Ancestors of Tradition: by Joanna Van Der Hoeven
In Druidry, often the ancestors are honoured from three different spheres that can overlap each other. These spheres are the ancestors of blood, who share our bloodlines; the ancestors of place, with whom we now share our physical space; and ancestors of tradition, those who have practiced in the same vein as we do.
Often, the ancestors of tradition can become relegated to the back-burner; most often when people think of ancestors it is those of their family lines that they think of. Also, ancestors of place can take precedence in a setting where their songs are still widely sung and heard in the deepening twilight. The ancestors of tradition, however, will always hold a special place in our hearts if we make room for them.
Some people may have inspired us on our spiritual and religious path. They may not even have been of the same spirituality or religion, but share ideals held in common. Oftentimes, these can be seen as the more prominent people of the…