Because the ancestor world has a mythic connection with the underworld, it is an ancient magical practice to seek the ancestors' help in consigning one's cares to the chthonic powers—the powers of Earth. In the care of Mother Earth, negative energies can be decomposed, transformed, and diffused for the benefit of the planet.
With these principles in mind, here is a ritual you can perform to enlist your ancestors' help in banishing some small part of your personal sorrows, whether they amount to some addiction, bad memories, disease entities, or other negative things.
On the Day of the Dead, or at other times when you put yourself in communication with the ancestor world through reminiscence or ritual, find a simple stone. A black stone is ideal, but any stone will do. Light a candle, and if you want to first perform a ritual for invoking the ancestors, you can do that now. (You may reference the Rite for Honoring Your Ancestors in my book, By Candlelight). Continue with the following invocation:
Oh my Ancestors, and all my friends in spirit,
at this time I ask for your help
in banishing my sorrows.
[Describe the nature of the problem or illness.]
You, who know the powers of the underworld,
As this stone is given over to the Earth
Excerpted from Llewellyn's 2009 Magical Almanac. For current-year calendars and almanacs, click here.
Janina Renée is a scholar of folklore, psychology, medical anthropology, the material culture of magic, ritual studies, history, and literature. Her books include Tarot Spells, Tarot Your Everyday Guide (winner ...