I have once again a question to solve. Thank you in advance!

How would you translate to latin: "May the bridges I've burnt light my way."

Light may be enlight too.

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Quite literally: Illustrent pontes, quos combussi, mihi viam.

That is not particularly pithy. You might want to shorten it a bit, leaving a few things implied that are explicit in English. I also think the bridges can only light you the way while they're still on fire …

So you could, for example, say:

Illustrent flagrantes viam pontes

= may the burning bridges light the way (it being implied that it was you who set them on fire).

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    This is an even better translation considering the actual quote is supposed to be: "May the bridges I burn light the way" (aka, them needing to still be on fire, as you pointed out).
    – HFBrowning
    Commented Dec 30, 2022 at 23:55

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