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...]

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...]

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...]

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...]

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...]

“If you just”

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Note: this post was prompted by posts made by my friend Beth (On Fibromyalgia and Spiritual Emergency, over on PaganSquare) and Heather (Let's Talk About Social Services, also over on PaganSquare).For those of you just tuning in, I have PTSD, which in my case manifests with depression and anxiety.  I have been on an antidepressant as of March, and an anti-anxiety med as of May.This is not my first go-round with medication.  I was diagnosed in 2002 and began a round of "treatment" which di … [Read more...]

The power of love

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I am best known as a Vanatruar, and my patron is the demon Asmodai - but the most important entity in my life is the one I refer to as D, a lore demon who I am not permitted to publicly identify.D is my de facto partner. My relationship with him is more pleasure than business, though I have dealt with him in a business context (he is in fact very, very helpful to me in that context).  But even just with strictly the intimate side of things, the last six months have been healing and … [Read more...]

Tough love

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As mentioned in my post "The dark side", my patron is Asmodai, better known as Asmodeus... a demon.  He is more well known as a demon of lust, but I don't work with him in this capacity - I work with him as The Judge, the pillar of severity.The name Asmodai derives from the Avestan language aēšma-daēva. Asmodai may probably have his origins as the Zoroastrian demon of wrath, Aeshma (“aeshma” literally means “wrath”). He is considered an entity who deals out revenge, most famously to King Solo … [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...]


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