When I was a baby pagan witch, I had no idea what people meant when they said the gods or spirits speak to them. I’d never heard voices, either out loud or in my head. I didn’t understand what they meant until I experienced it myself. For me, it’s a lot like hearing my cat’s voice in my head.
May your dance be one of joy with your ancestors and friends who have crossed the veil. Please kind in mind when honoring ancestors they do not necessarily have to be related by blood or family ties, an ancestor can be anyone who at some point in your life made a difference in it.
An example of a none blood/family ancestor – About a year and a half after my father crossed into the Summerlands I started taking oil painting lessons I was about 13 years old. My teacher was in her Crone years but her love and patience she embraced me with, plus her time spent teaching me, along with others in my class, instilled in me the real beauty of creating something going from my imagination out on to a canvas that I could see. Her warmth and love of art made a big difference in my life when I needed to become a child again instead of an adult taking care of my mother because her grief was almost completely oppressing her.
Samhain is the time of year when the veils are thinnest, and consequently the spirit world and our world are closer together and communication is more readily and frequently available to us. It’s also a time of year when some of us who are already psychically sensitive to spirits and daimons find that our senses are heightened.
So how we do best take advantage of this time of year? What types of magic are best to practice during this period?
First type that readily comes to mind: divination. Divination is one of those talents which lies both in the psychic and magical realms, and while there are certain forms of divination which fall under one versus the other, either way this is a great thing to practice right now. This especially goes for those who regularly work with a particular daimon or deity when they perform divinations. Deities and daimons associated with divinations, oracles, dreams, omens, and prophecy include Apollo, Zeus, Hekate, Hermes, Pan, Brigid, the Morrigan, Horus, Thoth, and Gabriel.
Yes, I know the topic of ancestor work can be a controversial one in the pagan community, because so many of us have deceased family members we wouldn’t call on if it was the last option open to us. For example, if your late Uncle Mort was a child molester, chances are you don’t really want to be inviting him into your home. Also, as many of us are first generation pagans in monotheistic families, we might feel alienated by some of our immediate ancestors, feeling that they can’t possibly share very much with us and unsure why they would want to help with our relationships with pagan deities, demons, spirits, or what have you.
But we all have bloodlines that go back more than just the few generations we might know about. Whether you know it or not, whether you can trace it objectively or not, you have a bloodline that reaches back into the pagan past, into the depths of antiquity. Depending on what country your ancestors came from, what ethnicity you are, you have ancestors who worshiped Odin, or Cerridwen, or Isis, or Ogun. Some of our ancestors, granted, return to the “primordial soup” that provides a source for new souls at the birth of children. Of those who qualify as Mighty Dead—those who managed to distinguish themselves in life in some way—some may be reborn as themselves (with their individual spirit intact), in a new body; some may choose to dwell in the spirit realms and join groups of spirits such as the Wild Hunt. But every bloodline has one or two who qualify to be ranked among the Mighty Dead and who choose to remain attached to their own blood lineage, to watch over their descendants. These are the people to turn to when you get yourself into a sticky situation with a god, demon, or other entity who you seem to be stuck in an abusive relationship with (assuming you have tried to work things out directly with that entity and it has failed, or it isn’t possible or advisable to deal directly with them for whatever reason).
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I realized before I decided to write this post that I will probably get some nasty comments because of my views and wording but that is fine with me as everyone has the right to voice their opinion. All I ask is you do it in a respectful manner without using foul language. Thank you.
On a day in the USA where most people are thrilled to have a day off of work to celebrate Christopher Colombus “discovering” America I feel it is important to remind everyone that he was not the first to discover this land. The first people to set foot on this land BCE are the real discovers of the USA, Central, and South America. Today we refer to these people in the USA as NAtive Americans to be “politically correct.” I know first hand that most would rather be referred to as American Indians. I feel they should be honored not just today but every day. While many of us have only Europen or African ancestors many more of us have Native American ancestors who were, and I use this term lightly, very mistreated by the European settlers that came first to our East coast and then spread across the land killing and forcing the first settlers of our nation on to land that would not sustain them, took away their native languages and called them savages because they didn’t have the same traditions and mannerisms as the invaders did. Time and time again broke treaties forcing them on to reservations in places the European settlers did not want to live in. while some tribes and nations have allowed gambling on their land most American Indians because of the prejudices that are still prevalent today have a hard time finding jobs that pay enough to support their families. Thankfully many of the tribes and nations have once again started teaching their children their true traditions of magic, natural medicines, native language, and that they can proudly be called by their American Indian name rather than adopting a European or Hispanic name to help them be treated as equals in this country.
