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Honoring Your Ancestors

Honoring Your Ancestors
While the veil is thin, we take the time to honor and connect with our ancestors, the blood of our blood, those that came before us. In our daily lives they provide with with wisdom, courage and guidance, we carry their stories and experiences in our bones, they are why we are where we are, and why we are who we are. This ritual can be done on as large or small scale as you are comfortable with. What you will need: 
- A belonging of your ancestors or a picture
- A candle and candle dish
- An offering bowl, and an offering (something special to your heritage)
-Spirit Powder
- Optional: Incense, Ritual Oil
Set your stage, either on your altar or a sacred chosen spot, clear the energy of the area with either smoke, ritual spray, casting a circle, calling corners, or however you are comfortable. Once this is done, take a moment to clear your mind by sitting in silence, and taking 10 deep breaths in, and out. Set the offering bowl, picture or item, and candle in their desired places. Take a pinch of the Spirit Powder and sprinkle it around the base of the candle, acknowledging that this candle is one of veneration. Light the candle, and thank your ancestors who are with you for coming to guide you. 
Place the offering in the bowl, while saying, thinking or feeling gratitude. Give thanks for the life you have, thanks for the wisdom you've gained through your bloodline, thanks for walking through this human experience with you. Either with your eyes closed, or focusing on the flame of the candle, search your mind, and the energy field around you. They're there with you, do you feel them? Sit for as long as you want or need to make a connection. You can also use this time to do some work with genetic traumas, if there was trauma passed through your familial line, use this opportunity to thank your ancestors for the lessons learned from it, and humbly ask them to take them back, as they're no longer serving your line. 
When you are ready, bring yourself back and close your space. Thank your ancestors once again before you extinguish the candle, and leave the offering there for them for a time. You can take the opportunity as well to create an ancestor altar at this time of the year, to honor year round if you do not already have one. 

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