Honoring Those Who Came Before Us on Samhain Night

Samhain is here!!! The weather is not very nice today so I won’t be taking my children trick or treating this year but they will still dress up and pass out candy to those who will venture the ugly weather.

How have you gotten your Ancestor altar ready? Here is a picture of mine.

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On my Ancestor altar I honor those members of our family that have passed. I also place items that may have been belonged to them. Below is a picture of my maternal grandmother Carmen and grandfather Portalatin. I am still working on getting pictures of my paternal ones Senencia and Herminio. It is hard to get them because I never got to meet them in his lifetime and I am just now establishing a relationship with my biological father.

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On this frame there are more pictures because in my husband’s side of the family more members have passed. There is a picture of his mother Jeannine, her sister Bonnie and their parents Blanche and Joe. I was fortunate enough to meet Aunt Bonnie and Grandpa Joe, they were lovely people that will forever hold a special place in my heart.

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These pair of grandparents were inherited by my husband from Grandpa Joe and have become the focal point.

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On Samhain the family sits down and we (my husband and I) share some of our fondest memories of them with our children. We light candles throughout the month of October and even a few days after Samhain to honor them and we let them know that they are always welcomed in our home. Once I set up their memorial over the hearth the candles , the frames and the hearth are anointed with my own blend of Ancestor Oil.

Ancestor Oil Recipe

  • 4ml Almond Base Oil – to call forth their ancestral wisdom
  • 1ml Sesame Base Oil – to open the channels of communications
  • 1 drop Chamomile EO – to call forth love, protection, peace and purification
  • 2 drops Tahitian Gardenia – to call forth peace, love, protection and to attract the good spirits
  • 2 drops Rose EO  – to call forth love, peace, harmony
  • 3 drops Rosemary EO – to call forth peace, protection and remembrance for those who have passed
  • 1 drop Wormwood EO – to call forth protection, love and call out to their spirits
  • 3 Needles of Yew (herb) –  to call forth love, compassion and it is used for death rituals
  • 5 Needles of Rosemary (herb) – to call forth peace, protection and remembrance for those who have passed

***Please always research the materials used in this recipe for possible allergies and/or health risks***

How do you honor your ancestors? What little niche in your home do you dedicate to them?

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How Journeywork Helped me Connect With my Ancestors

The first journey I had contact with an ancestor was one that I took about 2 months ago. My intent for the journey was an exploratory one and so I had asked my teacher to take me to a place I had never been to and so he did.  The journey started the usual way. I got on my horse and I rode him down in to the earth. I came out in a beautiful dark forest scenery which was a place in the underworld where I normally start out my adventures. To my right was a slow-moving river, black as the blackest night. There were no stars or moon out however it felt warm and balmy.  He held me by the hand and pulled me in to the river and so we swam. We started to swim deep down, the water felt very comfortable and I was enjoying myself very much. As we continued to swim down I saw that we were swimming towards a cave. We approached it and came out of the water to a dry and empty cave which was well-lit. Once there I saw only a rocker and a beautiful old lady working on something that I couldn’t see very well. She was quite, focusing on what she was doing. Her small hands busy, her hair was long and silvery. She was thin and petite. She saw me and my teacher approaching her and she looked up, acknowledge our presence but went back to whatever she was working on. I had an overwhelming feeling that it was family. So I asked my teacher if she was family to which he replied yes. Then I asked from which family tree she was and he said she was my maternal grandmother’s grandmother. I heard the call and so we started to journey back home. Once back in this ordinary world I had many questions that I wanted answers to.

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In my ordinary life I was in the planning stages of making a rattle. As I mentally worked on this project, I would hear instructions on how to make it and the things that this rattle should and shouldn’t have. I kept hearing to add a pink quartz bead in it and I kept resisting doing so. I didn’t quite understand the importance of it but I had made up my mind that this item didn’t really needed to be part of it. Later that month I participated in a guided meditation in which the goal was to connect and with an ancestor. At that moment I obviously knew exactly where I was going. Once the drums started I knew that I had to go back to that cave and so there I was and there she was. Patiently she was still working on whatever she was working on which I was not yet able to quite see. I tried talking to her but she would just ignore me and then I asked my teacher why wouldn’t she talk to me. He replied why don’t you just sit down next to her. All of a sudden a second rocker appears and so I sit. Then I realized that now my hands are also busy doing something. I look at her and I asked what are we working on since I was still unable to see clearly what it was. She then replies, we are working on your rattle. She then tells me that the reason I need to add the rose quartz bead, is that it is to stand as a symbol and connection to her. She said that she is helping make this rattle. She explained the reason she was so adamant about adding the rose quartz bead is because she wants the love she has for me to be present and represented that way in the rattle. I told her that I was very thankful for all her help in making this rattle and that I will certainly add the rose quartz bead. I felt the warmth of her heart and mind blend together with mine in what felt like an embraced though we were still sitting down working. I heard the call and it was time for me to return. Once I started to actually work on the rattle I kept hearing her guiding me through the process. She was amused at the fact at how weird sewing with hide felt to me. I am so thankful that I had the chance to meet and work with my ancestor. This is a picture of my grandmother on her rocking chair. As I shared with her grandmother it made me remember her as well.

