Seeds of Hope: Spring Equinox Reflections

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This is part of a three-part series on the spring equinox by the Staff of Asclepius contributors.In my own personal religious practice, I observe the holidays that are observed in Vanaheim (per corroborated gnosis of myself and others who have astral-journeyed there), which resemble the eightfold Wheel of the Year that many Pagans observe, but with some differences.  While Samhain or Yule is the new year on many Pagan calendars, the Vanir celebrate the new year on the spring equinox.  This m … [Read more...]

One Earth Mother, One Bodhisattva and the Spring Solar Eclipse

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This is part of a collaborative piece at the Staff of Asclepius. There is more to come on Saturday and Sunday.“The Moon is an accomplice in nocturnal secrets,” writes Maryam Sachs author of The Moon. She was born in Iran, raised in Europe, educated in America, and lives in London. So Maryam is at ease with many cultures. I haven’t experienced as many cultures as she has, but I am drawn to the different Gods and Goddesses among every culture and their religious lore. I am also drawn to the pow … [Read more...]

What’s Coming Up

This Friday, March 20 is the Spring Equinox and a Solar Eclipse. It will be a powerful day. Find out more about this eclipse atThere will be a collaborative three part piece about the Spring Equinox from Friday to Sunday here at the Staff of Asclepus.In the mean time please read a wonderful piece by Catharine Clarenbach "Nearer, my Goddess, to Thee: Divine Communion and Mental Illness" … [Read more...]

Updated: Seeking Submissions for New Pathways Anthology

Megalithica Books, an imprint of Immanion Press (Stafford, U.K./Portland, OR, U.S.A) is seeking submissions.We would like to hear from founders and leaders of as many different traditions and organizations, established and brand new, as possible through submissions and interviews.Deadline for submissions is June 21, 2015.By no means can we capture a portrait of every spiritual or knowledge gathering path. What we are trying to do is give aspiring and knowledgeable seekers alike a … [Read more...]

Rooted in the Body, Seeking the Soul Now on Sale

The book that was inspired by the readers and contributors of The Staff of Asclepius is now on sale.Rooted in the Body, Seeking the Soul: Magic Practitioners Living with Disabilities Addiction and Illness An Anthology Edited by Tara Miller Now 50% off the cover price with $5 shipping and handling a total of $15 It is also available on Kindle at for their price.To purchase Rooted in the Body, Seeking the soul use PayPal. Visit your PayPal account and send funds, $15, through … [Read more...]

Public Health in Sacred Space #health

Public health in sacred space is important. We take part in actions of community. We pass the drinking horn and the plate of cakes. We dance hand in hand. We even engage in sex magic, or working a ritual through sexual pleasure. The problem today is this: we are facing a day when diseases are global and drug resistant, and people have fewer ways to protect themselves. We are living in a day where there is the potential for diseases to become epidemics. The World Health Organization or … [Read more...]

Imbolc potential

There are several things Imbolc, or the Feast of Flames, makes me think of. It was the first sabbat I led a group ritual for, and indeed the first time I led a group ritual at all. So there is some significance there. There's also the meaning of the holiday. This is a time of hope, of making plans and looking ahead. As I said, it was the first time I led a group ritual. At the time I was studying with the Circle of the Spirit Tree in Bloomington Illinois. I had called myself Wiccan at … [Read more...]

On assumptions, transportation, and accessibility

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So, I can't drive.In my case, it's a combination of things.1. I had a crippling car phobia for years, and while I can now go for rides in vehicles without fear, I'm not sure about my ability to be behind the wheel of a car without panicking. 2. I have dyspraxia - spatial/coordination issues.  I could never figure out how to maneuver bumper cars as a kid.  I have to ride a trike instead of a two-wheel bike because of balance issues.  This contributes to my anxiety about getting behind t … [Read more...]