinth chapter 14. Thank goodness Rachel can see the way through the labyrinth. Why are Rachel and Annabeth fighting so much? Lord Antaeus is a very different kind of son of Poseidon. How do we feel about Luke's reactions to Annabeth and Percy? Let's talk about Ethan Nakamura! Once again, we are praising Percy's level of intelligence and resourcefulness. Luke did not come out on top of this little fight, and he's not happy about it. Feedback (01:37:33) Ian loved our discussion of Disney's Hercules, and so did we! We second Phoebe's idea to include a Hercules song in Percy Jackson and the Olympians. And then we go off the rails and come up with more ideas to tie these two properties together. Thanks for listening, and tune in next time for episode 41, where we'll discuss what kind of Percy Jackson and the Olympians merch we'd love to see from Disney! This episode's hosts are: Karen Rought and Kristen Kranz. Each episode, our Prophecy Radio hosts and their guests will keep you up to date on the latest information coming out of Camp Half-Blood, including upcoming books and adaptation news, discuss a topic of choice, and do a chapter by chapter reread of the Percy Jackson series. Follow Us: Twitter // Instagram // Facebook // Tumblr Listen and Subscribe: Audioboom // Apple // Spotify Feel free to leave us your questions or comments through any of these mediums! You can also email us at prophecyradiopodcast@gmail.com or visit our homepage for archives and more information about our show. Prophecy Radio is a Subjectify Media podcast production. Visit Subjectify Media for more shows, including Not Another Teen Wolf Podcast, ReWatchable, and Not About The Weather, and for all our latest articles about the stories we're passionate about.

Sacred Source
Sacred Blacksmith

Sacred Source

Play Episode Listen Later Jul 5, 2022 60:01


Sacred Blacksmiths and Creator gods throughout history and today. Includes discussion of the 7 ancient metals and their planetary correspondences, the gods Vulcan, Vishyakarma and Hephaestus and the Orisha Ogun, ancient mystery schools, and  crafting bronze and iron. Includes the songs Phrygian March, Camel disappearing in the Night and the world premier song, Seven Ancient Metals.

Prophecy Radio: A Percy Jackson Podcast
Episode #39 - Hercules! Hercules!

Prophecy Radio: A Percy Jackson Podcast

Play Episode Listen Later Jul 4, 2022 91:20


Prophecy Radio episode #39 takes a look at Disney's Hercules and compares his story to both Greek mythology and the way he's portrayed in Percy Jackson. In addition, the hosts tackle all the latest news, completely geeking out over the type of technology Percy Jackson and the Olympians will be using on set, as well as read Percy Jackson and the Battle of the Labyrinth chapters 11 and 12. New episodes of Prophecy Radio air weekly, and all ages are welcome to tune in. News and Updates (00:01:26) Check out what Percy & Co. are doing this summer. Kristen had the perfect Father's Day present for Percy to give to Poseidon. Next up, Read Riordan makes us feel old. We wish the Pride month post had been brought back. Let's go through Rick's June 28 blog post! It's nice to hear how excited Rick is for the show. If you want to hear us geek out about the production stage the show will be using, you're in luck! Not only is this awesome in terms of technological advancements, it's also amazing for practical reasons (like the actors envisioning the environment around them). Here's the Mandalorian BTS video we discussed. We're wholly unprepared for how realistic the backgrounds are going to be. Let's learn a little bit about game engine technology. There are so many benefits to using this kind of technology. Should we do a bigger, more in-depth episode about this technology? Disney's Hercules (00:18:28) We love this movie! But it's interesting seeing it through a different lens. Hercules is a very colorful movie (probably for the kids, but we loved it too). Don't watch this movie for an accurate account of Greek culture/history/mythology. We know why they had to Disney-fy this story. Did they do a role reversal between Hades and Zeus? They used roughly the same story and same players but made the heroes and villains much clearer. Justice for the cyclopes! We need the cast of Percy Jackson to watch this movie and give us reactions as their characters. Did you know anything about Philoctetes from myth? Because we definitely didn't. Does it make sense that they turned him into a satyr? Now it's time to get into Hercules' tragic story. Did you catch all the references to the 12 Labors? At least the movie gives Meg a better role. Why isn't Meg considered a princess!? How is Hercules usually portrayed in pop culture? Are there any bad representations of Hercules? Percy Jackson is one of the few that makes him more human and failable. This isn't out of malice; it seems there are some very good reasons for this. We only touched the surface of Hercules' myths—we didn't even talk about the 12 Labors! What do you say to us revisiting this movie and talking about ALL the differences? And what about doing a Deep Dive into Hercules' story from mythology? Percy Jackson and the Battle of the Labyrinth chapter reviews (00:50:27) It's time to get back to Battle of the Labyrinth chapter 11. Do we like Hephaestus as a god? How long until we see Grover and Tyson again? Does Annabeth have a belly button? We figured out why the telkhines sounded so familiar. We're so bad at pronunciation! What do we think about Percabeth's first kiss? Is Percy OP if he can't control his powers? Will he ever use that whistle? Now let's get into Battle of the Labyrinth chapter 12. This chapter was necessary after everything Percy had just gone through. What do we think of Calypso? Did she have a good introduction? We'll be curious to see her pop up again later. She and Percy have a very nuanced conversation about loyalty and good vs. evil. Hephaestus doesn't pressure Percy to make a certain decision, and we appreciate that. Where is Annabeth right now? Where's Rachel Elizabeth Dare? Rick was doing what ifs before we were! If the gods just communicated more, they would have fewer problems. Feedback (01:26:30) Megan wrote in to ask us about dedicated episodes for each of the Rick Riordan Presents book. We also gave you a little insight into what we have coming up! Thanks for listening, and tune in next time for episode 40, where we'll do a deep dive into Athena, goddess of wisdom and war! This episode's hosts are: Karen Rought and Kristen Kranz. Each episode, our Prophecy Radio hosts and their guests will keep you up to date on the latest information coming out of Camp Half-Blood, including upcoming books and adaptation news, discuss a topic of choice, and do a chapter by chapter reread of the Percy Jackson series. Follow Us: Twitter // Instagram // Facebook // Tumblr Listen and Subscribe: Audioboom // Apple // Spotify Feel free to leave us your questions or comments through any of these mediums! You can also email us at prophecyradiopodcast@gmail.com or visit our homepage for archives and more information about our show. Prophecy Radio is a Subjectify Media podcast production. Visit Subjectify Media for more shows, including Not Another Teen Wolf Podcast, ReWatchable, and Not About The Weather, and for all our latest articles about the stories we're passionate about.

Mythlok - The Home of Mythology
Cyclops : The 1 Eyed Monster

Mythlok - The Home of Mythology

Play Episode Listen Later Jul 4, 2022 6:18


In Greek literature and mythology, the one-eyed giant known as the Cyclops is associated with a variety of deeds and histories. In Homer's The Odyssey, the Cyclopes were cannibals who lived an uncivilised life in Sicily, and in another story, Odysseus escapes from his death by blinding the Cyclops Polyphemus.In Hesiod, the cyclopes Arges, Brontes and Steropes were the three sons of Gaea and Uranus, and they created the Thunderbolts of Zeus. Later authors claimed that they were workmen of Hephaestus who were killed by Apollo for making the lightning bolt that hit his son Asclepius. The walls of ancient cities, such as those in Tiryns, were said to have been built by the Cyclopes. In modern archaeology, the term cyclopean is used to describe the construction of walls that are not square. In the fifth-century BC play by Euripides, a group of satyrs provides comic relief as Odysseus and Polyphemus encounter each other. Virgil also associates the Homeric and Hesiodic Cyclopes with the Aeolian Islands and Sicily.Read more at https://mythlok.com/cyclops/

The Percy Jackson Podcast
The Battle of the Labyrinth: Chapter Twelve Part Two

The Percy Jackson Podcast

Play Episode Listen Later Jul 3, 2022 20:49


Hephaestus pays a visit to Percy at Ogygia. Calypso discloses the curse which engulfs her whole and offers Percy a way out of the war.

