No matter who you are, and no matter who your ancestors are, everyone can develop a deep, fulfilling ancestor veneration practice. This book shares techniques to help you connect to your ancestors and receive the blessings that come from veneration. Discover how genealogical research, family recipes, music, dancing, rituals, and communicating with the dead in dreams can help complement your spiritual path. Explore the different ways of working with blood ancestors, lineage ancestors, affinity ancestors, and others. Delve into the topics of ancestral trauma and what to do about difficult relationships and ancestors that you may be uncomfortable working with.
Honoring Your Ancestors is filled with hands-on tips for creating an ancestor altar, learning the difference between ancestors and ghosts, clearing the energy in your sacred space, working with plant allies, and recognizing the signs that your ancestors are beginning to pay attention to you.
The veneration techniques in this book can be practiced by people of any religious or spiritual background. Establishing a veneration practice can help you improve your mental and emotional health. It can help you connect to or increase the love in your life. And it can help you be more creative in the ways that are important to you.
"One of the most difficult hurdles in deepening one's spiritual practice is deciphering how to approach the ancestors when you either have little to no connection to your bloodline or have a fraught relationship with them in some fashion. Mallorie Vaudoise leads the reader deep into the process of ancestral veneration in this modern age, which includes looking to non-blood and even non-human spirits for connection and guidance. She reaches into her own roots and speaks with such poise and true clarity, detailing how anyone—adept or neophyte—may go about forging such relationships. This truly is a pivotal work that will prove critical for generations to come."—Tara-Love Maguire, coauthor of Besom, Stang, and Sword
"This book makes a multigenerational advance in working with one's ancestors while bridging the gaps and healing the wounds of a much-overlooked aspect of western spirituality. Bravo!"—Christopher Orapello, coauthor of Besom, Stang, and Sword
"Thoughtful, inclusive, and well-researched with a fun touch of sass, Mallorie Vaudoise has something for everyone's practice however new or experienced you may be. Lots of fantastic witchcraft to add to your repertoire and best of all, the option to use as much or as little as you would like. A heart opening book that invites you to discover what it means to grow relationships with your ancestors near and far."—Deborah Castellano, author of Glamour Magic
"Whether you are looking to develop a relationship with your ancestors or deepen it this book works to broaden the scope of what an ancestor is and gives you the tools to develop a working relationship with them. Vaudoise tackles difficult subjects with compassion and grace and provides insight into past traumas carrying over into the present. This book is of extreme importance in a day and age when so many are struggling to find their roots."—Katelan Foisy, visual artist, writer, and occultist
"If you put the material in this book into practice, it will truly change your life in more ways than you could have ever imagined. Ancestor veneration is one of the most crucial, effective, and yet overlooked spiritual practices in the west. Mallorie will teach you how to do it in a way that is straightforward, powerful, and above all, joyous."—Vanessa Irena, musician and witch
"In an ecumenical approach that I find wholly admirable, Mallorie Vaudoise opens the door to the loving support of your ancestors. Here is an accessible and trustworthy guide for instantiating the nourishing presence of the ancestors in your life."—Balthazar Blacke, author and tarot reader