keening

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 […]

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Celebrating Father’s Day When Your Dad Isn’t The Greatest Guy

Today is Father’s Day. Some of us are making joyous memories with our families. Some of us are trying to forget the wounds of our childhood and wishing we had different fathers. So how do you celebrate Father’s Day if your dad isn’t the greatest guy? Well, if you want to transform your past, read […]

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Why We Celebrate Memorial Day

It might not seem logical for Memorial Day to be something that animists observe. We already have two ancestor days – Ancestor Day and May Day. Is honoring our fallen soldiers a spiritual practice or a personal one? Is it appropriate to honor soldiers at all? If you have these thoughts, read on and see […]

photographer: Faris Munandar

Connecting to the Ancestors on May Day

May Day (May 1) is upon us. That means it’s a great time for connecting to the ancestors. How do we do that? Let’s take a look. Clean the Graves If you know who your dead people are and where they are, May Day is a great day to visit and clean the graves. Modern […]

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Hearty Stew to Rebuild Your Postpartum Body

It takes a lot of energy to make a baby! That can leave a new mom depleted. Caring for a newborn makes it even worse – especially if Mom’s breastfeeding. Since babies have to be fed every few hours, the months of no sleep can lead to postpartum depression. Soups and stews are nutrient dense […]

Creating a Relationship with the Dead

Fall is upon us. It’s time when the dead roam the earth more freely (because there is more darkness after the fall equinox). And on the upcoming three day period (Halloween, All Saints Day and All Souls Day), contact with the dead is easier. So this is when the dead come back to visit – […]