calling to the ancestors

VIDEO: Calling to the Ancestors Song

If you’re new to animism you might be wondering what to do at your ancestor altar. Maybe you wonder what you’re going to do for this upcoming Ancestor Day. Today I have a song for you for calling to the ancestors. You can use it on Ancestor Day, at your altar in the mornings, when […]

tinctures and extracts

How to Make Tinctures and Extracts

Tinctures and extracts are great ways to prepare natural medicines and store them for later use. They are easy and usually inexpensive to make. Making your own medicines is also a great way to learn about the natural world around us. This can help deepen your animist practice. What’s a Tincture or Extract? Before we […]

poultice

How to Make a Poultice

Writing an article about how to make a poultice has been on my to do list for a long time. Yesterday I was stung by at least six wasps. My feet, ankles, and legs are swollen so that I can’t walk. And since I am using poultices to get the swelling down, I thought it […]

teas, tisanes, and decoctions

Making Teas, Tisanes, and Decoctions

It’s fall! Last chance to harvest ingredients for your natural medicine chest. As the weather gets colder, it’s time to enjoy hot drinks too. So here are instructions for making teas, tisanes, and decoctions so that you can use them as daily medicine. But first some definitions. tea – technically tea is the dried and […]

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: […]

libra new moon ritual

Libra New Moon Ritual

September 28, 2019 is a Libra super moon. Animism is a call to live in the wheel of life. Doing a Libra new moon ritual will help us do just that! What’s This Mean? “New” either refers to when the moon is not visible in the sky or when you see the first slivers of light […]

equinox

Are You Flowing With the Equinox Energy?

Whew! Was that some equinox! I want to share a bit about my equinox experience so that people who are new to modern animism can see how living in the wheel of life might show up for them. When you know what to look for, it can be easier to spot how you are already […]

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 […]