This is my Ancestor Shrine. In my tradition, it is said that one should have an ancestor shrine before having an altar that is livicated to one of the Orishas or the spirit that houses your Caldero/Nganga. My Ancestor Shrine holds my Palo/Stick I’m the corner. It has been fed a guinea fowl. This stick is used to call in the spirits. My great grandmother is depicted her on my shrine, however I have many ancestors that this shrine feeds. There are offerings of meat and butter as the ancestors are traditionally fed meat/blood, butter, and honey. You can feed them whatever resonates with your beliefs and culture. I often place sweets on my altar for my grandmother, she was a diabetic but loved sweets! All of my spiritual tools are housed her as well so that they can be blessed and fed/energized by the Ancients. It is tradition to place one cup of water for clarity, one cup of honey for sweetening, one cup of alcohol to appease, and one cup of coffee to awaken. The flowers are an offering of earth and beauty. There is also incense on my altar because smoke is given as a cleansing offering. It’s hard to see but I have an Ethiopian Coptic Cross on my altar as it is also tradition to have cross, however it is typically placed in a glass of water. I have intuitively shaped my practice to what my guides and ancestors have shown me. On the ground I have placed a crystal grid on Metatron’s cube. This is for protection, love and heightened spiritual awareness. You will see spring water in a bottle to the left on the floor. This water was taken from an ancient sight in Oregon. The water from that spring fed the indigenous people of this land as well as the settlers. I use this water to make aura sprays and room clearing sprays. It is charged on my altar, infused with reiki. And connected to the earth and moon before the aura spray is created. Lastly, my crystals are housed here. They are cleansed before and after use them placed back on the Altar. My Altar is placed on the west wall of my home because this is the direction that best flows with my energy. It is placed in the hallway of the second floor in my home. Ancestors don’t like to be alone, they want to gather with you and be seen and felt often. It is wise to place your Altar In the living room of your home or another high traffic area. The Ancestors are part of the family and home just as much as you are.
Author: Rasia of Silfren Circle
Rasia is a Priestess in the tradition of Palo Kimbesa. This is an ancient practice that has its roots in the Congo Basin. She has been a practitioner for 20 years. In addition to this, Rasia utilizes energy work, crystal healing, tarot, astrology, clairvoyance, and clairsentience in her practice. She provides services with her clients through her practice as a Licensed Intuitive Life Coach and hold a Bachelor in Psychology.