Most magical traditions provide some way to honor their ancestors-those who have gone before. Here are some ways to honor your dear departed:
1. Set up an ancestor altar. Place pictures of your departed loved ones. Use colors and decor that would have been pleasing to them, and add reminiscent artifacts. I regularly leave a shot of good scotch when thinking about my Uncle Jim, while reflections on my beloved grandmother involve her small iron cauldron or her rolling pin.
2. Honor them at special meals by setting them a place at the table. You might even cook up one of their favorite dishes. Don't forget to offer them a toast!
3. Use scrying tools (mirrors, crystal balls, fire) or other divination tools to speak with or consult your ancestors. Remember: they still love you, and they're still watching over and are available to you-their influences are a strong part of your everyday life.
Historical lore: Veterans Day commemorates the armistice that ended the Great War in 1918. Oddly, this war ended on this day, November 11, at 11 am (the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month). Though Congress changed Veterans Day to another date in October at one point during this century, in 1968 they returned the holiday to November 11, where it stands today. The number 11 is significant. In numerology, it is one of the master numbers that cannot be reduced. The number 11 life path has the connotation of illumination and is associated with spiritual awareness and idealism-particularly regarding humanity. It makes sense then that this collection of 11s commemorates the end of an event that was hoped to be the War to End All Wars. Unfortunately, it wasn't the last such great war, but we can at least set aside this day to ruminate on notions of peace to humankind