Anonymous asked: Any advice on connecting with and/or communicating with Ancestral Spirits?
Yes. A cup of water, a safe candle, a cigar dipped in honey to sweeten them. All of these on an altar in your home, with a picture of some of the recently deceased ancestors. Sit with them everyday.
janasheen, the world is too large, parallel and ecstatic for you to be wasting your time with those who hold want to turn your roots into your chains.
step out. begin to draw yourself again. you will find all the colours you need.
if they ask you what do you want to do with your life, the most…
Most of the dead who are restless and angry have been abandoned by their descendants or the descendants of their families and there is an overwhelming sadness and feeling of being lost. A good beginning is to light a white candle, bring offerings and honor those who have not been honored. Appropriate offerings include flowers, food, tobacco and drink. When you first approach the spirit of a dead person who is restless or angry, a good drink to offer would be cool fresh water and possibly some whole milk. I personally avoid offerings of alcohol with angry dead people who I don’t know, as angry and drunk is usually not a good combination with an unfamiliar personality. Once they have been honored and are a little calmer and pleasantly disposed to you, then you can return with more potent libations if they are requested. A note of caution: when you forge a relationship with a dead person unrelated to you, it is very easy to find yourself de-facto adopting them and vice-versa. So I would always recommend caution and restraint.”
— "Restless and Angry Dead" from Weaving Memory: A Guide to Honoring the Ancestors by Laura Patsouris
This has been rattling around my head for a few weeks. I don’t know where I’m moving yet for work or how my schedule will look in July, but fuck it, let’s see if anybody’s interested anyway.
WHEREAS there will be a Polytheist Leadership Conference from July 11th…
Also interested, been having the same thoughts, hadn’t taken time to locate a campsite yet though. Fantastic job!
There’s a huge predisposition towards faith as self improvement or therapy. The way I see it, the things we are supposed to revere deserve their reverence regardlessof whether or not they help us. Asking for divine aid and expecting reciprocity is normal and natural and a common element to all…
An ancient virus has come back to life after lying dormant for at least 30,000 years, scientists say.
It was found frozen in a deep layer of the Siberian permafrost, but after it thawed it became infectious once again.
The French scientists say the contagion poses no danger to humans or animals, but other viruses could be unleashed as the ground becomes exposed.
Professor Jean-Michel Claverie, from the National Centre of Scientific Research (CNRS) at the University of Aix-Marseille in France, said: “This is the first time we’ve seen a virus that’s still infectious after this length of time.”
The ancient pathogen was discovered buried 30m (100ft) down in the frozen ground.
Called Pithovirus sibericum, it belongs to a class of giant viruses that were discovered 10 years ago.
These are all so large that, unlike other viruses, they can be seen under a microscope. And this one, measuring 1.5 micrometres in length, is the biggest that has ever been found.
The last time it infected anything was more than 30,000 years ago, but in the laboratory it has sprung to life once again.
…Prof Claverie warns that exposing the deep layers could expose new viral threats.
He said: “It is a recipe for disaster. If you start having industrial explorations, people will start to move around the deep permafrost layers. Through mining and drilling, those old layers will be penetrated and this is where the danger is coming from.”
He told BBC News that ancient strains of the smallpox virus, which was declared eradicated 30 years ago, could pose a risk.
"If it is true that these viruses survive in the same way those amoeba viruses survive, then smallpox is not eradicated from the planet - only the surface," he said.
[…] Then, too, I’ll speak the sign to you:
Bronze sandal of her / who rules Tartaros,
Her fillet, Key, wand, iron wheel, black dog,
Her thrice-locked door, her burning hearth, her shadow,
Depth, fire, the Governess of Tartaros,
Fearing the Furies, those prodigious Daimons,
You’ve come? You’re here? Be wroth, O maid, at him,
NN, foe of the Heav’n’s gods […]”
— PGM IV. 2241 - 2358. (See Betz, P. 79 - 80, for more.)