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The first week of November barely passed us by, and already the hustle of the Christmas holidays in the Northern Hemisphere is creeping in slowly but surely as society rushes into another festive frenzy. I just wanted to take a moment to pause right here, lest we forget. Didn’t we just celebrate ancestors last Samhain? You might be wondering. That’s true, but how often do we truly take the time to remember and appreciate the sacrifices of those who have come before us?

November 11 is Remembrance Day in Canada, also known as Poppy Day or Veterans Day. It is a celebration that honors soldiers who fought for their countries not only in World War I — but in all conflicts and warfare.

In the midst of current events and the whirlwind that is 2020, I want to put a pause on the constant rush of always pushing forward to the “next thing.” There is much to be said about honoring tradition and keeping it alive in our lives no matter how life’s circumstances changes us. The past and those who have come before us, are inextricably tied to the persons we are today, regardless of our conscious recognition of it.

Remembrance Day honors the veterans who have laid down their lives so that future generations can thrive in a society with freedom and liberty. Their sacrifice must never be forgotten, for in their graves lay the the foundations that shaped the land we walk on.

To me, this day is not only about the dearly departed who fought in the wars, but each and every man, woman, and child whose lives were lost in the midst of a world in turmoil. Though we may not be related by blood, history has woven the common threads to a tapestry that makes up all our lives.

Each and every one of us are made up of the same fabric as the Universe. No matter what differences and divisions the human condition perceives exists among us, the gap is never that big. We are One Family. With that sentiment I celebrate Remembrance Day by honoring our ancestors, both familial and historical.

I honour the sacrifice of every soldier, law enforcement officer, and citizen, who have fought for peace, equality, and justice. I honour the sacrifice of the fathers, mothers, grandfathers, grandmothers, brothers, and sisters who have died protecting their families. I honour the lives of the unsung heroes with unmarked graves and forgotten names. I honour those who have come before us, who lived and died with integrity: every race, colour, gender, religion, and tradition. I honour the witches who have come before me and paved the way for the rest of us to be able to express our spirituality with freedom and dignity. I honour my bloodline and ancient ancestors who shall always be a living part of me.

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A Spell for Honoring Ancestors On Remembrance Day

I light these candles, my heart is bright.

For heroes and heroines who braved the fight.

I honour their sacrifice of blood and bone,

to bring peace and freedom to our homes.

May their hard won victory be remembered,

with gratitude burning in fervent embers.

Each soul lighting our path to the future,

may their lives and memory forever endure.

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