Ancestors and Trauma
In the astrological/occult community, I have seen an increasing emphasis on working with one's ancestors in order to heal intergenerational trauma. This can take the form of traditional veneration, attempts at channeling, or just simple prayers for their souls and for the whole familial line to be released from old cycles of pain.
Do any of you practice this? How does it work for you and what effects have you noticed?
I recently started deliberately practicing mindfulness and working with a new therapist, and something I've been doing is basically debriefing my inner work with my mother almost every day! I'd never been at this level of being open and honest with her, but now I feel compelled to share my new tools which kind of requires laying everything out on the table. She seems to enjoy comparing notes and experiences and progress. This just happened organically because we each hold onto a lot of the same negative patterns, so I know she "gets" my issues. She "has" them too, lol. Anyway, she mentioned that her mom was prone to do some of the things that I do (things that my mom doesn't do, so it's almost like they skipped a generation.) I never would have known that. I would not be surprised if this is connected to Saturn cycles.
With my family, it was three scars: Money, family issues, and narcissism (the REAL type of narcissism). There definitely was/is a karmic issue with those three issues within our family. As for family issues, it manifested out as abandonment because both my parents had their parents abandon them!
If you need a soundtrack for this theme: The Lumineers album "III" tells the story of addiction across three generations in one family.
I was just talking to a distant cousin about family karma. How my grandmother was abandoned by her mom, I don’t know what happend the generations before . But the theme of dependency, anger, jealousy and mental problems are in my family here on earth. We wondered if we could heal that. Or at least let it stop with us. It’s hard that’s for sure.
Karma, or Car-ma!? Teehee! ?