Your Greek Word On A Sunday
Episode 180: Tantalising

Your Greek Word On A Sunday

Play Episode Listen Later Jul 3, 2022 1:43


(Intro & piano music) Welcome to the last episode of the season! I have a little gruesome myth for you today, so we can leave all the ugliness behind and step into the summer care free. Thant's what Greek myths do, no? He was one of the first humans, son of Zeus, King of Sipylus and of mythical wealth. He is also the one that kickstarted the rage and murder-curse that runs through the mythical families we see in Greek Dramas; by committing Hubris. Doubting that the Olympian gods knew everything , he decided to test them by killing his son, cooking him in stew and serving him up to the gods for dinner. They all, immediately, realised what they were eating of course, apart from Demeter who, absent minded from deep grief for her lost daughter Persephone, took a bite from the child's shoulder. Anyway, the gods brought the child back to life, replaced his shoulder with an ivory one moulded by Hephaestus himself, Zeus cursed all the King's descendants and of course, killed him by lightning. But that punishment wasn't enough. When the King got to Hades, he was placed standing on a river, surrounded by trees bearing fruit. Whenever he got hungry and reached up the branches would go just out of reach; and whenever he got thirsty and bent down to drink the water would vanish under his feet. His name became a verb for a form of psychological torture and the word came to England in the end of the 16th century from France. ΤΑΝΤΑΛΟΣ/TANTALISING.

Let's Talk About Myths, Baby! A Greek & Roman Mythology Podcast
RE-AIR: Conversations: Who Really is Hephaestus? Disability in Greek Myth w/ Kyle Lewis Jordan (Part 1)

Let's Talk About Myths, Baby! A Greek & Roman Mythology Podcast

Play Episode Listen Later Jul 1, 2022 67:09


A re-airing of Liv's conversation with Kyle Lewis Jordan about the complexities of Hephaestus, both in relation to his impairment and as a god of creation and so much else, in addition to scholarship of disability in the ancient world more broadly. Find part two of the conversation here, and my episode on Hephaestus as a god and his mythology here.CW/TW: far too many Greek myths involve assault. Given it's fiction, and typically involves gods and/or monsters, I'm not as deferential as I would be were I referencing the real thing.Attributions and licensing information for music used in the podcast can be found here: mythsbaby.com/sources-attributions. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

Fireside
176 - Ventry IV: The Armour of Hephaestus

Fireside

Play Episode Listen Later Jun 29, 2022 36:45


The fourth and final tale of The Fenian Saga of The Battle of Ventry. Fionn Mac Cumhaill must finally defeat Dara Donn, The King of the World, but he'll need help. and that help will come in the form of the Gods, but not the Celtic Gods, but the Gods of Mount Olympus... Order Gardensea Paperback: https://shop.headstuff.org/product/gardensea-by-fireside-host-k-c-olohan-preorder/ Order Gardensea Kindle: https://www.amazon.com/Gardensea-Neo-Myth-K-C-Olohan-ebook/dp/B09M7T184P Support Fireside: https://headstuffpodcasts.com/news Update Description Source: https://digital.nls.uk/dcn6/8119/81194994.6.pdf

Trick or Treat Radio
TorTR #517 - Pass the Lotion in Stop Motion

Trick or Treat Radio

Play Episode Listen Later Jun 24, 2022 168:00


A corroded diving bell descends amidst a ruined podcast studio and the Assassin emerges from it to explore a labyrinth of bizarre diatribes spoken by its freakish, opinionated denizens. On Episode 517 of Trick or Treat Radio we discuss a film 30 years in the making, Phil Tippet's stop motion magnum opus, Mad God! There are arguments, there are poignant observations, and even a little historical filibustering?! So grab your puppets, put them into just the right position, take a single photo, rinse, repeat, and strap on for the world's most dangerous podcast!Stuff we talk about: BJ's, Costco, Red Stripe, Lucky Strikes, Festus, Raccacoonie, Vulcan, Hephaestus, Elongated Man, the 10 Year Anniversary Show, OTC Industries, AEW Forbidden Door, Jeff Hardy, Johnny Gargano, Claudio CSRO, Christian Cage, Luke Perry, Chapter 1 of Stranger Things Season 4, Obi-Wan Kenobi Series Finale, Star Wars, Michael  Ravenshadow 20-whatever-the-fuck: You Could Do Worse!, Everything Everywhere All At Once, Happy Birthday Corny, History Filibuster with Michael Ravenshadow, David Harbour, Cumby's Shaming, Royal Farms, Wawa, Sheetz, getting invited to a wedding, Mina's wedding, Ray Harryhausen, Clash of the Titans, stop motion animation, Tim Burton, Henry Selick, Phil Tippet, Mad God, a masterpiece of grotesque dark poetry, Grand Guignol, religious iconography, Dark Teletubbies, Ralph Bakshi, Panic Room, Twilight, David Cronenberg, Crimes of the Future, Videodrome, Spencer, The Fly, eXistenZ, Rabid, Shivers, A Man Called Hawk, Dario Argento, Dark Glasses, Dracula 3D, The Sadness, Reddit Horror filmmaking, Jim from The Office's sloppy seconds, Aquaman, Michael Shannon, Blood Pigs, Brian Paulin, Morbid Vision Films, MonsterZero, what benefits do witch doctors cover?, Papa Shango, and Red Stripes and Lucky Strikes.Support us on Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/trickortreatradioJoin our Discord Community: discord.trickortreatradio.comSend Email/Voicemail: mailto:podcast@trickortreatradio.comVisit our website: http://trickortreatradio.comStart your own podcast: https://www.buzzsprout.com/?referrer_id=386Use our Amazon link: http://amzn.to/2CTdZzKFB Group: http://www.facebook.com/groups/trickortreatradioTwitter: http://twitter.com/TrickTreatRadioFacebook: http://facebook.com/TrickOrTreatRadioYouTube: http://youtube.com/TrickOrTreatRadioInstagram: http://instagram.com/TrickorTreatRadioSupport the show

The Percy Jackson Podcast
The Battle of the Labyrinth: Chapter Eleven

The Percy Jackson Podcast

Play Episode Listen Later Jun 19, 2022 33:40


Hephaestus asks Percy and Annabeth to enquire into one of his forges, in return for Daedalus's workshop's location. Grover and Tyson split up from the group, in search for Pan.

SCP Tales
SCP Tale #110 – Hephaestus

SCP Tales

Play Episode Listen Later May 26, 2022


Let's Talk About Myths, Baby! A Greek & Roman Mythology Podcast

Liv reads the Shield of Heracles, attributed to Hesiod, translated by Hugh Evelyn White. A battle between Heracles and Cycnus, son of Ares, but really just a nice description of a shield made by Hephaestus.This is not a standard narrative story episode, it's a reading of an ancient source, audiobook style. For regular episodes look for any that don't have "Liv Reads..." in the title!Attributions and licensing information for music used in the podcast can be found here: mythsbaby.com/sources-attributions. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

The Ancients
Pandora

The Ancients

Play Episode Listen Later May 8, 2022 32:53 Very Popular


According to Greek myth, Pandora was the first human woman - moulded from the earth by Hephaestus on the instruction of Zeus himself.We've all heard of Pandora's box, but in actual fact it was no such thing. Instead it was a jar containing all the evils of humanity, but even these contents of the jar are up for debate! So what is real story behind this often misunderstood, misinterpreted and maligned figure?In this episode Tristan is joined by esteemed author, broadcaster, classicist and comedian Natalie Haynes to discover the truth about the first woman of Ancient Greek mythology.Natalie's book Pandora's Jar: Women in the Greek Myths is available on Amazon here.For more Ancients content, subscribe to our Ancients newsletter here.If you'd like to learn even more, we have hundreds of history documentaries, ad free podcasts and audiobooks at History Hit - subscribe today! See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

Buongiorno San Paolo
S&I 27: Hephaestus - Perché ha chiuso il fondo che finanziava l'innovazione italiana in Brasile

Buongiorno San Paolo

Play Episode Listen Later May 7, 2022 31:09


Startupeiros & Investidores: L'obiettivo di Antonino Saccà era chiaro: esportare spin-off tecnologici corporate e startup dall'Italia al Brasile. Ma nel 2016 forse il mercato non era ancora maturo o, semplicemente, l'esperimento di Hephaestus Venture, veicolo creato appositamente per fungere da ponte di innovazione tra i due paesi, non ha funzionato in termini di appeal sui clienti nazionali. Sta di fatto che questa idea imprenditoriale è ad oggi ancora unica nel suo genere e racconta di un case study da cui imparare, per quanto conclusosi senza il successo sperato.

