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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Video Video: Mental Skillness

VIDEO: "At TED's Full Spectrum Auditions, comedian Joshua Walters, who's bipolar, walks the line between mental illness and mental "skillness." In this funny, thought-provoking talk, he asks: What's the right balance between medicating craziness away and riding the manic edge of creativity and drive?"Joshua Walters is also a mental health educator.VIDEO: Joshua talks about mental state cycles of bipolar disorder and what happens when people decide to stop their medication because they want … [Read more...]

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Interview with Drake Spaeth, PsyD.: Pagan Minister, Psychologist, and Professor (Part 2)

You can read part one here. www.patheos.com/community/paganswithdisabilities/2011/02/28/interview-with-drake-spaeth-psyd-pagan-minister-psychologist-and-professor/(Update: I just discovered that today, March 1st, is Drake Spaeth's birthday.)Image: Drake Spaeth photo courtesy of www.spiritoftheearth.orgMasery: You recently attended The Chicago School of Professional Psychology Cultural Impact Conference. How often is this conference held and about how many people attended this … [Read more...]

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Interview with Charlton Hall, therapist and Chief Druid of the UOD Part 2

I had the opportunity to interview Charlton Hall, MMFT, LMFT, therapist and Chief Druid of the Universal Order of Druids about his survey, Pagan Perspectives on Marriage, mental illness in the Pagan community. If you are a Pagan and would like to participate visit www.surveymonkey.com/s/67JKXMGYou can read Part 1 at www.patheos.com/community/paganswithdisabilities/2011/02/01/interview-with-charlton-hall-therapist-and-chief-druid-of-the-uod/Part 2Masery: On your page at the Saluda … [Read more...]

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Interview with Charlton Hall, therapist and Chief Druid of the UOD Part 1

I had the opportunity to interview Charlton Hall, MMFT, LMFT, therapist and Chief Druid of the Universal Order of Druids about his survey, Pagan Perspectives on Marriage, mental illness in the Pagan community. If you are a Pagan and would like to participate visit www.surveymonkey.com/s/67JKXMGPart 1Masery: You are currently a member of the Universal Order of Druids. What originally drew you to a Pagan path? How long have you considered yourself a Pagan or Druid?Charlton: I began dabbling … [Read more...]

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Upcoming Interviews and Update: Survey of Pagan Views About Health Care Legislation

Update: Survey of Pagan Views About Health Care LegislationThank you to everyone who has participated in the survey and spread the word through the community. There is still time to voice your opinion on a this important issue. www.surveymonkey.com/s/CZFX8TRThe Staff of Asclepius shared the details of the original Associated Press Health Care Law Poll http://www.patheos.com/community/paganswithdisabilities/2011/01/25/associated-press-january-2011-american-health-care-poll/In the coming … [Read more...]

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Pagan and Crazy

Author: Alexandra Originally posted at The Witches' Voice April 22, 2007 Reposted with the author's permission.I remember meeting my first prospective High Priestess and High Priest in a coffee shop. I arrived agonizingly early, purchased a chai tea and seated myself facing the door, scrutinizing everyone who entered. Finally a man and woman fitting the description arrived to greet me. We sat and chatted. I was charmed by them and eager to learn more about their group and their practice; … [Read more...]

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