On assumptions, transportation, and accessibility

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So, I can't drive.In my case, it's a combination of things.1. I had a crippling car phobia for years, and while I can now go for rides in vehicles without fear, I'm not sure about my ability to be behind the wheel of a car without panicking. 2. I have dyspraxia - spatial/coordination issues.  I could never figure out how to maneuver bumper cars as a kid.  I have to ride a trike instead of a two-wheel bike because of balance issues.  This contributes to my anxiety about getting behind t … [Read more...]

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...]

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...]

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...]

Did I ask you?

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Earlier this week I made a post called "The power of love" where I talked about the way D (my primary spirit) has blessed my life, and the problematic things that some folks in the pagan community say to people like me, most particularly the sentiment that involvement with a non-corporeal entity is delusional.This is not just a prime example of the casual ableism that goes unchecked in the pagan community, making an unsafe space for those of us with mental illness (because it implies that … [Read more...]

Tears of a clown

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In case you haven't heard, Robin Williams died on Monday, August 11th.He was, and is, my favorite actor (Jim Carrey is tied).I have only cried a handful of times in my life over celebrity death: Jim Henson, Kurt Cobain, Mister Rogers, Michael Jackson... and Robin Williams.  Robin Williams's death hit me especially hard not just because I grew up watching Mork & Mindy (back in the 20th century, when dinosaurs roamed the earth and people had iStones), and have seen and very much en … [Read more...]

A Tragedy Creates Potential for a National Pagan Discussion on Health

David Grega (1984 - 2012) was an important figure in Pagan mass media and he was only twenty-seven. He passed recently due to heart failure. He was part of the Pagan Centered Podcast and the Texas branch of the Pagan Newswire Collective.Peter Dybing, charity coordinator and Pagan blogger, wrote his concerns about the state of our community's health. “One of the most valued principles within the Wicca community is that all bodies are sacred and beautiful. This is so engrained in our culture t … [Read more...]

The Pagan Community Is Preparing To Aid Members In Health Care Facilities

On March 8, I addressed the lack of trained Pagan clergy who could meet the needs of community members in health care facilities. "The Pagan Community Isn’t Ready to Aid Members In Health Care Facilities". Motivated by this need, I networked with Pagan clergy, writers, counselors, and professors to start the Pagan Health Care Resource Team. Our goal is to create an open health resource for Pagans and helping professions regarding the needs of Pagan clients. We are still deciding what online f … [Read more...]

Building A Magical Community

By MaseryFirst posted to the Witches Voice in 2008 under the Order of the Elodrym's profile which is no longer available. witchvox.comA yearning to belong is a natural drive to fulfill a need for understanding and security. Traditionally magickal and mystical groups gathered for the sole purpose of study of and initiation into the occult. The growing interest in magick and mysticism as a way of life is creating a need for a broader sense of community. In order to evolve as an esoteric … [Read more...]


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