Short posts about the concepts, tools and language of animism.
Protection is another umbrella term; it covers all the animist practices that can help us reinforce, heal and recover ourRead more.
Spirit communication is an umbrella term for animist practices that involve… you guessed it, communicating with spirits. Spirit communication canRead more.
Folk magic is what happens when animist methods like ceremony, craft, altar work and working with spirit helpers are combined.Read more.
Depossession encompasses the methods to remove a harmful, intrusive spirit from a host’s energy system. It is is very specificRead more.
The Principles of Animism
Animism is as diverse as it is potent. There are no laws, rules or dogma that apply across animism, andRead more.
Energy healing is a practice that many animist practitioners use in various forms, from modern reiki and acupunture, to theRead more.
Extraction is a practice for removing harmful energy, emotion and thoughts. It’s found in many animist traditions around the world.Read more.
Initiation is an ancient practice that marks a transition point in a practitioner’s life with ceremony and symbolism. Initiations canRead more.
Trance is an animist practice that shifts our mental states so that we can access different ways of thinkingRead more.
Art & Creativity
Art is a collection of creative practices that can be used as tools in animism. Art is part of fundamentalRead more.
Plant Work & Herbalism
Plant work is the collection of practices that center around learning from the wisdom of plants. Plant work acknowledges theRead more.
Silence is a practice in many spiritual traditions. In animism, silence works to increase awareness, connection and knowledge of ourRead more.
Working with the elements is about working with the essential fabric of reality; most cultures have envisioned that reality hasRead more.
Animal work is the collection of practices and approaches that center around learning from the wisdom of animals. Animal workRead more.
Protection is an umbrella term for a variety of tools that animists can use to strengthen their boundaries, heal anyRead more.
Crafting in the context of animism is making objects or art that is influenced by and serves our animism practice.Read more.
Divination is the practice of reading meaningful patterns in randomness. It allows us to gain a new perspective,Read more.
Altars are sacred spaces where we can relate to all the important people, places and feelings in our livesRead more.
Ceremony is when we act out our intent within sacred space. Ceremony allows us to communicate our feelings and intent directlyRead more.
Sacred space is the fundamental practice of animism. Opening sacred space creates a set apart space within a clearRead more.
With such a broad definition, it’s helpful to be clear about what animism isn’t. The Occult Traditions Occult traditions likeRead more.
Animism can be very hard to define. The term is used by anthropologists and historians, theologists and philosophers – not toRead more.
Animism, not Shamanism
You’ve probably heard about shamanism. I used to call what I practice shamanism, mainly because that’s what the other peopleRead more.