Spirit-work and self-care

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I am a spirit-worker - my life is not my own, but lived in full-time service to the Powers... in my specific case, the Vanir.  (I have other intensive relationships with entities outside this pantheon, but I would not define them as service-oriented.)  I have been dismembered, killed, and reborn in my astral body, with corresponding energetic and psychological changes; I have had my life blown apart and re-assembled in the way the Powers think it ought to be, with nothing getting in the way of m … [Read more...]

Call for Papers

Megalithica Books, an imprint of Immanion Press (Stafford, U.K./Portland, OR, U.S.A) is seeking submissions.We would like to hear from founders and leaders of as many different traditions and organizations, established and brand new, as possible.Deadline for submissions is March 1, 2015.By no means can we capture a portrait of every Pagan path. What we are trying to do is give aspiring and knowledgeable Pagans alike a springboard for proceeding with their studies, with information … [Read more...]

Labyrinth

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One of the things that drew me to the story of Myrddin Emrys as told in The Crystal Cave by Mary Stewart was, well, the crystal cave. I had this thing for caves as long as I could remember. Could not explain why, I just did. At least some of the appeal of Fraggle Rock to me, as a kid, was that the Fraggles all lived in a cave together. I liked to “play cave” when I was a kid and make caves out of boxes, blankets, etc. I liked hanging out in hollowed-out tree caves and under fallen trees that mad … [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...]

Drawing strength from nature: by Nornoriel Lokason

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This is the second piece of the three-part collaborative series by Staff of Asclepius contributors.The element that I most have an affinity for, in terms of magical and energy work, is water.  I have only ever lived in coastal states.  I could not live too far inland or someplace like the Midwest because I would feel "landlocked".I am fortunate to live within a reasonable driving distance of the Oregon coast, where I have made a few trips with friends of mine, including a couple of p … [Read more...]

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...]


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