by Ani Carla (@Ani.Vibes)
WHO ARE OUR ANCESTORS?
You have millions of them. They start with all the relatives in your life that you have known that have passed on, then their relatives, and so forth. You can think in terms of a scale of your own grandparents as 4, adding their grandparents as 8, their grandparents as 16, all the way to the origins. They are all related to you and you carry their genetic memory in your own DNA. Their traumas, memories, traits, sacred practices, triumphs, all of it is stored. Their spirits are part of the making of you and they are forever connected deeply to their sacred indigenous lands. In my case, and for many of you, my ancestors are connected to the Native Armenian Highlands, and we can call them in to activate their help and guidance. If you personally have many different ancestral origins, you can pull from any of your ancestors and connect with any one of your locations of origins. Do what you feel comfortable with.
To carry on the legacy of your ancestors you must start by connecting with them, letting them guide you, empower you, and help facilitate relieving and healing trauma. When you heal yourself with the connection and intention of working with the ancestors, you heal generations back and forward too.
Introduction to the Ancestors [audio]
Ներկայացնում է նկարիչ, տպագիր, սոցիալական և էկոլոգիական արդարադատության փաստաբանի և խճճված արմատների մամուլի հիմնադիր Ալի Քաթ «Հայ Պարտիզանական Մարտիկներ-1895» ստեղծագործությունը:
Կարողեք հետևել իրեն ինստագրամում: https://www.instagram.com/entangledrootspress/
Featuring artwork, “Armenian Guerilla Fighters- 1895,” by Artist, Printmaker, Social and Ecological Justice Advocate, and Founder of Entangled Roots Press Ali Cat
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SET UP AN ALTAR
Find a sacred space in your room or area that is safe for you and fill it up with photos of ancestors and/or objects that represent them and that represent you too.
Make sure to represent the elements: a bowl of water, earthy objects (stones, herbs), candles, and keep an open window nearby. Your voice and movement will bring air.
Add objects that represent Armenia and Artsakh. I recommend printing out or drawing a map as well. Inside the map write words you want to draw into the area, some examples are: protection, victory, healing, love, peace, etc... if it's in Armenian that's great too. Let your heart guide you in what to write. Drawing in Armenian symbols is a bonus. An even bigger bonus is to use an Armenian rug with its sacred geometrical patterns and magical properties.
Seasonal fruits, plants, and/or food offerings are encouraged.
Overall, you can put on some sacred music to set the mood, light candles, burn frankincense, dress up in a nice outfit as if you are getting ready to go to a relatives' house, and start intuitively building your altar. It's really up to you what you want to add to it. It's your sacred ceremony that you will be building with full intention. Don't think just dive in.
Then make yourself comfortable, focus on your altar, and just simply gaze into it. Take your time, breathe. Keep a notebook beside you in case you want to write messages to leave it at the altar, or messages that come through that you want to keep. You can write the names of your ancestors as well. If you don't know their names, just address them as your sacred and honorable ancestors. Start calling them in, invite them to your space. Talk to them, give them compliments, tell them you have inherited their strength among many traits. Connect, connect, connect. Pray to them, pray with them, pray for them.
Just know that they are in your presence and you will feel them in your blood. You are an extension of them and vice-versa through your DNA and lineage. Stay calm. They are warriors. As are you. Ask them for guidance, ask them for help, give them the direction of where they should go, and what they should do as you ask for direction too. It's a two-way street. Take your time.
I personally love to call in our Great Mother Goddess Anahit/Arubani and this time I will also be calling in our Goddess of War Nane for obvious reasons. You are free to call in any deities you connect with the most, many of you may call in the light of and humility of Christ, and if that's for you then go for it. There are no rules here, just spirit, love, healing, and intense energy that we want to direct to our people and lands for help.
Ancestral Meditation [audio]
Հատկանշական է, «Ցրված, Ցանված» գեղարվեստական ստեղծագործությունը՝ միջառարկայական գրող, նկարիչ, պրոդյուսեր, կատարող, կազմակերպիչ և ոչ բինար, քվիր, ֆեմինիստ և խնամակալ Քամի Աբրահամյանի
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Featuring artwork, “Scattered, Sown,” by Interdisciplinary Writer, Artist, Producer, Performer, Organizer and a Non-binary, Queer, Feminist, and Caregiver Kamee Abrahamian Kamee Abrahamian
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