LiPaPo 4: Ancestral spirits

Hello all~ this is the LiPaPo series, standing for Little Pagan Post. Every day I will post a short little post, exploring an aspect of my beliefs and practices. I hope you enjoy them ~ kitty hugs to all~ Joouna

It seems I am going nicely over a continuous chain of thoughts over this LiPaPo series~ yesterday I wrote about diversity, and how different groups of people have a beautiful variation of roots. These roots are the line from generation to generations, along which genetic information, language, traditions, culture and knowledge was passed down. A long line of people, ultimately ending with… us, in the present day.

Note: When talking about ancestors, we run into a slight linguistic bump, because that word does not distinguish between recent past (e.g. grandparents) or distant past (e.g. the Romans, the old tribes of Europe, or even Neanderthal people). I use the term to signify the distant past only.

I believe that the ancestors do not just continue on through our genetic makeup. Some souls, especially those who were greatly determined to support and protect the children of their blood, may choose/be called to watch over them in spirit, and become guardians of their people. Kings and heroes are likely candidates, but it is impossible to discern a single, separate, individual identity. They become a collective of spirits of our roots, blood and homelands, and accompany us, the children of their blood, with hopes that our line may continue into a long and prosperous future.

LiPaPo 3: Diversity

Hello all~ this is the LiPaPo series, standing for Little Pagan Post. Every day I will post a short little post, exploring an aspect of my beliefs and practices. I hope you enjoy them ~ kitty hugs to all~ Joouna

Yesterday I wrote about Polytheism and the diversity of divine and spiritual beings, but today let me return to the topic of diversity: this time on the physical plane. The diversity I wish to talk about is the diversity of the human species.

Across the globe, there can be found groups of genetic, cultural, lingual and religious differences. What I have observed is that many times people either start fighting over these differences, asserting that one is better than the other, or argue that “we are all human!” and try to fit everyone under one umbrella. The first option I do not agree with, but also not the second one. Yes, we are indeed all the same species and that is great, but I sometimes have the feeling that efforts are made to homogenise the human population on the premise of tolerance and inclusivity.

I believe that we should not see differences as a “bad thing” but we should embrace them, and also preserve them. It is a great loss when languages and cultures become extinct, and a long line of ancestors are forgotten by their children. By all means we should keep growing into the future. But we should also stay connected with our deep roots.

Like trees.