Heathen Woman: Reconstructing Heathen Rites

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We can read and study, but until rites and practices are integrated into real world living, they remain only words on someone else’s page. [Read more...]

Ancestor Remembrance Project: Blood and Spirit

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Family and ancestry are not limited by blood; the choices we make link us to traditions and generations, in spirit and in action. Although my direct knowledge of my bloodline is confined to those family members I’ve known in my lifetime, I’ve embraced the idea that my connections run as deep as time. This week, as we approach Halloween, I’m taking time to honor both my direct and spiritual ancestors; blood calls to blood, but heart and spirit form lasting bonds, too. I honor those who came before: I name them family. [Read more...]

Jewish Witch: Ancestors and Genocide

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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. [Read more...]

When Grief Becomes Ritual, When Remembering Renews

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Last year, I lost a beloved companion. Reclaiming’s Spiral Dance ritual, now in its 35th year, was the sacred space in which I mourned. Each year, hundreds of people gather in this place to celebrate and dance with the dead, those whose names we know, and those whose names we do not know — because what is remembered, lives. [Read more...]

Heathen Woman: Honoring Our Ancestors, Part Two

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Why should I honor the ancestors I knew personally instead of reaching far back into my heathen ancestry? Why not call on a past hero or even a king? My most recently deceased ancestors knew my flaws and gifts, and I knew theirs. We have a special bond. [Read more...]

Seekers and Guides: The Importance of Remembrance

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As Pagans, it is especially important that we remember the powerful and terrible experience of war, and that we honor our beloved dead. A special article for November 11th (Remembrance Day or Veteran’s Day). [Read more...]

Samhain: Blessed Be All Souls

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This week many Pagans celebrate Samhain, popularly known as Hallowe’en. It is the ancient, and modern, festival of the dead, of remembering and honouring those who have gone before us. In pre-Roman times, there is evidence that the ‘Celtic’ peoples of the British Isles would leave doors and windows open to invite the spirits of [Read More...]


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