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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Public Health in Sacred Space #health

Public health in sacred space is important. We take part in actions of community. We pass the drinking horn and the plate of cakes. We dance hand in hand. We even engage in sex magic, or working a ritual through sexual pleasure. The problem today is this: we are facing a day when diseases are global and drug resistant, and people have fewer ways to protect themselves. We are living in a day where there is the potential for diseases to become epidemics. The World Health Organization or … [Read more...]

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Imbolc potential

There are several things Imbolc, or the Feast of Flames, makes me think of. It was the first sabbat I led a group ritual for, and indeed the first time I led a group ritual at all. So there is some significance there. There's also the meaning of the holiday. This is a time of hope, of making plans and looking ahead. As I said, it was the first time I led a group ritual. At the time I was studying with the Circle of the Spirit Tree in Bloomington Illinois. I had called myself Wiccan at … [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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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...]

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