Paganism & Disability Links

February 4, 2014 at 5:39 am 11 comments

I’ve on and off researched the connections between disability and various forms of spirituality. One of the best to emerge in recent years is the Staff of Asclepius blog by Teresa Masery Miller.  She has now come out with an anthology on individual experiences’ called Rooted in the Body, Seeking the Soul: Magical Practitioners’ Living With Disabilities, Addiction & Illness ( my quibble with this is that some of us don’t practice magic but oh well)


Staff of Asclepius blog by Teresa Masery Miller

Vulcan’s Sister: A Blog About Paganism & Disability by Jane Raeburn, author

Disability & Faith– a blog by a medium who also has cerebral palsy

Taigh Brighde– Robert, a devotee of Brighid, discusses his spiritual practices and experiences as a blind man.

Treasure in Barren Places– Leithin Cluan, a Gaelic polytheist on the autism spectrum who has physical disabilities as well

Deaf Pagan Crossroads by Ocean (Virginia Beach) On hiatus- but there is an archive of great posts, and she is writing a book!

Specific Posts/Articles:

Is Paganism Blind to the Disabled? and Living in My Own Mind: A Pagan With Asperger’s both by Star Foster

The Spiritual Component of Autism (including a quote from Isaac Bonewits!)

Autism, Paganism- is there a Connection?

Access and Pagan Practice by Jenett (of the Cauldron Forum) Excellent, very thorough list of tips from an experienced High Priestess and Pagan event organizer. She also writes about recognizing her own needs and limits as a person with health conditions in Thinking About Limits and Responsibility.

A Challenge from Aine Llewellyn to us to avoid using ableist language particularly terms referring to mental illness. I know I’ve been guilty of using those sort of words carelessly so it’s a good thing to keep in mind.

Rantings of a Disabled Witch by Aislynn (visual impairment/albinism)

What I’ve Learned as a Disabled Heathen by Ingeborg S. Norden

“I’ve learned that although tradition and lore have legitimate places in Heathenry, they were never meant to become an all-encompassing straitjacket. We face social problems that the Saxons, Norsemen and other Germanic peoples didn’t; therefore, we need to find solutions consistent with our own time and place, not with theirs.”

Paganism and (Dis)ableism by Leithin Cluan- who has a Master’s in Disability Studies & Sociology of Religion- her thesis was on attitudes toward disability in Christianity. Here’s a post she wrote for PBP last year on the subject of Embodiment.

This Dyslexic Witch– Book of Mirrors


Rooted in the Body, Seeking the Soul: Magical Practitioners’ Living With Disabilities, Addiction & Illness

More to come, please add in the comments!


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We Are More Than Our “Special” Skills Are we that Clueless about Disability?

11 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Aine  |  February 4, 2014 at 9:28 am

    Great collection of links! (And thanks for linking to my post as well!)

  • 2. Léithin Cluan  |  February 4, 2014 at 1:51 pm

    Interesting! I need to write more about Paganism and disability. (I have Asperger’s and a genetic condition that means I use a wheelchair/electric scooter). I’m planning a feature about disability and Paganism for Pagan Dawn magazine soon – I don’t know if they put it out in digital format, but I’ll let you know if so.

  • 3. Paganism and (Dis)ableism | Treasure in Barren Places  |  February 4, 2014 at 3:42 pm

    […] roundup of Pagan blog posts discussing disability at the moment Veggiewolf talking about upholding Ma’at despite poor health (under […]

  • 4. Léithin Cluan  |  February 4, 2014 at 8:45 pm

    Ooh, no, I don’t have my PhD yet! I have my MA and I’m currently pursuing my PhD. Sorry for causing confusion! But thanks so much for the link back 🙂

    • 5. caelesti  |  February 9, 2014 at 10:31 pm

      My mistake- I may have seen conflicting bits of info or the phrase “PhD candidate” used. I’ll edit the post so there is no “false advertising” about your accomplishments. No prob.

  • 6. The Domestic Witch (@domestic_witch)  |  February 7, 2014 at 9:41 am

    What a wonderful list. I’ll add these to The Pagan Blog Directory.

    • 7. The Domestic Witch (@domestic_witch)  |  February 7, 2014 at 9:43 am

      Oh they are articles, not entire blogs. 😦

      • 8. caelesti  |  February 9, 2014 at 10:32 pm

        Sorry for the confusion, that was kind of a preliminary list. I’ll sort things out more as I get more info and would be happy to help with a list of (currently active) disability-themed Pagan blogs for your directory.

  • 9. Interfaith Overlap | Disability and Faith  |  May 25, 2014 at 10:01 pm

    […] Paganism and Disability Links […]

  • […] folks- I have been adding now and then Pagan bloggers with disabilities to my post I created earlier, most recently Robert’s new blog. I know of other folks who could be added […]

  • […] stuff that I decided to make another post to include these resources, in addition to the general Pagan/Disability resources post. I will make another post about distinguishing mental illness from shamanism/visionary/magical […]


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