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Storytelling is the grandmother of the church, the school, and the theater. Our ancestors defined the sacred, explained our origins and recounted the history of our lineages through vibrant story sharing. These stories help us to claim our inheritance, to incorporate the wisdom of the ancestors into our daily activity, and to carry that power into the future.
We will use both objective (discovery/lineage research) and subjective (recovery/spirit messages, dreams) for “remembering” the stories of the ancestors. Participants are encouraged to research their own bio-cultural inheritance and an “affinity culture”.
The practical applications of ancestor reverence include guidance, protection, and healing, which are so important in this time of the infectious pandemics of disease, racism, poverty, and environmental degradation. Stories recounting the power of the ancestors to intervene in these difficulties inspire resilience.
Reverence practices include the construction of sacred spaces in the home (ancestor shrines), acknowledging holy ground in nature, (forest/cemetery) and visiting sacred sites (such as Goree Island, Congo Square, Goddess temples, and others).
The Ancestral Line Visualization reconnects us with the Consciousness of the ancestors. Suggestions for clarifying our dreams help us to understand their message, and we embody those messages through the creation of invocations, chants, music, art, and writing.
This series employs film/video of myths, rituals, sacred arts and crafts, and performance.
It includes Moon rituals, corresponding to precise astrological influences guided by Shamanic Astrologer Kelly Beard of Karma Tools.
The community will participate in a praise-singing (poetry, music, and prayer) for “Oya, the Boss-Lady of the Cemetery”, and “She Who Leads the Procession of the Ancestors”.
The added bonus to this series of classes is an invitation to attend “ Ancestral Souls Rising: A Nine Day Celebration of the Ancestors of the African Diaspora.” This online event takes us around the world as we witness the altars and prayers of devotees in Ghana, Nigeria, Tanzania, the Congo, Brazil, Cuba, Trinidad, and many parts of the United States.
Participants in this class will receive guidance for creating personal rituals to deepen their relationship to their own ancestors, and to activate the energies of the Nine Layers of the Soul.
This promises to be a spectacular Ancestral Season.
Register now for the Early Bird discount ($450.00) payable in two installments through Eventbrite. The class is recorded and available for those in other time zones.
The primary texts are:
Jambalaya: The Natural Woman’s Book of Personal Charms and Practical Rituals.
Festival of the Bones: Celebrating the Ancestors. (Excerpts provided by Yeye Teish)
Recommended additional reading:
Ancestor Reverence & Ritual: A Beginner's Guidebook on How to Honor Those Who Have Come Before. By Rev. Mignon Grayson.
Egun: The Ifa Concept of Ancestor Reverence (the Metaphysical Foundations of Ifa. Volume 3) by Awo Falokun Fatunmbi.
Ancestor Spirit Oracle Cards. By Jade Skye and Belinda Morris
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