MANY GODS NO MASTERS #1, $5, 5½” x 8½”, copied, 48 pgs.

May 15, 2023

A practicing pagan and witch, Elliott Stewart dedicated the first half of Many Gods No Masters (a twist on the anarchist slogan “No gods, no masters”) to exploring their ten-plus-year relationship with Celtic deities. Inspired by “a charge by my gods to write about my experiences with them as part of a broader, bigger mission,” Stewart profiles Lugh, An Dagda, and more, including holidays and devotion acts for each. If “all pagan, all the time” doesn’t exactly draw you in, then the second half of Many Gods No Masters might: it focuses on grief, a universal emotion. Deaths of family (great-grandparents) and friends (including in “my little Chattanooga queer community”) spur a keen level of introspection and observation that may prove familiar to many, especially when it comes to the healing process (“there’s no set time limit to grief”). With its unique mix of personal stories and philosophies, Many Gods No Masters can be many things to its readers. –Gina Murrell (Porch Beers Press Production, [email protected])

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