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...]

Rooted in the Body, Seeking the Soul: Magic Practitioners Living with Disabilites, Addiction, and Illness

The book is finally available for purchase from Megalithica books!This anthology explores magical, occult, and esoteric topics from the view points of practitioners who are disabled, part of the Deaf and blind communities, or have an illness or addiction. Though the voices collected here come from diverse social, magical, and national backgrounds, they don’t represent every individual’s story. The only way to understand the personal history and feelings of any one is to share in open dia … [Read more...]

When I Hit Bottom

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My husband and I were concerned that we wouldn't be able to adopt since I am a Unitarian Universalist Pagan. All of our books went under the bed, and I put simple scented candles and a large seashell on my altar. We filled out initial state papers saying I was a UU and he was Spiritual. I wondered about the legality of this, and after nine weeks of foster/adoption classes we found out we didn't have to include that information. We were honest about my PTSD and our depression.Everything was … [Read more...]

Hecate in the Hospital

My sister was doing fine with her planned, induced delivery. Her contractions were steadily peaking and decreasing as her body prepared to give birth to her son: her fifth child. It was a risky pregnancy since she had preeclampsia. Thousands of women and infants die from this condition each year. Her husband had stepped out to get some lunch, since she wasn’t expected to deliver until later that afternoon. Mom, grandma, and I were there to offer support.Because her side began to hurt, the n … [Read more...]

Autumn Equinox Prayers to Gaia

During your celebration of thanksgiving, consider offering a prayer to Gaia. She is the Earth Mother, the Great Mother of the Greeks. Today she is also embraced by some members of the environmental movement and recognized as the planet's all important ecosystem which we could not survive without. We depend on Her for our food, our water, and the very air we breath. Those are all very important things to be thankful for. So even if you don't worship Her, take some time to be thankful for those … [Read more...]

My Mabon Feast

The autumnal equinox is just around the corner. It’s a traditional time to celebrate the harvest and it’s a Neo-Pagan ritual of thanksgiving and sharing. This holiday is also called Mabon which was “coined by Aidan Kelly around 1970 as a reference to Mabon ap Modron, a character from Welsh mythology.” Aidan A. Kelly was a member of the New Reformed Orthodox Order of the Golden Dawn. (Wikipedia)One of my favorite things to do on Mabon is to prepare a feast. Here is the full menu. The items I … [Read more...]

Divorcing My Biological Family

Divorcing My Biological Family by Lydia M CrabtreeI challenged Tara to write about her father’s funeral unfettered by worry and concern that her biological family would comment or be hurt by what she had to say. During my challenge I promised I would write about something I find difficult: my decision to divorce my biological family.I suffer from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder as a result of years of physical, mental, emotional and sexual abuse at the hands of my biological family. As T … [Read more...]

Pagans, Disabilities, and 9/11

Yosemite: Disabled veterans to summit Half Dome, El Capitan on 9/11“Thirty disabled veterans plan to mark 9/11 by climbing to the summits of some of Yosemite National Park's highest and most iconic peaks on Wednesday. The climbing groups, accompanied by climbing pros as well as park rangers, set off Tuesday for the multi-day events.”Union County honors 9/11 victim, activist for the disabledColleen Fraser died on flight 93. She helped draft the Americans with Disabilities Act.The … [Read more...]

Dragonflies

Image: Dragonfly by André KarwathSome of my favorite childhood memories are of playing with my sisters in our basement in Iowa. Roaming the woods of Missouri with my youngest sister and building shelters and small fires for cooking bacon. My father read to us each night from the Laura Ingalls Wilder series of books. When he and I went fishing I’d watch the dragonflies dance in the air and land on our poles. “The dragonfly normally lives most of its life as a nymph or an immature. It flies on … [Read more...]

March on Washington

"Because they marched, America became more free and more fair -- not just for African Americans, but for women and Latinos, Asians and Native Americans; for Catholics, Jews, and Muslims; for gays, for Americans with a disability." - President ObamaWATCH: Highlights from the 50th anniversary of the March on WashingtonThe full speech. … [Read more...]


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