Hecate in the Hospital

My sister was doing fine with her planned, induced delivery. Her contractions were steadily peaking and decreasing as her body prepared to give birth to her son: her fifth child. It was a risky pregnancy since she had preeclampsia. Thousands of women and infants die from this condition each year. Her husband had stepped out to get some lunch, since she wasn’t expected to deliver until later that afternoon. Mom, grandma, and I were there to offer support.Because her side began to hurt, the n … [Read more...]

Autumn Equinox Prayers to Gaia

During your celebration of thanksgiving, consider offering a prayer to Gaia. She is the Earth Mother, the Great Mother of the Greeks. Today she is also embraced by some members of the environmental movement and recognized as the planet's all important ecosystem which we could not survive without. We depend on Her for our food, our water, and the very air we breath. Those are all very important things to be thankful for. So even if you don't worship Her, take some time to be thankful for those … [Read more...]

My Mabon Feast

The autumnal equinox is just around the corner. It’s a traditional time to celebrate the harvest and it’s a Neo-Pagan ritual of thanksgiving and sharing. This holiday is also called Mabon which was “coined by Aidan Kelly around 1970 as a reference to Mabon ap Modron, a character from Welsh mythology.” Aidan A. Kelly was a member of the New Reformed Orthodox Order of the Golden Dawn. (Wikipedia)One of my favorite things to do on Mabon is to prepare a feast. Here is the full menu. The items I … [Read more...]

Divorcing My Biological Family

Divorcing My Biological Family by Lydia M CrabtreeI challenged Tara to write about her father’s funeral unfettered by worry and concern that her biological family would comment or be hurt by what she had to say. During my challenge I promised I would write about something I find difficult: my decision to divorce my biological family.I suffer from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder as a result of years of physical, mental, emotional and sexual abuse at the hands of my biological family. As T … [Read more...]

Pagans, Disabilities, and 9/11

Yosemite: Disabled veterans to summit Half Dome, El Capitan on 9/11“Thirty disabled veterans plan to mark 9/11 by climbing to the summits of some of Yosemite National Park's highest and most iconic peaks on Wednesday. The climbing groups, accompanied by climbing pros as well as park rangers, set off Tuesday for the multi-day events.”Union County honors 9/11 victim, activist for the disabledColleen Fraser died on flight 93. She helped draft the Americans with Disabilities Act.The … [Read more...]

Dragonflies

Image: Dragonfly by André KarwathSome of my favorite childhood memories are of playing with my sisters in our basement in Iowa. Roaming the woods of Missouri with my youngest sister and building shelters and small fires for cooking bacon. My father read to us each night from the Laura Ingalls Wilder series of books. When he and I went fishing I’d watch the dragonflies dance in the air and land on our poles. “The dragonfly normally lives most of its life as a nymph or an immature. It flies on … [Read more...]

March on Washington

"Because they marched, America became more free and more fair -- not just for African Americans, but for women and Latinos, Asians and Native Americans; for Catholics, Jews, and Muslims; for gays, for Americans with a disability." - President ObamaWATCH: Highlights from the 50th anniversary of the March on WashingtonThe full speech. … [Read more...]

Interview with Author P. Sufenas Virius Lupus

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Masery: You go by the name P. Sufenas Virius Lupus. If I’m correct the translation of Lupus is wolf. What do the other names mean?P. Sufenas Virius Lupus: Indeed, "Lupus" does mean "wolf," and though I'm very close to wolves for a variety of reasons, that isn't necessarily why I have that as part of my name. My full name is actually the names of (at least) two historical Romans who are important to my own practices in a variety of ways, or (in one case) might be, for lack of a better set of t … [Read more...]

An Excerpt from Rooted in the Body, Seeking the Soul: P. Sufenas Virius Lupus

This is an excerpt from "Antinous the Imperfect" by noted author P. Sufenas Virius Lupus. It will appear in the anthology Rooted in the Body, Seeking the Soul: Magic Practitioners Living with Disabilities, Addiction, and Illness. The book will be available this year or in early 2014. If you would like to be notified when it's ready, contact Tara "Masery" Miller tara.miller21 (at) gmail.comP. Sufenus Virius Lupus In March of 2004, I found myself in the hospital in Cork, Ireland, where I … [Read more...]

T. Thorn Coyle’s Interview with Lisa Donnelly

T. Thorn Coyle talks with Lisa Donnelly about living with Multiple Sclerosis and how that affects art and will. Thorn states, "On the latest episode of Make Magic of Your Life, I speak with Lisa Donnelly about how to engage with the power To Will while living with multiple sclerosis." … [Read more...]


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