Spoon wrangling. (Aka… self help techniques, I guess?)

What’s the single most useful coping mechanism you’ve found, to date, for spoon wrangling issues?

If different things have worked for you at different times, what were they and what were the factors that made them cease to be useful/that made something else more useful?

Are there any alternative therapies you’ve found helpful in tandem – particular essential oils, crystals etc?

(By ‘spoon wrangling’ I guess mean: making the most of your limited spoon supply, I guess; or being the most effective whilst the spoon supply holds out/without depleting spoon levels altogether.  I’m not being very articulate I suppose, but I imagine one or two of you will probably be able to see what I’m getting at…)

I’m suffering a high level of fatigue once again at the moment and looking for ideas how I might alleviate it, or at least keep functioning and keep holding down my job whilst I ride it out.

Thanks for any replies – I don’t mind PMs if you’d rather not respond publicly.  And I’ll understand if people feel they can’t reply.

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Fictional band names

Inspired elsethread, I’ve decided to create this thread for fictional band names.

The first was, “Eldritch Pacts”.

But I wondered whether too hard to pronounce (try it…)?  So maybe “Eldritch Vows” instead…?

What’s your version, and what other fictional band names d’you think’d be awesome?!

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Alternate Versions of Myths

Hello everyone. I’m searching for Goddesses in Slavic folklore, due to their relative scarcity in medieval chronicles about Slavic paganism. I’ve retraced the steps of a number of scholars who say folklore contains remnants of a struggle for the Goddess Mokosh between two male suitors.
The link below alludes to the relevant work by Ivanov/Toporov and Belaj.

It looks like a struggle between the underworld God Veles and the celestial Perun for the “hand” of Mokosh. In some stories she is abducted, but in others she is portrayed as a traitor. In the outskirts of Moscow, the term for the Goddess survived as a word for a promiscuous woman (Mokosja). The Mokosha also appears as a vengeful spirit in north Russian folklore who punished women for spinning flax on her holy day. She seems broadly similar to the Lithuanian Laume and Laima, female figures associated with spinning and fate. This is a familiar archetype for me of course, but in other ways I find her difficult to pin down.

I feel I am coming to appreciate her, but I’m struggling with stories that seem to portray her as adulterous whereas others are more favorable.
What do you recommend for contradictory stories like this?

http://sms.zrc-sazu.si/pdf/06/SMS_06_Marjanic.pdf

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Hades jpg

Hello, I’d like to share a dream/upg with you I had a few days ago.

I came from somewhere and found some people who just started a ritual with Hades.
He was dressed in white and let me join the ritual. He said I had to chose what I wanted to close and what to open. I said what I wanted to close and he poured some liquid in a kind of vial and let me close it first with my fingers and then he put a lid on it. Then I had to say what I wanted to open and he poured some liquid in another vial and let me drink it.

He told me it was good if I shared my dream/upg with others. So I decided to post it on the forum.
 

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Long Time CauldronMUX Users Help Wanted

I’m writing a screenplay scene set in Hell. I’m wanting to specify that it’s in the “grey mists”, as a tip of the hat to the old MUX. But my spell checker keeps flagging this. Am I right in remembering that it was the “grey mists”, or was it actually the “gray mists” as my spell checker insists?

Also, does any long-time user have the etymology of the term? Did it come from an old role-playing or computer game or such? Thanks.

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Greetings and salutations!

Hey! I’m Sascha. You can also just call me Kadath.

I’m 18 and just getting back into the swing of things! I’ve been pagan since I was 12 but haven’t reliably practiced since I was 16. I’m still trying to figure out my path, but I can kind of describe it as “eclectic R’lyehian nonsense,” or maybe “Yog-Sothothery and then some.” I’m primarily interested in pop culture paganism of the Lovecraftian variety, but have a weird semi-relationship with deities from other pantheons going on.

I’m a big ol’ baby and I’m looking forward to meeting other pagans and working out the nitty-gritty details of my path!

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Thelema’s ‘Red Godess’ and other modern “Blood Gods;” inspired by Hinduism?

I’ve recently been reading Crowley, and the ‘Red Goddess’ Babalon, whom he describes in Thelema sounds very similar to Chinnamasta, the Tantric Hindu blood Goddess. From their role in the cosmos, to what they represent, to their symbols and iconography, they’re very similar.

I was wondering if anyone else has made that connection, and if there’s any information about how much Crowley actually knew about Eastern mysticism? It’s very clear that a large part of his inspiration did come from other cultures and belief systems, and he was reasonably well read and well traveled, but I also find it hard to believe that he had first hand experience with all of the initiatory traditions that he drew inspiration from. He probably exaggerated his own experience in order to make his magical pedigree seem larger than it really was; I imagine he probably read about other people’s experiences and claimed them for himself.

Anyway, besides Crowly and his possible Hindu influences, I was wondering if the more general “Blood God(ess)” motif seen in many forms of Western occultism, Theosophy, and Chaos Magic might not be borrowed from Tantric Godesses. AFAIK, the motif didn’t appear in Western magic until the 19th century, while it has existed for millenia in India.

Obviously, other cultures have blood deities as well, such as Mesoamerica, but when I look at the “Blood Gods” seen in modern Western occult traditions, they seem to have more in common with the Tantric Gods and Goddesses than with Mesoamerican ones.

So, was this motif borrowed from India? If not, where did it come from and why did it appear in Western occult practice suddenly in the 19th century?

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Scientific Pantheism

So I am a Scientific Pantheist, by which I mean that I hold the Cosmos and that which it contains as Sacred and Divine. Within the context of Scientific Pantheism, I am an Eclectic Celtic Pagan.

As a scientifically minded person, I question the existence of Gods, magic, and the supersupernatural, yst I have had real experiences wI th these sort of phenomena that are not easy to dismiss.

So, if the supernatural exists, what is it and how does it operate? My insight (UPG) about this is that certain phenomena surpass our current level of intelligence and the limits of our current science to understand.

As such, we experience these things (gods, magic, the supernatural) in a way that is currently difficult to reconcile with reason and current knowledge. Thus, magic and the supernatural are a natural part of reality that we simply can not fully reconcile with reason.

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