Honor The Ancestors Ritual

ancestoraltarOn this Day of Remembrance, this is the time of year when we honor the spirits of our loved ones who have passed — our honored ancestors whose presence in our lives has enriched us, taught us and helped to shape who we are as people and as beings of spirit and light.

I designed this ritual to call upon the spirits of our ancestors, to honor them and to acknowledge the gifts that they they have given and shared with us.

Honor Our Ancestors Ritual

Items:

  • Pictures of your remembered loved ones
  • Candles (white or silver)
  • Incense (your choice)
  • Moon Cakes (recipe found here)
  • Drink (wine or a beverage of your choice)

Ritual:

Create your sacred space according to your spiritual tradition or belief system

Light the candle and the incense

To raise energy, chant the words:

“With earth and air
Spirit, fire and sea
The gifts of my ancestors
I now take into me.
By earth and air
Spirit, fire and sea

For the good of all, blessed be”

Once you have raised the energy sufficiently:

Place a picture of one of your loved ones within at the circle to the East and say:

I acknowledge and honor the wisdom and clarity that came from this ancestor. I ask that I may always honor this gift that came from them, and share that wisdom with others as it was shared with me.

Place a picture of one of your loved ones within the circle to the South and say:

I acknowledge and honor the passion and fire that came from this ancestor. I ask that I may always honor this gift that came from them, and share the passion and fire within me with others as it was shared with me.

Place a picture of one of your loved ones within the circle to the West and say:

I acknowledge and honor the emotion that came from this ancestor. I ask that I may always honor this gift that came from them, and share the emotion within me with others as it was shared with me.

Place a picture of one of your loved ones within the circle to the North and say:

I acknowledge and honor how grounded this ancestor was and the gravitas that came from this ancestor. I ask that I may always honor this gift that came from them, and share the emotion within me with others as it was shared with me.

Lift your arms now and say:

With Spirit I bind the gifts to myself. I honor the Spirit that is my ancestors and the Spirit within and all around me.  Allow their Spirits to continue to move and guide me. I honor myself as a being of Spirit, and endeavor to share my Spirit with all .

You may take time now to meditate on the blessing. When you are ready to close the ritual,  chant:

“Energy raised, energy spent
To the Divine desires have been sent
Grateful for the gifts and blessings I have received
My will be done for the good of all. Blessed be.”

At this time, you may enjoy the cakes and beverages. You may choose to end the ritual according to your spiritual tradition or belief system.

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