Did I ask you?

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Earlier this week I made a post called "The power of love" where I talked about the way D (my primary spirit) has blessed my life, and the problematic things that some folks in the pagan community say to people like me, most particularly the sentiment that involvement with a non-corporeal entity is delusional.This is not just a prime example of the casual ableism that goes unchecked in the pagan community, making an unsafe space for those of us with mental illness (because it implies that … [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...]

Loaf-mass and me

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Last weekend was Lammas (or at least up here in the Northern Hemisphere anyway).   While I do adhere to the eightfold Wheel of the Year as observed by Wicca (though not Wiccan myself), Lammas is a particularly difficult holiday for me because it is literally "Loaf-mass", the grain festival, and wheat and barley in particular.  This is the time of year when you see over nine thousand bread recipes circulate in pagan circles, and pagan events where bread is going to be a big part of what's on the m … [Read more...]

A Letter To Santa

Dear Santa,You are the archetype of joy, peace, inner light, and giving which are ideals shared by religions across the world this season so you are the best person to write to.This Yule I’m not asking for any jewelry, candles, or fancy priestess clothes. Instead I have one important wish for the magical community.When groups gather they will pre-plan for possible attendees who have a disability or are part of the Deaf community. Those with mobility and pain issue need to have time t … [Read more...]

Online Rituals as One Means Toward Solidarity

I attended my first Unitarian Universalist Church of the Larger Fellowship on-line worship service yesterday. Today I woke up smiling and motivated. I was out of a two week funk. The forty-seven minute service involved a video with music and a message. In the chat room ministers and lay ministers lead participants in responses and encourage us to share, during the service, the words that call to us. This particular service continued the month's theme of salvation and focused on Martin Luther … [Read more...]

Community Linkage

Every week there are new press releases, articles, information, and videos popping up concerning Paganism, spirituality, health, or disabilities. Community Linkage is a collection of useful information and sometimes entertainment for you. You can stay informed by adding me to one of your social circles on Google+ or follow me on Twitter."Community for the 21st Century" The New Existentialists This article explains that community is Being-with others. Taking in the presence of others and … [Read more...]

New Ways to Stay Informed and Connected with the Staff of Asclepius and Masery

What makes the Staff of Asclepius blog so amazing is the wonderful people who send me news and participate by sharing important information with others by posting to social media.There are new ways for you to stay informed. Every day there are new press releases, articles, information, and videos popping up concerning Paganism, spirituality, health, or disabilities. Community Linkage is a collection of useful information and sometimes entertainment for you. Since, I've moved my personal … [Read more...]

Overcoming Obstacles: Conscious Dialog about Responsibility for Access

In This Moment of Decision I Pray to Ganesha, Remover of ObstaclesAum, Shri Ganeshaya namah -- Great Lord of Wisdom, here I stand with so many decisions to make, with so many ways to turn. I beg for Your grace. Fill me with righteous judgment and clear discrimination as I lay all confusion at Your holy feet and immerse myself solely in You. Aum, Ganesha sharanam, sharanam Ganesha.From Loving Ganesha by the Himalayan Academy Ch. 11 Ganapati Prarthanah: Prayers to Lord Ganesha … [Read more...]

Building A Magical Community

By MaseryFirst posted to the Witches Voice in 2008 under the Order of the Elodrym's profile which is no longer available. witchvox.comA yearning to belong is a natural drive to fulfill a need for understanding and security. Traditionally magickal and mystical groups gathered for the sole purpose of study of and initiation into the occult. The growing interest in magick and mysticism as a way of life is creating a need for a broader sense of community. In order to evolve as an esoteric … [Read more...]

Thank you!

Thank you to everyone who reads the Staff of Asclepius. Monday's post has been shared 78 times and counting. Since August the views have gone from one or two to fifteen - eighty per day. I would not be able to live my passion for writing and sharing information with the community if others weren't reading. Thank you.The Staff of Asclepius is my offering to the Pagan community. It’s a place to share how a spiritual and magical life gives us strength or peace through all of life’s joys and str … [Read more...]


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