Here is the altar in my living room. Before anybody asks, I am neither Native American, nor do I follow a Native American path. Certain Native Amercians were some of my earliest spiritual inspirations, which I honor. Also, certain elements of their art remain meaningful to me, but I do not use their ceremonies or practices, beyond some of the most overt (like certain uses for herbs, including smudging.) Also, before anybody asks or calls the government, the feathers are all imitation. :) Most of what I have on and around my altar I've made myself.
Above the altar is a buckskin war shirt (that's a coyote mask, by the way, not associated with Coyote.) To the right is my Cernunnos staff. It is local wood, seasoned and linseed rubbed, antler-topped. Just below the antler is a set of deer toes, which turns the staff into a giant rattle. Below the handle are imitation red-tailed hawk and owl feathers. To the left of the altar is a branch of lightning-struck oak.
Here is the central portion of the altar. A set of meditation beads, made from large spherical amethyst beads interspersed with aquamarine chips, each in nine sets of three, can be seen on the front right. My Cernunnos necklace across the front of the altar. In the middle is a small meditation candle, with two larger 'working' candles in the rear. The goddess is represented by a white onyx egg, the god by a tine of deer antler mounted on a base.
This is the lower part of the altar. On a deer skin is my antler rattle (the rattles themselves are deer toes.) Next to it is my rune bag (elk skin for this one.) It sits here during the day, and hangs above my bed at night.
The top left shelf is a shrine dedicated to a friend of mine who helps me from time to time. Eventually, I'll be moving this to the right shelf and adding a similar shrine for the owl on the left side.
The bottom shelf has a quartz sphere and an inlaid Italian box that I use to keep my tarot cards in, as well as a vase I found remarkably lunar. Oddly enough, I don't really use anything on this shelf - I don't scry in the crystal, and I haven't read the tarot in quite a few years.
The right side has the things I use in my daily practice. Two abalone shells for smudging. On them are white sage I use to purify, a mix of sages and cedar to bless, and a bundle of 'desert sage', which with my spiritual beginnings being rooted in the Nevada desert where I grew up has special meaning to me. A braid of sweet grass that I burn a little of when I pray. There are also a few bottles of blended essential oils that I use on a regular basis.
The bottom shelf holds my ritual tools, wrapped.
That's my altar. Here are a few other things around the house.
This corner is where I keep my drum and a few personal items.
These next three are of a huge closet in my bedroom that I use to store my herbs, books, and various other supplies.
This is the back area. A shelf high on the wall is where I store my essential oils. The small jars are mostly woods and resins - materials that come in small quantities, plus blended incenses and oils. The larger jars are herbs. Lesse, you can see my herb knife, a strip of sycamore bark and various odds and ends I've picked up over they years.
This is on the wall adjoining the shelf in the last picture (which is behind the door in this shot.) It is mostly herb storage. The box on top is full of stones, and on the right is one of mortar and pestle sets along with a bunch of mixing bowls. The center section is pretty much unused right now. I have vague plans to turn it into a meditation shrine at some point, as the closet is quiet, easy to make dark, and has plenty of room for meditating far from the phone. Some paint (lilac is a good meditative color) and some simple symbolic objects is all it really needs.
Last shot, I promise! This is my pagan/metaphysical/philosophical bookshelf, with the exception of the bottom shelf which I use for drying incense and herbs. It is covered with various knickknacks from stone axe heads to birds' nests.
Now, hopefully my LJ formatting will work right, as I don't post to LJ much. In any case, that's a brief tour of some of my personal sacred space.