Death and rebirth: by Nornoriel Lokason

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This is part of a three-part series by the contributors to Staff of Asclepius, on the theme of death and rebirth, for Samhain.Over the nearly twenty years that I've been a practicing pagan, Samhain has consistently been my least favorite holiday, the one that I am the least enthusiastic about celebrating.  There are a number of reasons for this, among them beingI was Not Allowed to have fun on Halloween as a child, and when I saw other grownups doing whatever they wanted on Halloween … [Read more...]

A spoonie ritual for Samhain

For those of you who might be interested in a ritual script for Samhain that's on the minimalist side (which I designed based on my own needs), I have one up on my blog, Ride the Spiral - check it out. … [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...]

Autumn Equinox: Light and Shadow (by Nornoriel Lokason)

The Willamette River at Molalla River State Park near Canby, Oregon by Ian Poellet.

This is Part 2 of a three-part series.In Vanaheim, the fall equinox is celebrated by its citizens (per corroborated gnosis) as the Festival of Gratitude (if you'd like to know more about the actual observance of said holiday, I have a piece here on my blog at PaganSquare).So this will be a gratitude post.2013 was the most difficult year of my life to date, and I say this as someone who has pretty much gotten a post-doctorate education at the School of Hard Knocks.  I have been t … [Read more...]

Life hacks

One of the diagnoses I have is ADHD; one of the two medications I'm on is used off-label for ADHD (as well as the anxiety of PTSD, which I have).  I have found that in the main, my ability to focus and get jobs done has been better, since starting this medication back in May.However, I have also noticed that since starting the medication, I've been having issues with my short-term memory, which never used to be that much of an issue before, but has caused me some problems, including awkward m … [Read more...]

A sense of wonder

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One of the things that friends and loved ones find the most endearing about me as a person is I am in many ways like a big kid.  (I am paradoxically a grumpy old man and a big kid, in one person.)  It doesn't take much to make me happy. I get REALLY EXCITED AND ENTHUSIASTIC, IN CAPSLOCK, over what might seem like little things.  I often notice things that others don't, and have created some magical moments for others wherein I point out things like leaves or dandelion puff blowing in the breeze, … [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...]

Tough love

Asmodai, art by Nornoriel Lokason (2014).

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...]


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