Praying with the Ancestors
One of the hardest concepts that has come into my practice since I began working with Odin has been working with my Ancestors. The next hardest was working with Them on a daily basis, inviting Them to share my life. It was not until I began working with Him that my Ancestors ever really perked up. Whether this was because I first encountered the idea with Him, or because I was simply ignoring Them up to this point, I do not know. What I do know, is once I made that invitation, all the Ancestors from the many facets of my blood and spirit ties began to make themselves known.
For a time, it was overwhelming, and They mercifully gave me a few spokespeople to work with. These few voices from my ancestry were encouraging, speaking each from their own point of view, and yet, there is an overarching message: we want to be part of your life, to share in it, and bless it if you invite us into it. This broke with what I thought would be many of my Ancestors’ reactions; stretching back, a good chunk of my family is Roman Catholic, and I didn’t figure even the last few generations would want anything to do with a Pagan. It turns out that family matters more than spiritual beliefs, and even my Roman Catholic Ancestors have insights that I would not have gleaned were it not for Them. Although a good chunk of my work will and probably will be with Odin, my Ancestors are making Their voices heard each and every day with me. All I have to do is listen.