Friday Foraging 10: The return

Wow, it’s been a while! I’m thinking of restarting my little “Friday Foraging” link round ups for the new year, so here goes.

There’s a new (well new to me anyway) site called Anima Monday, written by “a collective of people interested in sharing our experiences of Animism”, and it’s excellent. It has a blog, interviews and resources for re-enchanting the world. Its most recent post at the time of writing this is “Animism Exercise: Our Connection with Everyday Objects“:

Tell enough people you are an animist and someone will eventually present an everyday item as a kind of gotcha question. This pencil? That couch? Your running shoes? These are alive? These are sacred to you?

Animism isn’t a monolith of belief so there probably are people who do think common objects are alive or en-spirited. For me, I don’t know that it matters one way or another because the fact is that people behave as if objects are alive. Toddlers have love blankets. Their parents yell at cars and tell their computers to hurry up… Those tendencies look a lot like animism to me. Whether things are alive or not we tend to construct relationships with them.

This is definitely a site to follow in 2019!

John Beckett is always writing great articles, and I love his 8 Things to Make your Paganism Stronger this Year.

Just what I needed to read after a year of lapsed practice.I won’t spoil it by saying what John’s eight tips are, you’ll have to go and read the article for that!

You’re not a beginner anymore. You’re ready to explore the world of Gods and magic in more depth, not because someone tells you “you should” but because you want to. Something deep inside whispers that this will be meaningful and helpful, both now and in the years to come.

In a practical and similar vein, Rachel Patterson outlines some great tips for starting, or deepening, a meditation practice: something I want to work on going through the year ahead, in her article Hints and Tips for Meditation:

Know that you don’t have to meditate for four hours straight…unless you are a Buddhist monk. Just five minutes is a good place to start, the more you practice the longer your meditations will become twenty minutes a day is perfect but if you can only manage five minutes a day that is cool too.

I really want to write a proper response to this next article, and I will once the ideas have fully percolated through my brain, but Nimue Brown has written a very thought-provoking piece about the use of Pronouns for Nature.

I absolutely agree that the language we use frames and to a large extent constructs our relationships to each other and to the world, and it’s worth considering how we speak of non-human beings like trees and animals as well as how we frame gendered language too.

Normally when we talk about trees, plants and landscapes, we use the language of inanimate objects. There is a world of difference between saying ‘this is the tree that grows near my house’ and ‘this is the tree who grows near my house’…

…Where I can, I prefer to use he/she pronouns for nature, because it makes other living beings sound less like objects, and I think that’s important. This is of course not without issue. Some creatures I can gender-identify at a glance because of size, plumage or behaviour. Some I can’t, and I have to guess. For many, gender doesn’t really apply.

That’s it for this week’s forage, see you for the next one!

I’m working at getting back into my former posting schedule of Sunday, Wednesday and Friday for 2019, with posts due at 12 noon (UK time) on those days. You can follow me here on WordPress, or on Twitter @wrycrow to stay up to date.


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