Altars, Altars everywhere....but not a drop to drink.... Hmm, that is not right.
Let's get real people I love altars. I think they are so important in expressing who you are, what you believe, and what is sacred to you. I think I even like the ones in churches and organized religion there is just something so powerful about them.
Many religions use altars as a place to pray, make a commitment, or perform a ceremony. Infarct dear reader, most organized and less organized use them often. I know what you are thinking. You are picturing a big scary Penatgram, surrounded by candles, with some poor innocent about to be sacrificed. Cue lightning, and dramatic pauses..
"NO, stop, do not sacrifice the chosen one..............".
BIG SIGH. EYE ROLL
Perhaps that exists, not sure, not my cup of tea. To each their own. Let me explain the beauty of the Urban Altar, no innocent sacrafices need to worry.
Urban Altar: This is how I classify my own personal altar. It sits in a small space with a flat surface, and if I do not point it out, most people never notice. It is easy enough to make one, most people will think it is an arty display.
I really did not mean to start an altar, it was sort of a natural progression. I am bit of a magpie, if you will collecting scraps of this or that. I just think some things are so meaningful, and have such magic in them. Consider an acorn. So tiny, but filled with so much potential and power. Think of a lovely white candle, and the connection to the flame. So, many powerful things to help you focus, set intent, and remind you of what is important.
I have an altar in my bedroom, which holds my most sacred finds. ( acorns, dried flowers, gemstones, shells, and other treasures that are near and dear to me). I picked a place in the corner of the room, and slowly, and naturally built and altar where I leave items that evoke a feeling for me. Not every item is altar worthy.
Before I add an item, I inspect it, consider what it means to me, and place it with intent on the altar. Feathers(freedom), Seeds(potential), essential oils( healing), gemstones(foundation, and eternal existence) incense(communion with spirit). I think you get the drift. Whatever something means to you, that is what is important. It comes from the heart and soul. Sometimes, a line of poetry, a song lyric, star stickers or a movie ticket stub might end up there. All relevant all special.
It has become a very special part of my room. I often gaze upon the treasures there andremind myself of the power they hold. I mean an acorn or seed is so powerful. Just hold one in your hand, and you will know that what you have there is pure and powerful potential. That is just my thing. I hope you find things that are as precious and meaningful to you along your journey.
Dia De Los Muertos Altar.
A project for the whole family, is a temporary altar I construct with my family every year. I once lived in New Mexico, where the holiday was very popular. There was something about remembering the dead, honoring them, and giving them things they would have liked in life. It stuck. So, every October I collect the items, and carefully put them inplace. The altar changes shape and design every year.
Sadly, we lose people, and pets, so it is does grow naturally on its own. I do think there is a remembrance and feeling for everyone , when they look at an item, picture, or momento. For example on my Dia De Los Muertos Altar, I have a cigar for one friend, chocolate for the sweet lover, a tennis ball for the dog, and pack of seeds for another. Each item takes us back to that person when they were here with us. We then remember how special they really were. Sometimes there is sadness, other times there is smile, but the connection remains every year.