Some Would Play
Restoration of the Twelve Olympians Arc Episode 74 – Decisions, Decisions

Some Would Play

Play Episode Listen Later May 6, 2022 68:27


Welcome back! The party is hanging out in Vince's magnificent mansion having breakfast when in pops Hephaestus with gifts! Good times. The party deliberates for a while on what to do next (because they have a lot of choices). Will Vince come along on the next adventure? Tune in and find out! Follow the podcast! https://linktr.ee/SomeWouldPlay Music: https://www.purple-planet.com

Crucible of Realms
Episode 6 - Utopia Horizon

Crucible of Realms

Play Episode Listen Later May 3, 2022


Hosts: Jim, Jon & KentGuest: Gregory Weir of Ludus Novus We travel out into the depths of space to create a science fiction setting in which humanity has transcended physical needs. Factions within this utopian society wish to bring the joy of this state of being to others - whether they want it or not. Wiki entry to follow!00:00 Warning00:38 Tomfoolery01:06 Introduction02:10 Ludus Novus02:25 Listener Feedback02:39 Happy Jack's RPG Podcast03:26 Deciding Genre & Concepts03:38 Space / The Final Frontier04:00 Star Trek / Star Wars04:58 Deciding Era & Tech Level07:01 Singularity09:05 Deciding Scale & Location09:53 Luddites14:03 Detailing Civilizations15:11 The MCP16:32 The Borg21:14 Warp Drive24:23 Dyson Sphere26:18 Frankenstein / Cyborg27:31 Green Women29:23 Red Queen / Alice29:58 William Shatner31:38 Babylon 5 / Minbari34:40 Freemarket36:00 The Computer Is Your Friend36:57 Facebook43:04 Developing Group Structures43:27 Mass Driver43:50 Vogons45:33 James Bond / M / Q45:55 John le Carre47:33 Farscape / Moya48:42 "This Concludes Our Broadcast Day..."50:28 Babylon 5 (Station)51:20 Spawning52:57 Orson Welles / Unicron53:18 Naming Civilizations55:11 Naming Entities & Locations57:02 Vulcan / Haphaestus / John Milton57:49 Return-to-zero58:52 Naming the Setting59:31 Conclusion & Outro DOWNLOAD EPISODE 6 - UTOPIA HORIZON

Why Did Peter Sink?
Modern Religions

Why Did Peter Sink?

