definitions

What Does This Mean? Definitions for the Curious.

As we get more and more questions from curious listeners about animism, it became obvious that we need some sort of data base for definitions so that we can communicate clearly. This page will continue to grow. Please use it as a starting point to keep the discussion going. Agnostic– a person who neither believes […]

spiritual healers

Ethics for Spiritual Healers

If you engage in some form of spiritual healing- either as the practitioner or client- you have to consider ethics. Ethics? For spiritual healers? Yes, ethics always play a role in every aspect of life. All too often, this gets overlooked because many practitioners are not regulated and have no body overseeing their work. I […]

wheel of the year cheat sheet

Animist Wheel of the Year Cheat Sheet

If you’re new to animism and need a little help understanding the wheel of the year, don’t fret. This animist wheel of the year cheat sheet will help things to click so that you can get into the groove of the seasons. You will be coming up with your own ideas that suit your geography […]

racists in Pan Society

Why We Allow “Those People” in Pan Society

When we created Pan Society, we gave mindful discussion to the name. Names are important. We chose “Pan” because pan means “all.” Animism is the belief that all life is sacred, connected, and One. It doesn’t end with the lifeforms that you don’t like, aren’t popular, or aren’t nice. This belief is why we allow […]

rituals

Why We Don’t Videotape or Photograph Rituals

A listener wants to know why we don’t videotape or photograph rituals. There are some exceptions to this rule, like weddings, but it holds true in most situations. Here’s why. You’re a Participant, Not a Spectator If you are a part of the ritual, you need to be fully present to get the most out […]

night vigil

How to Hold a Night Vigil

We get a lot of requests for rituals. I get it. Lots of people want step-by-step directions and outward signs that they are practicing animists. The night vigil is a very flexible, common ritual that can be used for many purposes. Keep reading and I’ll explain how to do one. What is a Night Vigil? […]

poetry is an amazing tool

Why Poetry Is an Amazing Tool to Deepen Your Animist Experience

Look at that kitty. What can you say about this picture that will make me feel something? Whatever you conjure, that’s poetry. It’s communication from your soul that bypasses your intellect and go straight to your truth. THAT is why poetry is an amazing tool to deepen your animist experience. To get to the essence […]

house warming

The Heart Warming Symbolism Behind Simple House Warming Gifts

Okay, so house warming gifts aren’t something that “belong” strictly to animists. But there are a lot of animist values that are demonstrated in this practice, so I wanted to talk about it. What values? Generosity, hospitality, reciprocity, and caretaking to name a few. The animist world is symbolic. Your home is your sanctuary, so inviting […]

big mama

Five Qualities You Need to Become “Big Mama”

A friend of mine lost her mother this week. Her passing left a gigantic hole in the family. My friend is facing the prospect of becoming the family matriarch with a lot of intimidation. I get it. Most families have a “Big Mama.” She’s the glue that holds the family together when things feel like […]

problem with indigenous animism

The Surprising Problem With Indigenous Animism is…

I had an interesting conversation with someone recently about the problem with indigenous animism. It was illuminating because it highlighted some misconceptions that are easily cleared up. Let’s take a look. It’s a Utopia Some people have this romantic point of view that indigenous people were living in harmony with Nature and themselves before the […]

respecting the Darkness

Respecting the Darkness in the Spirit World

Someone recently came to me with a story about how he was planning to battle the Darkness. That story told me it was time that we shared some thoughts about respecting the Darkness. What’s the Darkness? But first, a definition. What do I mean by “Darkness?” Do I mean things that are unseen? Evil? Energies […]