Honoring the Ancestors of Land, Tradition, and Blood

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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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Muses

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Muses are inspirational Goddesses in Greek mythology. There is some confusion as to the true number of Muses. I have seen as little as three and as many as nine. The confusion comes from Alexander the Great and his generals making true wisdom nonsense, so the average person would not understand. Muse comes from the Greek ‘mousa’, which is a type of Goddess and literally means art or poetry. Solon says Muses were a “key to a good life”. Pindar says “to have a Muse is to excel in arts”. Muses became associated with temples, springs, fountains and caves, but later the sites were all redirected to the Apollo cult.

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Salamander

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I love the symbol of the salamander. The salamander is a symbol cloaked in mystery. This symbol is another alchemical symbol that everyone is taking literally. I even read an article about how the ancients were wrong about the salamander. In truth the symbol of the salamander was a battle of wits between ancient philosophers. The word salamander means ‘fire within’. This should have been the first hint the ancients were not talking about the natural salamander.

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Giants

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I have shown in previous posts how giants in myths are usually showing a very big ego, but myths go several layers deep with truth and giants are no exception. In Lemurian Magic, I showed how an advanced alien race created the human race. They created a first race of humans that were just as big and smart as themselves. In all the myths the giants are frequently in conflict with the gods. In religious texts, the Nephilim, are seen as evil fallen angels. Did these giants exist? This post will show proof they did exist, but in no way were they evil. The idea that they were evil comes from lies of patriarch religions.

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Taking up the Path of the Bard, Part II

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Creativity is the singing of the soul.  When we create, we draw from the deepest parts of who we are and express ourselves to the world.  The act of creation, the drawing forth and connecting to our inner selves, is the joy involved in creativity.  Having something nice in the end, to me, seems like a bonus! I believe this act of channeling the awen is not only inherently spiritual, it is also part of what it means to be human.  But to allow our souls to really sing, we have to grow comfortable with what we create, we have to set aside our judgement, and and to grow our skills as bards.

Last week, I explored what the bardic arts are, the cultural challenges associated with the bardic arts, and some ways community groups circumvent said challenges.   We looked at the creative spirit of children, and how that spirit…

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Animal Spirit and Medicine: Animal Spirits

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Animal Spirits work with us in many capacities and on a variety of levels. As Totems, they reflect aspects of our personalities teaching us to know ourselves better and understand our interrelationships. Power Animals are much the same; they are the dominant Totem and merge in a sacred spiritual manner with our inner spirit. Guides are not always animals but they can be; these creatures guide us through spiritual realms and to our teachers showing the way to enlightenment. Some Animal Spirits act as messengers coming once or twice in a lifetime while others are frequent visitors. All these capacities reflect their abilities to impart a wide variety of messages on many different levels. All Animal Spirits are our teachers in one way or another. They can act as protectors giving us warnings, or defending us in other ways. While they teach us about ourselves and our lives, their highest…

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THE MENTAL BALANCER STONE ~ LEPIDOLITE

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 LEPIDOLITE CONTAINS LITHIUM AND IS HELPFUL FOR STABILIZING MOOD SWINGS AND BI-POLAR DISORDERS. IT IS extremely useful for overcoming any kind of emotional or mental imbalance; it is supportive in releasing one from addictions and emotional disorders like anorexia.

Colors: purple, some with pink tourmaline crystals

Uses: called the stone of peace and rich in lithium, excellent for out of body experience, increasing psychic ability, acceptance, awareness, peace, and tranquility, relieving stress, soothing anger and diffusing negativity, good luck, restful sleep, and pleasant dreams.

Star Sign: Libra
Planet: Venus
Element: Air
Chakra: Heart

TIPS FOR LEPIDOLITE

Keep lepidolite near you when you study to boost concentration

Place lepidolite in your living room to enhance a calm atmosphere

Wear lepidolite to release unkind feelings you may be holding

lepidoliteKeep lepidolite near you to help free yourself from addictions

Put lepidolite in the places you spend most time to help lift depression

Reassuring…

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Happy Litha and Summer Solstice

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Litha falls on the summer solstice. With the sun at it’s zenith, this is the longest day of the year. It is a celebration of the God and Goddess at the height of their power. They are the king and queen of the fertile lands and together they rule over the fertile, growing earth. Their mature love for each other ensures the success of the ripening crops. It marks the preparatory period before the harvest season at a time when the Holly King Takes over for the Oak King until Yuletide.

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Oak Tree ~ June 10th-July 17th ~ Celtic Astrology

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Summer Solstice ( Alban Hefin )

Celtic Symbol: The White Horse or The Golden Wheel

Zodiac Degrees: 18º00` Gemini – 14º59` Cancer

Ruling Planet: Jupiter – Jovyn; Mars; Element: Water; Metal: Gold; Color: Gold

Ancient Gods Associated With Jupiter: Greek – Zeus; Celtic – Dagda; The Green Man, Janus, Diana, Cybele, Hecate, Pan

Symbolism: Sovereignty, rulership, power, Strength & Endurance, Generosity & Protection, Justice & Nobility, Honesty & Bravery

Stone: Diamond, Aventurine

Flower: Coltsfoot

Song Birds: Oriole, Wren

Folk Names: Jove’s Nuts, Juglans

The Druidic religion was reputedly based on the oak-cult mythology and all ancient thunder-gods were associated with the oak tree. There is evidence to suggest, however, that the oak-cult was imported into Britain from the Baltic regions during the Bronze Age; and although it became the principal sacred tree of the Druids, the rowan, willow, elder, and alder cults were already established. As Druidism evolved, the significance of the…

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Taking up the Path of the Bard, Part I

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Bardic Artistic Expression through Clay, Sand, and Straw (cob)! Bardic Artistic Expression through Clay, Sand, and Straw (cob)!  (This is part of a tree piece I collaborated on at Strawbale Studio in Michigan)

A group of people sharing stories and songs by the fire. A fine pair of leather shoes. A beautiful woven garment. A tale full of twists and mystery. Finely wrought iron doors. An amazing wood carving on a stump. A marble sculpture. A wildly painted mural on a wall. A cob structure with whimsical trees and forms. A song that reaches deep within you when you hear it.  A rousing speech. Each of these, and so many others, represent the natural creative expressions of humanity. Taking up the path of the bard is one of three paths in the druid tradition (along with the work of the Ovate and the Druid). Yet, many people aren’t sure how to take up the path of the bard because…

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