Spirit Day

Originally posted by neo_prodigy at Spirit Day

It’s been decided. On October 20th, 2010, we will wear purple in honor of the 6 gay boys who committed suicide in recent weeks/months due to homophobic abuse in their homes at at their schools. Purple represents Spirit on the LGBTQ flag and that’s exactly what we’d like all of you to have with you: spirit. Please know that times will get better and that you will meet people who will love you and respect you for who you are, no matter your sexuality. Please wear purple on October 20th. Tell your friends, family, co-workers, neighbors and schools.

RIP Tyler Clementi, Seth Walsh (top)
RIP Justin Aaberg, Raymond Chase (middle)
RIP Asher Brown and Billy Lucas. (bottom)

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Is anyone else laughing inside that today and yesterday the LJ banner is a rainbow-colored brush stroke? Hooray for LJ for being our silent ally! Take that fundies!
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Replies to my comments on LJ posts are really lagging in getting to my e-mail's inbox today. I guess you know what that means: The LJ maintenance crew is at it again! *grumbles and goes back to his bridge*
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We're All Mad Here

...Next time I buy a razor, I'm buying a woman's razor. Why would I do such a thing? A) I own an electric razor (for men), but the guarded blades never cut close enough and the unguarded blades chew my face up. B) I tried my sister's razor on my face, and it is silky smooth and has the wonderful cushioned edges so that you don't get razor burns or anything like that. Go ahead, call me crazy; I don't care!

SHH! You're in the library!

I totally should have written this post earlier, but whatever. Anyway, today I went to the nearby public library. I did some note-taking on mythical monsters, but before that I spent some time on the computer. A guy sitting on the opposite side of the (small) room from me kept swearing up a storm, continuously spewing BULLSHITs, FUCKs, FUCKIN' SHITs, and ASSHOLEs while I was in the computer room. Now, thankfully, no teens or kids were in the room at the time, but what if there were? I thought there was some kind of library etiquette in place. I mean, shouldn't talking softly include no cursing? I guess people's sense of how to behave at the library went out with the inclusion of computers and the ability to have use of your cell phone in (most) libraries. In another instance, there was a guy the other day in a study room doing no actual studying and instead talking extremely loudly on his phone. IN A STUDY ROOM. WHERE PEOPLE SHOULD BE DOING RESEARCH AND/OR HASHING OUT SCHOOL AND WORK PROJECTS. My God, I was outside of the room (he had the door closed) and I could hear everything he was saying. If you really do have to have an animated, in-depth phone conversation, do it in the lobby or outside the library building. It was a fairly nice day out, too, when that guy was there. My community college's library (or at least the sitting area and computer area) was horrible with the noise and distraction level. Despite not being allowed to use cell phones in that library, it didn't stop people from talking like they were at a party or huddling around the computers. Speaking of computers at the college, I swear I saw more people checking MySpace and Facebook for hours at a time rather than writing papers or doing research, what the damn things are there for in the first place! I was guilty of checking personal stuff, too, but I made a point to do research as well as surfing my girlfriend's nudie pics (or whatever). Eep! I've gone on too long and gotten diverted, but my point is that I'm definitely not a Luddite, but I mourn for the days when libraries were relatively quiet and free of distractions.

Meme time...again?

I know, another meme post, instead of a real post, but I felt I needed to share this one. It's not that often that I do memes anyway. And Tarot is something I'm interested in.

You are the Hanged Man

Self-sacrifice, Sacrifice, Devotion, Bound.

With the Hanged man there is often a sense of fatalism, waiting for something to happen. Or a fear of
loss from a situation, rather than gain.

The Hanged Man is perhaps the most fascinating card in the deck. It reflects the story of Odin who offered himself as a sacrifice in order to gain knowledge. Hanging from the world tree, wounded by a spear, given no bread or mead, he hung for nine days. On the last day, he saw on the ground runes that had fallen from the tree, understood their meaning, and, coming down, scooped them up for his own. All knowledge is to be found in these runes.

The Hanged Man, in similar fashion, is a card about suspension, not life or death. It signifies selflessness, sacrifice and prophecy. You make yourself vulnerable and in doing so, gain illumination. You see the world differently, with almost mystical insights.

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Erin go bragh and all that

I promised that I would do a write-up on Irish mythology today, and I bring you gifts! As vovat  suggested, I'm going to discuss the Morrigan, a triple goddess from Irish mythology and legends. The information comes directly cited from Katharine M. Briggs' An Encyclopedia of Fairies: Hobgoblins, Brownies, Bogies, and Other Supernatural Creatures (Pantheon, 1976).

