For this High Day, my family and I honor the ancestors in many ways. Beginning October 1st and continuing until November 2nd, we make traditional family meals from recipes passed down from our grandparents and other family members. We display pictures and share stories of our ancestors. In our home, the ancestors are represented on our family altar (our hearth altar), as well as an altar created and used solely for honoring our ancestors. Each and every day, I make a morning offering to our ancestors usually in the form of a shared cup of coffee. There is an offering bowl on the altar where I pour the coffee as I say, "I offer this to my ancestors... those who gave me life, those who guide and inspire me, and those who walk beside me through this day and the next." After speaking those words, I often speak directly to the ancestors... having a casual conversation, sharing stories and memories, asking for help, or wishing them love, peace, and happiness in the After Life.
This year, I was called (spiritually) to begin working on my sacred spiral. We are erecting a spiral walking path in our front yard for walking meditation, spiritual reflections, and sacred purposes. It currently measures 34 feet in diameter. In its center, it has a small wooden stake with a solar lantern that illuminates at night. Eventually, the path will be stone and the center stake will be replaced by a large standing stone (an omphalos). Although the space is far from being complete, its spiritual power can already be felt.
Bright Blessings from Gaia's Gardens in Oroville, CA...
The Challenge will be taking a break in the next edition, and will return in 2015.