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

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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...]

Making Light: Hero Worship

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In modern Hellenic polytheism, hero worship is part of the whole shebang. The Iliad and the Odyssey both are full of bigger than life characters: Ajax, Hector, Achilles, and Odysseus to name a few. Then there’s Perseus, Theseus, Atalanta, and others. Some people are more into it than others, and I’m one of the ones who isn’t really, except that I have an undying love of Captain America… [Read more...]

Making Light: Profession and Occupation

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The first thing I think of when asked about a defining moment in my life is the moment I knew that I wanted to study biology. This was one of a series of events that eventually led to my becoming a Pagan Priestess. [Read more...]

Making Light: Thar-jellybean

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It’s getting close to Thargelia, but my celebration doesn’t look much like the ancient festival of the same name. Instead of throwing the ugliest dude in town off a cliff or beating a goat with a stick while chasing it to the city limits as a sacrifice to purify the people, I just clean out my cabinets. [Read more...]

Making Light: OMGs! Cultural Appropriation!

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Before you lift the “cultural appropriation” finger at me and shame my annual matzoh habit, I want to ask: how is the incorporation of Jewish practice any different than worshiping the gods of Olympos? [Read more...]


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