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On this third journey my intent was to visit my grandfather which I was not very close to but I had sensed his presence in an area of the underworld that I had visited before. It was truly emotionally healing to see him. He was so happy to see me and he was so young-looking. He was so proud of all the vegetables and plants he had in his garden. He was just so genuinely happy to be there in this little cottage with lots of gardens around to tend. He even showed me a beautiful pumpkin, it was quite big! I asked him how he was and he answered that he was good and that he wanted to introduce me to his mom. I was shocked as I never expected this and I never had the pleasure of meeting her. I apologized for not coming sooner to see him and I apologized for not being as close to him as I should have had. He apologized for some of the mistakes that he had made but he reiterated how much he loved me and others in the family and how truly happy he was that I was there visiting. I asked about my grandmother. He said that she was not there. His expression was sad and pensive. He said that she had come back (I guess he meant that she was in the ordinary world again). It was not clear but I saw an image of her dancing, not sure what it meant, it could have been a memory. I heard the call and so I gave him and his mother a big hug and told him how happy I was to be there and that I would come again. I left feeling a much stronger bond between us. This is a picture of my grandfather and my grandmother when they were young.

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I am so thankful that journey-work has provided me with the ability to interact and establish a stronger connection with my ancestors. I am also so happy and excited at the fact that ancestors come and help us without us really even asking for their help. They do so because they love us and they want to facilitate whatever they can during our journey in this lifetime. Have you journeyed and met ancestors this way as well? How was your experience?

Blood Full Moon Brings Balance and Sheds Light on the Unseen

There is a lot going on astrologically with this month’s full moon. However traditionally this moon is here to serve as a reminder that winter is just around the corner and that we are now in the dark half of the year. At this time the veil between the ordinary and non-ordinary worlds is at it is thinnest and so we should not let the opportunity to communicate and commune with our ancestors pass us by. This is a great time to work on divination, journey-work and psychic communications with the spirits in the non-ordinary world.

This moon is experiencing an eclipse and we have the sign of Aries in the Moon and in the Sun we have Libra. So the theme that we see across the board is balance and reexamination. We all seek balance in our lives and most of the time for us to feel successful in life we need to  have balance. So tonight is a great opportunity to do works to help bring more balance to your life in those areas that you are currently struggling with. So take sometime to think what needs more balance in your life?

During the full moon we usually take inventory of the successes we have had or the things that have come into manifestation and we give thanks and we usually now start works that pertain to ridding ourselves of that which no longer serve us. Well with the eclipse’s influence we will gain a new perspective, so that which might have been eluding us and may have been hindering our ability to succeed will come to light. So this is a good time to make course corrections and to see what issues maybe keeping us from achieving what we want and get rid of them once and for all. Thanks to the eclipse those forces that might have been in the shadows influencing us will now come to light. As the night progresses and the moon no longer is in the shadow, we will also no longer be in the shadows and will come out full of power and knowledge to help us succeed in our endeavors.

May the shadow and the bright light of this Blood Moon bring blessings to you!

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What Should be My Focus On This October’s New Moon?

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What should be my focus on tonight’s New Moon? During New Moons is always a good time to go with in and take inventory ourselves. What we have done, where we are going, what do we want?

During this month’s new moon it is a time to take personal responsibilities for the things that occur and are occurring in your lives. It is a time in which we are seeing the realities of our own lives and how our own actions causes the Universe to react and others. We can see clearly where we have been our worst enemies and where we have sabotage ourselves. So for me personally I think it is a great time to look at what we don’t like and see what is the root believe that is responsible and let go of that believe that no longer serve us. The last step and most important one is to forgive ourselves and others.

So with all this information what kind of magical works will you be doing this evening?

If you would like to listen to the full cosmic weather report to better make a decision on what you will be working on tonight you can listen to it here:

http://www.blogtalkradio.com/anne-ortelee/2013/09/29/anne-ortelees-2013-weekly-weather

October 4th, 2013

  • Waxing Moon
  • Moon in Libra: All day
  • Moon Void of Course: No
  • NEPTUNE IS RETROGRADE
  • URANUS IS RETROGRADE
  • CHIRON IS RETROGRADE
  • MERCURY IN RETROGRADE SHADOW
  • NEW MOON (Moon conjunct Sun): 8:35pm

 

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