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You know how we put off that which would support us most? That weird kind of resistance where we deny ourselves the nourishment we crave? Yeah, me too.

Recently, for me, it’s been my altar. It actually brings me great shame to admit the state my altar was in. I made excuses for it. I ignored it rather than change it. I pretended that it wasn’t all that important anyway as I carry my spiritual presence with me. i carry it in my heart.

But the truth is that I was cutting myself off from one of the tools that serves me best. And isn’t this all too common? We all have our “tools” – meditation, yoga, walks in nature, artist dates, journalling, goddess visualisations… the practices that makes us feel really good, that allow us to process, makes sense, find clarity, fill the well. And yet when the shit hits the fan, it’s like we throw our tools to the ground, kick them to the curb and then deny all knowledge of their existence.

And I guess that’s the importance of practice – it becomes a positive habit that remains a constant even when we are in the midst of life, overwhelmed by the next wave and the next….

Anyway, yesterday I tended to my altar. I took everything off the surface, and I wiped away the dust and mug rings. I laid all the items on my bed along with everything that I thought was calling to be included. I then added, removed, arranged until I had things exactly as I wanted them.

Truly, I cannot tell you the difference I felt in my energy. The creation of sacred space, taking the time to tend to the altar of how my spiritual self is being expressed at this time, was a beautiful and worthwhile investment in me and my self-care. And if I could make a wish for you, it is that you do something today that is a similar investment. It may not be creating sacred space – it could be 20mins spent with your journal, or the collaging of a dreamboard, or 10mins in meditation, or wrapping up warm and braving the cold November weather to take a brisk walk in the weak sunshine before the early onset of night claims the sky.

My wish for you is that you pick up that tool that you know serves you well, and use it. And I would love it if you came back here and shared how it went for you!

 

http://www.amypalko.com/2013/11/altaring/

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Comment by Helela on August 23, 2018 at 10:18pm

See this is the style of cabnet that I have but mine is not as pretty as this. But it's the idea. Two doors on the top and two on the bottom so that I can open it up at the top and the bottom. Since T.V.s are flat and wide now a days it's easy to find these cabnets at the second hand store for good prices. What's good about these is like I said, where the T.V goes it's the perfect height to stand there and have the altar hidden from people and pets. Especially if there are muggles coming into my home. Nobody sees it until I'm ready to go there.

Comment by Linda M. on August 23, 2018 at 9:10pm

That is a good idea, I have a large blanket covering mine, and the lower shelves.  I change it weekly, because of cats and incense residue.  It's hard to find flat blankets that look 'altarish, have a few I use. 

Comment by Elspeth on August 23, 2018 at 12:36pm

Now, THAT is a good idea! Nice one Helela...

Comment by Helela on August 22, 2018 at 2:35pm

Ya she is. My altar is "inside" my magick cabnet. What I did is I bought an tall entertainment center. It's not a real fat one but there's a small shelf on the top that's perfect for all of my herbs that I keep in jars, then where the T.V. is suppose to be that is my altar. Then below are two shelves. One shelf I keep my BOS and some other informational things that I might need, and a few choice books for reference and then my bottom shelf is where I keep rope, pens, candles wrapped in tissue paper in a box. I make sure the tissue paper is the color of the candle, I try anyway so if it gets hot the wax color doesn't smear on other candles, basket of "stuff" and some other things like oil burners and things. It's worked out perfect. There are doors. Two on top and two on the bottom so that it stays safe from people and cats. lol.

Comment by Elspeth on August 22, 2018 at 12:51pm

My cat destroyed mine lol. It must have been time for a refresh. My indoor altar went through the seasons with me, kept me in touch with them. Previously my Familiar Figgy who passed in 2016, used to respect the space. My new fur baby is too young at the moment and in explore-with-violence mode, so I have a smaller, mobile altar. She ignores it...so far lol. Thing is, I have feathers and all sorts on my altar usually, not at the minute though lmao.

It`ll wait. She`s more important.

Comment by Helela on August 20, 2018 at 9:48pm

the cats lay on it,lol. they want some of that goodness too lol

Comment by Linda M. on August 20, 2018 at 7:10pm

My altar is what keeps me grounded.  I usually light it while I clean the house, put on some classical music, or what ever I'm in the mood for....could be opera, classical, jazz, or something witchy.  Sometimes I'm lax about cleaning it up, the cats seem to lay on it too. 

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