Archive for September 18th, 2008


I frequently receive emails asking if there is some sort of cult “holiday” approaching. Ritual abuse survivors often know intuitively when a cult holiday is approaching. Seemingly out of nowhere, the ritual abuse survivor starts dissociating more frequently and feeling an enormous amount of anxiety. Whenever this happens to me, I try to remember to look at the calendar.

For example, if you suffered from ritual abuse and have been feeling out of sorts lately, it might be because the Fall Equinox is approaching (September 21). Cults often “celebrate” the changing of the seasons, so many ritual abuse survivors become triggered by the approach of the Spring and Fall Equinoxes as well as the Summer and Winter Solstices.

Any holiday that is meaningful to Christianity is often desecrated by the cult on the same days, so ritual abuse survivors often find themselves triggered by the coming of Christmas and Easter. Just about any holiday can be triggering for abuse survivors, but the triggering by Christmas and Easter is often much more severe.

And then there is Halloween, which can be extremely triggering to ritual abuse survivors. I continue to be triggered by seeing people walking around in black robes. Even though I know they are only children, just seeing the robes causes me to dissociate.

Another day that is often triggering to a ritual abuse survivor is the person’s birthday. Reaching different milestones in age (such as ages 6 or 9) often involved more severe abuse, so birthdays can be triggering.

If you want to see a list of cult holidays, get Chrystine Oksana’s book, Safe Passage to Healing. She provides a detailed list of occult holidays for paganism, witchcraft, and Satanism.

Also, keep an eye out for the full moon. I continue to get triggered the night before a full moon. No matter how well I have been sleeping all month, I am guaranteed to toss and turn on the night before the full moon.

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