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You Take You With You

Have you ever been somewhere that people think of as paradise? They went there to escape wherever they were, and then they set out making the new place exactly like where they just left? That was my experience this weekend. I went somewhere I had heard many great things about. I couldn’t wait to see […]

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Independence is Spiritual! How Are You Celebrating Your Independence?

Independence is spiritual? What? How? What does independence have to do with spirituality? If those are your thoughts, read on! Modern animism is a holistic spiritual path. It puts sovereignty, or independence, at the bottom of the pyramid. I know lots of faith focus on community, or togetherness. We do too, but in order to […]

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What Are Good Are Mosquitoes?

Children are so perceptive! They say the smartest things. I was telling some children about how everything is sacred and needs to be respected. One of them raised his eyebrows and said, “What good are mosquitoes?” Awesome question! I can see why people might not like them. They were attacking me just this morning on […]

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What the Heck is Going On With this Crazy Energy?

Have you ever had one of those days or string of days when you are wondering what the heck is going on?  It’s like there is crazy energy all around you. Maybe your day just seems wonky and nothing is going right. Or other people around you seem to be in a daze. If this […]

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When Do We Observe the Holy Days?

We received a question about when do we observe the holy days. There is a list on our website here, but as you can see, there are a range of dates offered in most cases. It can get a little confusing, so I will break down the reasons below. You can use this to decide […]

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Please Stop Using the Term “Shamanism”

Please stop using the term shamanism. The word “shamanism” makes it seem like there is only one type or one process. It’s confusing, meaningless, and waters down something wonderful and complex that is steeped in tradition and culture. Consider cakes. Cake is everything from a three tiered wedding cake with pounds of buttercream frosting and […]

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Keening, Lamenting, and the Grief Process

During the Summer Solstice and other liminal times of the year, it’s common for those who teeter between worlds to cross over. As my grandmother has just made this transition, I thought it appropriate to talk about the animist tradition of keening and lamenting. What are Keening and Lamentations? Some say keening and lamenting are […]

A Consecration Ritual

We consecrate our tools and ritual objects to dedicate them for spiritual and ritual work. These are basic instructions to help guide you through your consecration ritual, but feel free to change it up and make it your own. You Will Need: item you want to consecrate a bowl of water a bowl of soil […]

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Healing The Natural Easy Way with Flower Essences

I’ve got to tell you about my experience with Bach Flower Essences! It’s just too good to keep to myself. I wanted to acquaint myself with the energy of more trees, but some of them aren’t local to me. Sometimes the weather doesn’t cooperate so it’s not easy to be outside. I had the idea […]

Juicy Summer Solstice Recipes

The summer solstice is right around the corner, and food is an important part of celebration, so why not share some delicious ways to celebrate? Corn, squashes, watermelon, cantaloupe and stone fruits are perfect for this holy day. Check out these juicy summer solstice recipes that use these fresh, in-season foods.