Ancestor Workings Series
Roll Call: The Use of Personal Litanies

 

 

 

Ancestor Workings Series
Roll Call: The Use of Personal Litanies
by Brother MOLOCH 969
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When we work at out ancestral shrines, the goal is to summon our ancestors wherever they may be. We know already that it is wise to simply summon Them via the Four Corners and how to do this is already explained in the seminal essay Ancestors & Offerings found under the Ritual Offerings button which is also found in the omnibus by the name Ritual Offerings.
 
In many spiritual and religious traditions, the practice of using litanies is very common and few bother to use this in their private magic which has always befuddled me since it is a time honored method of getting the spirit’s attention.
 
What Is A Litany?
 
Academically speaking Google defines it as from Middle English: from Old French letanie, via ecclesiastical Latin from Greek litaneia ‘prayer,’ from litē ‘supplication.’ In modern usage it’s a series of petitions for use in church services or processions, usually recited by the clergy and responded to in a recurring formula by the people. Synonyms for this term are: prayer, invocation, supplication, devotion; archaicorison. Thus you can see a litany has spiritual uses.
 
Often litanies are invocations to various saints or a particular saint used for specific intent and purpose. Here though we are gong to use a home brewed llitany whereby you will summon your ancestors and loved ones one by one using a formula to call them forth and get Their attention. Then you can ask Them for a boon.
 
Crating Your Litany
 
Creating a litany is not all that difficult. My first litany was rather simple and was mostly a prayer that invoked some of my deceasd relatives and ancestors as well as certain spirits I worked with regularly. It also included what I wanted towards the end and I also included what I was grateful for to show Them I was not some ungrateful wretch who was all about “gimme, gimme, gimme!”
 
Step One: Who Are You Deceased Relatives?
 
Think of all of the relatives who have passed on before you that your family knows about. You may want to chedk the family bible for this and the older the bible, the better since many family’s will often keep a long record of who was born, married and died in their bibles as an official record and this makes them a great place to start. Thus list them out one by one. You may have a list like: 
 
Dad - Albert Ronald Jones
Mom - Helen (Davidson) Jones
Aunt - Sandra (Davidson) Perkins
Uncle - Ross Perkins
Uncle - Franklin Davidson
Uncle - Anthony A. Jones
Grandpa - Eugene Francis Davison
Grandma - Edna Marie (Ames) Davidson
Grandpa - Stephen Michael Jones
Grandma - Alice Sarah (Simpson) Jones
Great-Grandma - Henrietta Stewart-Jones
and etc.
 
So the idea here is you’d have a litany of deceased family members to call on in each litany. Ideally it would be nice to know more about each of them but realistically that’s not likely you will find out what you want to know so do the best you can. You may only discover you had a Grandmother Whitefeather because she was a Native American Indian your great-grandfather married and perhaps he was ostracized for doing so thus no one kept much in touch with him or grandma Whitefeather so there’s little known about them. Still a Grandma Whitefeather will work in a pinch for a litany so do not worry.
 
Step Two: Loved Ones
 
Loved ones is a universal term for extended family, friends, co-wrokers, neighbors, church folk, and people you may have known as a child and were fond of somehow. They may have even been folks your parents or grandparents knew and you happened to like them for whatever reason. That’s enough. So long as they got along with the family members you plan on working with in your regular ancestral practices, there’s no reason why you cannot include these folks in your ancestral shrine activities.
 
Family is not always about blood or DNA either. Often it’s about those who care about us and do what’s right for us. Neighbors or family friends who step up when mom and dad or sick or unable to do what they need to do. The family friend who makes sure you make it to school on time, picks you up afterwards, cooks you a meal, packs your lunch, that sort of thing. These are folks who pitch in to help. They’re TRUE FRIENDS not just those who talk about being a friend yet are never around when you need then.
 
You may have a personal litany as such:
 
Lester Chambers - co-worker
Tyrone Washington - neighbor & friend
Darren Blackford - neighbor & church brother
Christina Stafford - music instructor
Leslie Crawford - supervisor & friend
Dwuma Ashemi - co-worker
Eustus Greene - drug store worker
Natalie Johnson - gas station attendant
Peter Simms - lawn maintenance guy
Rev Russell Fox - childhood church pastor
and so on
 
It’s presumed you knew these loved ones fairly well enough and took time to talk with them instead of being aloof and always on the go. If you never invested any time in them, then pray tell HOW do you consider them to be loved? That’s not love instead that’s just ‘tolerated’.
 
