Honoring the Ancestors of Land, Tradition, and Blood

The Druid's Garden

As the world  (where I am at, at least!) gets bathed in frost, as the plants wither and die, as the trees bathe themselves in color and then drop their leaves, as the cold wind blows and as the darkness sets in, we in the druid tradition–and in any other traditions–turn to think about the ancestors. In this post, we’ll explore the global traditions surrounding honoring the dead that tie to August-October and honoring the dead to see similarities, we’ll discuss three types of ancestors the druid tradition recognizes, and then we’ll explore ways to honor the ancestors.

Food for the Ancestors! Food for the Ancestors!

Global Ancestral Traditions

When you start digging into ancestor traditions around the world, some striking similarities seem to emerge.

  • The Mexican Day of the Dead, which is a blending of European traditions and Aztec honoring of the dead, goes from Oct 31 – Nov 2. As part of…

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How to Open, Clear, and Balance the Chakras with Crystals

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If you want to be healthy, happy, and spiritually connected, it all starts with your chakras and bio-energetic system. Your chakras are power points or gateways into the human energy system. They receive energy from the environment, which is circulated through the entire energy system via the meridians. The seven major chakras are located in a centerline at the core of your body. Each one has physical, emotional, and mental correspondences, and they each resonate with a specific color frequency.

If you are experiencing an imbalance or challenge in some area of your life, it might indicate that one or more of your chakras could use a tune-up. Chakras can become blocked due to unprocessed emotional energy, unhealthy mental patterns, toxins, negative energy, stress, past life and genetic line patterns, and other causes. An energy blockage in a chakra creates a deficiency in energy, which can eventually lead to dis-ease…

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Super Seven Healing Quartz Stone

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“Super seven” stone, also referred to as “Sacred seven” or “Melody stone”, is a quartz stone that contains seven materials; goethite, cacoxenite, rutile, lepidocrocite, amethyst, clear quartz and smoky quartz. Super seven stone is not much to look at; in fact, it looks like a dirty quartz gem with some purple amethyst zoning. However, those who believe in the power of crystal healing claim that the combination of the seven materials is extremely beneficial. Let’s learn a little more about the parts that make up this special stone.

Goethite is a brown-black or yellow-brown mineral that occurs mainly as fibrous crystals. It is made up of oxyhydroxide iron. Though it can be made into gemstones, it is rarely seen. Goethite is said by crystal healers to be a stone of communication, both physical and spiritual. Cacoxenite is a yellow, orange, green or brownish hydrous iron phosphate mineral that grows in fibrous bundles. Therefore, it is not suitable as a gemstone material…

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Keys to a Magical Mind

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I thought I would give some keys you can do that will help you unlock the magic in your mind. I will always tell you to start with my Magic post because it will tell you what magic really is and help you to clean out your mind. Everyone is performing magic, they just are not performing it for themselves. You have to clean out your mind in order to perform your own magic. A magical mind is open, flexible, has a propensity to seek reason, has a desire to be well-informed, and a respect for and willingness to entertain diverse view points. A magical mind has no patience for ignorance. It has patience for the person who is willing to learn, but no patience for the ignorant mind that have their opinions, beliefs and ideas set in stone.

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Lightning Goddess Perunika’s Daughter – Lepa Mara

Lepa Mara Slavic Goddess of Spring

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Lepa Mara means beautiful woman when she wakes up in March when the thunder god Perun, her father and the lightning goddess Perunika, her mother makes their first thunder and lightning together to open heaven’s gates in Spring for their daughter Mara. Mara and her Mother Perunika are symbols of feminine rebirth and resurrection of nature from its winter sleep into spring.

In the homes of the ancient Slavs there were small altars in the corner of the house with wax, amber or wooden figurines where girls and women used to offer sacrifices like flowers, ribbons, embroidered napkins, etc. A fire burns or candles here that could be put out only using your fingers, otherwise the peace of the house would be put out with it.

Mother and daughter also represent the feminine or female principle embodied of woman which are: The primal principles, the soul, the instinctual and intuitive…

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Amy Brucker ~ My Cat Angus Died This Week ~

By Amy Brucker

My cat Angus died this past Thursday. He was 18 years old and a little shaman who would curl up next to my clients and do his part to help them in their healing process.

He lived a long, good life, but it was time for him to say goodbye, and October was the perfect time for him to leave.

October is a Time for Releasing

Of releasing golden leaves that fall like confetti to the ground.

Of releasing grief so it can flow through us (instead of turning into depression).

Of releasing whatever is getting in the way of you living a good life.

