My bloodlines are important to me, to my spiritual path. They are where I come from and where I am going and who I am. Perhaps not the entirely of the picture, but certainly the essential palette without which there would be no picture.
I think of my bloodlines as the paint, the pigments, the colors of which I am made and the composition as my specific path in this life, the choices I make are the brushstrokes.
I think that metaphor is useful but, I will not belabor it further. This is about the colors of my bloodlines. In this digital age we can view an identical image in multiple palettes without altering any other factor and in each instance the image will be uniquely different.
Knowing yourself is the first goal of the witch, for how can we pursue evolution if we do not understand ourselves? I am a person, with specificity and individuality. I am unique. I will never again be this person. This is the life I have in this incarnation. And my bloodlines are the source material of this life, of my body, heart, mind, and soul.
I have specific talents and abilities, and processes that are necessary to the work that I am here to accomplish. I cannot function the way another person does. I must work within the framework and with the pigments of the palette that is me.
My bloodlines are metaphorical as well as genetic. I am the descendant of my ancestors both familial and spiritual. All are the stuff of the stars that made me.
I am descended from coal-miners who emigrated from South Wales to North-East Pennsylvania and German craftsmen who immigrated to Baltimore. I am descended from musicians and stubborn, strong-willed, secret-keepers. I hear the voices of trees and stones and running water. I do not see, but rather feel the music of the Fae. I am not the Phoenix but the Owl, not the Hero but the Storyteller, not the Singer but the Songwriter.
My bloodlines inform the nature of my work in this life as well as the way in which I will accomplish it. The more intimately I understand those bloodlines and myself, the better I can accomplish that work.