Category: Ancestors

Back to our roots – reinterpreting The Hierophant

The Hierophant tarot card from the Shadowscapes Tarot, showing an old, bent tree with autumnal-coloured leaves and the face of an old man. He or she holds a walking stick with a lamp at the top and the card draws you in as if it's storytime.

What even is a ‘Hierophant’? This is a question I’ve been asked a few times now. Well, to quote from Wikipedia: A hierophant is a person who brings religious congregants into the presence of that which is deemed holy. A hierophant is an interpreter of sacred mysteries and arcane principles. In the Rider Waite Tarot deck and …

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Sweet spirit buns

I’ve been baking! Yes it’s true. Pies aside, it’s been a while. This morning, I made some ‘soul cakes’ for the Halloween/Samhain feast I’m going to tomorrow. Briefly, on All Soul’s Day, poor children would go house to house in wealthier areas, offering prayers for the families’ dead in return for spiced fruit buns called soul …

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Giving thanks to Pamela Colman Smith

I’ve been thinking a lot about honouring ancestors lately. What does that even mean? Wikipedia and dictionary.com define ancestor as any person from whom one is descended. In law the person from whom an estate has been inherited. I like this idea of inheriting an estate – not so much legally, as spiritually and intellectually. At …

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Honouring our ancestors – a Samhain feast

On Saturday - November 1st, my friend and I are hosting a samhain/halloween feast. Friends will gather to eat and drink and feel warm together as the nights draw in, as winter envelops us. Samhain traditionally marks the pagan new year - or at least, the end of summer and the beginning of winter. It's a time when 'the veil between this world and 'the other' is thin and we are closer to the dead than we usually feel. And we're going to honour our ancestors. Here's what we'll do at our feast.

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