Edge of the Woods: An Autistic Witch Speaks

Reflections of an autistic herbalist, poet, and Feri priest.

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Sean Donahue

Sean Donahue

Sean Donahue is a highly neurodivergent wild forest creature who lives on traditional Klickitat territory in Trout Lake, WA and has an herbal practice in Portland and Beaverton, OR. He is an initiated priest of the BlackHeart line of the Feri Tradition of witchcraft, and carrier of the Green Wand. To learn more about his work go to.

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Diving Under Dark Waters

I can feel my neurons, they are a rapidly proliferating web of connections like mycelial network running through deep forest soil, intertwined with the roots of trees.

 

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Edge of the Woods

I have always walked at the edges of worlds.

Growing up in suburban Massachusetts in the 1980’s, nobody knew what to make of the kid who could give long lectures on American and Irish history but couldn’t tie his shoes or keep track of homework assignments and lacked the social skills to put together a Dungeons & Dragons game.

Nor did I know what to make of the people around me. I was constantly waiting for my people – who at various times included Luke Skywalker, the Daoine Sidhe, King Arthur, and Carl Sagan – to come find me and take me where I really belonged. But, they never did, so I disappeared into fantasy novels and into the swamp behind my house where sometimes strange creatures flashed at the edge of my field of vision.

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  • Jamie
    Jamie says #
    Mr. Donahue, Thanks for sharing! Being different seems like a curse when we are young, but the Deathless Ones have blessed you w
  • Lizann Bassham
    Lizann Bassham says #
    Welcome to the PaganSquare blogging community. I look forward to your insights and observations.

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