Crossing the Veil

This Saturday my sister Sandy Crow and I will host our annual Crossing the Veil ceremony.  Like many pagan folk the approach of Samhain or Halloween is a sacred time in which we connect deeply with our Beloved Dead.  Our alters our laden with pictures and memorabilia of our loved ones past.  This Ancestor honoring began early in the month of October and will last until about Thanksgiving for me.  As a Medium I spend a lot of my time between the worlds, one foot across the Veil so to speak on a regular basis.  That being said, I still feel a special connection during the Halloween season when the Veil is thinnest.

familyalterWhat is the Veil?

When Mediums or Mystics refer to the Veil, they are talking about the non visible barrier that separates the realm of the living from that of the dead.  Like a thin curtain, it is a fine barrier…one in which we can see through if we try.   Like a thin curtain it is easier to see through looking out then in.  We can look through our curtains to see what is happening in the outside world, but it is much harder for those outside to see in.  In this analogy, we are on the outside looking in.  It is much easier for our Beloved Dead to look out on us, then it is for us to look in on them.  I really don’t have an answer to the why of this particular scenario.   Perhaps it is because we on the outside world have a lot going on, lots of distractions and things to do…and those on the inside, having crossed over into Spirit, have more time for observation.  Mediums are people who have a particular knack for looking in and seeing that which is harder to perceive…the world of the Dead.

Why seek communication with the Dead?

This is a good question with lots of answers.  For most people, seeking communion with the Dead comes from a feeling of loss.  We miss our family, friends and loved ones who have crossed into Spirit and want to feel them, hear them & spend time with them.  For others it is a search for answers.  What happens when we die?  Do we still exist?  Where do we go?  The where do we go bit is pretty complex.  In all my time as a Medium, I have yet to meet anyone who has been to Heaven or Hell.  That is not to say, I do not believe these places exist.  I simply do not believe it is a one stop shop…We do not get just one life, in which we either succeed and head to Heaven, or fail miserably and take the express train to Hell.  From my conversations with Spirits (of which there has been many), I have gleamed a deeper belief in Reincarnation.  I believe when we die we go to an between place.  A place where we revisit the events of our life and look out the window if you will…at those we have shared our life with.  We often wait for the ones we have loved before reincarnating so that we can share time and space again with those who are part of our soul family.  Some Spirits do have jobs, like Adam (my doorman/guardian spirit) who works with me when I do Spirit Communication.  Often Spirits will take on the job of watching over those that they love…as a Spirit Guide or Guardian Angel.  For whatever reason people seek communion from the Dead, when it is received it is often accompanied by  a deep feeling of healing.

Crossing the Veil Ceremony-

The Crossing the Veil ceremony is one of my favorite events of the year.  I do a lot of Seances (small group spirit communication) in which I sit with a family or small group of friends and deliver messages.  Seances are powerful and filled with emotion, but they are not as interactive.  In general a Seance involves a Medium passing messages from the Beloved Dead to the Living.  The Crossing the Veil Ceremony allows for living people to honor their loved ones in Spirit by sharing stories, emotions and gratitude.  In return Beloved Dead are given time to share and commune with their loved ones who are alive through the voice of a Medium.  As I am the Medium working these ceremonies, I know how grateful our loved ones are for the offerings we give them and love we express.  My sister Sandy Crow is a ceremonial priestess who has studied many cultures and weaves together a ceremony that is truly filled with love and gives each person the opportunity to feel connected.  We all die…and learning to honor the Dead without stepping on the toes of your neighbor is a special treat.  Sandy’s skill in this is nothing short of remarkable.

We start the evening by allowing guest to set up their own items on the Alter…items may include pictures, jewelry, knick knacks, personal items of memorabilia and  indigestibles (food-special goodies, drink, tobacco, etc.).  When the alters are set we gather around to begin our own journey between worlds.  Often this involves rattles, drums and voice to help us shift our minds a little.  During the ceremony guest are welcome to give honor to members of their family (friends & loved ones) and give thanks and blessings for their contribution to their lives.  Guest learn to open their third eye chackra so that they too may experience (see, feel, know, smell) the presence of Spirit.  I then deliver messages to as many people as I can.  Due to the nature of the ceremony and the amount of people present I cannot guarantee a personal message for everyone present.   Messages delivered however are clear, concise and filled with emotion.

