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13 June 2014 @ 04:00 pm
Deities sharing an altar?  
This might not be the right place to ask this, but I am in the process of gathering the things I want for my altar. I haven't had an altar for years (at that time it was dedicated to the Goddess and the God), and I seem to have moved in a lot of different directions since then.

So...do various gods and goddesses mind sharing an altar? I don't want to offend any of the Beings. I am thinking of having Ganesha and Kuan Yin together...maybe with Yanu the Bear (totem) there too. If I am respectful, would this be all right? Will the energies blend okay?

I LOVE looking at everyone's altar photos!! Lots of wonderful ideas, so inspiring!

Thanks!
 
 
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Arin Wolfe: Foxarinwolfe on June 13th, 2014 11:09 pm (UTC)
I work with a bunch of deities (Bridget, Degada, Cernunnos, Artemis, Innana, Ishtar and Yahweh ) and all but Yahweh share an alter. I think it depends on the gods/pantheons/amount of space you have. I sadly do not know much about yours.
CountryMouse: lettermousecountrymouse on June 14th, 2014 06:27 am (UTC)
Okay, thanks for your input. It's always good to know how others do things. :-)
dark_phoenix54: Hecate animateddark_phoenix54 on June 14th, 2014 12:47 am (UTC)
Kuan Yin is very accepting of most all, IMHO- she might have a problem with a war god/dess or revenge god/dess but I don't know. Ganesha I haven't worked with but he strikes me as pretty accepting- those two seem like they'd be a peaceful combination. . Yanu I know nothing about other than that he's a Native American totem.

Personally, I have Kuan Yin, Bast, and Shao Lao on mine! Hecate I don't have a representation of there, or Bridget. I figure they're better off on their own.
CountryMouse: lettermousecountrymouse on June 14th, 2014 06:35 am (UTC)
I do think that Kuan Yin and Ganesha would be good together, as they are both peaceful and loving. See the next comment (below). I'm getting a feeling that they might like to have two small altars next to each other, across two bookcases. Later, if it feels right, I might have them together. See my other comments I will make below.

Thank you for telling me about your deities and your altars. :-)
Hexeengel Liebesliedhexeengel on June 14th, 2014 01:37 am (UTC)
Echoing that it depends on the Gods, and adding that it's usually best to ask Them, either via prayer, meditation, divination, etc.. Sometimes They'll only let you know after the fact, with occurrences such as items "jumping" off the altar, devotional candles refusing to stay lit/go out/light in the first place, unhappy dreams involving Them, that sort of thing.

Everyone who keeps an altar will have their own ideas about whether or not some aspect of set-up is acceptable, because guidelines all differ by path, Tradition, practitioner, etc.. So the best advice is as I said above, to ask your Gods, go with your gut, and watch for signs to the contrary.
CountryMouse: lettermousecountrymouse on June 14th, 2014 06:44 am (UTC)
Your answer gives me peace: ask the gods. :-) I am having distinct feelings that Kuan Yin and Ganesha would like to have two smaller separate altars next to each other, across two bookcases. Perhaps Lakshmi will join Ganesha. We'll see. As to Yanu, I have him over on a desk (same room) along with a watercolour of a polar bear. He seems content there. I *was* going to do a divination, asking Kuan Yin first, to see what she wanted, but I'm getting the feeling various separate small altars/shrines are the way I'll be going at present. Thank you so much for your advice!
Xochiquetzlxochiquetzl on June 15th, 2014 11:50 am (UTC)
I agree with what everyone else has said--it depends on the deities. I don't have Hera and Dionysus share an altar, for example.

On the other hand, others don't seem to mind (Aphrodite, Athena, and Bast).

But yes, what hexeengel said.
CountryMouse: lettermousecountrymouse on June 15th, 2014 01:14 pm (UTC)
There are so many different people I call to for various things. I'll have to see how this goes. I'll see what they all have to say. :-) Thanks!