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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.

Between the Shadows

A Story for Samhain: Not Yet

This is Part 1 of a true story of life, death, and rebirth; of gods and mortals and the connection between them at the edge of the Veil.

Raise the Horns

Samhain vs. Halloween

Halloween and Samhain are more than just a day, they are practically a season for many of us. They are also two distinct holidays and offer vastly different experiences. Samhain is not the same thing as Halloween, but I need both of them just the same.

Under the Ancient Oaks

How Do We Know What the Gods Want?

Unquestioning belief is not a Pagan virtue. How do we know what we know about the Gods? It requires using all our ways of knowing.

Agora/Queer of Swords

Queer of Swords: Halloween – The Secular Festival of Becoming

Looking beyond the Undead Tomato costumes and the candy corn, is there really something basic and important underlying Halloween that is largely unrecognized?

Voodoo Universe

Dead Again: The Ancestors Return

The ancestors should be important to all of us! We should recognize and celebrate whichever way they choose to return to us- be it rediscovering an old recipe or headstone, a song we can't get out of our head, or the smile of a newborn relative that we haven't recognized in generations.

Ride the Spiral

Honoring the dead: my old self

On my experience of dying astrally and coming back a whole new person.

Greening the Spirit

‘And beyond death I bring peace and freedom…’

We do not all have traumatic events like the near-death experience Carl Jung described to help us focus on what is really important to us. Still, the spiritual experiences of transcendence that many of us find in ritual and meditation play a similar role in teaching us that ‘I’ and the body are not the same.

A Word to the Witch

Samhain Throwback Thursday: Sing to the Mighty Dead

Here is my litany of Mighty Dead: brilliant, luminous, genius bisexual women, every last one of them.

Daughters of Eve

Listening to the Ancestors; Visions in Plain Clothing

I believe the ancestors are limitless. Beyond the material and conscious world of the living, the power of the ancestors are not restricted by the boundaries and limits of the mundane. The infinite power of those who have crossed-over the veil still contain the ability to guide, teach and transform the living, if only we allow ourselves to tap into the wisdom that is there.

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