sylvia ji

ART: SYLVIA JI

As many of you know November 1st and 2nd is Dia de los Muertos, or Day of the Dead, a Mexican holiday celebrated around the world that honors and celebrates the lives of those who have passed. It has its roots in the Aztec festival for the Goddess Mictecacihuatl, The Lady of The Dead, as well as Catholic origins from All Saints Day and All Souls Day. You can read more of the roots of this holiday and how it is celebrated around the world in the wikipedia here.
It is also the Celtic and Pagan holiday of Samhain when bonfires are lit to honor the dearly departed and aid them on their journey. In many cultures, this is a period where the veils between the worlds are the thinnest, so it is a perfect time for us to pause, honor and pay homage to our ancestors and our loved ones who have passed on.
Traditionally altars are created with offerings, or “ofrendas” of candles, flowers such a marigold, and favorite foods and beverages.
This is a beautiful time to create an altar/offering in dedication to those whose lives have visibly or invisibly touched our own. For in this web of life, we are all connected and we are here as result of the efforts and energy of those who came before us.
We are the torch bearers of this time and as we honor and integrate the way our lives have been touched by others, we weave our own visions into this collective tapestry of unfoldment.
Consciousness does not die, it transforms. What appears as death in one form dissolves to give way to a completely new form, but this is the cycle of life. And like every living thing on the planet, we too are a part of it.
So with devotion and with gratitude, call on your loved ones, your angels, your ancestors to guide and watch over all of us during these time of collective transformation.
CANDLESforourANCESTORS
Our hearts united for a greater vision, that honors and cares for our planet Earth and all of its inhabitants, activates our unifying field. We are All children of the Earth.  As we awaken to this truth, we awaken the need to care for our Earth and each other.
Connect to the stream of Life Force within you, grow your roots deeper into this Earth and call on your dearly departed and your ancestors for courage, wisdom and vision.
Blessings to all~
~MM
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