Winter Solstice Reflections: By Nornoriel Lokason

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This is part of a series by Staff of Asclepius contributors.This is my first chance to really post on Staff of Asclepius this month - for those of you who read my blog Ride the Spiral, you already know what's been up, but for those of you who don't, I moved cross-country (from Oregon to my home state of Connecticut) earlier in December, and then promptly fell ill a few days after arriving, and I'm still not 100% yet.  I also lost Internet access for awhile when my laptop died and I was r … [Read more...]

On Gratitude: by Nornoriel Lokason

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This is part of a series by the Staff of Asclepius contributors on gratitude, for this (US) Thanksgiving holiday.During a dark time in my life about a decade prior, I met a man who became the closest thing I've ever had to a father figure this side of the fence.  He has since passed on - I wrote more about him here for those interested.  One of the things that this man, Jay, taught me was the importance of "an attitude of gratitude".  He would challenge me each day to tell him at least five t … [Read more...]

Winter is coming

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While summer tends to be the worst time of the year for me mental health wise, winter isn't much better.  Summer is more obvious in that department, where I am irritable and don't sleep well, and prone to mood swings.  Wintertime for me is just meh.  Compared to the way my brain chemistry works in summer, it's the lesser of the two evils, but it's not fun.At least some of the reason why winter is not a great season for me is the holidays.  The holidays are difficult for me, with inescapable r … [Read more...]

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...]

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...]

Autumn Equinox: Light and Shadow (by Nornoriel Lokason)

The Willamette River at Molalla River State Park near Canby, Oregon by Ian Poellet.

This is Part 2 of a three-part series.In Vanaheim, the fall equinox is celebrated by its citizens (per corroborated gnosis) as the Festival of Gratitude (if you'd like to know more about the actual observance of said holiday, I have a piece here on my blog at PaganSquare).So this will be a gratitude post.2013 was the most difficult year of my life to date, and I say this as someone who has pretty much gotten a post-doctorate education at the School of Hard Knocks.  I have been t … [Read more...]

Thoughts on Thanksgiving and Offerings

My cat loves to roam around outside then come back for meals or to go to bed. He makes gifts out of the things he has hunted around the neighborhood or out in the field. I appreciate how he keeps mice out of our home and the mole population down. I appreciate how in the summer he sits on the potato tires keeping an eye out for rabbits or paws my head when I sit and read. He's thankful for cat food, a warm dry place to sleep, and scritches. It's our human and cat exchange so I don't fuss at … [Read more...]


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