For the Love of Terrible Beauty

[Image: “Black hole passing by Earth” by Martin/hipydeus on Flickr] Happy Summer Solstice to you all! Sorry for the long absence. 11 months ago I got a new job, new living quarters, and had a breakup with an old partner—all at the same time (all in the same week). I’ve taken the past almost-year to…

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The Akkadian Origins of the Prince of Angels

  St. Michael the Archangel mirroring the pose of his predecessor Reshef.    Summary TL;DR: The Archangel Michael is so ancient that you can trace his name back to around at least 1600 BCE, a thousand years before he is ever mentioned in Judaism. He appears to have found his way into Hebrew via the Babylonian Exile…

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Stop saying Lilith is made up

Alternatively titled: Fuck You, Lilith is Old as Fuck So, there are a handful of naysayers who claim that Lilith is not of Canaanite origin because her story first appears in the Alphabet of ben Sira (also ben Sirach). These people claim it is a satirical text that amounts to fairy tales at best because…

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Orphan Magic Part 1

UPDATE: Orphan Magic Part 2 is published now! I am not sure how to begin this series, but I’m just gonna roll with it. As you may know if you follow me here or on Tumblr I took a trip back to my home state of Michigan in August. During this trip I visited my…

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