Advice Needed on Ancestor Shrines

Up in Paganistan a public ancestor shrine has opened up at the Sacred Paths center, and the story quotes Patheos columnist Galina Krasskova. It’s a great resource for folks in that area but my thoughts are a little closer to home.

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I’m going to be moving into a new space in about a month or so, and trying to imagine where my altars will go in my new space. Should I place family photographs along the stairs with a shelf for incense and offerings? Should I put a few photos and a candle on the kitchen counter to honor all the hearths that came before me?

Should I ritually invite my ancestors into my new space as part of my house-blessing? Should I ward my ancestor shrine against the influence of unhelpful ancestors?

What are your household ancestor shrines like? Did you include the ancestors in your house-blessing?

About Star Foster

Polytheistic Wiccan initiated into the Ravenwood tradition, she has many opinions. Some of them are actually useful.

  • http://ditzydruid.wordpress.com/ Grey Catsidhe

    I did not include the ancestors in my house (really apartment) blessing, but it is an interesting thought that I will consider in the future.  

    My ancestor shrine is half on the wall over my main altar and on the top shelf of a bookshelf nearby.  I’ve hung many photos of ancestors on the wall (including pets who have moved beyond the veil) and a candle to light.  On the shelf are framed photos that aren’t hung, a feather from a pet bird who passed away, an ancestor doll I made, as well as a cup and dish for offerings.  

  • http://ditzydruid.wordpress.com/ Grey Catsidhe

    I did not include the ancestors in my house (really apartment) blessing, but it is an interesting thought that I will consider in the future.  

    My ancestor shrine is half on the wall over my main altar and on the top shelf of a bookshelf nearby.  I’ve hung many photos of ancestors on the wall (including pets who have moved beyond the veil) and a candle to light.  On the shelf are framed photos that aren’t hung, a feather from a pet bird who passed away, an ancestor doll I made, as well as a cup and dish for offerings.  

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Valerie-Bobincheck/1714020397 Valerie Bobincheck

    We recently purchased a new (to us) home.   We held a Blot and formally invited our anscestors and asked for their blessings in the house as well as dedicating a new spirit tree.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Valerie-Bobincheck/1714020397 Valerie Bobincheck

    We recently purchased a new (to us) home.   We held a Blot and formally invited our anscestors and asked for their blessings in the house as well as dedicating a new spirit tree.

  • A Grennell

    I invite ancestors and friendly spirits by name if possible and not invite ancestors or spirits in a general sense because in the fall and winter i have had problems with unwanted ones in the house. I cleanse the rooms several times a year and then put up an ancestor shrine of sorts from sept. – november usually, not sure if that helps or not.

  • A Grennell

    I invite ancestors and friendly spirits by name if possible and not invite ancestors or spirits in a general sense because in the fall and winter i have had problems with unwanted ones in the house. I cleanse the rooms several times a year and then put up an ancestor shrine of sorts from sept. – november usually, not sure if that helps or not.


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