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What are Ancestral Folk Allies?

An ancestral folk ally is a spiritual being or entity that is believed to be connected to one's ancestral lineage and cultural heritage. This can take many forms, depending on the cultural traditions and beliefs of the individual or community.

In some traditions, ancestral folk allies may be spirits of deceased ancestors who have chosen to take on a specific form or identity in order to continue to guide and protect their descendants. In other traditions, they may be spirits of the land or nature, who are associated with specific places or natural phenomena.

Ancestral folk allies are often seen as powerful sources of guidance, protection, and healing, and they are often invoked in spiritual practices such as prayer, ritual, or divination. They may also be honored through offerings of food, drink, or other items that hold personal significance.

Working with ancestral folk allies can be a way to deepen one's connection to one's cultural heritage and to tap into the wisdom and guidance of one's ancestors. It is important to approach any spiritual practices with respect and reverence, and to seek guidance from trusted teachers or mentors if you are new to these practices.

There are many African American ancestral folk allies that one might work with or invoke, depending on their specific cultural heritage and spiritual beliefs. Here are a few examples:

• Ancestors: Ancestors are a key component of many African American spiritual traditions, and working with one's ancestors can be a powerful way to connect with one's roots and receive guidance and support. Ancestors may be invoked through prayer, offerings, or other spiritual practices.

• Orishas: Orishas are deities or spirits from the Yoruba religion of West Africa, which has been widely practiced among African Americans for centuries. Each Orisha represents a different aspect of nature and human experience, and they are often invoked for protection, healing, or guidance.

• Hoodoo spirits: Hoodoo is a system of African American folk magic that has its roots in West and Central Africa, and it often involves working with spirits or entities such as the High John the Conqueror, Black Hawk, Papa Jim or Aunt Caroline Dye. These spirits are believed to have specific powers and abilities, such as helping with love, money, or protection.

• Anima Sola: Anima Sola is a spirit or entity that is often invoked in African American spiritual practices, particularly in the traditions of New Orleans Voodoo and Hoodoo. She is believed to be a powerful helper in matters of justice, revenge, and protection, and she is often depicted as a woman in chains.

It is important to note that these are just a few examples of the many ancestral folk allies that one might work with in African American spiritual traditions, and that the specific entities or spirits may vary depending on the individual's cultural heritage and spiritual beliefs.

Come along with me on the journey of discovering and working with your ancestral folk allies.

~Ori Alchemy

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