About Nornoriel Lokason

Nornoriel Lokason is an author, artist, astrologer, and Reiki Master living in New Haven, Connecticut. He has been a pagan and occultist for over twenty years; he is one of the forefathers of the Vanatru movement (writing under the name Svartesol from 2007-2010), and has a Vanatru-specific blog, Roads to Vanaheim at PaganSquare. His main blog is The Serpent’s Labyrinth at WordPress, wherein he blogs about life with spirits and assorted topics. In addition to his work with the Vanir, Nono is a dedicant of Asmodai and lives with a demon companion. He has an Etsy shop showcasing handmade jewelry as well as offering spiritual services to the community. His official website can be found at http://www.nornoriellokason.com with a list of forthcoming projects, events he’ll be attending, and so forth.

On Gratitude: by Nornoriel Lokason

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This is part of a series by the Staff of Asclepius contributors on gratitude, for this (US) Thanksgiving holiday.During a dark time in my life about a decade prior, I met a man who became the closest thing I've ever had to a father figure this side of the fence.  He has since passed on - I wrote more about him here for those interested.  One of the things that this man, Jay, taught me was the importance of "an attitude of gratitude".  He would challenge me each day to tell him at least five t … [Read more...]

Winter is coming

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While summer tends to be the worst time of the year for me mental health wise, winter isn't much better.  Summer is more obvious in that department, where I am irritable and don't sleep well, and prone to mood swings.  Wintertime for me is just meh.  Compared to the way my brain chemistry works in summer, it's the lesser of the two evils, but it's not fun.At least some of the reason why winter is not a great season for me is the holidays.  The holidays are difficult for me, with inescapable r … [Read more...]

On being the “good” disabled person

My friend Heather posted a piece on this issue on her blog, and says it better than I can; go check it out. … [Read more...]

Death and rebirth: by Nornoriel Lokason

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This is part of a three-part series by the contributors to Staff of Asclepius, on the theme of death and rebirth, for Samhain.Over the nearly twenty years that I've been a practicing pagan, Samhain has consistently been my least favorite holiday, the one that I am the least enthusiastic about celebrating.  There are a number of reasons for this, among them beingI was Not Allowed to have fun on Halloween as a child, and when I saw other grownups doing whatever they wanted on Halloween … [Read more...]

A spoonie ritual for Samhain

For those of you who might be interested in a ritual script for Samhain that's on the minimalist side (which I designed based on my own needs), I have one up on my blog, Ride the Spiral - check it out. … [Read more...]

Balancing act

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In addition to my weekly contributions here, I also have a blog entitled Roads to Vanaheim on PaganSquare, and a blog of my own here on Patheos called Ride the Spiral, and I keep my WordPress blog going with fresh content.  I am releasing another book in early November (I spent my summer working on said book).  I am getting material together for forthcoming books.  I run an Etsy shop.  And if all of that weren't enough, I am making preparations for a cross-country move in December. Because I'm go … [Read more...]

Cats

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So in about six weeks I am going to be moving.  I am very, very fortunate that I am moving to a place where I will be able to take my cat, Sheldon.  It's going to cost me a fair amount of money to get him situated for the trip (and here's how folks can help if so inclined, every little bit helps smooth the road somewhat)... but he's worth it.Sheldon came into my life in September 2013, when I was suicidal following a traumatic breakup of a long-term relationship and the ensuing move, and b … [Read more...]

Anchor

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Over the weekend, I almost relapsed.I have, as I've mentioned before, a self-injury history.  The last time I self-injured was the end of February.  With regards to my recovery, I can only take it one day at a time.  And the thing with self-injury is, I know people who have been clean for years, who still get occasional urges.There is a difference between getting the urge to self-injure, and then coming yea close to it, just like there is a difference between suicidal ideation (ie fe … [Read more...]

SCIENCE!

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So in the go-round of posts within the pagan blogosphere on the topic of calling out the elephant in the room of anti-Western-medicine sentiment in the pagan community, I have seen a couple comments elsewhere where people have said something to the effect of  "I've told people to go off their meds because doctors just throw them at people and it does more harm than good."I feel the need to address this issue in particular.First and foremost.  Unless you have an actual MD after your name w … [Read more...]

“If you just”

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Note: this post was prompted by posts made by my friend Beth (On Fibromyalgia and Spiritual Emergency, over on PaganSquare) and Heather (Let's Talk About Social Services, also over on PaganSquare).For those of you just tuning in, I have PTSD, which in my case manifests with depression and anxiety.  I have been on an antidepressant as of March, and an anti-anxiety med as of May.This is not my first go-round with medication.  I was diagnosed in 2002 and began a round of "treatment" which di … [Read more...]


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