Although I have done some work on the Temple lately, unpacking boxes and moving things around, I have not established any altars as of yet. Today, I will set up the Ancestors first. No my Gods and Goddesses, not my various patrons, or a work space, or even a dedicated space for the Family Altar and Deities. The Ancestors are first.
The Ancestors are first because they are the root from which the whole tree of my life has grown, without them I would not be. You don’t have to have liked your departed kin in life, or even have gotten along, for them to always, and I mean ALWAYS, be there for you spiritually and magickally. They have passed unto the last great initiation and no longer hold judgment or the bias of life. They have your back—always. For you see, you are the SUM of their incarnation in the flesh.
Your Ancestors have an invested interest in your well-being and success. This is why they will come and give their best advice (which you may not always like), work on your behalf, stand as front-line guardians against anything that opposes your prosperity, and much more. By dedicating space for them, you give them a physical space to “sit” and be involved in the affairs of your life.
You don’t even have to know who your Ancestors were to tap into a relationship with them. If there is blood in your veins then you can reach them. Additionally, not all Ancestors are “of the blood” and may be tied to the particular land upon which you live or link through your lineage and or membership with an established group. All of these are important to have some basic relationship with. It doesn’t need to be complicated. Simply by giving them offerings of dark bread or red wine will do wonders. As you lift them up, so too will they lift you.
I’m not going to dig too deeply into the intricacies of working with one’s Ancestors, but if you don’t already work with them, it may be time. Start with just one, and have a bit of tea.
“Lost in a thicket, bare-foot upon a thorn path.”