I recently sent the anthology Rooted in the Body, Seeking the Soul: Magic Practitioners Living with Disabilities, Addiction, and Illness to Megalithica Books/Immanion Press. I’ve enjoyed working with all of the contributors and my co-editor Taylor Ellwood.
This anthology explores magical, occult, and esoteric topics from the view points of practitioners who are disabled, part of the deaf and Blind communities, or have an illness or addiction. Though the voices collected here come from diverse social, magical, and national backgrounds, they don’t represent every individual’s story. The only way to understand the personal history and feelings of any one is to share in open dialogue.
One purpose of this anthology is to help those struggling with a disability, injury, illness, or addiction find comfort in the fact that they are not alone. Some of the authors, like myself, turned to a magical practice as a way to find healing and the anthology included rituals and stories about healing. Covens, circles, temples or any other type of magical group can use it as a resource toward understanding members or potential members with disabilities. There are interviews with professional counselors, such as Drake Spaeth, about assisting Pagans and magic practitioners that’s useful to anyone in the medical profession.
If you would like to be notified when the book is ready, please email me tara.miller21 at gmail.com It will probably be printed in 2014.
About the Blog
The Staff of Asclepius is for Pagans with mental, physical or sensory impairments; who are in recovery from major injuries or addiction; and/or who are members of the Deaf or Blind community. It’s a place to share how a spiritual and magical life gives us strength or peace through all of life’s joys and struggles. There are also news updates and interviews with Pagans and experts on various topics affecting the community. Since starting the blog in August of 2010 as Pagans with Disabilities, I’ve realized that the topic of health can include so much. Thus it was renamed the Staff of Asclepius.
Image: Asclepius – Fragment of mosaics in the Public Bath of Kyustendil by Nikolai Zikov. Public Domain
“Rod or Staff of Asclepius
Asclepius or Asklepios was the son of the Greek God Apolo and Koronis, a Trikkaian Princess. She died while he was still in the womb. Apolo freed his son from Koronis’ womb while she laid on the funeral pyre. Thus his name means to cut open. The babe was raised by the centaur Kheiron and taught medicine. Asclepius is often considered the physician of the Gods and myths say he could even raise the dead.
Hippocrates of Cos (ca. 460 BC – ca. 370 BC), a Greek Physician and descendant of Asclepius, “founded the Hippocratic School of medicine. This intellectual school revolutionized medicine in ancient Greece, establishing it as a discipline distinct from other fields that it had traditionally been associated with (notably theurgy and philosophy), thus establishing medicine as a profession.” Theurgy is a ritual practice, sometimes seen as magical in nature, which invokes the action or evokes the presence of one or more gods. The goal is to unite with the divine, become one with reality, and perfect oneself. It is believed this father of Western Medicine wrote the Hippocratic Oath, which has been taken by doctors for centuries. (Wikipedia).” From The Magick and History of Medical Alert Identification Part 1
From Pagan mom’s raising a children born prematurely to Pagans recovering from addiction or mental illness there is much more to dealing with the difficulties of mind and body than just disabilities. I hope to share with you more of these diverse stories in the months to come.
It’s important to note that the content of this blog is not intended to offer personal medical advice. You should seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition. Never disregard professional medical advice or delay in seeking it because of something you have read on this web site.
Image: Black and white sketch of Masery by M. R. Miller.
I have Turner Mosaic which created a massive failure of my endocrine system causing many health problems. I am now considered medically disabled. Disabled was not an easy word to be associated with and it wasn’t until I accepted this that I began to find ways of living a fuller life.
I’ve been a Pagan since I was eighteen but I’ve practiced meditation since I was twelve. I consider myself to be a panentheist Gaian mage who has a deep relationship with the Goddess Gaia. I’ve been involved with Pagan Pride Day, the Pagan Leaders Recommended Reading list with Elizabeth Barrett, and other wonderful magic circles over the years. Currently, I’m in my 30s and living in Missouri with my husband and myriad of pets.
I graduated from Southeast Missouri State University with a degree in mass communications specifically media studies and research and a minor in religion. Part of my course work included an independent study of mysticism in Christian, Pagan, and Native American traditions and a paper on Witchcraft in Colonial America.
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