My Inner Flame was Restored by a Caring Human Voice

A volunteer at a crisis line restored my connection to the Divine that dwells within and flows through everything.Last week I was once again reminded why it's important for me to practice my anxiety coping skills daily. When a person learns a martial art, they do the moves over and over so the mind and body function together in one fluid motion. The person can react instinctively.I was told by my social worker that I needed to keep up with my meditation and skills. When a person has … [Read more...]

Explanation: A mother talks to her autistic child about 9/11.

The is a guest post which first appeared on Facebook from my long time friend Jennifer Gibbs who lives in the St. Louis area with her husband and three children. Her words to her daughter reminded me to see the tragedy in my life with a new point of view. I hope it inspires you as well.My daughter, Megan, is twelve years old and some people don't know she's on the autism spectrum. Frequently I have to explain people's reactions emotionally because she doesn't get it. So today Megan came home … [Read more...]

The tricky mind and body connection.

I recently had a scary incident where my antibiotics interfered with my medication and I spiraled into a unhealthy mental state.Even though I had sever bronchitis I was feeling great. I was so happy to be alive and in love with my husband and pets. The little girl I had dreamed of a year ago was finally born to my sister. I sat on the couch wrapped up in my favorite comforter drinking oloong tea and doing word search puzzles. My soul was amazed by all of the wonderful colors and sounds in … [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.Resources for the BlindI recently found out that the National Federation of the Blind offers free white canes.SportsThe poolpod lift is a … [Read more...]

A Mother to Many

I can't have children. With that simple statement comes images of an infant's downy checks under soft hazel eyes wrapped up in a blanket, a toddler racing up to me wanting her mommy to see what she's found. There are many different children I see with different combinations of my traits and those of my husband. In my mind I hold these mourned children and they smile at me and I feel our connection – that great mystery of blood and spirit shared between woman and child.I am grieving for an o … [Read more...]

Enter the Mind of Alan Moore

What do you think of when you ponder the Magical Arts? For some it's the divisions of magic into different types of craft such as herb lore, divination, working with spirits and other such skills. Lately I've been viewing the magical arts as music, writing, hand made crafts, and other works of art.Alan Moore is one of the world's most acclaimed graphic novelists and occultist. I came across part of a documentary about him. "The Mindscape of Alan Moore" by Shadowsnake Films. The full version … [Read more...]

Letters Along the Paths of Wisdom

My husband Michael, our friend, and I gather weekly to share lunch and study. We're a diverse group with my husband being a magician, I'm a Neo-Pagan Gaian, and our friend is a Catholic occultist. What draws us together is our desire to learn about our world, our souls, and the greater mystery of how the infinite Divine Universe moves through the finite material.We share essays we've found or written about movies with an occult or spiritual theme. We recommend books and essays to each other. … [Read more...]

My Moral Dilemma with Medical Testing on Animals

I'm struggling with a moral dilemma. I strongly believe that all animals are independent living beings that deserve to be treated with compassion. Yet I rely on medications manufactured by pharmaceutical companies that test on animals. Even if I didn't take manufactured drugs, I would have to ingest animal parts, such as pig and cow thyroid, in order to survive. How can Pagans with serious illness find a balance between the harshness of survival and compassion?My family raised cows for a few … [Read more...]

Practical and Magical Wildfire Safety

I was listening to Modern Pagan Podcast's (Correction: Pagan Weekly News) June 10th episode where RevKess and Zaracon discussed the Colorado wildfires. (Thank you for mentioning the anthology and blog!) Even in cities sixty miles away from the major blaze, there is thick smoke tainting the air with its acrid smell. The haze dims streetlights and fills store entryways. If you are near the wildfire areas, it's important to pay attention to air quality reports especially if you are elderly, have a … [Read more...]

Pagans with Disabilities or Developmental Differences Anthology Still Accepting Submissions

Please DistributeCall for Submissions/Writers:E-mail for inquiries and submissions: tara.miller21 (at) gmail.com; please put “Immanion Press Anthology Submission” in your subject line.The new submission date for rough drafts is August 31, 2012.Megalithica Books, an imprint of Immanion Press (Stafford, U.K./Portland, OR, U.S.A.) is seeking submissions for a magic anthology from the perspective of practitioners with disabilities or developmental differences. This includes but is … [Read more...]


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