I recently posted about moving my altar into the bedroom. This made space in the art room for Weretoad’s new workbench. We’re still moving things around, but the important aspects of my altar are set up in the bedroom nook. It’s actually a perfect spot for my altar in terms of size.
The photo is a bit tilted, but you can see how lovely everything looks, if a bit cramped. I like the symbolism of the three walls. The wall on the left is dedicated to the nature spirits, while the wall on the right is for the ancestors (as featured in a previous post). The middle wall is the focal point with the sacred tree taking center stage. On either side of the tree are representations of my patron deities – Brighid and An Dagda. Above the tapestry is the shining sun. Below that I intend to put some other divine representations, including something having to do with Manannan.
The ancestor wall is coming along nicely. I would like to add further photos and representations, but it will require more frames and shelves. The nature spirit wall will undoubtedly grow with time as well. Here’s a better shot of it. So far I have a shelf that belongs to my main spirit guide, the lynx. Above him is a representation of the catsidhe, and a bodhrán with a green buck on it.
The main altar is made of an old vanity. I removed the mirror and have been using it as a sacred space for nearly my entire Pagan career*. I believe that it is already infused with a lot of energy, but I wanted to consecrate the new ritual space. For my most recent magical working, I took advantage of the close walls and put my hands against them while pushing my feet into the floor. I chanted, calling the land, sea, sky, fire, well, and tree to be present in my altar. I invited the Kindreds to my personal sacred space and charged the whole lot of it. It was a rush, and the empowerment will only continue through use.
For me, this wasn’t as much about creating a safe place to practice magic as it was about creating a personal, welcoming place for the Kindreds I am closest to. At the moment, I am not calling on any truly chaotic or infernal beings. If there is a dangerous nature spirit, ancestor, or lower God lurking about, I would like to believe that the very powerful Dagda, Brighid, and Manannan will help to keep me safe. At the moment, I am content making a peace offering to the chaotic spirits and asking for the elements not to destroy me. Should I ever seek wisdom from Bres, the Cailleach, or Balor, then I would most certainly consider more protection. For now, I will work to form closer ties with the beings who bless me.
* When I was experimenting with Wicca my altar was on a shelf behind my bed and then on a little book stand. They tended to gather dust. What an adorable neophyte I was!
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