I’m really making my own religion up as I go along – I don’t quite fit in anywhere else. However, the goddess that I have been claimed by is Celtic and so I am inspired by Celtic practices. From the little information that we have about the Celts, we can surmise that ancestor veneration was important to them – indeed, ancestor veneration was a wide spread practice in many pagan religions. This is something that I personally have trouble getting my head around. I feel little to no connection to my ancestors. I have very little contact with my extended family. In fact, three months ago I had a baby and not a single aunt, uncle, cousin or grandparent has since come to meet my daughter.
Under these circumstances, how do I connect with my ancestors? How do I venerate people that I feel no connection to? This is something that I will be working on this year. I think the place to start is to consider my “religious” ancestors. I can perhaps find a connection with all those who have worshipped Brighid before me with a regular practice and then reach out to my physical ancestors. If nothing else, it’ll be an exploration – much like this blogging project!
Do you work with your ancestors? How do you interpret ancestors? What practices do you have to honour them?