DEFINING AND ADORNING YOUR SPACE
Setting up an altar in your home provides a defined space in which you can devote to spiritual practice. Altars differ throughout various religions and philosophies, but the common purpose in having an altar is to set a space where you can focus on your inner beliefs.
As you create your altar keep in mind what your intentions are. Your altar is symbolic of your inner desires and inspirations and should reflect these back to you. Creating a sacred space is a way to nourish your soul as you reflect and connect with your inner wisdom. How you design your altar is deeply personal and unique to you and is more than simply decorating.
FIND YOUR SETTING
A shelf, tabletop, small table or a mat on the floor are all spaces you can use. Wherever your altar is located, remember to keep it free from clutter and keep in mind the special purpose it serves.
Decorate your altar with things that have meaning to you. Some people like to incorporate the elements into their space with items such as a bowl or container of water, candles, crystals, plants and incense or sage. You can use statues of deities that have meaning to you as they can represent aspects of yourself or qualities you aspire to. Oracle cards or art can be displayed on your altar and create a visual reminder of the intentions you wish to set. Photographs of teachers, ancestors or people in your life can be placed on your altar to reflect on who has helped you on your journey or who has challenged you to grow.
USING YOUR ALTAR
When you are ready to use your altar, meditate, pray or take part in a ritual that enhances your intentions. Over time, positive and healing energy will accumulate in your space and this will be reflected back to you when you seek stillness and guidance.