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Spirit Suppers by Linda Demissy of Lokabrenna Kindred

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There are many ways to get to know the Gods and enjoy their company, but the simplest one is to invite them over for supper. There aren’t any strange rites to do beyond being a good host; just serve them good food and drink and pay attention. Dumb suppers, named such because the spirit guest is mute, have been practiced for a long time to meet with dead loved ones but they work just as well to meet Pagan Gods. For a few years now, I’ve been hosting monthly suppers to befriend lesser known Goddesses and learn their lost stories. Come share your own experiences and hear what has worked best for us through trial and error in practicing the virtue of hospitality.

Ancestors in Norse and Sámi Traditions- Jane Sibley

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Ancestors in Norse and Sámi Traditions- Jane Sibley

Naming customs of descendants were a part of Norse life. In some cases, noble families (or wannabee nobles) claimed a god as their clan father as a means of legitimizing their nobility. In other cases, a deceased ancestor might order a given course of events, including the naming of a baby. One could also, in trance, contact ancestors for advice or help.

Deathwork and Animal Companions- Kathryn Smith

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Our animal companions are friends, familiars, chosen family. Yet they are not honored as such in our society. What actions do we need to take when they pass, both for ourselves and for them? Our grief for them is no less real than for a human family member or friend, but society as a whole gives it far less respect. We need to seek solutions for that, both for ourselves and for those we may be called on to counsel if we are priests or priestesses. This workshop will discuss both practical and spiritual aspects of dealing with the loss of beloved companion, in terms which can be applied to a variety of traditions. No specific ritual methods will be taught. Instead we’ll discuss concepts and principles, so that you can go home and find ways to express them in the context of the traditions you follow. This workshop is about giving you tools, not off the shelf solutions.

Otherworld Contacts Panel

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Otherworld contacts: Guides, angels, ancestors, totems

Are you a team player? Cultures around the world have traditions of working together with otherworld partners, such as spirits, guides, angels, gods, or totems. Let’s talk about different aspects of working with beings from the other side

CTCW 2012 Ancestors Panel

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Some religions feel that their rites are not just helping them, but preserving their ancestors. In china, Heathen Europeans, modern The Mormons, all feel a strong interaction between the living and the dead of a bloodline. Let’s explore how these practices may be applicable in our lives.