Step Three: Formulating Your Personal  Litany
 
So once you have your names, now you can begin to formulate your litany. Realize as you discover names or as people you know and love pass on, they too can be added to your litany. Thus as needed this litany can be modified to suit your needs.
 
In creating my own personal litany, I often start off with an address to the nebulous Gatekeeper whose name I do not name because there are so many of Them and since it is unwise to name one unless you are directly working with one, it’s best just to refer to Them as the Gatekeeper. I’ve found this works quite well and there are no breach of protocols.
 
After the Gatekeeper I address any patron spirit I work with. Thus if your patron is say Jupiter because you have a shrine erected to Jupiter and you work with Him often, then after the Gatekeeper, you’d make a quick invocation to Jupiter. 
 
After that then begins the family & loved one litanies. Here’s where you begin to summon family & loved ones by name. Read their name in full with any titles. So you may have a litany that looks something such as the following....
 
“I acknowledge you, wise and ever vigilant gatekeeper to open wide the gates to the other worlds so that I may safely pass to do some work. Witness and hear me!”
 
“I humbly acknowledge you, O mighty Jupiter, my guardian and patron spirit and in whose presence I am bathed in love and strength! Witness and hear me!”
 
“I now call out to my deceased relatives who are now a part of the ancestors. Hear me and bear witness for me!
 
Dad - Albert Ronald Jones
Mom - Helen (Davidson) Jones
Aunt - Sandra (Davidson) Perkins
Uncle - Ross Perkins
Uncle - Franklin Davidson
Uncle - Anthony A. Jones
Grandpa - Eugene Francis Davison
Grandma - Edna Marie (Ames) Davidson
Grandpa - Stephen Michael Jones
Grandma - Alice Sarah (Simpson) Jones
Great-Grandma - Henrietta Stewart-Jones”
 
“I now call my those whom I consider my extended family and loved ones to come, hear me and witness!
 
Lester Chambers - co-worker
Tyrone Washington - neighbor & long time friend
Darren Blackford - neighbor & church brother
Christina Stafford - music instructor
Leslie Crawford - supervisor & friend
Dwuma Ashemi - co-worker
Eustus Greene - drug store worker
Natalie Johnson - gas station attendant
Peter Simms - lawn maintenance guy
Rev Russell Fox - childhood church pastor
 
Thank you all for coming to this, my temple and my shrine. You are always welcome here! Refresh yourselves with this water and enjoy this small offering of ___. I wish to thank you for ___, ___, &  ___.”
 
Note: I’ve found it useful to name three things I am thankful for. This is not all that hard when you think about it because we have MUCH to be thankful for including the roof over our heads, food in our bellies, utilities, clothes to wear, transportation, ability to walk (if you can walk), each of our five senses, money in the bank (regardless of how little it is), your TV, see what I mean? You can find three things IF you truly think about it. So THINK! And do not use the same three things each and every time as that looks canned and disrespectful to the spirits. Show them you care by being truly thoughtful by thinking of different things each time. [Resume speaking]
 
“Again I thank you for these things you have helped to bring into my life as they have added to my quality of living! I would ask you now for help with... (insert request here).”
 
Here is where you ask for say anything from help for paying for an expensive prescription to buying a new home. The key is to keep asking for the same thing until your desire is manifested. The key though in my opinion is to use the litany of names because it helps by adding more bodies to work on your request. Others may not see it that way but I do and my formula has worked for me for years as well as students I’ve taught it to.
 
Persistence Pays Off
 
Many people believe magic and sorcery is an instantaneous sort of thing that happens quickly and they’d be wrong. Because while SOME requests do happen all of a sudden, that is under 10% of the time with the remainder taking their sweet old time getting to you. Your patience is required and you need to be persistent with keeping your eyes on your goal while bugging your ancestors like a broken record for whatever it is you desire. The old adage is true, the squeaky wheel gets the grease because even with the spirits, the more you bug Them about X, the more They are inclined to give X to you.

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