Call for submissions: a devotional to Njord

(I was given permission by Masery to post this here and get the word out, thank you.)Of all of the devotionals on the market for different gods and goddesses of the Northern tradition, I have yet to see one specifically dedicated exclusively to Njord, the sea god of the Vanir... a god particularly close to my heart, who has long been dear to me.  His serenity and his wisdom, his generosity, kindness, and gentle humor, have blessed my life over the years.  He has given me and my family gifts o … [Read more...]

Drawing Strength from Nature: by Tara “Masery” Miller

A variety of frogs by unknown and in the public domain.

This is the first piece of the three-part collaborative series by Staff of Asclepius contributors. “When we learn to speak with the animals, to listen with animal ears and to see through animal eyes, we experience the phenomena, the power, and the potential of the human essence, and it is then that the animals are no longer our subordinates. They become our teachers, our friends, and our companions. They show us the true majesty of life itself. They restore our forgotten childlike wonder at the … [Read more...]

One day at a time

Two weeks ago, I almost relapsed.The last time I self-injured was in February.  I have been self-injuring since I was a teenager.  It's a common behavior in people with borderline personality disorder (which is one of my diagnoses).While I haven't self-injured since the end of February, I've had urges to do so.  Being totally honest with the audience here, I usually get urges at least once a week.  I know people who have been self-injury-free for years who still occasionally get urg … [Read more...]

Interview with Raven Kaldera about Shamanism, BDSM Among the Disabled and Fifty Shades of Gray

Raven Kaldera from ravenkaldera.org

What does being a Shaman mean to you?It means that I am a spirit-worker – I work with the spirits of earth, fire, water, air, plants, animals, the Dead, and various Gods of my tradition. These are not archetypes or metaphors to me, they are People who are my allies, friends, and sometimes masters. Among spirit-workers in my tradition, a shaman is one who is chosen to devote their life to this work, and can’t ever go back.My Gods use me as a tool to make change in the world, and one of the … [Read more...]

Tears of a clown

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In case you haven't heard, Robin Williams died on Monday, August 11th.He was, and is, my favorite actor (Jim Carrey is tied).I have only cried a handful of times in my life over celebrity death: Jim Henson, Kurt Cobain, Mister Rogers, Michael Jackson... and Robin Williams.  Robin Williams's death hit me especially hard not just because I grew up watching Mork & Mindy (back in the 20th century, when dinosaurs roamed the earth and people had iStones), and have seen and very much en … [Read more...]

Students with Disabilities and Self-Advocacy

In the United States, August is National Back to School month. Here are a few links to help college students who have disabilities. Sorry, it doesn't include any back to school sales or sure fire excuses for late homework.Virginia Tech Self-Advocacy VideoStudents with Disabilities Preparing for Postsecondary Education: Know Your Rights and ResponsibilitiesDisability Scholarship List and Explanation … [Read more...]

Gods of the world

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If you look for information on Vanatru, you will eventually run into me and my writings.  I am a pretty high-profile, well-known Vanatruar; I used to be known within the Vanatru community as Svartesol (2007-2010, back before I came out as trans).The Vanir are a pantheon of gods that are often seen as "gods of fertility", though this is oversimplifying it; "gods of nature" or "gods of agriculture" is also oversimplifying it.  In the ten years that I have been working intensively with the V … [Read more...]

A Crazy Late Night Lammas

Several years ago, my husband and I were part of a group from Missouri that was invited to a Lamas camp out. This event took place in Illinois and we didn't get there until the sun was just going down. We were left setting up our tents in the dark by feel and unsteady flashlight. After wrestling canvas and poles we followed a narrow trail through the woods toward the sound of drums and ritual voices. It led an air of mystery to the adventure. Here I was in unknown surroundings going to a … [Read more...]


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