Athena had had a series of dreams about my late dad, and thought that he may have a message for me. So I went on a journey tonight, to talk with my beloved ancestors...
I sat in the back yard on a large stone, and lit some mugwort on a charcoal tablet. Using my turkey feathers I smoked myself and sang my power song; on the last verse I took flight with the feathers and soared away.
Landing on the shore of the ink-dark sea, in a windy chill night, I walked up the path into the trees. There were tumbled stones beside the path, looking like the river rocks of Missouri. As I entered the clearing, I saw the sun and the moon in the sky together, lacing the world with silver and gold beams. The grass was green, but it was a bit chilly.
I greeted Oak, Swallow, Spider, and Water Drake, and thanked them for their gifts. I told them I wanted to visit my ancestors, where should I go to do this? They directed me to a small hillock off to the left, which was crowned with a ring of stones. The path spiraled up around the hillock to the entrance in the ring. I walked up and entered the ring of stones.
The ring was not large, maybe 30 ft wide, made of rough stones about shoulder height or smaller. In the center was a large campfire, with logs and rough benches around it. There were shadowy presences around it, I could sense that there were many generations of people who frequent this place in many layers of time.
I sat down by the fire and asked if my father would come and talk to me, and if he had a message. Almost immediately I saw him sitting just to the right of me. His face was illuminated by the fire light, and he was smiling at me. He was very clear, just as I knew him for many years.
I told him how much I missed him and how much I loved and appreciated him and what he had taught me throughout me life. He reached out his hand and we clasped hands, squeezing my hand confidently. He told me that I would do fine, that I had strength, wisdom, and intelligence to do well and everything would work out for me and my family. He was confident in me, and took pride in my achievements. He reiterated that I did not need to worry that things would all work out.
He said he was very proud of my kids. He would keep an eye on them, but that they really did not need special protection - they are both strong, intelligent, and will be successful.
We hugged, and I felt the strength in him, and it made me feel very happy. He said that he would be happy to talk anytime I wanted, that he as always there for me.
I then asked if there was anyone else that wanted to talk to me. I asked if my brother was there, who died years ago. He was, and appeared nearby. We spoke only briefly, I told him how much I appreciated his pride and confidence in me when I was growing up, that seeing myself reflected in his eyes is one thing that really helped me become a confident and successful person.
There were others, fading in and out: grandma and grandpa, grandmother, and others I had seen on previous journeys - indian men, an old indian woman, a viking man. But none appeared for more than a moment.
I took my leave, and walked down the hill. Thanking my guides, I returned to crystalline darkness of the sea, and flew home on my turkey feathers.