A is for Ancestral Land

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Ancestral land is also important. Excellent blog about practicing away from the land of your People.

weald and wold

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Anyone who’s glanced through this blog will know that this is a subject crucial to my Craft and very close to my heart.  I’m an Englishman abroad, and many times it feels like being in exile in a magical sense.

I always knew I had a deep connection to my native land; it was the core of my Craft, at the times I was aware of it and in the darker times.  But I never expected, when I moved to Quebec to live with my wife (a decision I cannot regret <3), how deeply it would strike at the heart of my practice and my self.

I had moved within England previously, and the first time I was uprooted from my family’s land I had what I thought then was a bad crisis of disconnection – and that was maybe three hundred miles north.  I found magical landscapes of…

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About/Ancestors

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Ancestors, conjure style!

Georgia Conjure

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Since I’m starting this, I figure I might as well give a little bit about who I am and why I’ve gotten hooked on Rootwork. I’m also going to be including (since it’s my first official post) a bit about the most important spirits you can work with, your Ancestors.

My name is Paul, I live in northern Georgia, and I’ve been intensively studying Rootwork for about a year and a half. Previous to that, I’d been working in several neo-pagan traditions but hadn’t been satisfied with what I was experiencing. The magic was too random, the focus too European. I wanted something that was connected to the land I was living in, something that was well structured, and through a friend I stumbled into Conjure.

My first work wasn’t much. I put together a rather primitive mojo, and along with some candle work landed a job that was…

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Pagan Blog Project 2014: Week 1 – ‘A’ is for Akhu

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Some Kemetic (Egyptian) thoughts about ancestor shrines.

Prairies and Pyramids

Akhu, or “ancestors” are an important part in my path, and within Kemetic Orthodoxy. When we do Senut, our Ancestors (Akhu) are the first to be honored and offered water to ‘be cooled’. So I thought it was fitting that they should be the first post in my attempt at participating in the 2014 Pagan blog project.

One of the major concerns, it seems, in the practice of ancestor veneration, is the question of “Would my ancestors, who were a totally different religion than me, appreciate being honored this way?” If you are honoring, say, your grandpa who passed away a couple of years ago, who knew you and loved you when he was alive, then I think he would be grateful you are remembering his name in such a positive way. When I was constructing my Akhu shrine, I went through photos, and searched through boxes with mementos in…

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Ancestors

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Today (well, yesterday now, thanks to me taking too long to post – good going, Ag) is supposed to be the first day that the Pagan Blog Project goes down. I registered as a PBP blogger (#35 in this list), and I spent most of the last several days trying to figure out what I wanted to post about that started with A. Be grateful I didn’t subject you to an exposition on why my name is Agriakosos! (Agi will do fine, thank you very much.)

The more I thought about it, the more I realized that there wasn’t any other “A word” I could start with besides one:

ancestors

Everything we are, everything we do, involves ancestors. Even if we don’t want to acknowledge them (maybe they were cruel to us in life? maybe we’re adopted and we don’t even know who they are?), they are out there, and we wouldn’t be here if it weren’t for them. For good or for ill we all have ancestors, and thus they are the one constant in human life. We don’t even have to choose to have children – but we can’t opt out of parents. Voila. Ancestors. Congratulations. You have some.

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Fine, you have ancestors. Now what do you do with them?

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