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I have all of the Lensman series except for Triplanetary, but I've yet to obtain any of the Skylark novels.

The Skylark novels are fun, but they are not as good as the Lensman novels.
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Paganism For Beginners / Re: Syncretic Polytheism
« Last post by Louisvillian on Today at 02:54:55 am »
I am curious to hear from more advanced or experienced practitioners on this topic...The topic is syncreticism or identifying one God or Goddess from one Tradition with a God or Goddess from a different tradition...
Hm. Not quite how I'd use the term, exactly. I mean conflation of deities does happen in syncretism sometimes. But I think of syncretism more in terms of practices than beliefs. For instance, I describe myself a Syncretic Roman recon, because my main practices are Roman, but I have non-insignificant sacra privata pertaining to Greek, Celtic, and Saxon gods, and I try to employ culturally-appropriate practices towards each.

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My question to practicing Pagan Folks is this: can one God in one culture or pantheon be viewed as an incarnation of another God from another culture and other pantheon?
Yes. Whether or not that's accurate is subjective.
Myself, I take it on a case by case basis. I use some Roman terminology to contextualize how I think of it. The Romans believed that deities carried a specific spirit or energy, a numen, which could leave an imprint on places and things. They believed that several different gods could have the same numen, and therefore could be bound up in the same god-form. So, they referred to the thunder-wielding sky father as Jupiter, who might manifest itself as Jupiter Capitolinus, Jupiter Indiges (Aeneas deified), Jupiter-Taranis, Zeus, etc.
But at the same time there are gods that might have a similar numen but are radically distinct figures: Artemis and Diana, for instance.
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Fuck. I love satire.

And with that said.

I don't know anyone personally affected, but the local welfare office (where I now work) has been busting its collective nads to get SNAP applications and re-certifications processed on time for the advanced Feb issuance. Talk about hectic.
Hey, at least the needy will be fed through Feb, right?
Fuck that orange asshole right in his wobbly orange neck.
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Congressional Democrats should be held responsible for their refusal to come to the table.

Fuck. I love satire.

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Chat and CauldronMUX Support / Re: Long Time CauldronMUX Users Help Wanted
« Last post by ehbowen on Yesterday at 11:16:35 pm »
That was a good series, I should re-read it. (I'm quite proud that I managed to find all 4 volumes.)

I have all of the Lensman series except for Triplanetary, but I've yet to obtain any of the Skylark novels.
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Paganism For Beginners / Re: Learning About Kemeticism
« Last post by crystalshop on Yesterday at 10:19:13 pm »
Yes!!! I am looking for one also!!

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Really so interesting!!! Yes!!! Keep knowing her!!

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As the Orange Cheetoh's temper tantrum drags us deeper into an abyss of dysfunction, I'm curious to know if anyone at The Cauldron is affected, directly or indirectly, if you feel comfortable sharing.

I'm lucky in having relatively little impact on myself, my friends, and my family. But if I can help it I am scrapping any plans for air travel. I don't want to be anywhere near TSA agents forced to work for no paycheck, as if this country never abolished slavery; the humongous lines and wait times from their understandable sick-out; or the dangerous skies from air traffic controller understaffing and likely security lapses at airports.

I hope this completely unnecessary pain that jackass is inflicting finally turns huge swaths of "Middle America" against him.

My 23 y/o friend is a TSA officer with a newlywed bride and they're starting to feel the pinch; I hope they'll end up coming through alright.

I was initially onboard with the President's position but now increasingly less so. I voted for the wall and laud Trump for sticking to his guns, but it's time to realise that the Dems won't play ball -- not when they're winning the PR war. Is it fair? No. Congressional Democrats should be held responsible for their refusal to come to the table. Will that happen? Also no. So we just have to move on, swallow the bitter pill, and fight another day.
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Philosophy and Metaphysics / Re: Rituals and Moral Inversion
« Last post by Sefiru on Yesterday at 07:04:57 pm »
But then I thought: These are really just excuses for large groups of people to get drunk. Is that really an inversion festival?

Just thinking about Japanese corporate culture: a lot of behaviors are permissible when drunk that would never be acceptable while sober.
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Chat and CauldronMUX Support / Re: Long Time CauldronMUX Users Help Wanted
« Last post by Sefiru on Yesterday at 06:59:58 pm »
I've been a Doc Smith fan since I read Skylark of Space when I was in middle school.

That was a good series, I should re-read it. (I'm quite proud that I managed to find all 4 volumes.)
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