Long Dark Contemplation of My Soul Part 2 (possible triggers)

Image: Theatrical masks of Tragedy and Comedy. Mosaic, Roman artwork, 2nd century CE. The piece can be found at the Capitoline Museum in Rome, Palazzo dei Conservatori, first floor, hall of the Horti of Mæcenas. From the Baths of Decius on the Aventine Hill, Rome. Public DomainIn The Long Dark Contemplation of My Soul Part 1, I wrote about admitting myself to a stress unit in May because I was thinking about harming myself through cutting. I knew I would be there for at least four days and … [Read more...]

The Long Dark Contemplation of My Soul Part 1

In ”Hestia at Work and Home”, I wrote about my new job. Unfortunately it lasted only two and a half months before I had a breakdown. A couple of cooks quit and my hours increased to almost full time. Because of my PTSD and epilepsy I can only handle part time work, which isn’t easy to find.It’s scary when you aren’t yourself. When this demented feeling takes over, filling you with pain and sorrow. Something in your mind fights the feeling that you aren't safe and you're going to die. At times … [Read more...]

Community Linkage and Donations

The Staff of Asclepius has offered news, entertainment and posts for the Pagan community for over three years. It is a pleasure to have met so many wonderful people. If I could say my disability has given me any joy, it would be the readers and my writing of the Staff of Asclepius. It has grown from a simple post I wasn't sure anyone would read, to being a part of the Pagan group of bloggers at Patheos and the inspiration for an anthology. Today I offer almost daily community outreach through … [Read more...]

Deep Sea Diving in a Wheelchair

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Interview with Writer and Earthwitch Lady Cedar Nightsong

Lady Cedar Nightsong is the author of “Tangible Magick” in the upcoming anthology Rooted in the Body, Seeking the Soul: Magic Practitioners Living with Disabilities, Addiction, and Illness. An excerpt of here essay is here.Lady Cedar Nightsong: Thanks for the opportunity to reach out to readers. I love writing, and am just amazed that you liked "Tangible Magick" well enough to run it in your anthology.Masery: Lady Cedar Nightsong, what is the story behind you choosing that nam … [Read more...]

A Look at the anthology Rooted in the Body, Seeking the Soul: Magic Practitioners Living with Disabilities, Addiction, and Illness.

Rooted in the Body, Seeking the Soul: Magic Practitioners Living with Disabilities, Addiction, and Illness: An excerpt from "Tangible Magick" by Lady Cedar Nightsong. I'll be posting an interview with her on Wednesday, July 24.Handicraft magick is not always so complicated. Simple spells can be done with nothing more than a piece of thread or cord. Since I have trouble with tangling thread, and cannot always see how to get the knots out, I prefer thicker satin cord, which is easier to work … [Read more...]

A Pagan in the Pew

Walter Plant courtesy of www.walterplant.com

How did I, a Unitarian Universalist Pagan, end up at a Christian church listening to a gospel concert? Well, my mother is a Lay Minister at Mt. Hermon United Methodist Church. Though I don’t believe as they do, I do believe in the importance of socializing and keeping an open mind. Besides, Mom said Walter Plant was a good performer.For those of you who may not know, a Pagan is someone who participates in one or more types of Paganism. There are many different branches and belief systems. T … [Read more...]

Community Linkage

Every week there are new press releases, articles, information, and videos popping up concerning Paganism, spirituality, health, or disabilities. Community Linkage is a collection of useful information and sometimes entertainment for you. You can stay informed by adding me to one of your social circles on Google+ or follow me on Twitter."Reddit Floods Hospital with Pizza After Young Resident Pleads for Pie" Gawker"Deaf New Yorkers Sue Starbucks for Repeated, Shocking Discrimination" … [Read more...]

Reviewing the Mystery

Review of Seeking the Mystery: An Introduction to Pagan Theologies by Christine Hoff KraemerKraemer had two goals for the book: For Pagans to understand their own religion and give non-Pagans a starting point to understanding the diverse Pagan religious movement. She accomplished both of these through a step by step look at the religion and activities. Because theology is an active study, she included suggestions for exercises and experiments at the end of each chapter to be used by … [Read more...]

The Peace of Wild Things

A male Wood Duck at Crystal Springs Rhododendron Garden, Portland, Oregan, USA. Wiki CommonsThe Peace of Wild ThingsWhen despair for the world grows in me and I wake in the night at the least sound in fear of what my life and my children's lives may be, I go and lie down where the wood drake rests in his beauty on the water, and the great heron feeds. I come into the peace of wild things who do not tax their lives with forethought of grief. I come into the presence of still … [Read more...]


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