Hello dear readers!
As most of you probably already know, we have begun making ancestor candles and offering them in our Etsy shop! Parran Matt is hand making these candles and we are consecrating them in the names you provide for ancestor service. Each and every candle is handmade, hand poured, specifically for the person who orders it. Even though we always think of the ancestors at this time of year, we certainly will be offering this candle year round, as anytime is a good time to work with and honor your ancestors.
The making of these candles has been such a fulfilling experience! We ask each person to send in names of their ancestors when they order the candle. Then using an "ashes to ashes" type of mindset, we burn those names and offer up a prayer of honor to your ancestors.
After the ashes are burned and the proper prayers have been said, the ashes are then added to the candle wax of your candle.
Your candle is then poured into the skull mold and allowed to cool and then get ready for shipping to you along with incense, a little bottle of Fet Ghede potion, and instructions on how to use your candle for ancestor service.
If you don't know WHY you are serving your ancestors, let me just say that you must thank them for life itself... without them, there is NO YOU! If you are going through tough times, feel lost, have problems you cannot find the solution to, call upon your ancestors. If you are doing well, prospering, and living a happy life, then thank your ancestors!
Ancestor service is certainly not unique to the Vodou life; many, many cultures and religions offer honor and service to their ancestors. All Souls' Day, Dia de los Muertos, and many other celebrations all offer honor to our ancestors. However, as Vodouisants, we believe that not just one day is for ancestor service, but rather we always want to keep our ancestors in mind. Our hierarchy is: God, ancestors, the lwa. So your ancestors are considered even more important than the lwa themselves; if you call upon the lwa, you should also be honoring your ancestors! :-)
Your ancestors know you; they can protect you, guide you, and walk with you. All you need to do is call on them and offer them the respect that they so richly deserve. This particular candle is one way to do just that!
If you need it by Fet Ghede (November 2, 2014), then please order by 10/24/2014. However, the candle can be used anytime!
Love, light, and peace,
Mambo Samantha Corfield