Badass Ancestors by Patti Wigington

From the publisher: This groundbreaking book shows you how to work with different types of ancestors to find, develop, and celebrate the personal power of your own inner badass. By embracing the strength of your lineage—both blood relatives and those chosen by the heart—you can improve your physical, emotional, and spiritual well-being.

Badass Ancestors provides a compelling series of rituals, meditations, mantras, and exercises that connect you with ancestral guides. You’ll discover solid advice on the fascinating world of helpful techniques for genealogy research, the history of ancestor veneration in cultures around the world, healthy ways to deal with problematic ancestors, and how to best leave your own legacy. Each chapter offers unique calls to action that help you build self-confidence, empowerment, and overall badassery with your ancestors’ assistance.


This is an interesting read. It gives guidelines, outlines and rituals to help the reader connect-and often come to terms-with their ancestors. The author also acknowledges that we have people who are joined at the heart, maybe a great aunt, teacher or neighbor who loved and nurtured you, and we may consider them ancestors and honor them as well. The title of this book and it’s cover are intriguing. Due to their combined impact, I believed this book would be more comprehensive. However it isn’t that advanced, but it is a good way for beginners and intermediates to learn more about their ancestors and guardians.

Three Stars

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