About Tara "Masery" Miller

Tara "Masery" Miller is a Neo-Pagan panentheist Gaian mage living in the Ozarks with her husband and pets. She's also a member of the Unitarian Universalist Church. She is the editor of Rooted in the Body, Seeking the Soul which you can find at Immanion press. www.immanion-press.com/info/books.asp She has a minor is religion from Southeast Missouri State Missouri State University with an emphasis in mysticism. Masery has lead various groups over the years and organized Pagan Pride Day events. Her magic and author page is at www.taramaserymiller.com

Autumn Equinox: Light and Shadow (by Tara Masery Miller)

This is the third piece of the three-part collaborative series.The Wheel of the Year in the Northern Hemisphere turns slowly over three hundred and sixty five days. It rotates through different shades of light and dark. The Winter Solstice is the longest night of the year, but it is celebrated as a holiday of lights by many as a reminder that the darkness will not last forever. It is also a time for planning the New Year. What a better time than in the dark where you can dream of the things … [Read more...]

Explanation: A mother talks to her autistic child about 9/11

The is a guest post which first appeared on Facebook from my long time friend Jennifer Gibbs who lives in the St. Louis area with her husband and three children. It was published here in 2012. Her words to her daughter reminded me to see the tragedy in my life with a new point of view. I hope it inspires you as well.My daughter, Megan, is twelve years old and some people don’t know she’s on the autism spectrum. Frequently I have to explain people’s reactions emotionally because she doesn’t ge … [Read more...]

Online Astral Rituals

The moonlight shimmered across the still silver lake. A couple dozen of us women in cloaks steered wooden ships toward an island draped in fog. The ships were intricately carved in Celtic designs. As we reached the shores our Priestess, Shekinah Mountainwater, parted the mist. We landed and made our way onto the beach smiling and sometimes laughing excited about the ritual and wondering what spirits would join us this time. Would it be fairies, elementals or ancestors? At other times we’d follow … [Read more...]

Cave of Trials

Cave from shutterstock.com

I have a chronic disease called Turners Mosaic. This means that I have an x chromosome and part of one in most of my cells. This caused a collapse of my endocrine system. I suffer from depression when I think about how ill I am. Sometimes I even have pain because of my morphia, which is the thickening and tenderness of my skin. I take a daily shot to even out my blood sugar and that causes pain. But through all of my suffering the hardest part is being a survivor of sexual and verbal abuse. It … [Read more...]

Labor Day

I will be celebrating Labor Day as an unemployed person with a disability. I’ve been trying to find a steady job for five years. I’m qualified for customer service and there aren’t any positions for that in my small town of less than three-thousand people. The closest location with possible jobs is forty-five minutes away. Because of my PTSD I don’t work well in a high traffic office at the front desk. That narrows down the job opportunities even further. Statistics show that disabled individ … [Read more...]

Little Mixing Bowl of Memories

I have a white small mixing bowl with two flat handles and tiny blue flowers. It looks a lot like the one my family used to have.When my dad was alive he would eat cereal every evening. I would sit on his lap and share while we talked about this or that. Eventually as my sisters got older we would all want to share and be near him so the bowl got bigger and bigger until it was the size of a giant mixing bowl. The bowl I have is exactly like the one Dad and I used to share when I was the … [Read more...]

Call for Papers

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.Deadline for submissions is March 1, 2015.By no means can we capture a portrait of every Pagan path. What we are trying to do is give aspiring and knowledgeable Pagans alike a springboard for proceeding with their studies, with information … [Read more...]

Drawing Strength from Nature: by Tara “Masery” Miller

A variety of frogs by unknown and in the public domain.

This is the first piece of the three-part collaborative series by Staff of Asclepius contributors. “When we learn to speak with the animals, to listen with animal ears and to see through animal eyes, we experience the phenomena, the power, and the potential of the human essence, and it is then that the animals are no longer our subordinates. They become our teachers, our friends, and our companions. They show us the true majesty of life itself. They restore our forgotten childlike wonder at the … [Read more...]

Interview with Raven Kaldera about Shamanism, BDSM Among the Disabled and Fifty Shades of Gray

Raven Kaldera from ravenkaldera.org

What does being a Shaman mean to you?It means that I am a spirit-worker – I work with the spirits of earth, fire, water, air, plants, animals, the Dead, and various Gods of my tradition. These are not archetypes or metaphors to me, they are People who are my allies, friends, and sometimes masters. Among spirit-workers in my tradition, a shaman is one who is chosen to devote their life to this work, and can’t ever go back.My Gods use me as a tool to make change in the world, and one of the … [Read more...]

Students with Disabilities and Self-Advocacy

In the United States, August is National Back to School month. Here are a few links to help college students who have disabilities. Sorry, it doesn't include any back to school sales or sure fire excuses for late homework.Virginia Tech Self-Advocacy VideoStudents with Disabilities Preparing for Postsecondary Education: Know Your Rights and ResponsibilitiesDisability Scholarship List and Explanation … [Read more...]


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