To Beat Depression, Honor Your Victories

At the moment when I felt like I made it, I realized there are four facits of my life that could be called magical, not just my path as a Pagan. First I guess I should clarify what I mean when I say I felt like I made it. My personal blog, the Crimson Crescent at www.feministelemental.wordpress.com was promoted by fellow SOA contributor Nornoriel, for which I am very thankful. This occured after I wrote my most recent … [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...]

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...]

The Long Dark Contemplation of My Soul Part 1

In ”Hestia at Work and Home”, I wrote about my new job. Unfortunately it lasted only two and a half months before I had a breakdown. A couple of cooks quit and my hours increased to almost full time. Because of my PTSD and epilepsy I can only handle part time work, which isn’t easy to find.It’s scary when you aren’t yourself. When this demented feeling takes over, filling you with pain and sorrow. Something in your mind fights the feeling that you aren't safe and you're going to die. At times … [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."Reddit Floods Hospital with Pizza After Young Resident Pleads for Pie" Gawker"Deaf New Yorkers Sue Starbucks for Repeated, Shocking Discrimination" … [Read more...]

A Bit of Humor

Image: Heroine with long flowing hair, bangles, and ancient style dress hastily leading a man in Greek/Roman style armor. Caption: I'm manic! The world is mine to conquer until I crash into a dark oblivion of depression! Hurry! … [Read more...]

Blogging Against Disablism

Diary of a Goldfish blog hosted a Blogging Against Disablism Day. I've been reading through the blogs that participated and found that I can relate to many of the writer's experiences.College and Disability blog "Why are so many people with disabilities unemployed?"The author notes that according to the US Department of Labor 15.2% of people with disabilities are unemployed and 8.1% of people without disabilities are unemployed. They write about how there are three main things making it … [Read more...]


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