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 […]

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Solo Ritual for the New Moon in Virgo

It’s the new moon in Virgo! It’s the perfect time to reboot. Ready? Here are some keywords for the energies that are in play now that can help you set your intention and go with the flow. Keywords New moon – new beginnings, plant new seeds, refocus, renew, regroup Virgo – perfectionism, service, analysis, communication, cool, […]

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Creating an Ancestor Veneration Practice

Modern people live in extreme disconnection from our ancestors. On the macro level, this extends to the plants, animals, and minerals. Many of us aren’t even aware of that detachment. But perhaps what makes an even bigger impact is the divorce of our own families. How many of us grew up without a father? How […]

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What’s Modern Animism?

The question “what’s modern animism” continues to come up. We’ve talked about it on the podcast, youtube channel, and on our facebook page a little. The more we share, the more questions come up that show there is more to clarify. So, here’s another stab at modern animism. Let us know what you think. Why […]

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Celebrating the Feast of Transformation

All Pan Society holy days are connected with the natural world – particularly the sun. The Feast of Transformation is an agricultural holy day that marks the beginning of the harvest season. It’s time to reap what we have sown. Indeed, the feast is a reaping of the hard work that went into planting this […]

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How To Draw Down the Moon

With the full moon lunar eclipse happening, you may be interested in learning how to draw down the moon. This is a full moon ritual that can be performed when you want to soak up the energy of the moon, send her gratitude, ask for her favor, or hear her wisdom. Since you are invoking […]

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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 […]