I just want to put this here so that I say it right off the bat, and so I can back to it — and refer others to it — frequently. And so others can refer themselves to it. I’m not an expert, I don’t know everything, and I could always be wrong. Additionally, my way of doing things is not the only way. What the Gods, Spirits, Ancestors, and other Powers want from me is not necessarily what they want from anyone else — and I don’t always know what they want from me, much less from anyone else. There are people who have more experience than I do, and people who have been doing this a lot longer than I have, and people in both those categories who are much better at it than I am. For that matter, there are probably people who haven’t been doing this as long as I have, and who are less experienced at it than I am, who still are much better at it than I am. I have opinions, beliefs, and emotions, which all influence me, and which in addition to creating unique insights, they also create unique blind spots of which I try to be aware, but am not always successful. I’m not a priest. There is some indication that I may be moving towards becoming a spiritual specialist of some variety, but I may not be (as I mentioned, I could always be wrong), and as I type this I don’t certainly don’t consider myself a spiritual specialist.
That doesn’t mean that that I don’t have any knowledge or insights, nor that I don’t have valuable opinions, emotions, and ideas. I’ve been Pagan for a long time with a brief hiatus during a breakdown, and I’ve been a polytheist for a lot of that time. I’m been an Animist for as long as I can remember, and I strongly believe in Ancestor veneration. My official or formal start to Ancestor work has only been fairly recent, however, throughout my life, I (and other relatives of mine) were aware of our Ancestors watching over us, and we’ve always made it a point to say hello to them when we sense them near us.