Play Episode Listen Later May 1, 2022 44:38


Many people today say they are unaffiliated, or don't have a religion. They are against organized religion, and distrust historic institutions or hierarchies, so they feel that they have no religion. But everyone has a religion. There may not be weekly meetings that are attended at traditional brick and mortar churches or mosques or synagogues or ashrams or hermitages or monasteries, but there are worship services that outperform traditional liturgies and there are pilgrimages that would rival the Canterbury Tales. People will drive across the country to see Mickey Mouse, or wait outside bookstores for the next Harry Potter book. They will meet up for costume and role playing parties where the fantasy is accepted as reality. They will sleep outside on concrete to get the next iPhone. They will fly ten thousand miles to hear the keynote speech from the Apple CEO. The sports pilgrimages that men make to football stadiums is spoken of with hallowed tones, as if to stand where Joe Montana or Joe Namath or Joe Theisman once threw a hail mary pass is a more highly regarded holy ground than where Gabriel said the actual words “Hail Mary, full of grace” to the Blessed Virgin Mary herself. As a non-believer, when I reviewed my worldview, I realized I'd found a similar replacement for what I'd had before in traditional religion, with curious parallels. A trick of the mind happens when we abandon our idea of religion. When we declare that we have “no religion,” we have already replaced our concept of religion with something different, but the parts are all there. To sum up the modern view that I held - my worldview that I felt had removed all religion - it went something like this: The universe was formed from a massive explosion of pre-existing matter, and gradually over time we evolved from single-celled organisms into fully sentient beings, assembled from far flung star parts and activated by solar power. Whether any pre-existing power or intelligence existed is unknown and unimportant. The creator acted as a clockmaker or artist, and he crafted 100 types of atoms and various physical laws to govern the universe, finely tuning key variables like gravity to keep the dance of atoms and chemistry valid throughout the ages. The laws governing the behavior of matter and energy cannot be broken; the creator cannot or chooses not to poke his finger into the game to disrupt nature and produce miracles. We inhabit a speck on a speck, known as the planet earth, which may be one of many habitable planets in the universe. Pursuit of knowledge and progress is the way, as knowledge is leading us toward a promised land of equality and plenty for all. Against the forces of superstition and ignorance, progress moved forward. From the first living organism, our earliest ancestor, until today, the accretion of knowledge is leading to higher life forms. This progress creates stepping stones of knowledge toward when we will be fulfilled in our understanding by advances in science, engineering, and technology. The rapid leap forward we are experiencing today should have, could have, and would have happened much sooner, but free thought was kept imprisoned by religious institutions until the age of the Enlightenment dawned on the dark ages. Embattled by its enemies, science has finally been unshackled to reveal the truth of the universe. We were only kept from this future by the backwardness of traditional culture, childish superstition, patriarchy, powerful institutions, and primitive tribal structures. In the near future, planetary death will occur through climate change unless we repent of our wasteful ways and adopt a purely rational, scientific view. Through green energy we will be saved. The day is near when we will be able to transfer our conscious mind into a digital immortality. One day we will escape death, shake off our bodies, and have limitless knowledge and pure freedom. Finally, in the distant future, the solar system will collapse, the sun will swallow the earth, and the universe will consume itself into a singular dense spot of matter, and explode once again to restart the cycle. This modern view has it all. By “all” I mean this worldview contains everything that constitutes a religion. I was taking part in a modern religion that has all the trappings of any religion that has ever existed. This modern religion also has its own vocabulary and language and revelations and sacrifices. The priests of this religion even have uniforms or vestments called lab coats and, in the software world, hooded sweatshirts. There are monks and priests in today's secular religion as much as there ever were in Islam, Buddhism, or Christianity. Not only that, but this “Scientism” has the key elements that form a creed: a beginning, an ending, a progression, a hero, a villain, and an apocalypse. I realize the word Scientism sounds strange, but what else could it be called? The only thing missing from it is God. But then it is we ourselves that take his place, so it certainly does have a god, but it's just an evolved ape who wears clothing and stares at screens all day. This realization was an unexpected discovery to me, but so obvious once examined and dissected. We cannot live without some kind of religion. Everyone walking this earth has a religion, whether he or she knows it or not. Consider how people will wait outside for three days for a Harry Potter or Star Wars movie, or will camp out all night on Black Friday for a sale. Consider just how devout members of the Democratic or Republican parties can be, how they will spend hours a day trumpeting the good of their own party while calling out the evil of the opposition. Monks could hardly show such dedication in a cloistered desert hermitage. Fashion and musicians and car companies and cosmetics and guns and pornography have their constant followers, ever faithful in defense. The willingness to defend these modern things makes traditional religious defenders and apologists appear to lack zeal in comparison. While I pretended not to have a faith, I most certainly did have a religion. We are wired for it, and if it's not Christianity or Islam or Buddhism, a religion will surface in something else, like money or health or technology or Harry Potter or socialism. Science, Post-Modernism, and Socialism are religions in disguise. The body itself can become a kind of religion. Literally, millions of devout gym members are attending their worship services on treadmills and leg press machines right now. Everyone is living according to some kind of ultimate faith, whether they admit it or not. As someone who once found that science and religion could not co-exist, I now reject that division. In fact, I find it to be the opposite, as faith and reason are both needed if wisdom is to be found. I've mentioned this several times, but faith and reason are the two wings that make us fly. A bird with one wing cannot leave the ground. To find meaning and purpose in this life we need both reason and faith. The imaginary battle of faith vs. science that has been heated and hammered into a modern worldview is pure invention, but children are being steered to believe that invention. Those driving us in this direction have a clear agenda, and they don't know it, but it's an agenda that will backfire. This way forward will backfire, because a worldview that lacks an ultimate meaning results in a lifetime of trying to fit square pegs into the God-shaped hole in the heart. There is another blowback that is coming, but this one is for those who guide children away from God, as words directly from Jesus stated plainly: “Things that cause sin will inevitably occur, but woe to the person through whom they occur. It would be better for him if a millstone were put around his neck and he be thrown into the sea than for him to cause one of these little ones to sin.” Note: this blowback is coming for those with and without faith. The first commandment of Jesus was to love God, thus the very first sin, the worst sin, is to reject God. American culture has fully adopted rejection of God, and I fell for this bait, hook, line, and sinker, for about fifteen years. Unfortunately, there is a blaring warning about this for our souls from Jesus, as teaching children to reject God or causing them to lose faith is called out specifically as a guaranteed path to hell. Turning away from God violates the first rule - not just the Old Testament rules - but of the two commandments of Jesus. The first sin in Genesis was a rejection of God, hence the name original sin. Funny how things all tie together in this strange book. This theme of “turning away” and “turning back” is a story arc, a loop, a core truth, a central point of it all. And of course, the point of the entire body of scripture and church and worship and faith is to remember to have humility before God. I don't think I know a single person who doesn't believe that “humility before God” sounds like a bad idea, and that includes atheists and scientists and rednecks and hippies. Most of the atheists I know say they don't believe in God, but scratching the surface a bit you come to realize that they mostly hate arrogance in religious people and, therefore, they hate God, as if God were some sidekick of a certain person, or group of people. This is an example of throwing out the baby Jesus with the bathwater. It can be a newsflash to some people that Jesus himself also hated religious hypocrites, which may shock people because they realize that they are not that far from God after all. That's the joke on us moderns who mock traditional religion and “organized” religion: we think we've shrugged off religion, like it was a dirty shirt, because we are now too smart, too busy, and too enlightened. But turns out that we had another shirt on underneath, with the same brand name, titled: religion. We run from one religion right into the arms of another religion. Why? Because we have no choice. We must. Our hearts require it. We cannot help it or hide from it. If we get rid of our Rosary we'll go find crystals and horoscopes. If we discard daily reading the Gospels, we'll do daily readings on politics or sports or technology. We want meaning. We need reasons for belief, and we need a sense of right and wrong, and like it or not, the built-in urge for religion surfaces in every person in all ages. This feature of human experience cannot be stifled, or not for long, and even when stifled it's still peeking out though we may be unaware. “God and country” provided the old banners that gave people meaning, and all of history has shown how those can be abused and twisted into cruel and unusual manifestations of evil. God, country, and even family are being replaced with a variety of distractions today, but this will not last long. A time of plenty and peace leads to diversion and distraction. The period of relative peace held now will fade, and along with it, so will these new religions. The new religions revolve around the individual. The old standards, with all their flaws, provided a sense of purpose and meaning in people's lives. The book of Genesis did not take shape by accident. It is the result of thousands upon thousands of generations of understanding how human life and society stay together. The story begins with God, then leads to a family, and finally that family forms a nation. Literalists miss this because they are not looking for it. This order matters, because as soon as we attempt to ignore God, we begin to destroy the family, and as the family goes, so goes any nation. The 20th century smashed the notion of national pride as always being a good thing, as disorder and death can drape itself under a flag. The nations of Germany, China, and the Soviet Union all tossed out God as the first casualty and followed that attempted murder with millions of actual murders of human beings. Today it's less fashionable to have national pride, but if you doubt that national pride still exists, you don't need to look for a redneck with a jacked up pickup on the gravel roads of America. Watch the opening of any World Cup soccer game, when the national anthem rings out for each team. Look at the faces of the players, eyes wet with tears, their cheeks and foreheads steeled like flint for the coming match, their arms linked in solidarity with teammates and somehow even the crowd. The bond of nationhood cements the people through the playing of the song. The crowd sings at the top of their lungs to give strength to the men on the pitch, like soldiers set to fight a 90 minute war by sport, as proxies for the hordes of citizens at home; to win glory for the symbol of their common flag; to bring honor to that shared patch of dirt that the nation calls its home, where all its dreams and feats and failures and hopes and history, good or bad, has tied them together. That nationalism and tribalism is very much still there, just as our sense of religion may appear hidden but is ever-present. National pride must be checked by the higher power of the divine, but whenever the policy of “God first” slips, nationalism becomes a brutal god, and so now we are rightfully wary of leaders who promise the moon and stars. Even family pride must be checked by the divine, or the same problem arises. Further yet, even when “God first” is replaced with “religion first” then the religion itself becomes a God, and God gets shoved to the side. This can happen with Catholics or Muslims or Jews. Anything replacing God marks the end of truth and results in guaranteed chaos, because there is no ultimate truth or justice. Nationalism is good, in the right dosage. Individualism is good, when kept beneath the Creator. Religion is good, when humility before God remains the focus. In other words, all of these things are good, when ordered correctly and not in themselves the ultimate goal. Religion is best when it does not wield state power, but rather acts as the moral compass of state power. This is why the arguments for religious freedom, from Tertullian and Justin Martyr to Thomas Jefferson and Dignitatus Humanae, remain critical for future generations, perhaps even more today than when those writers first shared their ideas. Any attempts at coercion of faith upon people will fail miserably, and cannot avoid devolving into a horrifying totalitarianism. This applies to nationalism, individualism, or religion. If this sounds like exaggeration, you need look back no further than 100 years at the many dictatorships and attempts to crush all forms of dissent. And again coercion has re-appeared, with its current manifestation in America taking up the banner of individualism as the ultimate good. The saying, “Those who don't know history are doomed to repeat it,” is not true. We will repeat history whether we know history or not. Today, politics and career often take a front seat over God, family, and flag, as we attempt to provide meaning through votes and jobs, and at our peril ignore the crusty old dangerous ways of nationalism and organized religion. The idea today is that we must smash the old. “Smash the patriarchy” is as meaningless a phrase as “Support the troops” or “Defund the police” but all of these work as slogans because of their vague intention and unfocused aim. All three of these slogans pretend to preach virtue, but only make the speaker feel superior for selecting a side. What we have today is a situation of personal feeling as truth, which means that we clamor for a stamp of approval for whatever is we want to do, and in doing so we deem our desires themselves to be good and just. Why? Because we want them. Whatever we want is right. At the end of the book of Judges, the final line matches