Owning Land in an Animist World

We can own land, at least in a limited sense of the term. But owning land does not give us absolute control over it. Rather, it increases our ability and our responsibility to care for the land like the living, inspirited being it is. [Read more…]

Feeling Small in the Presence of the Gods

Feeling small in Nature isn’t the result of some artificial hierarchy – in the immensities of Nature you are small. Likewise, feeling small in the presence of the Gods helps you respect Their virtues, which in turn helps you live a better life and build a better world here and now. [Read more…]

We Don’t Have to Own the Land to Honor the Land

Humans have always been migrants. We may settle down for a few generations, but then we move on. While rooting ourselves to a particular place can be beneficial, any robust religion must accommodate human movement. Fortunately, Paganism can do this. [Read more…]

Lessons From a Broken Flower

Something that could have been beautiful tried to rise too far too fast without the support it needed, and now it is no more. [Read more…]

The Return of the Dark

As we approach the Autumn Equinox and as we get ready to celebrate Mabon or whatever your tradition calls this point on the Wheel of the Year, take a few minutes to appreciate passing from the Light Half to the Dark Half. [Read more…]

The Magic of Wild Places

My Paganism, my Druidry, and even my polytheism have roots in the wild. There is magic in wild places. [Read more…]

Intuitive Animism

Animism provides a framework for an inspirited and enchanted world, a world where everything you see and sense is not a thing, but a person worthy of your respect and capable of entering into a reciprocal relationship with you – if that person so chooses. [Read more…]

The Lack of Respect for Wild Animals

Not only do we not fear animals that could harm us, we don’t respect them. We act like they’re here solely for our amusement. This usually ends badly for the animals involved. [Read more…]