Whether you celebrate Halloween, Samhain or Day of the Dead, there is a common theme around the globe this week. This is the time of year when the veils between the spirit world and the physical world are thought to be the thinnest. Many cultures use this time to honor the deceased through celebrations, offerings and ancestor altars.
Ancestor altars are a beautiful way to honor your loved ones who have passed on. They can be simple arrangements of photos and objects that represent your relatives. Decorate the table or shelf with candles, flowers, bits of their favorite foods, etc., and use the space for prayer.
In addition to a place of honoring, the altar can also serve as a way to consciously accept the blessings passed down to you, and in turn, a place to be clear that your ancestors’ woundings won’t play out in your own life. I recommend ancestor altars to my clients after we’ve done work together to clear undesirable generational patterns. They are quite helpful.
Take some time over the next few days to find a place in your home to build this sacred altar. And as I always like to share, once you build it, don’t just leave it to collect dust. Connection with spirit requires dedication and active commitment. Change out the flowers or other offerings when they are spent. Light the candles from time to time. Bring new offerings when you feel inspired. Remind your relatives that they are loved!