Drake Spaeth presenting "Magic as Psychotherapy: Honoring the Frameworks of Contemporary Pagans" at the Cultural Impact Conference

Drake Spaeth, PsyD is a licensed clinical psychologist and faculty member at The Chicago School of Professional Psychology. I had the privilege of taking his ecopsychology class at Cherry Hill Seminary www.cherryhillseminary.org/ several years ago. I learned a lot about the deep psychological need humans have to participate in natural surroundings. The books and class discussions motivated me to be fully conscious of my relationship with the earth. This week, he is presenting "Magic as … [Read more...]

Winter Solstice 2010: A complete picture of three worlds.

The Winter Solstice this year includes not only a full moon, but a full lunar eclipse over North America peaking on December 20/21 around midnight about fifteen hours before the actual Solstice. This is a very auspicious time according to numerology and astrology. It will be spectacular since dust from volcanic eruptions may cause the moon to have a red or orange hue and the dark moon will make it easier to see the remnants of last weekends meteor shower. Ocean at deafpagancrossroads.com beat … [Read more...]

The Magick and History of Medical Alert Identification Part 3: Choosing and Charging The Symbol

By Masery The main purpose of a medical alert ID is to communicate vital information about your health to paramedics. A limited number of characters will fit on the ID so always list main diagnosis, allergy, and main medication especially medication that can have serious side effects if combined with others or missed. Secondary information includes your name (at least first) and a significant contact person such as a relative or spouse. If there isn't room for personal names, that can be … [Read more...]

The Magick and History of Medical Alert Identification Part 2: History of the Caduceus and it’s connections to Hermes and Iris.

By Masery Part one explained the importance of having medical identification and that there are three symbols recognized by emergency and medical services. Star of Life (red or blue) Rod Staff of Asclepius Caduceus There is more information about the Star of Life and the Rod/Staff of Asclepius in part one. www.patheos.com/community/paganswithdisabilities/2010/09/08/33/ Image of a Caduceus: Orb and wing topped staff entwined by snakes. This work has been released into the public domain by … [Read more...]

The Magick and History of Medical Alert Identification Part 1

By Masery Medical professionals will make mistakes. Those of us with medical conditions, serious allergies, or are concerned about drug interactions must have medical identification of some kind. I had been putting it off because in everyday situations I didn't want to see something to remind me of how sick I am. It was disheartening. I didn't want to feel labeled. I found out the hard way why it's important to have a medical alert identification. At the emergency my husband gave the … [Read more...]

Dedication Ritual for the Less Ambulatory

 <!-- @page { margin: 0.79in } P { margin-bottom: 0.08in } -->Dedication Ritual Modified for the less ambulatory by Masery, former Myrddin of the Elodrym. Adapted from The Order of the Elodrym’s initiation ritual.Elemental calls written by Aquillus Cattus and adapted for this ritual.   "… the Great Initiator comes in the Silence to the higher consciousness, and is never a human being, however supernatural and secluded." Dion Fortune, The … [Read more...]

Dealing with Grief

Dealing with Grief Caused by Disability by Masery From the first diagnosis of disease or disability to the loss of a physical function or independence, we feel grief. We may experience anticipatory grief when thinking out the longterm effects of our disability or upcoming medical procedures. Grief is a natural process in response to loss, including the loss of a healthy body or mind. Rather than buck up or move on right away, it is important to allow these emotions to flow. Being aware of … [Read more...]


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