Ancestor work is a practice that is found all over the world in many different cultures, and traditions. There are a couple types of ancestors that have the potential to be worked with, and honored. These different types of ancestors have different connections to you, and can help you out in various ways. From these practices you understand that your ancestors are still with you in a spiritual form and can still help an impact your life. You will be able to honor, and communicate with your ancestors in order to gain insight, and understanding that you might not have gotten any other way. You can build relationships with all of those you have a connection with already that you may not even know that you are connected to. The types of ancestors as I categorize them here are blood ancestors, associated ancestors, land ancestors, and tradition ancestors.
Your blood ancestors are any entity from whom one is descended going all the way back to even prehistoric times. You will be able to determine more of your blood ancestor lineage through historical records, or DNA testing. Through the power of working with your blood ancestors you can more closely connect with yourself, and your bodies lineage. This does include entities who are not Homo sapiens, and that are also connected to you from human evolution.
Land Ancestors are those who lived on the land before you, and who also called it home. Land ancestors are knowledgeable about the area, and are great entities to get in contact with if you want to work with the land better. This also includes non-human animals.
Tradition ancestors are ancestors who practiced, or was apart of a tradition, or group that you are now a part of. These types of ancestors are connected via practices, and understandings. This would be like practicing magick, and then honoring the magickal practitioners that have come before you. These ancestors would be able to provide guidance and understanding around your tradition and the practices of a specific group, or way of thinking.
Connecting, Honoring, and Working With Your Ancestors:
In order to connect with your ancestors you should first spend time learning about them and the way that they did things. Look into their lives, the things that they did, and the Legacy that they left behind. Learn about their likes, and interests, and study them as thoroughly as you can. looking into the tradition that you practice and how they honor their ancestors is also a good way of understanding your ancestors. This information may provide you with insights that will allow you to honor and work with them more effectively. You are also able to pick, and choose what ancestors you work with in case you do not want to work with some for certain reasons.