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? […]

sacred space

Etiquette for Sharing Sacred Space | Modern Animism

As more and more newcomers delve into animism, it’s important to have a conversation about etiquette for sharing sacred space. By “sacred space” I mean formal and informal places of worship, rituals, and liminal space where the apparent world and the Otherworld meet. The latter could just be a meditation or moon circle. If you’re […]

ritual clothing

Making the Decision to Wear Ritual Clothing or Not

Sooner or later, most animists come to a point where they decide whether to wear ritual clothing or not. If you are contemplating this, here are some things you might want to consider. Why Ritual Clothing? Before we talk about why one might want to wear ritual clothing, let’s talk about why someone might prefer […]

new moon in aries

New Moon in Aries Solo Ritual

Does social distancing mean you will miss your regular moon circle? No worries. Here is a new moon in Aries solo ritual just for you! I suggest doing this in a dark space that is lit with a candle or candles within a day or two of the new moon. This will help you maximize […]

spring equinox

Spring Equinox Solo Ritual

Ready for spring? Want to welcome it with a spring equinox solo ritual, but don’t know how to do that yet? Here you go! Prepare Your Altar There are many ways to do this. This is not “the” way. I am just giving you some ideas to get you started. Feel free to deviate and […]

altar etiquette

Altar Etiquette

With more people being attracted to paganism and animism, there may be a lot of new people who aren’t aware of altar etiquette. Lots of people don’t know an animist altar when they see one. While guidelines vary from person to person and group to group, here are some general things to look out for […]

holy days

How to Keep the Holy Days Sacred

The winter holiday season is over, and the holiday horror stories are rolling out. If you have some of your own, read on. See how to keep the holy days sacred so that this will be the last year of disasters. My holy days are always fabulous. I look forward to them every year and […]

VIDEO: Rhythm and Connection

We’ve all been the new person to the ritual or drum circle but that should never stop us from participating. We learn by jumping in and trying.

ancestors stories

Why We Tell Our Ancestors’ Stories on October 31

Ancestor Day begins on the evening of October 31. Are you looking for something meaningful to do for Ancestor Day? Telling our ancestors’ stories is a great way to connect. Here’s how to get started.   Write it Down To get started, we’re going to write everything down. This my require some research, so if […]