Omens and Inspiration
There’s a wonderful post worth reading by Wendy Froud called Faery Gifts Inspire. I don’t know if Froud technically considers herself a “pagan” and I’ve never been entirely sure how seriously the Frouds take their belief in the faeries. But her description of going out for a walk and purposefully looking for signs from the spirits that will then inspire her artwork (which is all about said spirits) certainly seems like animism in action to me. Regardless, a good example to follow.
“We know that Faeries are nature spirits -part of the world beyond and the world within. We know that they touch our hearts and feed our imaginations -but -they also help us access and release our creativity. Brian and I have always known this, but perhaps it isn’t as obvious to everyone else. Let me tell you how that morning walk with the objects found along the way, led me to the beginnings of understanding what I wanted to put into words….So there it was -the beginnings of a story -family, home, quest,adventure, travel, magic, war, returning or not. -creative thinking -inspired by my asking the Faeries to show me something. Of course you can find objects and make connections without asking the Faeries to guide you, but I choose to think that the help they give is always valuable and certainly interesting. Besides -asking magical beings for help when writing about magical things just makes sense.”