At yesterday’s Daré, we remembered this special time of year and held council around why it’s important to honour the ancestors and, if we have ways to connect with them, how we do so. Then we had the opportunity to do so through drumming, rattling, movement, chanting, silence, artwork, journalling, divination, or however we chose to connect. While the wonderful sounds reverberated around me, I asked four questions and pulled a tarot card from Cilla Conway’s Intuitive Tarot for each one. I asked and received:
- What do the ancestors need from me, EMPRESS. Someone to look after and care for.
- How can I appropriately offer this to them? MOON. Notice their guidance in dreams and creatively ceremonialise these dreams.
- What do I need from the ancestors? HANGED MAN. The gifts of patience and surrender.
- How can I appropriately receive this from them? 7 of DISCS. Set aside personal rest and retreat time, perhaps once every seven days.
I then turned these ideas into a prayer that I recited aloud while rattling. It was also shared in the round of council which followed.
O you who need someone to care for
I offer you my prayers for guidance
O you who need someone with whom to dream
I offer you the bejewelled ceremony of my nocturnal visions
O you who patiently surrender to what is
I offer you my uncertainty and paradox
O you who are sabbath islands of repose
I offer you one silent hour of my week