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...]

Making Light: Interfaith 2 – Electric Boogaloo

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In our Women of Faith group, we try to understand the differences among us in order to see, feel, and appreciate the sameness within us. Also, we have T-shirts. [Read more...]

Making Light: Interfaith is Not a Dirty Word

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A few years ago, I co-founded an interfaith group with other women of various faiths, cleverly named Women of Faith. One of our main purposes is to show others that people of different faith backgrounds can work together toward positive change. We can’t do that if we put our energy toward criticizing the theology or practices of our fellows. [Read more...]

Making Light: A Dionysia Yet to Be Named

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Rather than looking at the Athenian calendar and trying to reproduce the holiday that comes up, my group decided to do what it was already called to do and then find a name for it. There’s often already an ancient name for what we want to do anyway. In this case, it was Lenaia: a theater-centered Dionysia around January/February. [Read more...]

Making Light: How we voted Imbolc off the Island (and aren’t even sorry)

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Somewhere between the winter solstice and the spring equinox, we notice that the days have gotten longer. Because the light and temperature are beginning to increase, it’s as good a place as any to mark the end of Hyperborea and Apollo’s return to the Temple. [Read more...]

Making Light: Happy Hyperborea!

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If Hallmark made cards for Hyperborea, I might consider sending out holiday cards at midwinter. I want cheesy television specials about Apollo at the North Pole. I want an inflatable baby Dionysos to put in the front lawn. I want a three-month sale on wine and movies, and I want chocolates shaped like bunches of grapes. [Read more...]


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