1. Your new book is What Is Remembered Lives. What inspired you to write the book?
Ever since finding the Craft as a young teenager I have been fascinated by the Other realms. I gobbled up every myth, story, faerie tale, and folk tale I could get my hands on. I loved how cultures from all over the planet would have threads of similarities in their myths and folk tales. I loved how there were bread crumbs to be gathered reading the myths from around the world. I soaked it all up.
Many years later, a friend remarked that she couldn't believe the amount of myths I knew off of the top of my head. There was rarely a Goddess I had not heard of. She suggested I start offering classes where I could share my passion with others. So, we started that venture together. Eight years later, Goddess of the Month has been thriving. Each month I offer a workshop on a different Goddess from a different part of the world. We talk about history, culture, and myth and then we shift into ritual and spiritual connection. Because people found so much value in learning these stores and myths through my classes, I felt called to write that up in a book so more could access the information.
2. How would you define "ancestor veneration?"
From a very basic level, it is a practice of honoring one's ancestors so that they may help us out "from the other side." I don't presume to know what happens when we die. I think that all things are possible. But, I do believe that everything is energy. The energy of our ancestors—the good, the bad, the ugly, and the beautiful—is literally within us. If we can honor that energy, speak to it, celebrate the good, and attempt to uplift or heal the bad, then we offer ourselves very real healing. For me this is both scientific and spiritual.
3. Why is such connection with our ancestors—and other deities—important?
Modern life can be very isolating. Even with social media, it is not uncommon to feel alone. The truth, however, is that we are never alone. It is important for humans to stay connected to ancestors and deities because we need that connection. Their stories can offer us a road map. Their knowledge can help prevent mistakes. Their energy can bring comfort. And, they need us. Giving offerings, being in relationship, having a connection feeds them, too. It allows their power to be strong, which in turn allows their ability to help humanity be stronger.
4. Is previous work with deities necessary to use the practices in the book?
Absolutely not. The book offers an opening to access beings from the Other realms for beginners and experienced folk. There are practices and exercises that help people who have never done any deity work in the past. There are also practices and exercises for folks who have worked with deities, but are looking at opening up to more relationship or create a connection to deities that they may have never met before.
5. What do you hope readers take away from What Is Remembered Lives?
My hope is that people are inspired to create new relationships. The title of the book, What Is Remembered Lives, is a statement that the deities, ancestors, and Fae beings of our world really do need us. They thrive when in relationship with humans. And, in my experience, humans thrive when we remember our connection to the Earth and the Other realms. If one person feels more connected through reading this book, I will be over the moon.