Join Date: Apr 2002
Location: Pacific Northwest, USA
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Hi, I'm moving into a wee small house with my partner and 4 yo daughter and wanting to establish space for my spiritual practice in a solid, functional way. In our old house I have had a few altars, but they seemed more decorative than functional. What I want is a place that I can sit in front of and pray, sing, do ritual work and tarot. I want a place that calls to me and invites me to pay attention to my spiritual path. At this point it is mostly a personal experience, more than a family experience, although my daughter likes to be able to put special things on the altar. I find that my time for spirit work is after bedtime at night or before they wake up in the morning, so it makes the bedrooms impractical for a working altar. That leaves the tiny living room or tiny kitchen.
How do you do it? Do you have a personal altar in a private space, or a family altar in your common space, or both? What's on it? At the moment I keep my actual ritual stuff (mostly seems like burnable things, smudge, magical incense, candles, bell, goddess figure, tarot cards, shell and feather) in a vintage suitcase, a portable altar kit that I take out and set up each time I want to do ritual work. It seemed like a pretty great idea at the time, but now I realize that I don't want my spirit work to be something I pack away and hide under the bed, ya know?
Looking forward to hearing about your altars and any ideas you have as I start to create my own, Emily