Yule altar. Driftwood stands in for a yule log, and the wand is driftwood, as well. I usually polish the silver snuffer with the jeweled-wire wrapped handle, the candlesticks and chalice that only come out for Yule and the Christmas holidays, but I didn’t this year, and I like their mellow gleam in candlelight. A post-WWII miniature Satsuma vase holds incense, the offering of nuts and fruit is made in a small Imari bowl. Time turns, as the light comes back, and The Hermit journeys in search of knowledge, and truth.
Samhain altar. I usually use candy corn and pumpkins as offerings, but a neighbor brought us apples and walnuts from an orchard owned by friends; both fortuitous and appropriate. Cat and owl candle lamps by M. Pena. Second photo, antique cat match holder from my mom, blue goldstone sphere, bowl with water for scrying. Third photo, clear quartz and pale yellow calcite spheres, chunk of yellow calcite, mini cauldron of walnuts.
Altar cloth is a length of fabric from the seasonal decorative aisle at Joann’s. Any questions, feel free to ask.
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Today, i made my first braided bread, from scratch.
It was delicious.
i’ve made home made bread before (and i use the oven and from scratch..no breadmachines)
This was really good.( Bread GoodnessCollapse )
And then i put some on my altars...( AltarCollapse )
The top altar is to Hathor and the bottom is to The Earth/Mother Goddess.
And just because i've never posted a pic of my altars with the candles lit...
a closer view of my small Earth/Mother Goddess figure with the candles lit.
i have now placed the small figure on a bit of bark i collected when out for a walk the other day.
i'd lain down on a fallen bit of tree and this piece of bark came off and into my hand as i was getting up.
I finally got around to taking a better photo of my altar so here it is!! :)
I find looking at altars very inspiring. I’ve been really getting in touch with my spiritual side ever since I got a job as a professional tarot reader. I’ve been needing a place to meditate and protect myself. So here is what I’ve put together! I don’t worship anyone in particular just the Great Spirit of the Universe. I mostly am an elementalist that uses shapes to convey energy. I created the altar from various objects that I inherited from my grandmother as well as I got from my travels.
The rug underneath the altar is handpicked from the Arizonian/Mexican border during a service trip week with my church when I was in high school. I took it home, washed it and it hung around my room for awhile until I created this space.
The artwork to the upper left corner behind my Himalayan salt lamp is a cunniform piece that some artists did at the Chitchen Itza pyramid when my family and I went to Cancun a few years ago. The papyrus has the Egyptian alphabet and the black and white photograph is one of mine that I took using Kirlian Photography. In front of the salt lamp is my stack of tarot decks.
In the center of the space I have my conch shell I picked up during a trip to Key West and in the stand underneath it I have various supplies and divination tools. The doll dressed in white is a representation of Santa Lucia, the Swedish Goddess of Light (I’m part swedish). Next to her on the left is my athame that I got at Celtic Fest in Bethlehem, Pa. Next to that is my Grandmother’s cross.
I’m currently gathering items for Imbolc and planning for it. So on the small altar table in the very front I have a Mandala deck that a co-worker gave me that I’ve been using for healing meditations and little objects that have a spiritual significance.
In front of the spice Cabinet that I inherited from my grandmothers is my oil burner, crystal ball, Book of Light (equivalent to a Book of Shadows) that I handcrafted the cover for, a Native American hand drum I picked up at a Pow-wow a really long time ago and a plastic crystal ball-shaped container
That is most of the major things on this altar. I hope you enjoy :)
Here it is. Like i said it's VERY minimal because i'm working with what i have.
The two horses are on either side as frames because i associate horses with the earth and being earth type creatures
This small statue of The Mother Goddess i've had for probably 10 years. i got her in a small metaphysical shop when i lived in Louisiana. i've never come across one exactly like it again.