Much of my current restless "it's 10 PM why" excited energy right now has to do with Phorcys and Ceto and whether this has anything to do with things "freezing out" into the material world and that jolt of spatial and temporal division being the source of both beauty and horror.
I haven't truly read Hesiod in YEARS b/c I've been reading so. many. other. things. and I'm also trying a translation I haven't done before (ML West). Some of the OCR is a bit off. What must be "stern" keeps being rendered "stem" and it's hilarious. I mean what is stem-hearted.
P&C had "the wondrous Echidna stern of heart, who is half a nymph with fair cheeks & curling lashes, and half a monstrous serpent, terrible & huge, glinting & ravening, down in the hidden depths of the numinous earth" <-- this is legit what our experience of the world is like
Because if you think of this and then you think of that part in Plato's Phaedo where Socrates is talking about that really odd cosmic conception of the Earth with all of those deep caverns and streams and how we're in a lower part of it (sorry, doing this from memory)!!! I mean!!
I got so excited about this last night and need to remind myself to read myths earlier in the evening in order to support healthy sleep habits.

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The Gods are beautiful and worthy of worship. If you’ve been having anxiety about honoring them, though, don’t feel embarrassed — let’s thread through some false beliefs and expectations that are useful to address.
Regardless of how different a group of Gods is from a more familiar-to-you paradigm, their otherness doesn’t make them occult or beings to be warned away from worshipping. Religions with many Gods are often confused with the occult, esp. in monotheism-dominated areas.
However, a caveat: Due to the history of the pagan and polytheistic revivals in the West, they often have more contact between and overlap with people whom we would classify as into the esoteric and/or occult. This is a common phenomenon for new religious movements in general.
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