Ancestral Clearing

Ancestral Clearing

There are many gifts that come through a Dagara stick divination, but for the majority of my clients, I would say that the most important part is finding a connection to one’s ancestors.  The majority of us are of mixed heritages.  We barely know the stories of those who came before us, their triumphs, their hardships.  What remains even more hidden, are the medicine or craft traditions.  These gifts either went underground due to persecution, or were completely shut down so that the ancestors could fit in to new lands and new communities.

This is the season for the Remembering. Samhain time. The Day of the Dead. Why, you may ask, do we need to honor the ancestors? To live this life in balance in this world, we must be in gratitude. We would not be here if it were not for our parents, grandparents and the greats before them. Many people are challenged with this concept of gratitude when there is a history of abuse or negative patterns in the lineage.  Rightly so. It is a difficult journey to find gratitude towards an oppressive character. But much healing can come from the clearing work involved in discovering gratitude. If we do the work of healing a lineage, we can clear it forwards for our children, laterally for our siblings and cousins, and even backwards for the ancestors themselves. We hold the energetics in our bodies of the traumas that affected our ancestors or were afflicted by our ancestors. The memory persists until it is acknowledged and transmuted. So how do we transmute ancestral trauma? With offerings.

The Milk Bath to Cleanse and Heal Violation and Transgression to Your Body and Soul

The Milk Bath to Cleanse and Heal Violation and Transgression to Your Body and Soul

The milk bath is commonly prescribed for healing women of specifically female issues. Issues of violation, rape, incest, assault, transgression against our female body and being. This healing may be extended to an entire female lineage as one does it, biological or otherwise or to one ancestress in particular who would benefit from it. Offering healing through our physical embodiment for one who no longer has a body is a common prescription. Men who are transgressed against in this way may also use this ritual as a way to heal and cleanse these violations.For this ritual you will need:4 cups of milk (any milk you choose is fine)A bathtubCandlesOne raw eggWood ash or salt

A Basic Cleansing “Sweep” for Energetic or Spiritual “Dirt”

A Basic Cleansing “Sweep” for Energetic or Spiritual “Dirt”

The basic sweep or “dompla” in the Dagara tradition is a very common ritual prescribed often in divinations when one needs “dirt” cleaned off them. This “dirt” can collect for any number of reasons. We often do not need to know why. It is common to need a sweep. Alarm need not be present in this ritual.

If you feel “icky,” psychically burdened, emotionally weighted down, victim to “bad luck” or if you are physically ill, a sweep may very well be needed. It always feels remarkably good to receive a sweep and is equally potent to be the one doing the sweeping.