our times today: “In those days there was no king; every man did what was right in his own eyes.” That is where we sit today, and history will play out what the old civilizations and peoples found out the hard way, from thousands of years of mistaken pathways through war and peace and seasons of change. In the book of Wisdom chapter two might have been written today, in our age of rising atheism and indifference, as the sacred writer uses the voice of the culture of the self to describe its beliefs. There is nothing new under the sun. The author of Wisdom states plainly what those without faith in God seek: to craft a world to satisfy delights and to never stop partaking of those delights, right up to the last day, since if there is no afterlife, judgement, or resurrection, then what else is there but food, drink, entertainment, and “fun”? Virtue is for suckers. For by mere chance were we born, and hereafter we shall be as though we had not been; Because the breath in our nostrils is smoke, and reason a spark from the beating of our hearts, And when this is quenched, our body will be ashes and our spirit will be poured abroad like empty air….Come, therefore, let us enjoy the good things that are here, and make use of creation with youthful zest. Let us have our fill of costly wine and perfumes, and let no springtime blossom pass us by…But let our strength be our norm of righteousness; for weakness proves itself useless. (Wisdom 2) This is summing up the “will to power” three thousand years before any German tackled it. All of this chapter of Wisdom sounds familiar today. We have middle-aged men gulping testosterone pills and protein shakes, worshipping the god of youth, with the enemy being old age. Marriages are sacrificed for pornography every day, as the sacred desires of our fickle minds must be satisfied. Technology is a god that promises to solve all of our problems, even though it actually created the problems that it now needs to solve (see: Climate Change, the threat of Nuclear War, Cyber attack, mega-earthquake from fracking, Coronavirus). Consumerism presses forward with the latest fads, gadgets, vehicles, and fashions to occupy our wants and desires. Rampant self-indulgence runs riot as “to each his own” plays out in real time before our eyes. Sin is seen as only that which could harm another, which is the masterstroke of our egos to allow us to keep us clinging to the seven deadlies because they only harm ourselves, and even self-harm is denied, as the addictions cut so deep that even senior men cannot give up habits that should have died as they passed adolescence into adulthood. At least the Greeks gave names to the gods. We pretend there is no god while we live out full lives worshipping them. Hephaestus, Zeus, Athena, Apollo, Dionysus, Aphrodite, Eros. I challenge you to watch TV ads and see if you can tell exactly which god is calling for worship in each commercial. There may be a good opportunity for a board game or Bingo cards for finding which Greek god is being dialed in each advertisement. This religion of “science” is not the only modern replacement for religion around, it's just one of the better and most complete candidates because it has a full cosmology. By definition it cannot extend into matters of faith and morality, but for many followers it does. The role of science is to observe and explain the natural world, but when it extends past that it becomes philosophy and often bleeds into religion. Our modern cosmology and understanding of the universe looks back on that of the book of Genesis with a sneer, but a thousand years from now it's just as likely that our understanding will look equally silly. Our concepts of black holes and quantum physics and string theory could sound as ludicrous as the “firmament” that held the waters above and below the earth. It's even possible that the firmament theory of Genesis will seem more wise, should the next round of cosmological definition be something completely strange to us moderns. But in either case, the structure of the universe that we “know” at different points in history tells us nothing about faith or morals, and advances in telescopes and computing cannot mine truth any better than the old thinkers and storytellers. Plato and Paul and Confucius and Buddha and Shakespeare and Dante have deeper insights into truth than all the scientists in history, even if they had never heard of calculus or chemistry. Science makes for a good religion because it can explain so many things, make sense of our world, and provide an answer for all questions. Ever since Voltaire's lifelong relentless attack on religion made headway, legions of science apologists stand at the ready to take up arms in defense of Nature to act as a check against the slightest whiff of religious fanaticism. It has become every bit as religious as religion, as can be seen in the long crusade of ink and letters from Voltaire to Karl Marx to Sigmund Freud to John Dewey. The claim is that we are creatures caught up in a cosmic accident, where knowledge can only be ascertained by the scientific method. Only what is observable, repeatable, and testable is real. Consciousness is merely a result of evolution. Our morality and stories are but guardians and guides for our own self-preservation, learned through a cruel history of pain and suffering. Art, literature, and religion are side-effects of overactive imaginations of weak and primitive tribes that invented magic, superstition, God, gods, and goddesses for psychological and sociological survival. This modern god of science has a scapegoat for blame, for redemption, for justification, just like the old religions. A religion must have an enemy, as all gods promise approval, cheerleading, and ultimately righteousness, which means someone else must lose. Christianity has the devil, The Fall, and Original Sin. There has to be a loser, an opponent; you cannot be a freedom fighter today without an oppressor. You cannot be freed without overcoming a master. For the modern gods, the enemy is still there if you look for it. The other political party must be wrong. The ravages of age and deterioration is to blame. Diet, sugar, fat, and high-fructose corn syrup are to blame. The anti-intellectuals are to blame. The hillbillies are to blame. The immigrants are to blame. The rich are to blame. Those on welfare are to blame. The capitalists are guilty, squeezing blood from the workers. No, the flip-side, the communists are causing the problem by killing all motivation. There is a hero and a villain. My favorite quote about the grand left-right argument of economics is from John Kenneth Galbraith who said, “In capitalism, man oppresses man. In communism, it's just the opposite.” While that is funny, it's also a true statement. But it's also worth noting that one of those ideologies has proven repeatedly to embrace wholesale slaughter of humans much more readily than the other, and I don't even have to mention which one for you to know the answer, and it is the same one that inherently denies God as one of its core tenets.And then there's the most popular villain of all: the Christians. Science fundamentalists tend to take aim most pointedly at Christians, and often Muslims, too, but in this cultural moment it is the Christians. Never mind that fact that modern science would not exist without Christianity, or that most of the great breakthroughs were made by God-fearing people. Let's set aside those minor names, like Mendel, Galileo, Kepler, Pascal, Boyle, Newton, Faraday, Mendel, Pasteur, Kelvin, and Einstein. Ignore those thinkers for a moment. Because there is some truth to the accusation of blame, of course, as many readily point at the Spanish Inquisition and behavior of “Christian” explorers in the New World that followed on Columbus' heels. Yes, Europe has horrific segments of history, as religions can be abused and twisted. For instance, read the letters of St. Bartolome de las Casas to hear about what Spanish wealth-seekers were doing to natives in the Caribbean, some under the banner of their supposed faith. It is revolting. Were it not for de las Casas writing in the 1520s to alert about the horrors of the Spanish running amok in the New World, the Church would not have written Sublimus Deus in 1537 condemning all enslavement and re-asserting the fact that natives are created in the image and likeness of God. And even then, could a letter from the Pope suddenly halt the evil of men running wild who want nothing more than gold, violence, and sex? No. But it does make me wonder how much longer and how much worse this state of butchery would have continued if no one like Bartolome de las Casas had been present to witness and report on the evils, because he was one of the few voices crying out from the literal wilderness of the New World. Unfortunately, this is not an isolated event in human history restricted to Europeans, as you can read stories of the gulags in Russia or the lengthy list of massacres in China or find numerous accounts of similar gruesome events coming from the Ottomans or Romans or Zulus or Mayans or Incas or Hawaiians or First Nations or literally any culture that ever existed, try as we might today to gloss over the shared flaw in our hearts, which has always been with humans wherever we have lived. Thanks to the 20th century, when nationalism and socialism reigned, Europeans lead in all body count statistical categories for brutality and inhumanity, but to assume that only one continent of people is capable of atrocity is to ignore reality and all of history. We want to plug our ears and close our eyes, but to pretend that one group of people has this flaw while other human groups do not carry this same disease is to bury our heads in the sands of a version of history that would be more aptly called fantasy.One undeniable fact is that as we gain knowledge and mastery over science and technology, we become increasingly deadly, as each invention increases the death toll, from the longbow, to the broadsword, to the stirrup for riding horses, to the musket, to the cannon, to mustard gas, to the atom bomb, to the inter-contintental-ballistic-missile, to biological weaponry, to whatever unexpected coming attack will slay our modern energy grids and supply chains and water supplies. The reason why is that with each advance, the greed of opportunity is seized by people. The question is always, “How can we make money or benefit from this new knowledge,” and rarely “Should we be doing this at all?” I have seen this firsthand in product meetings where the ability to do something is adopted, such as spy on shoppers, or install keystroke logging software, and the uneasy question usually arises about ethics from mousy engineers, but is quickly knocked down by an executive or manager who wants a good fiscal quarter. To observe this human tendency to exploit others does not require a war to observe. We are all seeking to find an advantage using whatever tool is available, just as a younger sister learns to cry tearfully to thwart a bullying older brother, because she learns it can summon a father or mother to arrest the bully. If the younger sister had a taser that proved more effective, they would just use that. Christians never needed any extra assistance from its own followers to earn the hatred of its enemies. No, they are hated even when they are preaching the Good News with humble hearts and mercy in mind. But rest assured, any atrocity or horror committed under the banner of professed Christians never came from Jesus Christ, the founder of the faith. Anyone who says it does, doesn't understand Jesus, and needs to start again on Matthew 1, verse 1 and proceed to John 21, verse 25. The evils people do in Jesus' name have never come from Jesus. This is something quickly forgotten. Whether or not those who acted in God's name as a wolf in sheep's clothing were true believers does not even matter, because the bloodstain remains. The wound of scandal brought by someone professing faith remains for a long time. The lion is supposed to lay down with the lamb, not eat it, no matter how delicious the lamb. The believer is supposed to give unto Caesar, not become Caesar. Christians in error have become the example held up in pop culture. Many TV shows today have the villain as a Christian. It's easy to see who the villain of American society is by watching movies or reading books from a specific year, as once the Soviets held all the roles of villains, then it was middle-eastern Muslims, and today it's almost entirely Christians. Yet Jesus still remains risen up, glorified, and no matter what evil men carry out, he himself can never be sullied. This is why Christianity can be stood up time after time, after every apparent deathblow. It rises again with Jesus himself. Because of the high standard set by Jesus, we can never live up to it, not fully, and often not even minimally. For this reason the sex abuse of children by Catholic clergy hurts all the worse, because Jesus' Church on earth is meant to be the keeper of the light of faith, and “the gates of hell shall not prevail against it,” yet for all the truth, beauty and goodness that the faithful see in our Church, in its essence and meaning, its buildings, its art, its Catechism, in the history, the mysteries of the Holy Mass, in the Sacraments, in the Rosary, in the Real Presence of the Eucharist, it hurts terribly when the attack comes from the Church itself, when trust has been eroded from the inside. Still the beauty of all those parts can never be destroyed or diminished, no matter how far fallen followers have gone in the ruination of their own souls. Betrayed trust among non-Christians brings bruises, but among the faithful, from inside, the betrayal gives a nearly fatal wound. The saying, “There is no honor among thieves” is meant to be intended for non-Christians, which is why the sex abuse scandal provides endless firepower for powerful guns aimed at the Catholic Church. For the billion people who have known and trusted good priests, this was especially painful, sometimes too hard for words, to the point that excuses were made, and sometimes even excuses for the excuses for the behavior, when there is no excuse that can be allowed. The pain of the victims supersedes all guilt and shame. But it was not God that committed the crimes, nor the Church, but corrupt men who abused their power and violated every precept of the faith and caused immeasurable scandal. For the many that would like to see the Church wither and die, thinking that this event will surely be the final death of Christianity, they will be sorely disappointed. Scandal has rocked the Church for 2,000 years and each of those looked like the last punch, but the Church will never die because it cannot die. I'm not claiming this to be arrogant. I'm not writing this to be rude. I'm saying it because it is a fact. In every age, Jesus somehow gathers a people to his Church.Every generation of humans rediscovers the power of the same man from Nazareth, over and over, again and again, because nothing comes close to its power, nothing touches the completeness of the life of Jesus, and nothing overcomes the resurrection once you come to believe it. Clearly, I have no right to speak for anything regarding the Church. I have no status. I'm not even a very good Catholic. I should probably just shut up and not share my opinion on these topics. But I know what I've found, and it's something quite different and far more meaningful and powerful than what my old religion of science could offer. This is a public episode. If you would like to discuss this with other subscribers or get access to bonus episodes, visit www.whydidpetersink.com

