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...]

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...]

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...]

Death and Rebirth Pt. 2: Rite for the Dying

This is the second of a three-part series written by Staff of Asclepius contributors on death and rebirth, in honor of the Samhain celebration. In his post, Nornoriel discussed the many funeral rituals available to various Pagan groups and traditions, and the contrasting lack of rites for the dying. In college, I had the disastrous impulse to attempt a sociology minor. The only class I did well in was Sociology of Death and Dying. It gave me a perspective on rituals devoted to the dead, the … [Read more...]


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