Connecting with Your Ancestors

Katherine Grace
2 min readOct 31, 2020

Journaling prompts for Samhain

Photo by Carolyn V on Unsplash

Every person is a quotation from all their ancestors. — Ralph Waldo Emerson

Autumn is built to honor the places within yourself where are you drawn to connect with those who’ve come before. It is a time well suited for reaching back across time and space in search of connecting with your ancestors, whether blood relatives or cultural ones.

We, women, have unique cultural and ancestral lineages.

Some are far-reaching — like those brave women who fought and suffered to get American women the right to vote.

Some are closer to heart and home — like a great-grandmother who left everything behind seeking a better, safer life in a new country.

As women, much of our cultural lineage is weighed down by suffering and pain, and by the oppression of our rights and the suppression of our voices. One way to honor all the women who’ve suffered before us is to use our voices, as we are able, to speak up for justice.

Some questions you can explore in your journal are:

  • What lessons have your ancestors taught you?
  • In what ways have they let you down?
  • In what ways do you benefit from their hard work?