Altar Honoring Ancestors

This time of complexity calls for honoring the spirits who have come before us-- those ancestors and ancient ones who created space for the sacred feminine as we are able to manifest it now. We honor the past so that we may move forward in the present with fierce compassion and devotion to attending carrying forth light for ourselves, for our communities, for our world. 

Guest blogger, Danielle Vogel is a writer, practicing witch, and ceremonialist. She offers up images of her altar and shares powerful words that express her relationship to honoring those who have laid the foundation for our contemporary being. 


Excerpt from A Library of Light

Some of which can be read here.


To get through the door of me. Through the door of my mother’s body and her mother’s body before her and so on, straight into the mouth of the very first light emitted.


Language allows for connective resonance. I come to language because I want to heal something inside of me. Something hemmed into the cells, passed across generations, between mouths and mothers. To reattune myself through articulated frequencies. I yield to the hidden voice. Of bone and light at once. Having access to the unlit through what is illuminated.

I make myself fragile for you.

Because we hold vigil for one another in language.

Because we need to ingest light and release it.

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About Danielle: 

Danielle Vogel is a writer and ceremonialist who grew up on the south shore of Long Island. She is the author of Between Grammars, the artist book Narrative & Nest, and the chapbooks In Resonance and lit. Her installations and “public ceremonies for language,” which pay homage to the archives of memory stored within language, have been exhibited most recently at RISD Museum, The Nordic House in Reykjavík, Iceland, Temple University, Pace University, and The University of Washington at Bothell. She teaches at Wesleyan University and makes her home in New England with the prose writer, Renee Gladman. She has been a practicing witch since she was nine-years-old.