Releasing Angus was a process for me. His small body started to decline a couple years ago, so I was able to prepare for the inevitable.

Every day I gave thanks for his grace in my life, for his presence. I reveled in his softness, knowing that someday it would be a memory. I took mental pictures, memorizing the subtle angles of his nose and chin, noticing how he sometimes looked like Homer Simpson, but other times like a wise Buddha, and laughing at the juxtaposition.

Releasing can be a big dramatic ritual with heart-wrenching cries, or a simple whisper of goodbye.

But however you express it, the most important thing is to be present. Presences gives your heart a chance to really feel your feelings, to give the mix of sadness and joy a place to co-exist so they can weave together a healing balm for your soul.

I said goodbye to Angus this morning, full of tears and a heavy heart. I created an altar with his photo, his favorite toy, some treats, and a candle. I’m grateful for how he shared his life with me.

What about you?

What do you need to be present with today?

What do you need to release? How does your heart feel in releasing it?

How can you make room for the joy and the sorrow so you can create your own soul medicine?

sweet dreams to you,

Amy

Herbal Astrology

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Our ancestors were deeply attuned to the phases of the Moon and the stations of the Sun. Farmers once farmed by the Moon; the idea was that the “waxing” or growing Moon pulled plant energies upward, while the “waning” or decreasing Moon meant energy was moving back down towards the Earth and soil. When you consider that plants are filled with water and that the Moon’s gravity is strong enough to pull the tides of the ocean, there is a strong logic to this practice.

The “waxing” phase, from the New Moon to the Full Moon was the time to plant leafy plants and plants from which aerial portions were to be harvested such as berries, stems, leaves, flowers and barks. The “waning” phase, from the Full Moon to the dark of the Moon, was the time to plant root crops and also a good time to transplant, weed, prune…

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October Birthstones: Opal and Tourmaline

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OPAL SYMBOLISM AND MEANING

Arabic legend attests that opals fell from the sky during lightning storms, while Australian aborigines thought the creator visited the earth in a rainbow and imparted opals as a colorful gift.

Nearly 100 B.C., a Roman scholar by the name of Pliny compared opal gemstones to volcanoes and colorful artwork, realizing that opals have the ability to reflect the hues of any gem. Because of these colorful reflective qualities, during the Middle Ages, it was thought that opals harnessed immense power and luck.

Throughout time, opals have been regarded as a gem full of good luck and fortune, especially for those with October birth months.

OPAL COLOR

Opals have a primary color of either white or black, and many people find both appealing. The opal’s most defining quality is its kaleidoscope character that radiates all the colors of the rainbow. Microscopic silica, a crucial component to…

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First Full Moon of Autumn

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By Phoenix the Elder –Blessings on this full moon dreamers in the beautiful month of October… we enter our 1st Full Moon of Autumn on October 5th 2017 @ 12 degrees Ares. Our signs and synchronicities begin three days before each new and full moon and if we can be flexible enough in our attention, we can give more energy to heighten our second sight, which helps our personal intuition (empath nature, psyche, remembrance, and memory) grown stronger.

The slow progressive journey of awareness comes with difficulty and that is precisely where we walk our talk. Its fine to express ourselves and believe everything we wish, but in an Aries full moon, our actions show us more of who we are than any belief system we have, negative or positive.

So, to really see our signs clearly in the Libra right relationship cycle, the Aries full moon and the…

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Cleansing Your Aura with Crystals

by Kat Michaels

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Have you ever tried cleansing your aura after a rough day? An aura cleanse is a great way to remove harmful energy using crystals.

For an aura cleanse, start with your favorite cleansed piece of seleniteblack obsidianclear quartzsmoky quartz, or labradorite. It’s best to use a carved massage wand or a natural wand with a single or double termination, but any shape will work.

After choosing your stone, trace it through your aura about 4-6 inches away from your body, using your intuition to guide you. If you’re using a carved massage wand or a natural wand with a single termination, make sure that the blunt end is facing toward your body and that the termination is facing outward. That will ensure that the energy you remove will exit the wand through the termination instead of getting stuck in your auric field. Trace the front and back of yourself as well as your sides, under your arms, and between your legs, as energy can get stuck in any area of your aura. Energy is particularly likely to be stuck in areas where you have pain or have previously been injured, so pay extra attention to those spots.

Once you’re done cleansing your aura, make sure to cleanse your stone well again so that the harmful energy doesn’t affect the stone’s healing properties. To keep your aura in tip-top shape, try to do this three to four times a week.

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