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Sunday, September 28, 2008

Ancestors. To Worship or Leave Out?

Sunday, September 28, 2008
One of the more unique parts of my spiritual tradition is the veneration of ancestors during my rituals. In my circles I call five points instead of the normal four, the fifth being the ancestors, "those who have gone before us and shall come after us." By this I mean both my ancestors and descendants.

This idea of ancestor worship and veneration goes back to ancient times and is found scattered all over the world, from the Chinese to Africa. But there is one common thread that can be found in almost all of the traditions; the inclusion of food as an offering.

Now I can understand that this may be tough for some of us, especially in America. Many times our families are scattered far apart and, even if we live close, we do not hold the bonds of family very high. In other words many of us are not close to our family. And why is this a problem? Well if we do not know where we came from then we cannot truly understand what makes us tick. And to use the old cliche, if we don't know the past how can we know where we are going in the future?

So I encourage you to take the time to say a prayer honoring your ancestors, during your rituals. To reach out and reconnect to your family. Listen to their stories and you might even learn something. And of course your ancestors don't have to be blood related. One of the ancestors of my Family Coven is a good friend that we adopted into the family at the end of her life. Her words and brief time with us still touch us all today.

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