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Remembering Ancestors of Blood, Spirit, and Place

An interfaith blogging project for the month of October! Patheos Pagan writers partner up with writers from the Progressive Christian, Jewish, and Spirituality channels to develop personal ancestor remembrance practices.

Agora/Jewish Witch

Jewish Witch: Ancestors and Genocide

There are only so many prayers you can say for the dead before, like the dybbuk of Jewish legend, they begin to graft themselves onto you.

A Word to the Witch

Talking to My Ancestors at Samhain: Religion In A Crisis

Aside from it being that time of year, my ancestors are generally my first line of defense when things go wrong or I feel the need to protect me and mine. I have a well-established relationship with them (I have a smaller ancestor altar year-round) and I know they have my back.

Raise the Horns

Pagan Pilgrimage: Glastonbury

Glastonbury England has been a religious site for thousands of years. Even before recorded history people came to marvel at the wonders of Glastonbury, and after Britain's conversion to Christianity it became a center of the new religion. Today it's a place of pilgrimage for Christians, Pagans, and a whole host of other seekers and believers. Glastonbury is a bit off the beaten path, but very much worth a visit.

Under the Ancient Oaks

Why I Worship the Gods

This is why I worship the Gods, and why I think that’s a good thing even if the Gods aren’t always as pleasant as we’d like them to be.

Ride the Spiral

Honoring the dead: Harvey Milk

Honoring Harvey Milk as part of October's series on honoring the dead.

Agora/Seekers and Guides

Seekers and Guides: The Downward Spiral – Depression and Suicide in Paganism (Part 3)

Sable Aradia continues with her series on depression and suicide. This article explores complimentary or alternative therapy options, both mainstream and experimental.

Voodoo Universe

Access the Spirit World with a Dumb Supper for Samhain

I remembered that when dealing with the ancestors, dumb supper or not, Silence is important. The stillness that is found in silence is when the ancestors best communicate.

Sermons from the Mound

Art, Agriculture, and Ancestors

Each year in October we move as pilgrims through the rural landscape, stopping at each station to read, consider, pause, interact, take pictures, try the food.

A Sense of Place

The Mystic Black Hole Where Technology Failed Me

It was like a black hole. Only it didn’t effect light. It only effected communication. Radio waves and the Internet and the telephone. All as good as dead in the zone around my mother’s small town apartment. Great effort was required to get information in or out of the black hole, and even when there [Read More...]

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