Death and rebirth: by Nornoriel Lokason

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This is part of a three-part series by the contributors to Staff of Asclepius, on the theme of death and rebirth, for Samhain.Over the nearly twenty years that I've been a practicing pagan, Samhain has consistently been my least favorite holiday, the one that I am the least enthusiastic about celebrating.  There are a number of reasons for this, among them beingI was Not Allowed to have fun on Halloween as a child, and when I saw other grownups doing whatever they wanted on Halloween … [Read more...]

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A spoonie ritual for Samhain

For those of you who might be interested in a ritual script for Samhain that's on the minimalist side (which I designed based on my own needs), I have one up on my blog, Ride the Spiral - check it out. … [Read more...]

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My Demon and Ghost

Many years ago, when I was in my twenties, I began to dream of a young woman my age. She had long stringy dirty hair. She had black eyes set deep into a sunken face. Her nails were long and pointed and she wore tattered clothing. She was all grey like a wraith and she screamed as she came closer and closer haunting me throughout the night. I tried spells, charms, and incantations and stones to rid me of this demon but she would not leave. I began to see her during the day in mirrors or out of … [Read more...]

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Balancing act

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In addition to my weekly contributions here, I also have a blog entitled Roads to Vanaheim on PaganSquare, and a blog of my own here on Patheos called Ride the Spiral, and I keep my WordPress blog going with fresh content.  I am releasing another book in early November (I spent my summer working on said book).  I am getting material together for forthcoming books.  I run an Etsy shop.  And if all of that weren't enough, I am making preparations for a cross-country move in December. Because I'm go … [Read more...]

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Sleeping Beauty

I have this problem that when I become stressed out or depressed I get narcoleptic. All I want to do is sleep instead of doing things around the house or facing what it is that bothers me. It’s just too easy to lay down, close my eyes and drift off into another reality. This doesn’t solve anything though and I end up in a circle of anxiety and I chastise myself. Why didn’t you do the dishes? Why didn’t you do that load of laundry? Why didn’t you write something? I forget that I need to move aroun … [Read more...]

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