Autumn Equinox: Light and Shadow (by CJ Blackwood)

This is part one of a three-part series. I love autumn. It starts off with pleasantly cool, but not usually chilly, weather and a disappearance of little flying nuissances. The sun is warm, but the air is fresh. It's a changing time, where you can literally watch life transition from the full green of summer to the rich colors of autumn, and then everything goes that rusty golden-brown as it goes to sleep. After the warmth come the festivities. The season from Mabon to Imbolc is my favorite. … [Read more...]

Fear Dream

Sorry for the late post, everyone. Honestly I have no idea what to post about. Today was kind of odd, yet kind of predictable. One of the reasons I couldn't hold a day job very well, apart from the fact that I tend to fly by night, is headaches. There are so many sources for me. Migraines, created by light sensitivity; menstrual headaches; generally headaches are a response to stress; and then there are days like today. I woke up freezing, which would have meant nothing ordinarily. I have … [Read more...]

Drawing Strength from Nature: by CJ Blackwood

This is the last piece of the three-part collaborative series by the Staff of Asclepius contributors.One day, six months after making the choice to follow an eclectic Wiccan path, I found myself standing outside as a storm rolled in. There was an odd thought running through my head. I knew I could reach up and pull energy from that storm. So I did!I instantly felt pretty incredible. It was like downing a large coke (hold the ice) without the jitters. Or like someone had just walked up … [Read more...]

Margot Adler

Margot-adler-2004

In the mid 90s, while I was in college, I began to doubt my Christian background. I no longer believed in a jealous god, a being who demanded worship and would send non-believers to hell. But I didn’t know what religion to study. I spoke with my religion professor, Church of Christ minister Stephanie Curran, and told her about my views and how I saw God as something that flowed through all of nature. She gave me Drawing Down the Moon: Witches, Druids, Goddess Worshippers, and Other Pagans in A … [Read more...]

Out Into Nature

Fontainebleau State Park, Louisiana by Infrogmation

Of course, in “real nature,” the grass grows tall and in the summer the air is thick with bugs. In “real nature,” the greenery isn’t bounded on four sides by major streets, nor are there life-sized statues of Shakespeare, Rossini, and Baron Friedrich Wilhelm von Steuben. The city park is an architectural space just as surely as any civic center – it just happens to be sculpted, in the main, with trees and grass as opposed to concrete. To put it another way, urban parks may be “nature,” but they a … [Read more...]

Rooted in the Body, Seeking the Soul at Amazon.com

Rooted in the Body, Seeking the Soul

Now that the book has been published, it's time for me to get the word out. I hope readers here will help by talking about the book and ordering it.I'm pleased -- no, thrilled -- to announce that Rooted in the Body, Seeking the Soul: Magic Practitioners Living with Disabilities, Addiction, and Illness is available at Amazon.com! Soon there will be a Kindle ebook copy. Kindles are great if you have low vision and need to adjust the font size.If you would rather purchase from a local book … [Read more...]

The Peace of Wild Things

A male Wood Duck at Crystal Springs Rhododendron Garden, Portland, Oregan, USA. Wiki CommonsThe Peace of Wild ThingsWhen despair for the world grows in me and I wake in the night at the least sound in fear of what my life and my children's lives may be, I go and lie down where the wood drake rests in his beauty on the water, and the great heron feeds. I come into the peace of wild things who do not tax their lives with forethought of grief. I come into the presence of still … [Read more...]

Gonzo’s Do-It Yourself Enlightenment

Gonzo, the guru, offers advice on how to reach nirvana on your own without the expense of new age programs. … [Read more...]


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