Seeking the Grail: Anxiety and Body Image

This past year I’ve come face to face with some of my deeper issues with body image and how that impacts my personal work, my spiritual seeking, and my work as a leader. In fact, I’d say that poor self esteem is one of the most problematic issues I see within Pagan leadership. Poor self confidence (for both leaders and community members) creates many of the problems that cause community blowups. [Read more…]

Wyrd Words: Odin’s Greatest Enemy, Depression in a Heathen Context

  Greetings, and welcome back to Wyrd Words. Keeping the Thor in Thursdays, every other week here on Agora!   I love this community. I love the open tolerance of the broader Pagan umbrella as well as the well-grounded strength and practicality of Heathenry. There’s a reason I’m a still Heathen. It’s far from perfect, but [Read More…]

Seeking the Grail: The Endless Cup – What Have I Given My Heart To?

I have had periods of creative expression when I felt there was no end to my energy reserves. Other times I have felt stuck in the wasteland of apathy, exhaustion, and impotence. At times when I have felt that my creative well had dried up, I have jumped at the chance to seek an answer to the mystery, the question: how do we fill from the source? [Read more…]

Seeking the Grail: The Waters of Spring

Ostara hasn’t ever been one of my favorite holidays, and yet I can’t ignore how the first breath of springtime air makes me feel. The rush of spring reminds me of my own Grail Quest to recover my creativity and inspiration after a major depression. What invigorates you? How can you invite in that breath of spring? [Read more…]

Wyrd Words: Pagan Life Lessons – Hope

The old ways are just as much about personal revelations as they are interpersonal relations. We are more than just a community, we are the products of the lessons and values that we hold dear. We keep the old stories alive for a reason, and how those stories affect each of us is an important part of who we are. To explore this, I’d like to introduce our newest series! [Read more…]

Seekers and Guides: The Downward Spiral – Depression and Suicide in Paganism (Part 4)

Sable Aradia concludes her series on depression and suicide in Paganism with some advice on suicide prevention. She also concludes her column “Seekers and Guides,” and invites you to join her at her new Patheos blog “Between the Shadows.” [Read more…]

Seekers and Guides: The Downward Spiral – Depression and Suicide in Paganism (Part 3)

Sable Aradia continues with her series on depression and suicide. This article explores complimentary or alternative therapy options, both mainstream and experimental. [Read more…]

Seekers and Guides: The Downward Spiral – Depression and Suicide in Paganism (Part Two)

Continuing her series on depression and suicide, Sable Aradia discusses some uniquely Pagan coping tools as complementary therapies. [Read more…]

Seekers and Guides: The Downward Spiral – Depression and Suicide in Paganism (Part One)

I’ve been there: standing at a Samhain altar, about to priestess for my community for the very first time, when we were told that Jodi, a sweet woman who was always smiling, was not late; she was dead by her own hand, and just that morning. Statistically, Pagans are more likely to experience many of the risk factors for suicide than the average population. Learn about the symptoms and causes of depression and what to do if you or a loved one is suffering. [Read more…]

Incense May Help Relieve Anxiety and Depression

All you nag champa lovers have reason to rejoice over Science Daily’s article on incense: To determine incense’s psychoactive effects, the researchers administered incensole acetate to mice. They found that the compound significantly affected areas in brain areas known to be involved in emotions as well as in nerve circuits that are affected by current [Read More…]


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