Spirits
281: Hephaestus

Spirits

Play Episode Listen Later Apr 27, 2022 46:20


Next time you're buying pottery or some cool jewelry, remember that Hephaestus is to thank for that and SO much more. Learn how the Greeks did Hephaestus dirty, and how he's even cooler than you even knew.   Content Warning: This episode contains conversations about or mentions of ableism, eugenics, illness, abuse, the military/war, violence, sex, pregnancy/birth, and sexual assault/rape.   Resources for Disability research: Disability Visibility Project, Alice Wong, Amanda Leduc, Sara Deris, Haley R. Graham, Jay Dolmage, and Dr. William Ebenstein.    Housekeeping - Recommendation: This week, Julia recommends Old Enough on Netflix. - Books: Check out our previous book recommendations, guests' books, and more at spiritspodcast.com/books - Call to Action: Check out The Newest Olympian: Join Mike Schubert, a first-time PJO reader, on his quest to find out if Percy Jackson is the YA series we should've been reading all along! Search for The Newest Olympian in your podcast app or go to thenewestolympian.com to start listening!   Sponsors - Blueland creates everyday eco-friendly cleaning productions that save you money and space, without any plastic waste. Get 20% off your first order when you go to blueland.com/spirits.  - ThirdLove is on a mission to find a perfect bra for everyone. Get 15% off your first order at thirdlove.com/spirits. - BetterHelp is a secure online counseling service. Get 10% off your first month at betterhelp.com/spirits   Find Us Online If you like Spirits, help us grow by spreading the word! Follow us @SpiritsPodcast on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and Goodreads. You can support us on Patreon (http://patreon.com/spiritspodcast) to unlock bonus Your Urban Legends episodes, director's commentaries, custom recipe cards, and so much more. We also have lists of our book recommendations and previous guests' books at http://spiritspodcast.com/books. Transcripts are available at http://spiritspodcast.com/episodes. To buy merch, hear us on other podcasts, contact us, find our mailing address, or download our press kit, head on over to http://spiritspodcast.com.   About Us Spirits was created by Julia Schifini, Amanda McLoughlin and Eric Schneider. We are founding members of Multitude, an independent podcast collective and production studio. Our music is "Danger Storm" by Kevin MacLeod (http://incompetech.com), licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0.

Ranking Rick Riordan: A Percy Jackson Podcast
Percy Jackson: Casting the Gods

Ranking Rick Riordan: A Percy Jackson Podcast

Play Episode Listen Later Apr 19, 2022 49:53


Dan and Olga fan cast the gods for Disney+'s Percy Jackson TV Series. Chapters:0:00 - Intro2:49 - Zeus7:38 - Dionysus 11:58 - Hades17:48 - Ares21:05 - Poseidon24:11 - Logan Lerman Discussion28:19 - Athena31:44 - Aphrodite 34:07 - Apollo36:36 - Hermes38:40 - Demeter39:37 - Artemis41:48 - Hephaestus 44:28 - HeraYouTube: https://www.youtube.com/doingokTwitter: https://twitter.com/rankingriordanMusic:"B-3" by BoxCat Games and is available under the Creative Commons Attribution License found here: https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/

Debut Buddies
Gods with Seth Palmer Harris & Jeff Wolf

Debut Buddies

Play Episode Listen Later Apr 17, 2022 73:01


We get silly talking seriously and joking powerfully about GODS this week with Seth Palmer Harris and Jeff Wolf. Topics include Ra, Quetzalcoatl, Hephaestus, Odin and more. Plus some cheeky games like I See What You Did There, and F*ck That Guy. Check out the many amazing theater projects that Jeff and Seth mentioned, including:Breckenridge Backstage Theatre: https://www.backstagetheatre.org/Aurora History Museum / New America Arts Fest: https://www.auroragov.org/things_to_do/aurora_history_museumSummer of Soul: https://www.hulu.com/watch/6f2160ed-eaa2-462a-b495-f61f4f31714d

Don't Watch List
Is Artsy Code for Gay?

