Tag: animism

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 […]

It’s All About The Water by Bryan Hewitt

I stand shirtless and barefoot on the dry ground.  The first leaves of fall lie where they have dropped from the massive Sycamore that spreads its four trunks high into the sky above me.  Dead twigs, living plants drooping for water, fifty thousand acres of […]

People and Persons by Nicholas Haney

This is the second part of our ongoing exploration of animism and shamanism. I want to return your attention to the definition of animism I used in the first post on this blog. That animism is; “the idea that the world is full of persons […]

The Beginning Place… by Nicholas Haney

This is my first post on this platform, so it seems only fitting that I should introduce myself. My name is Nicholas Haney, and I have been a practicing pagan for a little over a decade now. Like so many other pagans, my path has […]