When people connect with their earth-based spiritual history, they begin to claim and create a life of sovereignty and interconnected healing. We all have the power within us, lineages of potency connected to source-wisdom, the beings and creatures of the elements, plants, place.
I was told in a dream to offer a class in ancestral connection, which has been my soul work for the past eight years. We will explore the potentials of storytelling, genealogy and DNA, but also craft practices to connect with lineage beyond our cultural or familial memory.
According to one model, each of us has in our lineage around six billion ancestors...and that's just from the past 12,000 years.
All of those lives existed to create your life. And the ancestors live on, quite literally, in and through us, shaping our physical and spiritual descendants. Working with the ancestors, learning their stories and myths, their practices and foods, their songs and crafts is an incredible healing.
And ancestors are not simply human. We carry within us the other beings and creatures of this earth. The elements, the wights. We will spend time creating protected channels for ancestral communication, to see who from the human and non-human lineages wishes to speak through you.
This class was first taught online in 2017 and updated in 2020 with new curriculum. Here is the original rhythm:
Week 1: Following the motherline and claiming your true name
Week 2: Wights, land and place-based ancestor work
Week 3: Healing the lineage patterns, weaving wyrd
Week 4: Ancestor reverence, care and tending
I'm a storyteller, artist and educator transforming a path of chronic illness into initiation, healing and community. My research interests include folk spirituality, illness as a rite of passage, mythology, ritual and the sacred creative. I am the author of The Moon Divas Guidebook: Spirited Self-Care for Women in Transition, The Moon Divas Oracle Book and Card Deck, and Wild Soul Runes: Reawakening the Ancestral Feminine. The Wild Soul School is a space for rooting and sharing the mythic journey, weaving new stories for our lives and work together. For more information visit laravesta.co, or become a patron and help support this work in community: https://www.patreon.com/laraveledavesta