Healing Ancestors


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Healing Ancestors – blood, bones and stones… The rocks beneath our feet whisper the wisdom of the ancestors, the rivers babble of old medicine and the trees sing of land magick. This image teaches us to learn the lessons of the past, so we can see hope for the future, but most importantly that we must always treasure what we have right now! 

This image was a response to a request from a friend who wished for a healing piece of art she could look at while she was recuperating from a very serious illness and subsequent series of operations. Like me she is deeply connected to Dartmoor, and like most of us who live in this area we go to the moor to recharge, reconnect and ground. The land feeds something deep inside and every rock, river and tree nourishing us. What we gain through the outside landscape becomes a personal sacred space inside of us and gives us the knowledge to heal our souls.

The image contains various symbols of spring and new growth, including Bluebells and Snowdrops . There is Lavender for healing and peace. Father oak stands strong and steadfast, while mother Hawthorn holds and heals. The fairie sleeping, nestled in a bed of moss, ferns and lichen represents our future, ready to awaken full of hope and possibilities. While the crone watches over her, the many lives lived and lost overtime etched in every line of her face, yet her love is endless and deep as she protects and supports all the young life around her.

As we fall into this piece and wander along the pathways, seek out the details in branches, tail feathers and whiskers. As we climb to the top of the rocks and look across the hills and valleys of our ancestors. As we sit in contemplation on grassy knolls surrounded by Heather and Gorse… allow the soul out to dance and rejoice as we are alive now, in this time and place, and that is a most magical and wonderful thing!

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A3, A4, A5 Altar Card, A6 Mediation Card