The dog days

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August approaches; most people I know love the summer... meanwhile the season is the worst time of year for me, and August most particularly.Among the mental health issues I deal with, I have summer seasonal affective disorder.  I get cranky and irritable and feel on edge; my sleep cycle gets disrupted by the increased amount of sunlight, which contributes to the worsened mood.  In addition to this, summer has several "traumaversaries" for me happening in June, July, and August - I gained a f … [Read more...]

Body Issues

I struggle to love myself but I do.There are so many things about my body that could be considered flawed. For instance, I have morphia on my torso, thighs, and lower back. It’s scarring from an autoimmune reaction. I’m also pear shaped meaning my hips are wider then my waist and upper body. I’m only five feet tall and wear glasses. I have a mental illness and other physical illnesses.I understand that I am perfect the way I am. Then there is the “but” or “in theory” that creeps into my h … [Read more...]

Fields of gold

In a few days, it will be Lammas here in the Northern Hemisphere, the first harvest festival, when the grain is ready and some pagan traditions honor the dying-and-reborn god who falls to repay the land for its wealth and rises again to give abundance to the people.  Many Vanatruar (I am one) honor Ing-Frey at this time, the originator of this sacrificial rite in Vanaheim, passed to his nephew for a new generation, while Frey keeps vigil for him before going forth on his wain to bless the w … [Read more...]

The Need for a Deep Ecological Community

Editors’ Note: This article is part of the Public Square 2014 Summer Series: Conversations on Religious Trends. Read other perspectives from the Pagan community here.I suffer from PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder), which causes panic attacks, anxiety, and depression. Because of this I don’t write as often as I should. I get scared of the invisible crowd of angry critics. It isn’t that I don’t write well. It’s that I’m my own worst enemy when I let myself conjure up these people with n … [Read more...]

St. Louis Pagan Picnic

I'll be in St. Louis for the Pagan Picnic on June 7th and 8th. Stop by my author's booth and say hello! Signed copies of Rooted in the Body Seeking the Soul will be available for sale. I'll also be conducting workshops. Saturday from 1-2 in the Water workshop area for the Beginning Meditation workshop. Sunday from 12-1 in the Air workshop area I'll be discussing the connection between scientist Lovelock and Gaian Neo-Paganism. … [Read more...]

Elemental Castings Interview is Available

I'm pleased to announce that you can listen to my interview with T. Thorn Coyle at Elemental Castings. … [Read more...]

Tough Decisions on Disabilities and Abortion

I’ve read on a few different blogs about a serious concern. As the ability to detect disabilities in fetuses continues to advance, will women be more likely to have an abortion? On one side of the argument is those mothers of disabled children who say they wouldn’t change a thing and love their children as they are. On the other hand there are women who ended their pregnancy because they didn’t think they could afford to pay the medical bills and care for another human for a lifetime.As someo … [Read more...]

Meditating with Music

One of the first books I read on my Pagan path was The Elements of The Druid Tradition by Philip Carr-Gomm. It guides readers from what is known of ancient Druidry to how it is practiced today. Philip Carr-Gomm is a writer and psychologist. He trained with Ross Nichols, the founder of the Order of Bards Ovates & Druids, and has been leading the Order for over twenty years. His book greatly influenced my meditation practices, so I would like to share one with you. It's about awakening the … [Read more...]

Two Posts of Interest

Separation of religion and medicine? by Drea Parker Essentially, my point is this: if any particular place of business is going to go to the trouble to offer solace to the wandering religious community member, in all fairness, all religious scriptures, texts, or verses should be showcased, as was that Bible. As a pragmatic community member, I’m really not of the opinion that religious text should even be in a doctor’s office. But I liken it to that old phrase, “separation of Church and State” ne … [Read more...]

A Letter To Santa

Dear Santa,You are the archetype of joy, peace, inner light, and giving which are ideals shared by religions across the world this season so you are the best person to write to.This Yule I’m not asking for any jewelry, candles, or fancy priestess clothes. Instead I have one important wish for the magical community.When groups gather they will pre-plan for possible attendees who have a disability or are part of the Deaf community. Those with mobility and pain issue need to have time t … [Read more...]


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