"[...] on Steampunk Druids on the very same day that our Faith, Fern & Compass podcast episode on Steampunk Magic aired, it got my attention. I’ve been a fan of Nimue’s writing for quite a while, and [...]"
"[...] Theologians and scientists agree: ritual is good for the human soul. But I don’t like ritual much. It’s probably my Zen upbringing. If ritual is poetry in the realm of acts, then perhaps my poetic-action aesthetic is too used to the haiku or koan: short, unrehearsed, improvised, intentionally subversive. But one thing I do like about ritual is the creation of a sacred space. This is about how I create a sacred space without ritual. [...]"
"[...] The first of a sort of two-parter, in which we talk about what it means for a space to be ‘sacred’ if the whole world is holy. We draw parallels with art and the philosophy of aesthetics, and talk about “framing” the spiritual aspects of the ordinary world. What does it mean to say that “everything is sacred”? How does our relationship change when we transform space into place? [...]"
"Personally I do not associate Lugh much with the sun. As Balor seems to be a clear figure associate with the Sun (and burning drought), Lugh appears to me to be more the lighting bolt (also a spear) that brings the summer storm and the return to fertility.
On the other hand, Ireland isn't usually stricken by drought, is it. ;)
So maybe he also represents a milder face of the sun."