Tending To The Ancestors Through Grief & Ritual

Tending To The Ancestors Through Grief & Ritual

We’re opening up the ancient portals that lead us into the great river of grief. Most of us are feeling overwhelmed and uncertain how to hold what we’re witnessing and feeling into at this moment in time. We feel the duty to remain aware and fierce in our actions. And yet, we often feel ill-equipped to sustain ourselves emotionally, physically, and spiritually while we fight the good fight.

While it is essential that we not turn away from the pain and injustice, we are doing ourselves a disservice by not acknowledging and allowing ourselves to grieve. And yet, why would we? We have no elders or communal guidance showing us that to grieve these sorrows is ok or even necessary. Instead, we become exhausted in our anger. I see this manifesting in shame, or blame, and eventually dividing us even further as our anger is displaced upon each other for not doing enough.

What if after a long day of doing all we could with what we have, we gathered together to share our sorrow and our grief?

The Call For Wise Womxn To Step Forward In 2018

The Call For Wise Womxn To Step Forward In 2018

We are witnessing the darkest shadows surface in our collective consciousness and within ourselves. While some of us run screaming and fall into despair, others are taking action. There is no one way, no right or wrong way of experiencing this time we find ourselves in. It is no surprise that women are returning to ancient wisdom, calling upon their ancestors and embodying their internal and external power as witches and wise women.

What have you noticed shifting within yourself this past year? It is often at the crossroads of fear and love that we find our deepest magic. This past year I have felt empowered in my vision, and also fear that my vision could in no way be actualized. I have learned to allow both of these feelings rise to the surface for further examination. In those moments when I want to run, push away the dark shadow, or sabotage my efforts I have chosen to work with magic.

Who Are The Ancestors? (And Why You'll Want To Connect With Them)

Who Are The Ancestors? (And Why You'll Want To Connect With Them)

What is the first image that comes to mind when you hear the word ancestor? Does it arouse memories of a grandparent, or perhaps of a familial image much more in the distant and forgotten past? For most of us living in the modern and dominant culture, we rarely hear much about the significance of our ancestry and even less about the importance of ancestral reverence and remembrance.

How many of us can remember the names of our great-grandparents? What about great great grandparents. How many of us feel deeply connected to the place and the land in which we were born? It is becoming increasingly rare for families to remain in one place for more than a generation.

How To Intuitively Connect With Your Ancestors

How To Intuitively Connect With Your Ancestors

I imagine you’re here because you’re feeling called to connect with your ancestral roots. Having acknowledged this call to connect, you have already begun to speak with your ancestors. It doesn’t take more than heartfelt intention to shift your consciousness into a place where you can begin to connect.

If you’re like me, you can become easily overwhelmed by the process of speaking with the dead. Thoughts like “what will others think?”, “what if someone hears me, or sees me communicating with the dead?” These valid and often judgmental thoughts are enough to keep us from exploring our desire to connect in an authentic way with our beloved ancestors. It’s ok to be that person that speaks to the dead, trust me.

How To Create Belonging With Place

How To Create Belonging With Place

Have you ever felt that you didn’t belong to the place in which you live? In our modern way of living, it can be challenging to find generations of people who still live in the place they were born to. We move frequently, often the impetus is in search of resources, a better job, an education, or a curiosity to seek out and experience adventure. For many across the world, leaving home is not by choice. Throughout our human history people have been forced off of the land which they intimately tended, the land that is a part of who they are.

How do you we stay rooted and connected to place when we feel displaced from the intimate relationships we have forged with the lands who knew us as kin? And what if you never had an intentional relationship with the land? Is it possible to begin now? I believe we can, and that we must if we are to heal the grief that belies our increasing disregard for land and place.