Seeds of Hope: Spring Equinox Reflections

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This is part of a three-part series on the spring equinox by the Staff of Asclepius contributors.In my own personal religious practice, I observe the holidays that are observed in Vanaheim (per corroborated gnosis of myself and others who have astral-journeyed there), which resemble the eightfold Wheel of the Year that many Pagans observe, but with some differences.  While Samhain or Yule is the new year on many Pagan calendars, the Vanir celebrate the new year on the spring equinox.  This m … [Read more...]

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Taking a moment

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When I made my recent post Sixteen Things Mentally Ill Pagans Have To Put Up With, it was an off-the-cuff rant, me venting out of frustration after the latest go-round with unsolicited mental health advice.  I expected maybe five people to read it, but I was posting it for myself, to blow off steam.The post is currently - at the time of this posting at 2 PM EST on January 25th - at 4.1k likes on Facebook and climbing, with over 9000 shares.I would like to take a moment to say "thank you" … [Read more...]

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Sixteen Things Mentally Ill Pagans Have To Put Up With

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(A big tip of the hat to Connie for inspiring this piece with her essay Nine Things Visually Impaired Pagans Have To Put Up With.) 1. Concern trolls who well-meaningly but misguidedly will ask you "Have you tried $DIET or $HERBAL_REMEDY?" to help with your depression, anxiety, etc.1a. Concern trolls who see you drinking coffee at a Pagan event and lecture you about how caffeine is bad for your anxiety.2. Concern trolls who well-meaningly but misguidedly will advise you about … [Read more...]

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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...]

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On being the “good” disabled person

My friend Heather posted a piece on this issue on her blog, and says it better than I can; go check it out. … [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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Anchor

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Over the weekend, I almost relapsed.I have, as I've mentioned before, a self-injury history.  The last time I self-injured was the end of February.  With regards to my recovery, I can only take it one day at a time.  And the thing with self-injury is, I know people who have been clean for years, who still get occasional urges.There is a difference between getting the urge to self-injure, and then coming yea close to it, just like there is a difference between suicidal ideation (ie fe … [Read more...]

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SCIENCE!

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So in the go-round of posts within the pagan blogosphere on the topic of calling out the elephant in the room of anti-Western-medicine sentiment in the pagan community, I have seen a couple comments elsewhere where people have said something to the effect of  "I've told people to go off their meds because doctors just throw them at people and it does more harm than good."I feel the need to address this issue in particular.First and foremost.  Unless you have an actual MD after your name w … [Read more...]

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