Q&A episode this week! Animistic explorations of what happens when physical forms change or die, the best kitty litter, and whether animism is pagan. (Thank you for your patience with some sound issues this week.)
This week is an exploration of the broken path, something experienced by those of us on a spiritual path that we've had to cultivate on our own without the support of a direct lineage. We carefully explore what it's like for each of us to try to navigate a broken path while remaining flexible, aware of the painful aspects, and always open to any new understanding of our right (or lack of) to specific spiritual practices.
Spring is coming! Mercury is retrograde! This week is an exploration of season and the themes of spring as they present themselves in both our inner and external lives. Join us in exploring how we show up for the changing season, talk about Brandice's seasonal offering, congratulate Janet on her new website digs, and celebrate a thoughtful review of Kelley's Runic Book of Days.
Soulfully in Season: The Spring Sessions
Janet Roper: Animist, Elder, Communicator
Runic Book of Days by Kelley Harrell
This week we talk about the internet and technology, and what these things mean to us as animists. We'll definitely continue this conversation, which branched off in too many directions to address with just one episode.
Cybernetic animism: Non-human personhood and the internet, by Devin Proctor
The internet of things and a planetary vision by Kwame Ferreira
These week we explore Marie Kondo and the KonMari method, our thoughts regarding the cultural conversation and the method itself. We also answer a question from Stuart in Sydney regarding our view of duality as animists, and the takeaways really spoke to both topics. Lots of good nuggets this week.
What White, Western Audiences Don’t Understand About Marie Kondo’s ‘Tidying Up’
Marie Kondo (Wikipedia)
Welcome to Season 2 of Everyday Animism! 🌿 • Cohost Segment 🎙 : Exploring the midpoint in a winter that no longer ”behaves,” and how this alters our observance of the wheel of the year. • Send in questions or responses for a future Q&A episode. ❄️
This is the last episode of both the podcast season and the current nature season, so it's timely that winter solstice is our focus. Learn about winter solstice, how it can be experienced internally along with intentional ritual, and what potential is held in a quiet period of reflecting on both the dark and the return of light. Solstice blessings to all of our listeners.
Runic Book of Days by Kelley Harrell
We’Moon Calendar 2018
Soulfully in Season: Winter Solstice Pop-Up with Brandice
This week we search for Janet and then discuss animism and art, covering the ways our perception and consumption of creative work can be understood animistically and also exploring the ways in which the art we create transform both the artist and the audience. Brandice apologizes for the Danielle Steele reference.
National Novel Writing Month (Brandice’s favorite November activity)
Why Cats Paint (mentioned by Janet)
Gender & Feminism in Game of Thrones (quick example of something discussed)
This week, in our 20th (!!!) episode, co-hosts explore Samhain, or the dead time, and how we currently hold and have historically held this time through an animistic lens, both intentionally and experientially.
This week is an exploration of how we can (and should) engage in ancestral work, offering animistic context, personal experience, and a few actionable ways to begin a more intentional relationship with one’s ancestors.
This week hosts dig in to the topic of divination, including what it is to each of us, what systems/oracles we use, how our animistic lens informs our practice, and a thorough geek out over Kelley's new book, Runic Book of Days.
We're back! This week, co-hosts discuss the animistic experience of minor illness, including our experience and awareness of the impact on relationships with the body, the "bug," and the world in which we're still living and working.
Q&A this week! Hear our thoughts on being an animist while also being a Christian, trusting your intuition, and reconciling multiple points of agency within Self, particularly with regard to soul and body as individuals unto themselves.
A listener recently asked an excellent question: Why? Why look at the world and ourselves through an animistic lens? Why be animists? How does it benefit us, and how does it benefit the world around us? Listen in to hear answers from Kelley, Brandice, and Janet, and hear some ways to explore those reasons for yourself as well.
The week we discuss the complicated nature of our modern relationship with food and the source(s) of our food, including exploration of blessings and death work before eating, realistic mindfulness of sourcing, and opportunity (responsibility?) to reframe advocacy for two of our biggest life givers, water and air.
The cohosts discuss the upcoming summer solstice (2018 is June 21st at 6:07 am EST in Northern Hemisphere) and how each experience the seasonal change in animistic ways. If you're looking for ways to understand this event and also observe, several options are offered. Blessed Solstice to listeners in all hemispheres, winter or summer!
6 things to know about the longest day of the year (Vox)
Ep 25 of What in the Wyrd - “Summer Solstice”
Summer Solstice - Wikipedia
Kelley, Brandice, and Janet discuss the complexities of being an animist in our current culture, including how this impacts personal, professional, and spiritually-based conversations for each host.
Animist Child – Blessings for the Tooth Faerie
Michael Harner - Wikipedia
Discussing the complexities of taking up space as a modern day animist, addressing some of those complexities, and remembering not to sit in the guilt of our carbon footprint.
“Dear environmentalists,” (Together We Will USA)
This week's discussion explores how each of us have consciously observed an animistic relationship in each of our lives, and how anyone can step into an animistic experience of living with intention.
Rock Stacking, or ‘Natural Graffitti,’ and Its Ecological Impact
Kelley, Brandice, and Janet give introductions and engage in a initial explanation of animism and discuss what animism looks like in each of their lives.
Pets as Children - “Pet Owners are Not Mothers” | “Our Pets Our Children?”
Animism on Wikipedia - Link
Cultural Appropriation - “7 Myths about Cultural Appropriation Debunked” (one of B’s favorite primers) | Native Appropriations (Kelley’s go-to resource)