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.

Blood 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.

Associated Ancestors:
Associated ancestors are ancestors that you consider to be part of your lineage, but that are not connected to you by blood. These would be friends, and family members that are not blood related. These individuals are connected to you in such a way that you have consider them to be worthy of your ancestral veneration. This includes non-human animals.

Land Ancestors:

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:

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.

You can honor your ancestors by dedicating actions in their name, building shrines to them, and by making offerings to their spiritual being. You can perform ancestral prayers to communicate, and venerate your ancestors, and to even ask for aid. You are also able to invite your ancestors into your dreams, so that you may interact on the dreamscape.
By setting up ancestral shrines, and altars it allows you to make a spiritual connection to your ancestors, and to have a place where that spiritual connection is grounded. You will want to make sure that this place is cleansed both physically, and spiritually wherever you said it up. In these places you will be able to communicate with your ancestors telling them about your life, and being, while also being able to provide them with offerings. Through these places of communication you will also be able to ask your ancestors for help, and advice in many aspects of your life, and your ancestors may help you by protecting you and guiding you through the course of your life.
The ancestor shrines, and altars can be very simple or can be extravagant they can include things such as pictures of your ancestors, items that you associate with them, graveyard dirt from their graves, items in which they owned, or even pieces of them much like bones, or ashes. You would also be able to include things such as ritual supplies, and places for offerings. Things that you could go through the process of offering them are things that you know that they enjoyed within their lives, or things that you think they might like. You are also able to meditate at these places in order to bring your ancestors into your meditations, so that they will be able to meditate with you, and you will be able to communicate with them in that liminal space. You can go through the process of bringing power to your shrines, and altars by calling forth your ancestors to be in this place, and to bless the area in which it is in.

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