Morrigan (moreeghan), or Morrigu. One of the forms taken by the ancient Irish war goddess BADB. In the CUCHULAIN epic, Tain Bo Cuailnge, in which the great war between the FOMORIANS and the TUATHA DE DANANN is celebrated, the three war goddesses in the form of crows are NEMAN, MACHA and Morrigu, of whom Morrigu is the greatest. As Evans Wentz [my note: in The Fairy-Faith in Celtic Countries] analyses the legend, they are the tripartite form of 'Badb'. Neman confounds the armies of the enemy, so that allies wage mistaken war against each other, Macha revels in indiscriminate slaughter, but it was Morrigu who infused supernatural strength and courage into Cuchulain, so that he won the war for the Tuatha de Danann, the forces of goodness and light, and conquered the dark Fomorians, just as the Olympic gods conquered the Titans.

Now, Irish mythology wasn't Briggs' strong point, so I'll give her some credit for what she wrote. However, even though Cuchulain fought in the Tain, he didn't fight for the Tuatha, he fought for the people of Ulster. The hero that the Morrigan gave strength to in The Book of Invasions (which Briggs calls The Book of Conquests), though, was Lugh, the champion of the Tuatha, who did fight the Fomorians. Everything else about the Morrigan she mentioned is pretty accurate. Here's more on the other forms of the Morrigan/Badb:

Neman, or Neamhan. The ancient Irish war goddess BADB took a triple form, Neman, MORRIGU and MACHA, all in the shape of royston or hoodie crows, a form taken in modern irish fairy-lore by the BEAN-SIDHE [my note: banshee]. Each manifestation has a different function and Neman is 'the confounder of armies'. It is she who causes bands of the same army to fight together, mistaking each other for the enemy. Evans Wentz, in The Fairy-Faith in Celtic Countries (pp. 302-7), gives a useful account of these war spirits, founded mainly on Silva Gadelica and The Book of Conquests, but with other comparisons and references.

Macha (ma-cha). One of the triple forms taken by the ancient Irish war goddess BADB. All are in the shape of Royston or hoodie crows. Macha is a fairy that 'riots and revels among the slain', as Evans Wentz puts it in his analysis of Badb's triple form.

Badb, or Badhbh (bibe). The Celtic goddess of war, who, according to Evans Wentz in The Fairy-Faith in Celtic Countries (pp. 302-5), incorporated the three goddesses NEMAN, MACHA and MORRIGU in a single form, that of a Royston or hoodie crow. The mythology has declined into folklore, and a crow perching on a house is often the form taken by the BANSHEE or 'fairy woman'. The narrative of the battle of Moytura [my note: Irish Gaelic, Magh Tuireadh] in The Book of Leinster gives one of the most vivid descriptions of the activities of Badb and her attendant spirits.

A Royston Crow.
A Royston or Hoodie Crow.

Why hasn't Chris posted lately?

Sorry, guys, I know I've been more active about posting lately, but right now I'm caught up with editing and revamping the second part of my fairy dissertation. I'm also busy with reading the Finno-Ugric volume of "The Mythology of All Races", an awesome anthology on world mythologies written in the 1920s and republished in 1964. As soon as I'm done editing the second fairy essay for you guys I'm going to put it up. As for my Oz story...that's going to wait as I'm not done with the second chapter and don't really know how to conclude it just yet.

Anyway, my interview with Trader Joe's went well and I hope to hear back from one of the managers by Wednesday. If not, I'll give them a call Wednesday or Thursday afternoon. I have to get on with applying to more jobs, but it's so hard to find one I'm qualified for. Last August, I got my certification in phlebotomy (drawing blood from hospital patients) but I haven't had a chance to work yet because no one wants to hire someone just out of school and with no pediatric/geriatric experience (we could only practice on healthy, willing adults and each other in phlebotomy school). *le sigh*

I'll be sure to write up a mythology/folklore post about Ireland for St. Patrick's Day. Just have to decide what to talk about first! What are some aspects of Irish mythology/folklore that you guys are interested in and/or want more info about?

O joyous occasion!

After being out of work for a couple months, and with my parents on my back about it, earlier this (Sunday) evening I got a call back from the specialty grocery franchise Trader Joe's near my mall about coming in for an interview on Tuesday afternoon. My mom insists on taking me to another nearby Trader Joe's to "research" the merchandise so I can be ahead of the game come the interview. Anything that helps me get the job, I suppose! And I already have a plus on my side: I made friendly contact with two of the employees, one of them (a cute guy about my age who's studying to be the same profession as me) even wished me good luck and said he would enjoy working with me. Yay! I guess I won't have to shut my phone off after all.