Honoring Our Beloved Dead with Ancestor Prayer Cards ~ Self-Paced

Ancestor altar - photo by Chele Eva Armstrong

Ancestor altar – Photo by Chele Eva Armstrong

“Walking, I am listening to a deeper way.

Suddenly all my ancestors are behind me.
Be still, they say. Watch and listen.
You are the result of the love of thousands.”

– Linda Hogan

Kathryn Powell 1944

My mother, Kathryn Powell, 1944.

As the season turns toward All Hallows, let’s honor our Beloved Dead (of our bloodlines and our spirit-lines) by making mixed-media collage Prayer Cards of them that we can display on our altars during the season of Hallowmas.

In this self-paced course, we’ll go into the virtual studio and I will lead you, step by step, into creating Ancestor Prayer Cards — unique mixed media collages. The sample prayer cards shown here are just examples of what you can create in this workshop.

You can make prayer cards for the ancestors of your bloodlines (your family), your cultural ancestors (those of your ethnic or cultural background), your spiritual ancestors (people who were inspirations to you), and the ancestors of the indigenous peoples who first lived on the land where you now live. It’s your choice — you can make as many cards as you like. I hope you will display them on your altar for All Hallows.

Artistic experience isn’t required for this project. I’ll be taking you through the process, so even if you think you have no artistic talent (don’t believe it!), you can still create beautiful prayer cards. You’ll learn mixed media techniques and play with paint, paper, ink, glue, and more.

Each Ancestor Prayer Card will become a focus for your love and devotion for your ancestor. You may find yourself crying as you work on your prayer card, remembering your Beloved Dead. Let your emotions flow. All that love will work its way into the art you’re creating. It will then be a potent focus for the connection between you and your loved one.

Ancestor Georgia

Georgia O’Keeffe

Praise for “Honoring Our Beloved Dead with Ancestor Prayer Cards”:

“I have made deep connections to my Beloved ones who passed this year, through creating these cards — gaining insights into their lives, our relationships, and actually feeling them looking back at me in the card through the veil.  The cards have become like small doorways or portals to connect with them, when I want to remember them or send them my love. And I can feel their love pouring back to me.

I am so glad you offered this class and that I joined in!  My season of remembrance was truly enriched by working with these cards.  And you are right — I am feeling a shift from the darkness into the rebirth of the light.  But it’s perfect; I feel like my Beloved is being reborn into the Light.

Thank you — your offerings are always so powerful and so supportive of connection.”

Susan R.

“I wanted to let you know how much I enjoyed the class and am looking forward to making ancestor cards every fall. I really appreciated your quick and attentive feedback. It felt very encouraging.”

Roxanne W.

“I really enjoyed the Ancestral Prayer Card course. There is so much I still wish to do with some of the concepts discussed. I will continue on with these next Samhain.

This course was so positive for me as it provided inspiration to examine my ancestoral connections more deeply. My parents died when I was a younger adult and I have often felt so adrift culturally, without connection, for the past few decades. Your course helped me to see that I do have strong culture connections in many places, both by birth & where I have chosen to live.

Thank you, Joanna, for such an inspirational course!”
Louise H.

And we’ll do more than create beautiful Ancestor Prayer Cards in this workshop.

  • With my guidance, you’ll write a poem or prayer than you can work into your collage, or put on the back of the card.
  • I will share ideas with you for altars, divination, and calling a story circle to honor your Beloved Dead.

“You are the result of the love of thousands.”

I hope you join me for this workshop.

“Honoring Our Beloved Dead with Ancestor Prayer Cards” is open for registration as a self-study course.

$97.00 Register Now


(PLEASE NOTE: If you took the course in the past and would like to take it again, email Shari and we’ll give you the link for a reduced price for past participants. Blessings.)

How it works:

After payment you’ll be redirected to a registration page (If this doesn’t happen contact Shari). Once your registration is approved you’ll have access to all the videos to work at your own pace.

Before you start, you can gather your supplies and meditate on the ancestors that you feel called to honor with a prayer card.

You’ll have access to the course for six months, but you can also download the videos and PDFs to your own computer and keep them forever.

Pamela Colman Smith

Pamela Colman Smith, artist of the Rider/Waite/Smith tarot deck, 1910.


We will cover:

  • The different kinds of ancestors: ancestor of our bloodlines and other kinds of ancestors.
  • Gathering imagery and text.
  • Editing digital photographs.
  • Working out a composition.
  • Creating a background.
  • Adhering collage elements.
  • Adding visual and symbolic interest with stamps, pastels, paint, ink, fabric, ephemera, and natural elements.
  • Writing a poem or prayer for the back of the card.
  • Sharing the story of your Beloved Dead and the card you made for her or him.
  • Ideas for altars, a tarot spread, and a story circle.

You will need these materials (click here for list).