Pagan Blog Project Angels and Ancestors
So I am a bit late in joining the project. I have decided to start from the beginning and will start with the letter A. There are a few topics that came to mind when thinking about the letter a. It was difficult for me to choose which two to focus on in this post. It took me a while to think about it, but I have come to my decision. I am going to start off with my first letter A:
For the last several years I have been focusing on figuring out what my path should be. One of the things that I have come to find as a theme in many of the ancient pagan religions was some sort of concept of ancestral “worship” or veneration. After a lot of thinking this is something I have always thought to be important. This is something I have added into my own personal practice.
For me there are several reasons to honor our ancestors. I believe that once we die our bodies literally become one with the land. We are a part of the land as much as the land is a part of us. Our minds are still alive through our soul which has traveled into the land of the dead. We can now see through the eyes of the dead and thew land spirits. That is why cemeteries have ghosts. The land is filled with the souls and the spirits of those who have lived before.
When we contact our ancestors we are able to have access to insight into the sight of the other world. No longer do the dead have to focus on a line of cause and effect thinking. The dead can see into the future and into the past and the totality of the whole due to their connection to the land and to the realm of the dead, which is where all fate is formed.
Ancestors do not have to refer specifically to those of the blood and recent history. Ancestors can refer to those of the spirit (as in accepted into a religious family), those of the heart (friends and “family”) and those of the blood (by birth and in marriage). For me I am adopted. My ancestors are of those of my biological family (blood), my foster family , and my adoptive family (north of who were spirit ancestors and heart ancestors). Then I also have my ancestors in the world of witchcraft.
Who are my ancestors as a witch and a pagan? Well I would consider them to be those who have gone before on any path of witchcraft. I would consider Doreen Valentine, Doreen Virtue, Gerald Gardner, Robert Cochrane, Scott Cunningham, and in some ways Aliester Crowley potential ancestors. All of them have gone before me and helped paved the way for the modern pagan and magical traditions to be born.
I believe that by having a relationship with our ancestors we can have a direct relationship with the land beneath us. I believe that nature holds a lot of the keys to understanding the universe. I am a nature based pagan. I believe the the ancestors and the spirits of the land are in many ways the same thing. I work with both in my rituals and in my magic. Ancestors are important. They shows us where we have been and where we can be and can provide insight that we may not be able to see.
This is a topic that is highly debated among pagans and Christians. There are many people who say that angels belong specific under the umbrella of Abrahamic religions as they are the servants of Yaweh. Other people are more open to the thought that angels can refer to a heavenly being in servant of deities.
I believe in angels. I also believe in other beings that serve other deities. I believe that there are some beings that are considered to be angelic (Cupid has often been described as an angelic figure and he is the son of Aphrodite/Venus) and that there are angels which are the servants of Yaweh. In both cases these are highly powerful spiritual beings who work for and are servants of deities.
I believe that angels are messengers of Gods. I also believe that there are groups of spirits known as angels that may not have been angles. These would be the beings I see associated with Enochian Magic as revealed through Johnathan Dee and his partner. I believe those may have been the fallen angels that fell from gods grace when they lusted after women.
I believe in angels. I don’t believe them to be all loving and peaceful beings. I think they they are powerful beings who have the powers of the gods at their command. I think that there are guardian spirits often thought to be angels, but may not infact be angels.
To be honest I don’t know much about angels. I have my beliefs. I still have much to learn about angels. I do think that there is more to angels than the most common view.
Posted on February 10, 2012, in Christianity, Pagan Blog Project, Religion, world view and tagged cosmology, Neo Pagan witchcraft, Pagan Blog Project, Philosophy, Religion, traditional witchcraft, Wyrd. Bookmark the permalink. 3 Comments.
There is more I could say on the topic of ancestors, but for now I thought this would be a good start. There is more for me to learn about everything I post.
Like I said in regards to angelic forces there is still a lot I don’t know and don’t understand. I’m not afraid to admit that. The belief in angels is something my mother instilled in me as a young girl. While she was raised Catholic, after leaving the church she felt a large sense of Catholic Guilt. She did not want to raise her own children in that faith which she found restricting She wanted to raise me with something.
As such I was raised with an eclectic Christian view. My mother taught me Hail Marry and the Lords Prayer as well as “Now I lay me Down to Sleep”. She gave me her Catholic childhood devotional to read and learn from. The church I attended was a United Church of Christ. The practices were more relaxed and less strict. My mom felt spiritually devoid during the services, but was glad I was there.
My father was raised a Baptist. He rarely went to Church with my mother and myself. However he did also have a large respect for the forces of nature. My father told me that in his youth he had been friends with a local Native American. This friend told him about his belief in mother nature and the great spirit and the like. This was the knowledge that he passed on to me.
Then I was introduced to Greek Mythology in school through story time. At the same time Disney released their movie Hercules. To me this enforced my belief that those gods were just as real. However I had no context in which to understand them as aside from being angels that worked for God as I understood him in the Church.
Years later I started to see how they had their own religion around them. This then made me question the nature of Angels and other gods. Fast forward to the last few years when I start to learn about Enochian magic and lost or removed books of the bible. It made me realize that I actually knew next to nothing about angels. For that reason I simply touched on the fact that I believe in angels and that I believe them to be servants of deities.
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