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To be an Alekaite is not about doctrines, or stead-fast beliefs. We're focused on the individual, and the two halves of their spiritual nature. You
won't find any churches or meetings for Alekai, as we don't believe in large communal gatherings, or any type of special treatment. And you won't
find websites about us, because we cannot lay out any type of "beliefs" or "tenets" to the faith in an orderly manner like Christians, Buddhists,
or Jews can.
What I can do is give you a little bit of background on how an individual Alekaite might arrive at his or her current spiritual setting. It won't be
the same for everyone mind you, I'm using myself as the following example.
The first thing we do is encourage the study of ancestry. This can be done personally, through a family archivist, or with the help of ancestry
websites and businesses. The goal is for the Alekaite to learn their roots. For example, my own roots are planted in Germany, France, Poland, Mexico,
and the Aztec Empire. Once a good portion of the ancestry is understood, the faiths and beliefs of those people are put on the table. For me, this
includes Teutonic Paganism from Germany, Romano-Gaulish Celtic beliefs from France, Slavic beliefs from Poland, Roman Catholicism from a later period
in all of those lands, and Olmec, Toltec, and Aztec from my Mesoamerican ancestry.
The Alekaite then begins their study of these cultures and their beliefs, finding what rings true to them. This is sometimes called a "Blood
Memory," although many of us find that terminology to be a little bleak. The goal is to give ourselves a foundation. The Alekaite acquires some new
spiritual beliefs, rites and ceremonies of emotional and mental poignancy, and obviously a closer connection to his or her family and their history.
For myself, I embraced my Celtic roots, since they coincided with experiences I had had as a child (and in later life). The Druids (what little is
known of them) also greatly interested me. In short, the whole overlapped world's approach to ancient Celtic belief, along with their values were all
very important to me.
While the Alekaite continues exploring, and practicing, the religions and faiths of their fathers, they also begin to study other beliefs, looking for
a direction to move towards. The Alekai believe in growth. In my case, Sumerian Polytheism and Egyptian Henotheism became exceptionally interesting to
me. Their cultural values, their epic mythology, their cosmological view of the relationships between man and god. Everything about it mystified, but
inspired me. So, the second process, what some call the "Soul Affinity" had opened up for me. I began to research and study the historical beliefs
of Sumer, Mesopotamia, and Egypt. Not conspiracy works, mind you, but those of A.E. Wallis Budge, Samuel Noah Kramer, and other anthropologists who
presented a purely scientific model of the cultures, without unnecessary speculation.
The final process then is to marry the "Blood Memory" and "Soul Affinity" together into a "Tree of Life," which can be, but does not necessarily
have to be, based on the Qabalistic Tree of Life. The "Tree of Life" motif exists in Mesopotamia, Egypt, Jewish, Ugaritic, Anatolian, Greek, Slavic,
Christian, Celtic, Norse, and Native American beliefs. So, as members of the Alekai, we felt that it was universal enough to be used without directly
tying us to any particular religion or faith.
The "Tree" then serves to arrange archetypes, deities, spiritual forces, and psychological associations all into a workable system which we can
utilize daily, weekly, monthly, or yearly as the individual feels necessary. It also organizes mythology, rites and rituals, our personality, and
individualized goals out before us so we can keep track of our progress as both individuals, and part of the whole.
The system, being extremely personal, is why we do not go around putting up websites, or trying to organized community worship. We come together to
share a collective faith, made up of thousands of individual interpretations. We learn from each other. What I feel toward the Celts may only be a
portion of their real depth, and I may learn entirely new things concerning them from another Alekaite who's "Blood Memory," or "Soul Affinity"
touches on them. Likewise, I may present an unnoticed interpretation of a myth, a god, or an experience to someone and it will be the piece they
needed to make sense of something. In the end though, we all mature and grow on our own; aided by, but not because of, our communal beliefs.
That is the best brief description I can give within the 5000 character limit on ATS.
~ Wandering Scribe