June 16, 2017 14 Comments
Altars are used worldwide by people of many different religions and traditions. They are found in temples, churches, natural places, and historical sites. They can also be found in homes and are becoming a popular way of growing one’s spirituality. Altars act as liminal space where the physical breaches the spiritual; where we can readily meet with Source Energy, the gods, our higher selves, angels, guides, and ancestors. By setting up an altar in your home, you are establishing sacred space – a safe, comfortable place to focus on your spiritual growth without anyone else telling you how to practice. No matter your religion or spiritual path, an altar provides a central location within your home for meditation, quiet contemplation, spell-working, ritual, prayer, divination, yoga, and more.
How to Set Up An Altar
Setting up an altar is not as complicated as it may sound. First, you’ll need to decide what piece of furniture you will use as your altar. Corner tables, end tables, and cabinets are a popular choice, but some choose a small wall shelf or even a corner of a kitchen counter or nightstand. It all depends on how much space you have in your home, the people with whom you share your home, and your personal preferences. A popular question asked is which direction the altar should face – north, south, east, or west? This really depends on your religious affiliation or spiritual path. In some of the Wiccan traditions, altars are suggested to face North, the direction of the element of earth. In some eastern religions, altars face east towards the rising sun. And still there are those who believe the direction of the altar doesn’t matter. The choice is ultimately up to you and your beliefs, as there is no right or wrong way.
Once you’ve decided what you are using as an altar, then you’ll decide what tools and sacred talismans to include on your altar. This is the fun part! Often these sacred items are related to nature and the elements. Some may choose a tool to represent each of the four elements, such as: a cauldron for earth, incense for air, candles for fire, an abalone shell for water. These are just a few examples. Other sacred items for your altar may include crystals, plants, statues, tarot cards, flowers, shells, books, and the list goes on. Keep in mind that candles are almost always a must, particularly if you’re doing any spiritual work at night. Candlelight creates an ambiance you will not achieve with false fluorescent lights or lamps. Incense is also helpful to set the mood, whether you are meditating, praying, or casting a spell. Incense is also used as an offering to deities and ancestors. Add an altar cloth to protect the altar-top plus bring in a certain energy to your space. A tapestry can be hung behind your altar to honor your deities or ancestors. There is no limit to what sacred tools and items you include on your altar. It is your sacred space, after all.
Now you have your altar and all your sacred tools ready. Don’t forget one of the most crucial steps in establishing your sacred space – cleansing and consecrating. It is important to cleanse your altar and your tools, because when you bring items into your home from other places, they can carry energies that you might not want in your sacred space. To cleanse your altar and tools, it is wise to use a sage bundle and perform a small smudging ritual.
How to Cleanse Your Sacred Space
You will need the following:
How to smudge your altar and tools:
Now that you’ve cleansed your space and tools, the last step is to perform a simple consecration (also called a blessing). This can be done by stating out loud, “I consecrate (bless) this altar and sacred space in the name of _______ (insert your god/ancestor/Universe/Source here). It is now cleansed of negative energy. May it be a place of spiritual growth and may it be for my highest good. So be it.”
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November 30, 2021
As we move out of the chaotic month of November, we begin making our way into the healing month of December, welcoming in a plethora of new energies. Finally, the intense vibes of Scorpio season that left many of us feeling emotionally vulnerable last month have passed, and we now enter the cold month of December feeling hopeful, as this month is all about living it up the way you deserve.
With that said, starting on November 21st, we kicked off the ambitious and adventurous Sagittarius season, preparing us for a month of adventure ahead. More than anything, Sagittarius is very fun-loving and always has a special way of guiding us to a more positive headspace to start living a more fulfilling life. Not to mention, the Sagittarius is also ruled by Jupiter, the planet of expansion and luck. Therefore, we can expect some new changes to enter our lives as we become more clear with the life we want to live.
Aside from this, this month, we will also be wrapping up the last eclipse of this year with a total solar eclipse in Sagittarius on December 4th. Because of its nature, this will likely stir up feelings of closure as well as clearer insight for all signs, which could either bring about a new inspired vision or some repressed emotions that you need to work through. Either way, trusting your intuition will be the way to get through it. To follow, we then have a full moon in Gemini making its way into our space on December 18th, followed by a retrograde in Venus hours later, which could stir up an uncertain but powerful time for cleansing and release in our relationships as we become more in touch with ourselves, our worth, and our values. And finally, this is then topped off by the Winter Solstice as well as the start of the Capricorn season on December 21st-22nd, marking the beginning of winter, pushing us to bundle deep within ourselves as we go through a powerful period of reflection.
Overall, as you can see, December is going to be packed with powerful energy that will help to guide us to further alignment this month. With that said, to give you some insight into what you can expect to feel personally throughout the month, today, we're going to touch on what energies and changes each Zodiac sign can expect throughout December and how you can truly make the most of it.
November 16, 2021 3 Comments
October 28, 2021
As we move out of the spiritually charged month of October, we begin making our way through November, welcoming in changes in love, shifts in our emotions, and some much-needed spiritual transformations. As we kick off this autumnal month, we move steadily through the sign of the ambitious and passionate Scorpio, pushing us to explore our romantic and personal endeavors more closely. The Scorpio is a water sign that knows nothing but intensity in all that they do; therefore, with this scorpion symbol leading the way, it’s going to remind us that it’s time to face our fears and stop running. More than anything, it’s time to begin exploring our conscious minds more closely to better understand ourselves in both our light and our dark areas in order to live a balanced and more fulfilling life. This will also have us examining deep emotional problems a little bit closer this month in order to finally cut past ties and move forward freely once and for all.
Aside from this, there will also be a trine with Mercury and Jupiter at the start of November, which will stir up new opportunities. This will help to give a positive boost to your mind about the possibilities all around you and push you to find a new optimism towards pursuing your goals. This is likely to inspire you to get things done right off the bat and set a productive tone for the remainder of the month. And in the third week of November, the Zodiac wheel will turn once more to the adventurous and intellectual Sagittarius, shifting our minds to a more positive vibration, empowering us to take on anything life throws at us. This, alongside the eclipse in Taurus on the 19th, will skyrocket our lives and shift our minds towards intensity, likely having all the signs feeling a little on edge.
Overall, November will be a powerful month of working through repressed emotions, trying new things, and seeking balance in all aspects of our lives. But to give you some insight into what you can expect to feel personally through the month, today, we're going to touch on what energies and changes each Zodiac sign can expect throughout November and how you can truly make the most of it.