Samhain and My Beloved Dead

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Each Samhain I review my life from the year before and ponder my own death. Though the veil is thin and divination is much easier, I don’t do any candle, mirror or tarot readings to discover the time or nature of my death. I don’t want to know so I can live every day to the fullest. I do think about my funeral plans and living will to see if any of my wishes have changed. If they have, I update them. It’s been several years though and so far everything is the same. I want my funeral to be more of … [Read more...]

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Death and Rebirth Pt. 2: Rite for the Dying

This is the second of a three-part series written by Staff of Asclepius contributors on death and rebirth, in honor of the Samhain celebration. In his post, Nornoriel discussed the many funeral rituals available to various Pagan groups and traditions, and the contrasting lack of rites for the dying. In college, I had the disastrous impulse to attempt a sociology minor. The only class I did well in was Sociology of Death and Dying. It gave me a perspective on rituals devoted to the dead, the … [Read more...]

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My Demon and Ghost

Many years ago, when I was in my twenties, I began to dream of a young woman my age. She had long stringy dirty hair. She had black eyes set deep into a sunken face. Her nails were long and pointed and she wore tattered clothing. She was all grey like a wraith and she screamed as she came closer and closer haunting me throughout the night. I tried spells, charms, and incantations and stones to rid me of this demon but she would not leave. I began to see her during the day in mirrors or out of … [Read more...]

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15 Facts of Being a Visually Impaired Witch

I'm visually impaired (VI) and a practicing witch, with emotional disorders. I'm sure some of you wonder what that's like. Well, here are some facts to ponder. I bet you wouldn't guess some of them.1. I was terrified to light incense for the longest time because I can't see that skinny little stick looking straight down at it. Until I discovered those short Japanese incense sticks. Those were so manageable that I got used to the bigger ones pretty quickly.2. It's hard to dance around in … [Read more...]

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