ancestors stories

Why We Tell Our Ancestors’ Stories on October 31

Ancestor Day begins on the evening of October 31. Are you looking for something meaningful to do for Ancestor Day? Telling our ancestors’ stories is a great way to connect. Here’s how to get started.   Write it Down To get started, we’re going to write everything down. This my require some research, so if […]

ancestor deficit disorder

VIDEO: Could Ancestor Deficit Disorder Be The Cause of First World Problems?

I was recently introduced to this idea of Ancestor Deficit Disorder by author Steve Crandall. I thought it was an amazing look at the possible impact of divorcing our ancestors from our lives. Crandall lists the symptoms as follows. Symptoms of Ancestor Deficit Disorder low mood anxiety lack of wonder loss of individual destiny chronic cynicism […]

heather lore

Heather Lore, Magic, and Healing

It’s not the season for heather, but we just got back from Wales where there was such a profusion of it that I wanted to share. To get started, here is some heather lore you can use for magic and healing. Latin name: Calluna vulgaris Folk or Common names: Common Heather, Ling, Scottish Heather Ruler: […]

equinox

Celebrating the Balance of the Equinox

Many of us say that we look forward to the balance of the equinox. We imagine that being balanced feels whole and right. It could actually feel pretty confusing. When we are mindfully present in equinox energy, it can be easier to see our many faces. Reality varies depending upon where we are standing. Sometimes […]

modern animism

Why Modern Animism is Not For Everybody

It seems that we are undergoing a shift towards spirituality vs. religion. In that shift, many are looking towards magic, ritual, and a Harry Potter type of spirituality with no rules. That may seem to be what Pan Society offers. We don’t have dogma. There is no Ten Commandments. You can do what you like. […]

cultural competency

Cultivating Cultural Competency in Spirituality

On September 13, 2007, the The United Nations adopted the Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples. It says in part Indigenous peoples and individuals have the right not to be subjected to forced assimilation or destruction of their culture. If this is something that you believe in, it’s time to talk about cultivating cultural […]

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It’s Not About the Rituals

I get a lot of requests for rituals. That’s awesome. I am glad people are interested in this. I am happy to share rituals, but I’ve got to tell you something. Animism is not about the rituals. Did you know that one third of all lottery winners declare bankruptcy? Do you know why? I think […]

working with the element of fire

Working With the Element of Fire

With summer coming to a close and the wildfires burning in Siberia, the Amazon, and 1255 wildfires burning in the USA, I thought it was a good time to talk about working with the element of Fire. We all know that Fire is about power, transformation, will, and action. Most westerners do that part very […]

whom do you serve

Whom Do You Serve?

Mahatma Gandhi said, “The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in service to others.” Service also a great way to practice animism. It helps you to share your gifts (sovereignty) and connect with others. So, whom do you serve? In the old days, service was the hallmark of a lady. Rich women […]

bee lore

Bee Lore and Spirituality

About ten years ago, I stopped by the beekeepers area at the state fair. They didn’t tell me about bee lore. Instead they blew my mind with all the interesting stories about colony collapse disorder, the importance of bees to the planet, and most of all honey flavors. I decided then and there to become […]