I am a family tradition matrilineal pagan. Our HearthKeeper traditions have been passed down through the women in our family. Though I’m sure our folk ways date back several generations, I am certain that my daughter is 5th generation. Perhaps our lineage goes back further than my great-great-grandmother, but my great-grandmother (who passed at age 103) spoke only of her mother, and the traditions that had been passed down in the generations since then.
That, however, is neither here….nor there.
I am not a ceremonial pagan. Our rituals are in our daily lives, offerings and household magic. Hestia is our household goddess, but I also honor the Goddess of the North Atlantic Ocean, as I grew up on the wild and rough coasts of New England. I am drawn equally to both the mountains and the shore.
Unless I share knowledge on this blog, this familial tradition will end with me. My daughter has found her path as a Buddhist, and I’m thrilled she has discovered a philosophy that follows her personality and world view. However, I am also sad that no one will pick up the torch and carry it on. I hope the things I post here will be of help to someone.
Blessings from the Hearth.