In most all cultures from which we come, the ancestors were honored for their gifts to the community. There is a term in African culture called â€œSankofaâ€. It means â€œWe must go back and reclaim our past so we can move forward; so we understand why and how we came to be who we are todayâ€. When I was your lovely festival last year, it occurred to me that there is a whole generation of young Paganfolk in the Front Range area who have no idea of the continuance of this community. Having been in this community for over 30 years now, it felt important to me to create a place of honoring of the founding members of this community whoâ€™ve passed on, as well as to create a space for all of you to pay homage to your own collective ancestors.
The Ancestor Shrine is a quiet place of communing. There will be tealights for you to light in remembrance of your personal ancestors. Please feel free to bring pictures, and symbols you might wish to have available for you to commune with them, to ask for guidance, make peace if there were problems, etc. There will also be paper available as well, to simply write their name(s).
Soltahr will be available during certain hours of the day to explain the purpose of the shrine, to open and make a call to those who have gone before to come to commune with us. She will also have sign up hours if you are having problems with forgiveness, making peace or if you need help connecting.
To bring: Pictures of symbols of your ancestors,(you may leave them throughout the weekend and pick them up at the end of the festival) offerings of food or drink if you wish–there will be a place for these and they will be offered to Mother Earth after the festival.