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 was 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.

As of May 2017, Animist Jottings has gone into hibernation.  Occasional posts may appear from time to time though, and recent published articles can be found here.   A new article on Animism and Ecopsychology is wending its way towards publication, hopefully, so I’ll post something about that if and when it emerges. 

I’ve enjoyed blogging, and met some interesting fellow travellers en route.  Your interest, and comments have been greatly appreciated.  But now its time to say, au revoir.  May the common good prevail!  B.T.


Brian’s new article now out posthumously ( Aug 2018 ) –
SEE link:  http://eje.wyrdwise.com/ 

Taylor, B. (2018). The generosity of birds: Ecopsychology, animism, and intimate encounter with wild others. European Journal of Ecopsychology 6: 1-22.

Previous jottings have included:

Responses to the natural world on our doorstep (and beyond):   A Right Royal Visit, There’s Toads AboutYellow Bird’s NestLate SnowPraising Limestone,  Alienated Nature – Representing Invasive Species,  Humankind and Ashkind/Shadow over the Ash, Something Astonishing is Happening, Age and Beauty, Some Portraits of Older Birch Trees.  Beech Trees in AutumnA Cloud Walk with Raven Conversation  Operation Newt.   Life Through a Lens.  

Animism and ‘natural history’: Animists, Naturalists and Spirituality, 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. Entanglements in an Anthropocentric World, Thom van Dooren on Crows and Hospitality.

An Animist’s Bookshelf: Thoughts on Graham Harvey’s books:  Handbook of Contemporary Animism, Animism, Respecting the Living World, and other titles and Food, Sex, and Strangers.  On Emma Restall Orr’s Wakeful World, Molly Scott Cato’s The Bioregional Economy, a U.K View, Deborah Bird Rose’s Wild Dog Dreaming, Nigel Pennick’s Natural Magic, Peter Fenwick and Elizabeth Fenwick on End of Life Experiences, Geoffrey Samuel and Jay Johnston on Subtle Bodies, Andy Fisher’s Radical Ecopsychology, Michael McCarthy’s The Moth Snowstorm.

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. Ted Hughes and Oracular CorvidsWing Beats, British Birds in Haiku.

On Aspects of place: Walking by the Weorf  Spirits of Place, Notes on Animism as Deep Political EcologyAs Summer Fades (memory, image, symbol)The Biggest lake in England, Once.

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 AusterityNurturing the Emotional and Spiritual Base of our CommunitiesProtest in Context, an Astrological NoteAusterity Watch – Cut to Death.

On extra-ordinary encounter and relationship: Peregrine Dreams – 2Roe 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 GnatsNear Death Experiences and Cultural Change.

On astrological showings: Equinox Greetings, Is Anybody Out There?, The Beauty of Vultures, Part 2 , Appropriating Sedna , Reconnecting Astrology with its Animist Roots, A Crescent Sun: Time for Some Citizen Astrology?Protest in Context, An Astrological Note , Photographing the Underworld? A Note on NASA’s Pluto Fly-by , Taking Soul Birds Seriously.

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

On other aspects of animism: Animal Rites,  Animism and the Moment of Death, Changing Men?, Those Cruel Wars, Part 1 and Part 2, We Are Stardust, A Quick Look at Paracelsus, 

On Animist Ethics: Respecting Other (Human) People

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.

All photographs are my own unless otherwise stated.  If you wish to use them please credit Brian Taylor.