I love celebrating the different seasons, and right now I feel a very strong calling towards connecting with Mother Earth and my ancestors through ritual and ceremony.
Giving thanks, honoring and celebrating our ancestors, bringing their spirit forward is a powerful way to connect with the spirits in this world and the otherworld.
With Samhain we mark the end of the harvest season and the beginning of winter, opening up a deep season of inner beauty. I wanted to share with you my altar of celebrating my ancestors and honoring them.
I have Our Lady of Guadalupe who is with me always. This is a picture of my mother and father, and I am in the picture eating an apple, I was 18 months old here. I don’t have any photos of my family, they were all killed during the holocaust, but I can feel their spirit present here with me. I have an apple on my altar because my mother loved apples and ate one every day. I have a small stone (I stole from the cemetery, but don’t tell anyone) from my fathers grave site. I also have fresh rosemary to remove negativity and bring in Mother Earth. A white feather I found outside just a few weeks ago, and a few of my crystals.
Last night my beautiful, precious Labradorite fell out of my hand and chipped a piece and I’m feeling so upset. This was really not planned this way, it just happened that this morning I had a conversation with the beautiful Lori A Andrus, about something unrelated, but knowing her background i just had to ask, she’s a practitioner of crystal Shamanism, an artist, she hosts the Chrystal Shaman Life podcast, and if you haven’t heard it, you must, you can find her over here She told me the stone is supporting me, maybe there’s something I need to let go of and that I should ask for clarity and blessings. I will be doing a ritual today to ask for clarity and I’m anxious to see what comes forward for me, what messages I will receive.
My altar will probably evolve a bit more, but I hope that, if you are not already creating an ancestral altar, that you are inspired to start one.
I’d love to hear from you, what your practice is and see a picture of your altar, if you wish to share, you can post in the comment section below.