Mythology Mondays / The Bellica Trilogy / The Third Age

Hera: Queen of Heaven, Enforcer of Boundaries

Welcome to another installment of Mythology Mondays! Today we’re going to learn a bit about Hera, Greek Queen of the Gods. (Thanks to Kayla for suggesting her in the comments on my Facebook post!) Hera gets a bad rap, honestly, especially with TV shows like Hercules: The Legendary Journeys being one of the main ways most modern Westerners know of her. She’s seen as jealous and shrewish, a vindictive, scorned wife of the king of the gods. But let’s be real for a moment: if your partner slept around as much as Zeus did (according to the myths), wouldn’t

Mythology Mondays / The Bellica Trilogy / The Third Age

Hephaestus, renowned artificer of weapons and wheelchairs

Welcome to the first instalment of Mythology Mondays! Every other week (to start) I’ll be posting a short intro to a figure from mythology. Any mythology that I know something about is up for grabs — Hellenic, Roman, Irish, Buddhist — you name it, I might cover it. I’ve studied a lot of mythology over the years, both because I enjoy it and because it is rich fodder for fantasy world-building. Also because I’m a polytheist, but you already knew that, I think. Please note, for the purposes of these posts, the term “mythology” is not a pejorative. As

30 books in 30 days

30 in 30: Day 08 (in which I’m just asking for some hatemail)

A book everyone should read at least once The Bible. I know, I know, it’s a total fucking cliche, right? And you never expected this from your favorite Witchy author, right? I’m sorry to disappoint. BUT. Nearly everything in English literature is based off ideas found in the Bible — or based off a rejection of those ideas. Only in more contemporary work are we seeing people really start to move away from that influence. Reading the Bible — or, hell, reading the Cliff’s Notes version, for those of us who are not terribly masochistic — can deepen one’s