Don't Watch List

Play Episode Listen Later Apr 14, 2022 71:39


Happy Discussing-Niche-Topics Day! This week, Elyse and Claire again fail to make their episode shorter than one hour. Baby steps, listener. Baby, virtually non-existent steps. Elyse leads this episode with one of the most popular shows on Netflix right now - Bridgerton. A cross between Pride & Prejudice and Gossip Girl, this show really has it all. Drama, scandal, gossip, romance, balls, and most importantly, HANDS. A fun revamped version of the period romance, this indisputably trashy TV show set in the Regency area really has something for everyone. Before we go: Claire: Lovely War, a novel by Julie Berry. Lovely War is a spiral narrative, with the outer narrative following Aphrodite defending her infidelity with fellow god Ares to her husband Hephaestus. In order to do so, she tells the story of four lovers during World War I - and through these stories show how love and war are inevitably drawn to each other. Elyse: The Tinder Swindler, a Netflix documentary about a romance Ponzi scheme. A con artist scams women through connecting with them on Tinder, and subsequently uses the money he gains from them to pursue the next victim of his scheme. Be sure to watch the whole documentary to see the satisfying petty vengeance one woman pulls on this conman. Warning: This episode contains plot spoilers for the television series Bridgerton. Have any questions? Comments? Suggestions? Email us at dontwatchlist@gmail.com!

Wands and Fronds
Fire Magic, Ashwagandha, and Hephaestus

Wands and Fronds

Play Episode Listen Later Mar 2, 2022 79:16


This week, the witches are getting fiery. Nick covers fire magic, and Shannon introduces Ashwagandha. They also discuss Hephaestus. To learn more, you can check out the previous episodes that cover Vulcan and Athena. To support Wands and Fronds, you can join their Patreon! You'll also receive access to bonus episodes, monthly coven meetings, and video recordings of the episodes. If you'd like to show your support in non-monetary ways, please don't forget to rate and review the podcast on Apple Podcasts/ITunes, or leave a rating on Spotify!

Quotomania
Quotomania 141: Ian Boyden

Quotomania

Play Episode Listen Later Feb 19, 2022 1:31


Subscribe to Quotomania on Simplecast or search for Quotomania on your favorite podcast app!For this very special Quotomania debut of Ian Boyden's unpublished poem “Assay,” Boyden shared a short statement on the work:“I'm so delighted you are going to read my poem ‘Assay' as part of your Quotomania project. It might seem strange, but in an important way, this is precisely how I want this poem to enter the world—delivered by the voice of someone other than myself (and yet not an Other). And that it is your voice, a voice I have come to love so much, that makes it even better. “Why do I feel this way? This poem is a record of an experience, that of the gradual breakdown of the “illusory self” that somehow forms as we grow, perhaps in the way a hard crust grows on lava as it cools. The generation of the illusory self is a response to some external condition. And somehow in this process a separation occurs, as if part of us were trapped to one side of the crust, and the other part to the other. I don't know if there is a singular reason for this. But a theory I am fond of is that our conscious mind is somehow captured by language, this sense of ‘I' made rigid by the insistence of language itself. And with ‘I' comes ‘non-I.' Thus, the mentality of ‘we-they' is born. The Other. “Think about this, Paul, language might be a separate temperature from who we fundamentally are. When we expose ourselves to this extraordinary tool of communication, it changes our state of matter. What was transparent might become opaque, what was liquid might become solid. Great eruptions of steam and fog. Calcium carbonate precipitates to form some dense shell. And somehow consciousness separates. And then it begins to perceive our world as through the lens of separation. “You asked me to suggest quotations, and here is one from Sam Hamill in this regard that I love. It comes from his essay ‘The Necessity to Speak':Nothing will change until we demolish the ‘we-they' mentality. We are human, and therefore all human concerns are ours. And those concerns are personal.“Many years ago, I had a profound experience in which the boundary between myself and my environment shattered. I saw quite clearly that I was not separate from my environment. That, in fact, I was my environment, that we are our environment. What we do to our environment, we do to ourselves. And this revelation has been at the heart of my work for the last decade or more. And at the same time, this revelation also illuminated a similar internal illusion, an illusory I that is somehow separate from who we fundamentally are. What is our fundamental self or fundamental disposition? “There is a famous Zen koan that speaks to the importance, really the revelatory quality of knowing that fundamental disposition. When the seven century Zen master Hongren declared Huineng his dharma heir, it created an intense controversy among the monks at his temple. Some of them were so angry that they wanted to kill Huineng, causing Huineng to flee for his life. One of Hongren's other disciples, a head monk named Ming, pursued Huineng and finally caught up with him in the mountains. In a life-or-death situation, Huineng asked Ming this question: ‘Without thinking of right, without thinking of wrong, at this very moment, what is your original disposition?' Disposition is a wonderful word in Chinese meaning literally ‘face and eyes.' Upon being asked this question, head monk Ming experiences a massive opening, recognizes Huineng as the rightful dharma heir and lets him go on his way. And Huineng's question has become a question asked of every student of Zen ever since.“What is your original disposition? It is such a severe question. That original disposition of the flowing lava before the blinding crust. What is your fundamental nature? How do you penetrate the crust to see it? How do you go about knowing that? It seems to defy all logical structures. So, this poem documents an aspect of my experience in that search. “And this brings me to the title ‘Assay.' This can be either a verb or a noun. I prefer the title be understood as a verb, though I also have no intention of limiting it to one or another. It means to test the quality of a metal, and by extension to assess the nature of a given thing. When I was a child, I identified with Hephaestus, I loved that he lived in a volcano forging metal, I even wrote my first book about him at age 7 or 8. And later, I even moved to Sicily where I climbed Mount Etna, Hephaestus' home! And then later, I worked in a bronze foundry, where I performed assays many times. So I felt this word fit perfectly with my own cosmology. But then I began to feel unease, because Jane Hirshfield, who is one of my favorite poets and who I count as a dear friend, has used this word in the title of a great number of her poems, a kind of formula: {X}: An Assay. So, I wrote to her, asking her if she would mind, and she wrote back a lovely note, saying, ‘you more than have my blessing, didn't need my blessing, but I still appreciate you inquiring, because I might, after all, have felt otherwise.'”Bio:Ian Boyden—artist, writer, translator, and curator—investigates relationships between the self and the environment, in particular how art and writing can shape our ecology. Consistent across his productions are his interests in material relevance and place-based thought, as well as a deep awareness of East Asian philosophies and aesthetics. He studied for many years in China and Japan, and holds degrees in the History of Art from Wesleyan University and Yale University. In recent years, he has worked extensively with Chinese dissidents, including artist Ai Weiwei and poet Tsering Woeser. He is the recipient of a Literary Translation Fellowship from the NEA to translate the work of Woeser. He is the author of A Forest of Names: 108 Meditations (Wesleyan University Press, 2020), and his artist books, paintings, and sculptures are found in many public collections including Reed College, Stanford University, the Portland Art Museum, and the Victoria & Albert Museum. From www.ianboyden.com. For more information about Ian Boyden:“‘Eradicate the Self' Self Portrait”: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kYCJVLVHrF0A Forest of Names: https://www.weslpress.org/9780819579959/a-forest-of-names/“A Landscape of Dignity: A Conversation with Ai Weiwei and Ian Boyden”: https://www.raintaxi.com/a-landscape-of-dignity-a-conversation-with-ai-weiwei-and-ian-boyden/“The Nature of Names: A Conversation with Ian Boyden”: https://theadroitjournal.org/2020/09/24/the-nature-of-names-a-conversation-with-ian-boyden/Translations of “Assay”:Swedish translation by Charlotta Smeds:SkärskådaI åratal hamrade jagpå en vägg runt mitt hjärtaoch när den äntligen rasadefann jag att varelsen inom migvar densammasom höll i hammarenhela tiden—Ian BoydenItalian translation by Charlotta Smeds:ScrutarePer anni ho preso a martellate il muro attorno al mio cuoree quando alla fine è crollatoho trovato che l'essere al suo internoera lo stesso che aveva tenuto il martello per tutto il tempo—Ian BoydenChinese translation by Danhong Tang:證顯 多年來我錘打著 一堵環繞我心的牆 當它終於碎崩時 我發現裡面的眾生 與那個握著錘子的生物 一直是一樣的—Ian Boyden

34 Circe Salon -- The Parallax
Classical Studies 101 - The Iliad - Cha 18

34 Circe Salon -- The Parallax

Play Episode Listen Later Jan 24, 2022 30:43


One of the most lyrical chapters in the Iliad, in chapter 18, Achilles grieves over the death of Patroclus and steels himself to return to battle.  His loving mother, the goddess Thetis, commissions the god Hephaestus to fashion him new, resplendent armor for the battle he is about to wage and Homer paints a picture of the preparations in some of the most amazingly vivid passages ever written. 

