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« Topic Start: September 29, 2010, 08:29:39 pm »

I'm thinking about creating an altar for the deities in my pantheon. My dad wants me to build a big shelved cabinet with different shelves for the different altars. I'm going to work on the altar for Ba'al Hadaf first, since we've been getting a ton of much needed rain here. Any suggestions?

Also, I think I'd be nice if people could post picture of their altars. You don't have to, but I'd just be nice to see them, get ideas, and comment. Smiley
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« Reply #1: September 29, 2010, 08:57:35 pm »

I'm thinking about creating an altar for the deities in my pantheon. My dad wants me to build a big shelved cabinet with different shelves for the different altars. I'm going to work on the altar for Ba'al Hadaf first, since we've been getting a ton of much needed rain here. Any suggestions?

Also, I think I'd be nice if people could post picture of their altars. You don't have to, but I'd just be nice to see them, get ideas, and comment. Smiley

There are some altar pictures in this old thread: Altar pictures
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« Reply #2: September 29, 2010, 09:14:24 pm »

There are some altar pictures in this old thread: Altar pictures

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« Reply #3: October 01, 2010, 02:42:30 am »

I'm thinking about creating an altar for the deities in my pantheon. My dad wants me to build a big shelved cabinet with different shelves for the different altars. I'm going to work on the altar for Ba'al Hadaf first, since we've been getting a ton of much needed rain here. Any suggestions?

Also, I think I'd be nice if people could post picture of their altars. You don't have to, but I'd just be nice to see them, get ideas, and comment. Smiley

I once had an altar that was a book shelf, it was great for keeping the different altars separated, but a pain because I could not light a candle without setting the whole thing on fire.  What I do now is just have a small symbol that I associate with each deity that I work with on a regular basis on the altar.  For example, I have dice for Hermes, a small blade for Shango, a piece of onyx for Persephone, a seashell for Aphrodite, and so on.  They do not seem to mind since they know I am tight on space.
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« Reply #4: October 24, 2010, 07:05:08 pm »

I'm thinking about creating an altar for the deities in my pantheon. My dad wants me to build a big shelved cabinet with different shelves for the different altars. I'm going to work on the altar for Ba'al Hadaf first, since we've been getting a ton of much needed rain here. Any suggestions?

Also, I think I'd be nice if people could post picture of their altars. You don't have to, but I'd just be nice to see them, get ideas, and comment. Smiley

If you burn a lot of candles I would suggest one long surface that you can section off with drawers underneath for storage.  If you do not have to worry about open flame a set of stacked shelves would work well.  Personally I turn just about every horizontal surface in my home into some sort of alter, and some of the vertical ones too, so ymmv. 
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« Reply #5: October 25, 2010, 01:48:30 pm »

I'm thinking about creating an altar for the deities in my pantheon. My dad wants me to build a big shelved cabinet with different shelves for the different altars. I'm going to work on the altar for Ba'al Hadaf first, since we've been getting a ton of much needed rain here. Any suggestions?

Also, I think I'd be nice if people could post picture of their altars. You don't have to, but I'd just be nice to see them, get ideas, and comment. Smiley

One altar is floating shelves on the wall. This makes it so that I can add and take away as I see fit. At present, the sum total are three shelves in various lengths. My other altar is a giant, expensive box with four drawers. I keep various (personal) sacred things in there and the candle to end all candles.
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« Reply #6: November 26, 2010, 01:17:22 pm »

I'm thinking about creating an altar for the deities in my pantheon. My dad wants me to build a big shelved cabinet with different shelves for the different altars. I'm going to work on the altar for Ba'al Hadaf first, since we've been getting a ton of much needed rain here. Any suggestions?

Also, I think I'd be nice if people could post picture of their altars. You don't have to, but I'd just be nice to see them, get ideas, and comment. Smiley

I have a very simple, sparse little altar for Brighid in my bookshelf (her spot on the bookshelf is placed consciously next to the poetry anthologies, writing studies and books on home healing and crafts.) There's a little blue wine glass with gilt edging and such, an illustrated book of Walt Whitman's poems, which I like to read out loud while sitting at the altar... ehmm... nineteen copper pennies, an empty latern, and a bottle of holy well water my aunt got  while we all in Ireland, and decided I should be the keeper of. The bottle is shaped like a woman holding her hands out in blessing, with long hair, a mantle and a crown, and technically it's supposed to be the Virgin Mother, but it screamed Brighid to me, so that's where it went. Oh! Also, a fist sized stone I found on the beach and particularly liked, that I use to center and focus.
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« Reply #7: November 28, 2010, 11:57:08 am »

The bottle is shaped like a woman holding her hands out in blessing, with long hair, a mantle and a crown, and technically it's supposed to be the Virgin Mother, but it screamed Brighid to me, so that's where it went.

I feel the same way about Saint's candles in the Hispanic Food section of my local grocery. I feel so corny when I go up to look at them, but I would very much like to have a dark Lady of Guadalupe candle. I don't like white marys. I grew up next door to Mexico, so the Dark Lady is My Lady. Plus, she's the tamer descendant of the wilder Tonantzin, the filth-eating Aztec mama-goddess. Ave Guadalupe.

I never buy the candles, though. I think it might be because they're crudely and cheaply made (the ones my grocery sells, at least) and I dislike that.
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« Reply #8: November 28, 2010, 02:05:04 pm »

I feel the same way about Saint's candles in the Hispanic Food section of my local grocery. I feel so corny when I go up to look at them, but I would very much like to have a dark Lady of Guadalupe candle. I don't like white marys. I grew up next door to Mexico, so the Dark Lady is My Lady. Plus, she's the tamer descendant of the wilder Tonantzin, the filth-eating Aztec mama-goddess. Ave Guadalupe.

I never buy the candles, though. I think it might be because they're crudely and cheaply made (the ones my grocery sells, at least) and I dislike that.

What you do is buy one, melt out the wax in a hot water bath, then re-pour a different blend in. You might need a different wick if that one is cruddy. Then you have the pretty glass and a candle that actually burns well.
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