Making Light: Demeter

Triptolemus, Demeter and Persephone by the Triptolemos-painter, ca 470 BC, Louvre. Public domain image.

With Demeter, my practice is about as simple and ordinary as it gets. I don’t do any complicated rites and I don’t have a lot of high-falutin’ prayers; I just do some gardening and show some gratitude. [Read more...]

Making Light: Zeus

His statue was one of the Seven Wonders of the World, but he decided to move on to bigger things.

If ever there was a strong masculine father figure, he’s it. If you’re a Pagan who is coming to a Paganism via the goddess movement or converting from a faith or practice that is strongly patriarchical with a desire to seek the divine feminine, Zeus is not your go-to god. [Read more...]

Making Light: Dionysos

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The Theoi are complex, and Dionysos is much more than the “party god” he has a reputation of being. He is certainly present during revelry, but his presence extends much farther than simple drunken enjoyment. [Read more...]

Making Light: Blessed by Less by Susan Vogt (Review)

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All in all, I enjoyed this book and feel a renewed commitment to clearing out the physical, emotional, and spiritual clutter. As Vogt describes, “The spiritual paradox is that the less tightly I cling to my stuff, my way, and my concerns, the happier and more blessed I feel. Once I have enough, less is more.” [Read more...]

Making Light: Interview with Author Alex Bledsoe

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I recently had the opportunity to interview fantasy author Alex Bledsoe about some of the religious themes in the Tufa series and the Firefly Witch Series. We also touch on the Eddie LaCrosse books, the first high fantasy noir books I’ve ever read. [Read more...]

Making Light: All Religions are UPG

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I’m a religious person who believes in the reality of the divine, but I’m also a scientist. Much of what I write about here stems from my own doubts and a struggle to reconcile these two aspects of my life. This is, in its essence, a story about how I worked through doubt for myself. [Read more...]

Making Light: Help me, Joe Campbell, you’re my only hope

Joseph Campbell, late 1970.  Image by Joan Halifax via Wikimedia Commons. (CC BY 2.0)

Seeing myths as metaphors doesn’t mean I believe the gods are just characters in a story. They are my gods. I speak to them, I feel their presence, I know from experience that they are Real. They are not real to me like Samwise Gamgee is real. They are real to me like my cat is real, but they often speak to us in metaphor and story. [Read more...]


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