Ancestral Whispers

A Guide to Building Ancestral Veneration Practices

Build a strong, healthy relationship with your ancestors using this guide to the concepts and considerations of ancestral veneration. This tradition non-specific book presents historical and cultural examples of veneration from around the world, the ins and outs of ritual practice, and inspiring stories related to grief and building community. Ben Stimpson shows you the role ancestors can play in daily life and encourages you to explore deeper questions about the living and the dead.

Sharing meditations and journal prompts, Ben helps you connect with your ancestors and develop an authentic, living practice. He introduces you to the various types of ancestors, such as blood, adoption, and affinity, and discusses the physical elements of practice, including sacred space, props, and offerings. This book encourages you to explore your beliefs and create a legacy for current and future generations.

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"Ancestral Whispers offers what many other books don't: a discussion of every aspect of ancestor veneration from what it is and why it's important to how and where it can be done."—Morgan Daimler, author of 21st Century Fairy

"It is a great pleasure to find a book about an important topic that is erudite, thoughtful, original, wide-ranging and multicultural, and yet also deeply personal. This is such a book."—Ronald Hutton, historian and author of The Triumph of the Moon

"Honoring our relationships with the ancestors is foundational to personal, family, and cultural wellness. In this easy-to-access guidebook, Ben Stimpson offers a deeply personal, psychologically grounded, and culturally mindful roadmap."—Daniel Foor, PhD, author of Ancestral Medicine

"Ben Stimpson offers us a thoughtful and in-depth guide to forming relationships with our ancestors. Filled with practical, hands-on approaches, this book will act as a leaping board for those who wish to approach this often inaccessible aspect of spiritual practice."—Mhara Starling, author of Welsh Witchcraft

"A heartfelt journey into the world of ancestral veneration, masterfully weaving together timeless wisdom and personal experience. Ben Stimpson's captivating guide transcends cultural boundaries, providing a solid foundation for building authentic ancestral practices rooted in cultural understanding and personal exploration."—Mat Auryn, bestselling author of Psychic Witch

"Stimpson situates his exploration of this complex subject in thorough academic research as well as insights from a multitude of individual perspectives, including BIPOC and LGBTQ+....This book is a rare treasure on a subject that is close to my heart and on which there are far too few good resources."—Danu Forest, MA (Celtic Studies), traditional seer and wisewoman, author of Wild Magic

"Ben Stimpson lays out a simple, direct, and very effective set of foundational techniques and practices to assist anyone in communicating with the ancestors....Ben has done a great service in writing this book, not only for his own ancestors but for all of the ancestors."—Mambo Chita Tann, author of Haitian Vodou

"An important, intelligent book that beautifully and profoundly articulates the nature of the ancestors. Stimpson leaves no stone unturned in his examination of ancestral concepts and practices, ancient and modern, and in doing so he reveals a depth to ancestor work that is new, challenging, and refreshing."—Kristoffer Hughes, Head of the Anglesey Druid Order, author of Cerridwen

"If you are drawn to working with your ancestors but only have a vague idea of how this might take shape, Ancestral Whispers will prove to be an invaluable resource in helping the reader to craft deep and respectful connections to those who have gone before. Intelligently written with great insight and sensitivity."—Eimear Burke, Chosen Chief of the Order of Bards, Ovates and Druids

"Stimpson's extensive knowledge and experience of his subject lend this book richness and depth. Full of fascinating and diverse examples of living traditions of veneration."—Philip Carr-Gomm, author of Druid Mysteries

"Timely, personal, and intersectional, this book is everything you need to build meaningful connection to your ancestors and claim the gifts that such a practice brings to your spirit."—Nicholas Pearson, author of Crystal Basics and Flower Essences from the Witch's Garden

"Stimpson challenges us to consider the legacy we are creating through our own engagement with ancestral reverence and invites us to contemplate the transformational powers we possess in our roles as 'ancestors-in-waiting.'"—Jhenah Telyndru (MA, Celtic Studies), founder of the Sisterhood of Avalon and author of The Ninefold Way of Avalon

ISBN-13: 9780738774725
Imprint: Llewellyn
Pub Date: September 2023
Product Type: Trade Paperback
Page Count: 264 pages
Size: 6 x 9 IN
Case Quantity: 46

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