Some of the talk in the magical parts of the blogosphere that I read has been about ancestors lately, and ghosts. It’s on a lot of magical people’s minds right now, which is surprising, but it also makes a good deal of sense for some reason. It’s the season of Vesta, when Rome’s fires were banked, the temple of the hearth goddess was swept out, and the new fire was laid. It was a time of renewing last wills and testaments, and for claiming the wills of the recently deceased from the Vestal Virgins (who were their keepers and executrices).
I’m telling you this now, especially any of you who think of yourself as “not into the magic stuff” or as overly rationalist, or scientific, because what follows is decidedly NOT scientific… although it may connect to the interrelationship between the three levels of the brain I discussed tangentially in this post on the Chariot, and the 3-fold model of the human brain: namely, the idea that certain kinds of activity, like ritual, can access deep parts of the brain that are more fundamentally non-rational and relatively inexplicable, but may be ‘tuned’ and altered by action on the more rational/human levels.
Or, you can just see the following report as totally subjective, and maybe even made up as an amusement. Up to you.