Information & Ritual Uses
This ritual facilitates contact with ancestral spirits, allowing you to communicate and, if appropriate, ask for favors—ideal for the Dark Moon or Samhain night. The utilized Old World Witchcraft Oracle Ritual Blend attracts helpful spirits, particularly ancestral spirits.
Ancestral Spirit Communication Ritual includes:
- Old World Witchcraft Oracle Ritual Blend
- Witch's Dozen - 13 Pure Beeswax Ritual Candles
- Mugwort Smudge Bundle
All roots, herbs, and ritual blends are packaged in thick glass 2 oz jars. The color, jar style, and closure may vary.
You Will Need:
- Old World Witchcraft Oracle Ritual Blend
- Witch's Dozen - 13 Pure Beeswax Ritual Candles
- Mugwort Smudge Bundle
- Prepare an offering of food or drink that would be most enjoyed by the particular ancestral spirit.
- Perhaps a glass of Chianti for your Italian grandfather, a slice of Mille-Feuille for your French grandmother, or a Cuban cigar for your jolly uncle. If you would prefer to do a general ancestral ritual, simply use a glass of red wine.
- Pen and paper.
- If contacting a specific deceased family member, a printed copy of the ancestor(s) you wish to contact. This photograph will become covered in wax, so you must use a copy, preferably printed on plain copy paper.
- If no photographs are available:
- If you have the ancestor's name, write it on a piece of paper.
- If a birth date and/or death date is available, write that as well.
If no photographs or names of ancestors are available:
- Use a plain sheet of paper and write: "I now call upon my ancestors. My bloodline. Those who love me. Those who now know me. Come to me. I ask you to join me this evening."
- You will need to have an alternative ancestral gazing tool, such as a dark bowl of water, a crystal ball, or a large labradorite stone nearby.
- Optional but powerful: If contacting a specific deceased family member, have an item that a deceased beloved relative owned or gave you. Keep this item nearby or on your lap during the ritual.
- Fireproof ritual surface
Place all ritual materials, including the photo(s) and food offering on your ritual table. The ritual below will be outlined using one photo of a single ancestor. If communicating with several ancestors, repeat the same steps.
Take a few deep breaths. Calm your body and mind. Affirm to yourself that you are now open to receiving communication from the departed. If fear comes up in any way, you will first need to address the fear and wait for it to dissipate. Explain to
yourself that you are contacting your ancestors. These are the people who love you, people who may have died for your family or country, people whose bloodline to be well and prosper.
Once you feel your psychic senses are open and relieved of any second-guessing or fear, continue to the next step.
Step 1: On the back of the ancestor's photograph, write their name, as well as their date of birth and date of death (if known).
- If no photographs or names of ancestors are available, use a plain sheet of paper and write, "I now call upon my ancestors. My bloodline. Those who love me. Those who now know me. Come to me. I ask you to join me this evening."
Step 2: On the back of the photograph, evenly dust approximately 1/2 teaspoon of the Oracle Ritual Blend.
Step 3: Holding a single Ritual Candle between the palm of your hands, begin gently rolling it back and forth between the palms of your hands. Verbally welcome your ancestor to your ritual space, invite them to come to join you. This allows the
beeswax to absorb and expand the energy of open communication between the deceased and the living.
Step 4: Once the candle is warm from the heat of your palms, firmly press it into the Ritual Blend by rolling the candle back and forth on the back of the photograph. Continue chanting their name and welcoming them to your space.
Step 5: Hold and light the candle. Position the candle at a 45-degree angle and begin dripping wax on the outer edges of the photo. The wax should not cover their face but should cover parts of their body. This action evokes the spirit of the ancestor and opens energetic pathways between the worlds.
Step 6: Audibly welcome the ancestor into your space. Welcome them as if they are about to enter your home. Say their name, say you have missed them, invite them to visit with you, and that you wish to talk with them.
Step 7: Create a small pool of wax in the bottom center of the photograph (3-4 drops of wax will do). Stick the base of the candle directly into the pool of wax and hold it for about 5 seconds until the center hardens just a bit, and the candle is standing upright without any assistance.
Step 8: Light the Mugwort Smudge Bundle from the flame of the candle. Allow the smoke to envelop your ritual space. Walk counterclockwise around your ritual space, if inclined to do so.
Step 9: Position yourself so that you can gaze into the ancestor's eyes (or alternative ancestral gazing tool) while looking at the outer edge of the flame. Your gaze should soften and become out of focus. Your own senses of sight and sound will
drown out for just a few seconds.
You may suddenly get the chills and feel as though a cold breeze just passed you. This is perfectly normal and should be expected. By this point, you will feel the room drop a few degrees.
Step 10: Quietly ask the ancestor to come to sit with you and begin asking them questions, just as you would in the physical form.
Scents will begin coming through at this point. Your aunt's perfume? Your grandfather's cigars?