Yes, I am part American Indiana on my mother’s father’s side of my family tree I hail from the Choctaw Nation in Louisiana. My American Indian name is Moonbeam. I was blessed with this name by an Elder of our Nation because when I was born a moonbeam came through the hospital window and lit up my face. I will be starting classes soon to learn how to speak the Choctaw language as I have been asked to by my ancestor who has always walked with me as a Spirit Huige and protector.
The link below is a very long but beautiful piece of music. I hope you enjoy listening to it and remember these sounds were heard in the USA way before any “white man” settled here.
We all have ancestors, both of blood and of spirit, and each of our lives rests firmly on the foundation of their sacrifice. They are as near to us as our breath and bones, and when related with in conscious ways, they can be a tremendous source of healing, guidance, and companionship. The ancestors we choose to honor may include not only recent and more distant family but also beloved friends and community, cultural and religious leaders, and even other-than-human kin such as companion animals. Our ancestors bring vital support to fulfill our potential here on Earth, and, through involvement in our lives, also further their own growth and maturation in the spirit realms.
Like the living, spirits of the deceased run the full spectrum from wise and loving to self-absorbed and harmful. Physical death is a major event for the soul, a rite of passage we will all face, and the living can provide critical momentum for the recently deceased to make the initiatory leap to become a helpful ancestor. Once the dead have become ancestors, part of their post-death journey may include making repairs for wrongs committed while here on Earth. For their sake and for ours, it’s good to spend a little time now and again feeding our relationships with the ancestors. The five suggestions below, none of which require belief in any specific tradition or dogma, are safe and effective ways to assist our beloved dead and to welcome the ongoing support and blessings of the ancestors in our everyday lives.
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Agathos Daimon means “good spirit” and is a religious observance held on the second day of each lunar month, immediately following the Noumenia. It is the third celebration of a trio of household monthly observances. A good spirit usually refers to a type of divine being that is less powerful than a God, is personal to each family, and can bring the family good luck, protection, or some type of assistance. Household spirits are usually seen as either snakes or a s a young man with a horn of plenty in hand.
I celebrate the Agathos Diamon by pouring a libation to the spirit and asking for his continued blessings on our family. If there is something in particular that our family wishes help with, I may give an additional offering to our family’s protective spirit. Although I know I can always approach the Gods directly, the Agathoi Diamones are seen to be helpful intermediaries between the Gods and man.
This is a topic that comes up again and again for people involved in mystical practices and experiences, magicians, witches, and pretty much every occultist and psychic out there: how can you tell the difference between daimons, deities, and your ego? I’ve blogged in the past on discernment and why it’s necessary, but how do you actually make sure that you’re not taken in by self deception? What steps do you take and what should you expect?
Here’s my list of things to do and/or look for:
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Native American myths and culture have always been my inspiration. The first approach to the mysteries of Shamanism in my life was through the Native American ways of spiritual work. Then I learned about the Scandinavian Shamanism and I discovered the many common things in both paths. My studies and research led me to the knowledge that in its essence the pagan ways are quite alike in the different parts of the world as are the Old religions,too. They all seem to have one origin that is very old and points towards the beginning of human history on Earth.
Here is a wonderful article I found online about the White Buffalo Spirit . This is the Spirit who walks between the worlds and connects the Red Road/ the path of incarnation and physical life / and the Blue Road / the path of the Spirit /.
When you think of Celtic tradition these are Dragons who walk between the worlds and open new realms, in Native American traditions it is White Buffalo Spirit who connects the worlds.
Read about this here