Tag: animism

The Great Forest Spirit

“In ancient times, the land lay covered lay covered in forests. Where, from ages long past, dwelt the spirits of the gods. Back then, man and beast lived in harmony. But as time went by, most of the great forests were destroyed…” — Princess Mononoke […]

Blight, Fires, and Balor

As I write, fires rage out of control in Northern California not far from my former home. In the San Francisco Bay Area people wear masks because of the smoke, and air quality is more like what is common in Beijing and Delhi. Over the […]

Smoke and Ancestors

There are ashes on my keyboard. They sifted in through the windows when I opened them to let out the smoke from a too-hot cooking pan a couple days ago. They came in when I opened the door to let my beloved in after a […]

More on Natural Relations

(Image Credit: Here)   I received a really good question on my last post, so I wanted to follow up with a second part and address the question that was raised. Sarenth asked the following question; “Will you be exploring more of the positive aspects […]

The Tree: An Earth Memoir

The cottonwood tree’s roots are numerous, and its branches are wide, stretching over the expanse of our yard. The combination of root and branch are such that our backyard is never very sunny, nor does it grow much grass. The tree is the largest in […]

Reading Harvey’s Dark Ecology

  What can being a pagan mean if isn’t valuing the earth, the ecological, the life world as valuable, sacred, worth fighting over? For me the word is valueless as an identifier without that basic foundation. Pagans may be polytheists, pantheists, animists, even non-theistic but […]

Natural Relations

(One of my own photos, a great place for thinking about nature.) Hello again folks, As a follow up to my last post on this blog, today I want to talk about what might be called nature spirits. Now there is a great deal of […]

The Mermaid’s Pool: A Water Memoir

The only place I don’t feel monstrous is in the water. I am nine years old. I am overweight, clumsy, and taunted mercilessly at school. I have recently developed asthma, and struggle to breathe. My classmates call me “Larda” or “The Congested Rat” – they […]

The Blaze: A Fire Memoir

It is November 2016. The election has taken place, and we are gathering around a fire. We are in my backyard. It is early November and the air is cold. The flames grow strong our portable fire pit, and there is barely enough room for […]

The Dancing Twins by Bryan Hewitt

Before I stepped onto the airplane I had been exploring the moss and lichens covering some of the most ancient stones on the North American continent in the foothills of the Appalachians. When my feet reached the earth once again as I walked off the […]