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Mixed family altar

Not all pagan keep permanent altars in their homes, and sometimes its because not everyone follows the same path. You can, however, provide a mixed family altar where everyone can combine their beliefs in one place.

You will need;

Mutual respect. Even if someone is Christian, you should respect that path and if they wish to set up a cross or similar religious symbol. Sharing respect strengthens family bonds, and helps encourage one another in their spiritual path.

Candles. If you worry about fire, you can also use the flameless candles. Its for the mood, to symbolize enlightening and energy.

Offering plate (or bowl, basket or other container). Here is where family can put prayers, promises, offerings, and other items in a single space for the Divine. I would suggest including a small pad of paper with pencil so members can jot down words when the need arises.

Offerings can often take many forms such as food, drink, incense, prayers, promises, shiny things, and intentions. You could even put money, and then the family can vote on where to send and which charity.

Season and holiday symbols. For instance, a spring altar might include eggs, flowers, but also crosses, and symbols of Christ’s resurrection.  A winter solstice them can include symbols of the god, but also a nativity scene.

The family altars becomes a special place where members can individually or as a group, gather together for prayer and spiritual expression.

 

My new sacred space

Sacred space

My husband bought me a lovely used desk for Christmas, and built me some shelves to go with it. These are adjustable, so one shelf is now my private sacred space.

It includes:

- The green sign at the back says “Life is a journey, not a destination’. I made this as a ‘doorknob spell’ but now it hands on the altar where I can write quotes and intentions on the back. Its covered in packing tape, which makes for a small dry board.

- Two star decorations. Both are gifts from friends, and add that positive energy that friendship brings.

- Two butterfly candles. The butterfly represents the spirit, and transformation of spirit. Light/fire also symbolizes transformation and change.

- Flower pot plate- very useful to add stones and a small candle. This is also a good post to add incense, and jewelry I wish to empower.

- Crystal ball- I got this decades ago from another friend. It came with a pewter dragon that my cat at the time decided it was a great idea to knock over and crack the face and leg off. I got a new base for it, and it reminds me of using vision to see clearly in Life.

- Pentacle amulet (On the back wall) was another gift from a dear friend. I love the design and the energy she brought to my life.

- My pentacle necklace (hanging on the right with the pentacle décor). Yet another gift, with the necklace part made by my husband. More fond memories and reminders of friendship and love.

If you take note, the back ‘wall’ is all corkboard. This will let me past a number of things such as photos, pictures, prayers/chants, and reminders.

I love it. Its there, in front of me, ready to be used when I need it.

Goddess Tarot: iPhone App or Traditional

goddesstarotapp

To me, the divination tools such as Tarot or Runes are just that; tools. So when I found a Goddess Tarot app for the iPhone, I’m of the school of thought that using an electronic version is just as valid as using a paper based one.

What I like about the app is that it has a built in booklet to explain the cards. It includes the Celtic Cross spread, and the Three Card spread. You can pick just one card, and you can browse through the cards to memorize and read up on each card’s meaning.

The artwork is by Kris Waldherr, who illustrated books and does lovely art with goddess themes.

Kris Waldherr is an author, illustrator, and designer whose art has been exhibited in the National Museum of Women in the Arts. She is the author of Doomed Queens, The Lover’s Path and The Book of Goddesses, and creator of The Goddess Tarot. She lives in Brooklyn, New York.

For those who prefer to feel the cards in your hands, you can also get The Goddess Tarot Deck through Amazon.

I also love the symbolism of the cards. Unlike the Waite-Rider deck which is a bit too dismal for my tastes, the Goddess tarot offers more in the way of lessons and powerful outcomes rather than focusing on the negative.