As Wiccan, we honor and hold dear our ancestors, from the beginning of time we have took time to see the path of those that had when before us .
An ancestor or forebear is a parent or (recursively) the parent of an ancestor (i.e., a grandparent, great-grandparent, great-great-grandparent, and so forth). Ancestor is “any person from whom one is descended.
Honor die is another name, often used for them
Here at Samhain we often spend time giving them offering and working with them, however you do not need a Sabbath to talk with or work with your ancestors,
I personally recommend that you would work with them often as they are with you always; with in a breath they are there with you. They always have a connection with you, and when no one is there they are with you and will help more than most people.
When setting up your altar you want to think you want their place, to be with you a good place is in the kitchen or dining room but if your family gather more in the living room and that always the center of your family active, then it might be better to set up your ancestor altar in that space.
What go one to ancestor altar is really up to you, but here are some examples
• Pictures, as long as they are only of your crossed over ancestor I would not place pictures of the living there
• A glass of water so they can pull the energy out for them self, changing it daily or weekly
• White anything other than salt
• Salt does not help the ancestor it will hurt them so nothing with salt in it
• On special days rice cook unsalted would be good for an offering
• A white candle, that you light for them to show them that you ready to talk,
• If they had a favor tobacco or love coffee you can set that with them to enjoy
What do you do with an ancestor altar; this is a place with in your home of remembrance but it also a place where you can go and talk with them , offer pray for them and also work out your problem with their help.
It is also a place for you to still have connection with the spirits of them
I love to hear your ideas and thought on work with your ancestors