A Touch of Pollen, Detail.  Peter Goode 1994.

A Touch of Pollen, Detail. Peter Goode 1994.

If, like me, some of your most important relationships have been with birds – or with trees or flowers, amphibians or reptiles, insects or stones, or particular places – you may well have been following recent debates about ‘new’ animism with great interest.  This blog has been set up as a space for musing upon the broad theme of dialogue with sentient worlds, and thinking about the interface between animist spirituality, natural history, and cultural politics, in a postmodern Western context.

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Links to Posts on Various Aspects of Animism:

Responses to the natural world on my/our doorstep (and beyond): A Right Royal Visit, There’s Toads AboutYellow Bird’s NestLate SnowPraising Limestone,  Ground Nesting at Midsummer, Alienated Nature – Representing Invasive Species,  Humankind and Ashkind/Shadow over the Ash, 
A Rare Sunny Walk,  Protecting the VulnerableSomething Astonishing is Happening, Age and Beauty,
Some Portraits of Older Birch Trees. Midsummer Moments  Summer’s End: Back to the Limestone. Beech Trees in AutumnWelcoming the Darkness at the Winter SolsticeA Cloud Walk with Raven Conversation

Animism and natural history: Animists, Naturalists and Spirituality, Peregrine Dreams-1, In the Wake of a Sparrowhawkalso Befriending Beech Trees,  Birds and other People, Humankind and Ashkind/Shadow over the Ash,  The Personhood of Trees, The Beauty of Vultures, Eco-Animism, Astrology, and Underworld Deities – Part One,   Animism on T.V? Part 1 – Gordon Buchanan with Guillemots and Black Bears, and Part 2- Charlie Hamilton James in Peru, and Other Rainforest Stories.  Jim Crumley on Eagles, Swans, and Bears.

An Animist’s Bookshelf: On Graham Harvey’s books:  Handbook of Contemporary Animism, First ImpressionsAnimism, Respecting the Living World, and other titles  and Food, Sex, and Strangers.  Also:  Wakeful World on Emma Restall Orr’s book on animism.  The Bioregional Economy, a U.K View on Molly Scott Cato’s Bioregion book.  Double Death on Deborah Bird Rose’s ‘Wild Dog Dreaming’.  Natural Magic, on Nigel Pennick’s book of that name, and Relational Magic on Susan Greenwood’s ‘Anthropology of Magic’.

Animism in Poetry and Stories: Two Corvid Stories, Ted Hughes’ Crow and the Battle of the Birds,  Ted Hughes, Shaman of the Tribe?   Notes from the Tuning Fork, Ted Hughes and the Calder Valley, Part-1, Part -2,  Part 3, and Part 4The Poetry of John Burnside.

On Aspects of placeGround Nesting at Midsummer and Walking by the Weorf Spirits of Place, Notes on Animism as Deep Political EcologyAs Summer Fades (memory, image, symbol).

On Animism and social justice: Protecting the VulnerableAnimism on T.V? Part 2, Charlie Hamilton James in Peru and other Rainforest StoriesSpirits of Place, Notes on Animism as Deep Political EcologyAlternatives to Austerity.

On Divinatory/’spiritual’/magical/extra-ordinary (pick your own term) encounter and relationship with other-than-human beings: Peregrine Dreams – 2Equinox Greetings, Roe Deer Rite and The Common Kingfisher, a Personal Story, Birds and Me, Two Personal Stories, The Blackest Earth, Reclaiming Alchemy  Telepathy (feeling at a distance): Animism, Healing, and Science.  Am I Going Mad?  A Note on Hearing Human and Other Voices.  Spirit Possession, Deities, and Gnats.

On astrological ‘showings’ that seem to me to raise profound questions about our place in cosmic Nature: Equinox Greetings, Is Anybody Out There?  In the Wake of a Sparrowhawk, The Beauty of Vultures, Part 2. and Appropriating Sedna  Reconnecting Astrology with its Animist RootsA Crescent Sun: Time for Some Citizen Astrology?

On divination and dreams: Divination an Animist Art – 1  and Divination an Animist Art-2 , Animist dreams and A Kingfisher Dream.

On various aspects of animism Healing, and ScienceAnimal Rites.  Animism and the Moment of Death.   As Summer Fades (memory, image, symbol)Posts on Animist Ethics, include Note on Animist Ethics, Respecting Other (Human) People, and Those Cruel Wars, Part 1 and Part 2.  See also Changing Men?  and We Are Stardust, A Quick Look at Paracelsus.

Two ‘issues’ of the Animist Blog Carnival that I hosted on Birds, and  Animist Ethics.

Brian Taylor.

The photograph of a Bee Orchid was taken at Conwy R.S.P.B reserve, in July 2012.  Bee Orchids not only mimic the appearance of a female bee, but emit pheremones in order to lure male bees into ‘pseudocopulation’ as a method of pollination.  The species’ northward spread is being monitored in relation to climate change.

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