DPM 24: Twisting Roots

This is the last of the Galina’s Devotional Polytheist Meme questions! Click the tag on my and Lon’s posts to see all our answers!

24. What have you inherited from your ancestors?

Um, everything?

Honestly, the first response that comes to mind is a checklist of physical and biochemical traits:

  • Thick, dark red hair with loose curls
  • Freckled, pale skin that burns in less than 10 minutes in direct sunlight
  • A decent singing voice
  • Seasonal Affective Disorder
  • Strong joints and bones
  • Feet that make cobblers cry

Which are accurate, but perhaps not entirely useful answers.

Then I fall into a (hereditary) melancholy:

  • Global Climate Change
  • Huge national debt
  • Fucked up race relations
  • Patriarchy, Kyriarchy, & Oligarchy

Which is also accurate, and very important to recognize ethically, but again, not quite the most helpful answer where ancestor reverence is concerned.

Really, when it comes to connecting with my ancestors spiritually, what I inherited from Them becomes a question of values, talents, and wyrd.

I often joke that the four sides of my family are Dwarves, Elves, Hobbits, and Muppets, a.k.a. German, Celtic, English, and Crazy.

Dwarf Elf Hobbit Muppet

That’s not really fair – the crazy runs down at least two sides…

So I inherited those cultures and foibles, all mixed together with local California international mush-pot influences. I inherited (mostly Anglican) Protestant values which are basically Heathen values through a Christian filter with significant Roman and Celtic influences thrown in for good measure. Those Protestant values were then passed through Unitarian, Feminist and Hippie filters on their way to me. I inherited spiritual talents for mysticism, luck magic, healing, dream work, and spirit work. I inherited J.R.R. Tolkien as an ancestor-of-kith and spirit, both.

You get the idea.

On a more esoteric level, I’ve also inherited certain spiritual connections, such as our Kinfetch, which manifests for me as a Lion, and possibly certain connections with the fae. I’ve avoided inheriting some kind of blight on my father’s family luck, because I’m a daughter of the Bancroft-Cooke line rather than a son. I was warned by the Powers not to try and work on the problem directly unless I wanted to become subject to it, so the best I could do was advise my father and brother on the topic and help them sort out ways to work on it. Last I checked, that was going well.

But really, coming back around to the main question: What have I inherited from my Ancestors?

Everything.

–Ember–

Lon’s answer: A Love of Spirit

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About EmberVoices

Ember Cooke has been a member of Hrafnar and Seidhjallr for more than a decade, where she trained to be a Seidhkona, Galdrakona, and Gythia. She founded the Vanic Conspiracy and made ordination vows to the Vanir and her congregation in the summer of 2013. She has contributed to several publications on Heathen and Northern Pagan subjects and regularly presents rituals and workshops at festivals. Her personal practice is more diverse, as the Vanir have lead her into cross-training and service for the wider Pagan community. This has including medium and servitor training in American Umbanda, clergy training with the Fellowship of the Spiral Path, and jail ministry for local counties. She holds a BA with honors in Religious Studies from Santa Clara University. Ember has lived all her life in the south San Francisco Bay Area, and is intimately bound to the valley of her birth.
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