Details on attending this years ceremony…Crossing the Veil 2014

Saturday, October 25th 6pm-9pm   FEE-$60

422 Emerson falls Road, Apt. 2B, St. Johnsbury, VT 05819

Contact-Salicrow 802-473-2907 or Sandy Crow 802-472-0996

Dress in something that makes you feel beautiful, remember you are honoring your Beloved Dead.  Bring items for your Ancestor Alter-pictures, memorabilia, goodies, etc.

 

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Honoring your Ancestors

The Celts believe we reincarnate into our family or tribe….reborn again and again into the bloodstream of our Ancestors.  This belief helps us to understand how lessons good and bad can be repeated over and over again within a family.  We carry not only the DNA of our family, but the deep laden lessons.

imageThanks to modern technology the practice of Genealogy has become more common place.  Many people now have access to information on their family line.  As a Psychic I have noticed an increase in people having proof that they have reincarnated into their family line.  When doing Past Life Readings I focus on the lives (generally 2) that are currently effecting a persons life.  What I have been experiencing more and more frequently is people asking me if they could be someone in their own family.  This is happening after I describe lifetimes to them.  The other day I was doing a past life reading for a client who found that both lives I described were that of people in her family.  The first from her mothers side and the second from her fathers side.  She has access to detailed genealogy charts and recognized each life as I described them.  This belief that we are our own ancestors is common amongst the Celtic people and part of their Tribal/Clan reincarnation beliefs.  Our blood is alive and speaking to us takes on deep meaning when we think about how we may have shared it before.  I personally know that I have been a member of my own family through my Blackfoot heritage.  I have memories of the life time and a deep love of Montana, even though I have not been there yet.  I remember the landscape as my own.

When we come back into a bloodline over and over again, or bloodlines for certainly we have that melting pot going on we are able to connect to community more deeply.  We share lessons with our Ancestors or perhaps ourselves.  This brings us to the belief that when we heal ourselves we not only effect those who come after us, but those who walked before us.  I personally love thinking about this stuff as it is truly mind opening.  Families after all carry lessons that belong to the whole family, such as a struggle with addiction or a feeling of deep spiritual service.  Yes these things are influenced by how we are raised, but there is a deeper current running through the picture, that of soul rebirth.  I recently had a client who recognize her great, great, great grandfather when I described a life of hers in Colonial Boston.  Her Ancestor/Grandfather was part of a family of masons.  He however chose to be a Doctor.  Interestingly my client was a person with a lot of natural healing ability.  She chose at that point back in Colonial America to be a Doctor…she shifted her line & her family line expanded.  I certainly am not sitting here believing I have all the answers, I am instead sharing my awe.  Awe at the experience of witnessing people recognizing themselves in their ancestors.

This brings me to my topic….Honoring our Ancestors.  When we show honor for our family we are simultaneously giving honor to ourselves, our blood and the blood that runs through our Tribe.  Connectedness folks that is what is needed, a belief and understanding that we are part of a larger picture.  This understanding of connection to our family line and the possibility that we are our own Ancestors also gives us an understanding of how healing ourselves, contributes to the healing of our entire family line.

Giving Honor to the Ancestors-

Samhain/Halloween is a time known for honoring the Dead.  This is primarily due to the fact that the world around us is heading into the deep slumber of Winter.   Traditionally this is a time when people share memories of their loved ones path.  Here is a simple and beautiful way to honor your Ancestors and Beloved Dead.

Create a Family Alter-

Altars are places we designate as Sacred (deserving veneration), they are places we set aside from our every day life…places to give honor to things we love and care for.  A family Altar can be set up on any flat surface such as the top of a book shelf or window sill.  My Altar (or one of many) is a small shelf behind my kitchen sink.  I like to do my dishes by hand, specially in the winter when hot water is a treat.  The shelf is eye level and it holds my sacred things.  Family members who are close to me in Spirit have a space their year round, but during the Samhain season my whole alter is connected to my Beloved Dead & Ancestors.  I place items of memorabilia & photos on the Atar and back wall.  These act as reminders every time I walk into the room….reminders of the people I love and miss, reminders of where I have come from and who has helped shape my path.  I often place items they enjoyed on the altar with them such as tobacco for my father and grandmother.  These offerings are my acknowledgement of appreciation.  I love these people, and what they have contributed to my life.  In recognizing our Ancestors I also give honor to them, my self, and the generations that follow us.

Blessings of the Season folks…

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