Across cultures, names are consistently recognized to carry not only meaning but power too. Magic is often thought to be spoken. A name is an extension of that magic.
Many of us feel helpless as we face these complex problems. Natural disasters are frightening because they exist beyond our control. But an animist, neo pagan mindset can help make sense of these events.
I’m not sure what keeps drawing me back to animism. People have described the call as a profound connection, a comfort, a sense of holiness. Wandering any mossy forest or looking up at the cliffs of a waterfall, I do feel those things. Yet I… Read More
The whole of nature is sacred, but is sectioned into kingdoms, parts, biomes, and ecosystems that are honored as part of the greater whole. The ancient gods are typically associated with one or more of these parts. Sometimes they are honored entire bioregions and other… Read More
As an eco-pagan, I wasn’t looking for a belief system I could identify with but a toolkit to draw upon when I need to engage in action. Green witchcraft is that toolkit.
Here on the coast in the Pacific Northwest, the flowers are blooming and sunbreaks are lighting up the marine layer. We had our daughter in the last days of winter (a cute little Pisces!) and spent ages narrowing down a short list of names to… Read More
Ten inches fell in 24 hours. Ten inches that weigh down the cedar trees, coat the mossy earth, and bury the dead. Even the hemlocks look heavy, more than they used to. Curiously, in Western culture we celebrate the birth of a new year… Read More
Reflections on a Ritual Meditation experience I felt the wells of energy in my being today. The root well released first; something unknown cleared away as I relaxed, as I felt safe. I’m home now in a windstorm with autumn scented candles burning… Read More
Winter is beginning to bite at the forests. This morning, I watched as the sun lifted the fog from the valley, and revealed the glitter of the first frost. That was the indication I needed that it was time, right there in the haze of… Read More