Step 11: Begin writing down any mental impressions, sounds, scents, or ideas that come through your mind. Don't overthink them at the moment - simply start writing. It will all make sense in time!
Step 12: The candle burns for approximately 20-30 minutes, depending on the temperature in the room, possible drafts, and energies emitted. If choosing to extend the ritual, warm up another candle between the palms of your hands dust
another candle with the Oracle Ritual Blend. It is crucial that the Ritual Blend adheres to the wax and burns throughout the ritual, as the resins and herbs in the blend are specifically designed to open portals. Light the new candle from the original
candle, and place it alongside the original candle.
Step 13: When you are ready to say goodbye, and the candle comes close to extinguishing itself, thank your ancestor and graciously tell them that it is now time for them to return to the spirit world. Open the windows in your ritual space to
allow the lingering energetic footprints to dissipate quickly.
Step 14: If possible, place the food offering outside to sit out overnight. Usually, by morning it is all gone. If something remains, pour or bury the offering into the Earth.
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Old World Moon Phases
The Moon is of key importance for the Old World Witch. The Moon and its cycle (increase and decrease) impact the potency of rituals and their successes. The Moon amplifies rituals and works in harmony with the energies exerted by the Witch.
As Old World Witches, we utilize elemental forces for magick and mystical significance of the natural world and its fauna and flora: Esoteric knowledge. Lore of healing. Energetic resonance of herbs and roots. And, of course, the Moon.
The Old World Witch does not follow the exact terminology and specifications of modern astrologers and astronomers. We maintain the visual interpretation and energies of the Moon, as explained below.
To view this year's Witch's Moon Calendar, click here.
When the Moon cannot be seen and is in the dark phase, it is referred to as the Dark Moon in Old World Witchcraft. Modern astronomers and astrologers call this darkness the New Moon because the cycle of the Moon is about to restart.
Old World Witches are not the only ones who follow this Dark Moon terminology. Several ancient cultures (such as Islam) define this period as the end of the month and the very first crescent of the Moon (Witch's New Moon) as the beginning of the month.
The Witch's Dark Moon is a night of stillness, contemplation, and banishment. The only types of rituals that should be done on the Dark Moon are banishment work or curses/hexes. The Dark Moon is also ideal for all kinds of divination and working with the departed.
The Moon is energetically at its lowest point and is more conducive to the mentioned rituals.
Witch's New Moon (first crescent)
The New Moon of the Old World Witch is called the Witch's New Moon. It is when the very first crescent or sliver of the Moon is visible. This is typically 2-3 nights after the Dark Moon.
With some variations, the Witch's New Moon rises in the daytime before noon and becomes visible in the day sky. It will be most visible at sunset and usually sets well before midnight. The Witch's New Moon is the same percentage all over the world - both in the Northern and Southern Hemisphere. However, the tips of the Witch's New Moon point depend on the time, date, and location on Earth.
The Witch's New Moon is the ideal time to begin rituals that draw a life experience, physical possession, or situation to you. This can be for love, money, health, or personal development.
Rituals are best performed for 3-12 consecutive days. This is what leads to powerful, lasting, and most importantly, measurable results. Starting rituals three nights after the Dark Moon will give you exactly 12 days of rituals leading up to the Full Moon.
The Witch's New Moon is also the ideal time to begin a new venture, get married, apply for a job, or embark on a journey.
The same energetic attributes apply throughout the Waxing Moon, all the way up to the Full Moon.
The Full Moon is not only the most magickally potent and powerful time of the month, but it is also the most physically stimulating. As the Moon affects the ocean tides, so too does it affect our bodies. If you pay close attention to your body, you may have noticed that you may feel extra swollen or puffy on the mornings leading up to the full Moon and a couple of days thereafter. These are the days of maxi dresses, undereye concealer, and perhaps an inclination to wear fewer rings on your fingers.
Rituals are best performed for 3-12 consecutive days. This is what leads to powerful, lasting, and most importantly, measurable results. If you have been performing rituals leading up to the Full Moon, consider the night of the Full Moon the climax of your ritual.
The Full Moon signifies the cultivation of goals, the peak of a cycle, and emotional fulfillment. The Full Moon is best used to draw something into your life, such as love, financial prosperity, or self-development.
If, however, you are choosing not to perform any magick on the night of the Full Moon, simply sitting under the moon rays and energetically absorbing the magnetism will reawaken and revitalize your spirit.
Whether you're having a difficult time leaving an unsuitable relationship or are trying to eliminate negative self-talk, the Waning Moon is perfectly capable and willing to help phase out what is no longer needed or wanted.
In addition to removing negative influences from your life, this is also an appropriate time to cast revenge spells (curses).
The Waning Moon reminds us of things yet to be done and that time is slipping away. Anxiety is usually heightened during this time; therefore, self-care is critical.
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