altars are space we set up for sacred workings. they can be as simple as a small shell you found on the beach or elaborate trunks full of candles and crystals. they are often adorned with plants and flowers. sometimes they're hidden away in a bookshelf. sometimes they're hung on a wall. many altars are portable and temporary, and as simple as laying down a scarf in the park. the possibilities for the creation of sacred space are endless. trust your intuition and utilize resources you already have to make your altar. have fun creating a space that feels good to you.
my current altar consists of two triangle cuts of wood, mounted to the wall above my meditation cushion. i'm adding to and then editing down the set up all the time, depending upon what i'm working with. how many tarot and oracle decks i'm using, what herbs or tinctures i'm playing with, and how many candles i'm burning all play into how i arrange and work with my space. being flexible keeps things interesting.
since the new moon is here, i felt called to cleanse the space and consecrate a new setup. i removed everything from the top shelf, then sprayed it down with my homemade florida water. i thanked it for helping me visualize my dreams and spells, and asked that it continue to be an ally in my work. i have mantras and affirmations that i work with on a regular basis, and some of them have become lifelong friends, and i wanted to incorporate them into my workspace. since my altar is made from very inexpensive plywood, i don't worry about candle drips, ash markings and oil spills. they add character and texture to the surface, and i believe the power of my spells are held in these spots and stains. i decided to write my current mantas directly onto the plywood, to reaffirm their power. the entire surface is infused with my will and gratitude, so as far as i'm concerned it's already a success! covering it in my favorite crystals and wood collected from nature adds an extra layer of energetic elements to work with my mantras and intentions. in honor of the new moon, i sifted through the decks i am currently using and chose the cards that were most resonant with my goals and the energies i am working with. i selected oil blends that reinforce these ideas and of course burned some lavender and rosemary around the entire set up when i was done.
a new altar can invigorate stagnant ideas, or reaffirm spells that have already worked flawlessly. they're a way to ground us and to give thanks to our guides and highest self. i would love to see how you set up your altars, and any ideas you have about keeping them flexible and inspiring!