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Cultivate Relationships with Your People for Empowerment and Healing
This groundbreaking book shows you how to work with different types of ancestors to find, develop, and celebrate the personal power of your inner badass. By embracing the strength of your lineage—both blood relatives and those chosen by the heart—you can receive wisdom and guidance when you need it the most.
Badass Ancestors provides a compelling series of rituals, meditations, mantras, and exercises that connect you with ancestral guides. Discover advice on genealogy research, the history of ancestor veneration in cultures around the world, ways to deal with problematic ancestors, and how to leave your own legacy for future generations. Each chapter offers unique calls to action—including crafts and recipes—that help you build self-confidence and overall badassery with your ancestors' assistance.
About the Author
Patti Wigington (Central Ohio) is a Pagan author, blogger, and educator. Since 2007, Patti has been the host of About.com/LearnReligions' Paganism & Wicca website, which has hundreds of thousands of pageviews each month. She attends many Pagan festivals and presents workshops on a variety of Pagan topics. Patti is also a frequent guest on the podcast Lady Brigid's Ask a Witch.--This text refers to the paperback edition.
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Publisher : Llewellyn Publications (September 8, 2020)
- ASIN : B08416D3XN
- Publication Date : September 8, 2020
- File Size : 2163 KB
- Print Length : 236 pages
- Language: : English
- Text-to-Speech : Not enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Enhanced Typesetting : Enabled
- Page Numbers Source ISBN : 0738764981
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #222,309 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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I know you don’t usually judge a book by its cover, but a good cover design can get your attention long enough to have you reading the description. That happened here, where the cover art drew me in and then the details had me requesting an advanced readers’ copy on NetGalley.
I don’t work with ancestors in my current practice. My family is a far-flung mess of people, with my biological father’s side completely unknown to me. I’ve always wondered where you would begin to work with ancestors in that kind of situation.
To be honest, I only made it to the end of Chapter 3 before pre-ordering a physical copy of this book. In the introduction, the author already drew me in with a discussion of chosen family, adopted family, and purposefully severed family ties. She then followed through with that promise from the start, covering different definitions of family and ancestors than just blood relatives.
This book provides both research guidance and ancestor rituals with equal balance between spiritual and mundane methods. I found myself browsing some of the suggested resources just to see what I could find, losing a few hours just poking around online. Thanks to prior family tree work, I know there’s one branch of Filipino heritage I can trace back to ship records, but the author provided suggestions that led to a local ancestor’s grave and a marriage to an actress in the 1930s. Neither of those details came up in previous searches, because I didn’t know where to start.
Meanwhile, the rituals are very approachable and intuitive. Her suggestions for tying in culturally relevant foods resonated with me the most, as I’m a foodie at heart and love trying unfamiliar recipes. The idea of integrating that love into something I can share with my ancestors to show them appreciation just made sense. Again, I found myself down a research rabbit hole as I looked into traditional Filipino recipes and clothing (prior to colonization), but I enjoyed every minute of it.
Less Enjoyable Bits
As with most books, there were parts that didn’t speak to me. As a polytheist, I couldn’t connect to Chapter 8 as the author discussed calling archetypes in place of unknown ancestors. The idea hadn’t sounded strange when it was mentioned prior to that chapter, but then she used deities as if they were archetypes throughout this section. That may work for a non-religious witch or someone who believes deities are archetypes of the Unnamed Divine. However, as a person who’s worked to develop relationships with individual deities along my path, I can’t connect to the idea of treating them like ancestors or symbols instead of actual gods.
I’ll admit that I felt a little lost and left out at times, though it’s not the author’s fault. My family is a tangle web of marriages and divorces, immigrants, lost records, and poor folks. I don’t have family heirlooms or anything older than my grandparents’ generation. We have almost no pictures older than that, either. And don’t get me started on how being poor means not putting down roots! All of that is to say, sometimes the author’s descriptions of how her research progressed (talking to elder living relatives, asking about family heirlooms or where traditions started, looking up local newspapers) felt unfamiliar and almost impossible.
Efforts were made to pull in options for those without steady family trees. They were imperfect, but I appreciate the attempt. By the end of the book, I could tell I’m still out of luck on some fronts when it comes to ancestor tracing and the related spiritual workings. Thankfully, there were plenty of other parts that spoke to me and gave me guidance for working with the ancestors I can reach.
I have always been fascinated by cultures that still today have altars to their family members that have passed on. Certain cultures hold parades, dinners, etc. in honor of their loved ones that have passed on. It always seems so beautiful and enchanting. So, when I had the opportunity to read Badass Ancestors, I jumped.
Now, I will say that my grandfather went on a HUGE genealogy kick many years back, so I tend to know part of my patrilineal heritage. There were highlights of some relation to multiple presidents and wives of presidents, a gunslinger (who was killed by Billie the Kid in the O.K. Corral), and the tracing back to Belgium, 15th century Spain, and even Scottland (know anyone famous named Stewart?). So I have some of the basics but the actual altar space always seemed so... daunting. While I don't think I will endeavor to create one, the author did provide examples of ways you could celebrate your dearly departed with doing an activity they taught you. So in my case, my grandmother taught me to knit. I could host some friends and maybe some kids from the neighborhood who might want to learn. And while doing this I could discreetly set aside a drink and maybe my grandmother's favorite cookies, maybe tell a story about her teaching me, etc. I thought it was a beautiful way to honor those who have passed.
If you are at all interested in learning about your family's origins, the author provides many ways to perform such research and way to go about documenting your family tree. There are many resources and examples provided that can help even a beginner and also how research adoptions and possible enslaved ancestors.
*ARC provided by NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.*