Prophecy Radio: A Percy Jackson Podcast
Episode #14 - Percy Jackson or Death!

Prophecy Radio: A Percy Jackson Podcast

Play Episode Listen Later Jan 10, 2022 79:54


Welcome to Prophecy Radio, a Percy Jackson podcast dedicated to all of Rick Riordan's past, present, and future projects! Co-hosts Karen Rought and Kristen Kranz discuss the latest news in the Percy Jackson/Rick Riordan Presents fandom, then list out all the companion books, short stories, and illustrated editions we have so far, as well as analyze chapters 5 and 6 of Percy Jackson and the Sea of Monsters. New episodes of Prophecy Radio will air weekly, and all ages are welcome to tune in. News and Updates (00:01:15) Karen and Kristen are throwing responsibility out the window forever! Aru Shah and the End of Time graphic novel debuted at #1 on Amazon! Daughter of the Deep jumped to #1 on the NYT bestsellers list. Sarwat Chadda is working on the next draft of Rise of the Chaos Goddess. We get a fantastic update about the Solangelo book. We're really excited to check in with other characters too. Kristen and Karen think they're hilarious. The Percy Jackson Disney+ show's writers room is back at it again! Serwa Boateng's Guide to Vampire Hunting sounds great. We take a quick moment to shout out In Every Generation by Kendare Blake. Companion books, short stories, illustrated editions, oh my! (00:07:43) The Demigod Files includes three short stories, all of which sound great! We've read most of these, but it's been a while, so we don't remember them as well as we'd like. But Clarisse and Percy together is bound to be a lot of fun. (Part 1, Part 2, Part 3) Oh, hey there, Charles Beckendorf! We get a wild Festus sighting, and we're so happy. How much did the Lightning Thief movie pull from “Sword of Hades” for Persephone's character? Don't forget, you can check these out at your local library! The Ultimate Guide is so much fun and a great collector's item. It's also very practical and incredibly useful! There is a cursed picture of Karen dressed as a daughter of Hephaestus for Halloween. We go off on a Beanie Baby tangent. “Percy Jackson and the Singer Apollo” is full of chaos, and we love it. Percy Jackson and the Greek Gods and Greek Heroes are SO PRETTY. Who HASN'T read Percy Jackson? Camp Half-Blood Confidential is another good pocket guide to keep on hand. Plus, there's the coloring book, with art by Keith Robinson. We only have the Lightning Thief illustrated edition and it's a TRAVESTY. John Rocco says there are no current plans to do more. Nobody would complain about more John Rocco art. Not to get ahead of ourselves, but we need a Percy Jackson Land at Disney World. We might have to do a whole episode on that idea. Let's dive into the Heroes of Olympus series now! We kick off with The Demigod Diaries, and “The Diary of Luke Castellan.” We'll be talking about this one in-depth soon! Hera is always messing things up. Ever heard of the bacchanalia? “The Son of Magic” was written by Rick's son! It's a fan-favorite. The Demigods of Olympus app might be long-gone. Time for the Kane Chronicles books! The Survival Guide is another awesome book to have on hand. Justice for Magnus Chase! Kristen will have to read the Kane Chronicles soon! The crossover short stories were a VERY BIG DEAL back in the day. But where's our crossover SERIES? Where's the Riordan Literary Universe (RLU)? And then Karen brings us all down. MOVING ON. We love Magnus Chase so much, and luckily there are some great guides for it. Einherjar is a very difficult word to say. There's always time for new books down the line! Did we…do a good job!? Let's talk graphic novels and why WE NEED MORE. Shhh, we're not allowed to have other interests! Chapter Reviews (00:38:13) Let's talk about Sea of Monsters chapter 5! Karen's living for Kristen's recaps. Everyone knows that feeling when your mom cleans your room against your will. Camp Half-Blood isn't a safe space anymore. Goodbye FOR NOW. Despite being “immortal,” it's so interesting how gods must rely on mortal worship to keep them going. We are not fans of Tantalus. Is Mr. D trying to comfort Tantalus, or is he giving him false hope? Can everyone please stop being mean to Tyson!? Are the other campers jealous of Tyson? We shouldn't be so cavalier about death. We are very happy to meet Charles Beckendorf again. We go on a Sponge-Bob tangent but Karen had to prove she has a brain. Time for chapter 6! BRAIN WORKS. Karen is very mad at Percy. BUT this is a good lesson for kids to learn. Karen was the annoying little brother. Lowercase pegasus versus capital letter Pegasus. Team Percabeth breaks up very quickly. Tyson gets a stick! Karen does not want to talk about the birdnado. Rick did Dean Martin dirty. Prophecy Count: 7 A lot has already happened in these first six chapters. We were feeling a lot of emotions today. And we have some feedback to go through! Thanks for listening, and be sure to tune in next time for episode 15, in which we'll discuss Dragon Pearl by Yoon Ha Lee and “The Initiative” from Cursed Carnival and Other Calamities. This episode's hosts are: Karen Rought and Kristen Kranz. Each episode, our Prophecy Radio hosts and their guests will keep you up to date on the latest information coming out of Camp Half-Blood, including upcoming books and adaptation news, discuss a topic of choice, and do a chapter by chapter reread of the Percy Jackson series. Follow Us: Twitter // Instagram // Facebook // Tumblr Listen and Subscribe: Audioboom // Apple // Spotify Feel free to leave us your questions or comments through any of these mediums! You can also email us at prophecyradiopodcast@gmail.com or visit our homepage for archives and more information about our show. Prophecy Radio is a Subjectify Media podcast production. 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Digging Deeper with the Ancients
1.8 Hades VS Greek Mythology

Digging Deeper with the Ancients

Play Episode Listen Later Dec 15, 2021 67:03


Supergiant Games "Hades" is quite popular right now, lets find out how close it gets to the actual Greek mythology and see where they got it right, and where they were just making it up.  Also we go and talk about other places where Zagreus and Hades pop up in pop culture.Doctor Who Big Finish Productions "Zagreus" 2003"Percy Jackson and the Olympians" 2010"Clash of the Titans" 2010"Wrath of the Titans" 2012"Hercules" 1997Hercules the Legendary JourneysZena Warrior PrincessOnce Upon A TimeVixx"Hadestown" 2006God Of WarKingdom HeartsAge of MythologyAge of Empires: MythologiesKid Icarus: UprisingPersona ZSmiteHorizon: Zero DawnAssassins' Creed Odyssey: Fate of AtlantisFinal Fantasy 14: ShadowbringersRayman LegendsPercy Jackson and the Olympians book Rick RiordanHades by Mathew ReileyHigh School DXD (Manga)God of War (Comic series)DC Wonder Woman (Comic)Fairy Tale (Manga)Gerihopilus Hades (Snake)Music by Jason Shaw at audionautix.com