Probably the most common issue asthmatic witches (and various other Pagans) raise is about incense.
This is an introduction to a series of posts I’ve been contemplating for a long time. I was diagnosed with asthma in my college years, and still struggle with it regularly. It’s something that I have to keep in mind when looking at some kinds of ritual design, some practices and techniques – and just generally, in terms of being self-aware.
Asthma is sometimes called ‘the magician’s disease’ for various reasons: a number of well-known figures in esoteric circles have suffered from it. However, there isn’t always a lot of realistic discussion about what to do about it.
This series (which you can find under the tag ‘asthmatic witch‘) is going to focus on what’s worked for me (and that might also work for you or asthmatics you know), and what some of the many and varied options are.
Obviously, though, you are responsible for your own health. Don’t assume that what works for me works for you (and that what isn’t an option for me isn’t for you.) Check with your doctor and other medical advice. Below the cut, you can find some specifics about my personal background, preferences, and limits.
This coming Friday, I’m celebrating Yule with friends (they throw a big party.) I’m hoping to make it up for dawn on the Saturday, before finishing my holiday shopping. On the 23rd, I’m on a plane to visit family.
My mother lives in the Boston area (my father died when I was in high school). From there, we’re going down to New Haven, to spend Christmas with my brother, sister in law, and my nieces who are 3.5 and 5.5 (and adorably cute.) I’m looking forward to it, but there are also parts of it that I’m a little nervous about.
There are a number of common concerns. I talked about space and cost considerations in my last post, but here’s a few others I’ve heard pretty often: practical issues combined with personal considerations.
There are certain topics that tend to come up again and again – one of them is altars. Thinking about this due to the confluence of teaching our Seeker class focused on daily practice, and some online commentary, I thought it was a good time for a post.
Here’s my personal method for designing personal altars (take them as you will.)