Blessing in Theory and Practice

Folk healers in my ancestral homeland are often called benedetti, meaning blessed ones. It comes from the Latin word benedicere, “to speak well of” or “to praise”; in other words, “to worship”. Their tools are simple: prayer, olive oil, salt, holy cards. Lots of sacramentals, like the candles that Catholics around the world will bring to be blessed at Candlemas services today. Candlemas candles are lit in times of crisis such as during storms or serious illness, and at the bedside of the dying.

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Ancestors, animism, and the life-changing magic of tidying

I recently joined my friend Devin Person, professional subway wizard, on This Podcast is a Ritual to talk about ancestor veneration. During our chat (which you can listen to here or on iTunes), Devin asked me how listeners new to the idea could start honoring their ancestors. I shared a quick ritual for getting started. But talking about that first step got me thinking…

What is the second step in honoring your ancestors?

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