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« Topic Start: July 21, 2007, 11:39:14 pm »

These are mostly random, unformed thoughts.  Take them with a grain of salt.

I have a...altar?...shrine?...shelf for Brighid.  It currently has about a dozen candles and oil lamps, as well as an aloe plant, an offerng bowl, an offering cup (for Irish Mist), a pottery piece I use in my morning purification ritual, and a number of stones and crystals. 

I think it's gotten redundant.  I don't need all these candles -- because I AM the offering to Brighid.  In her own words to me, "I can play these strings like a harp";  I am Her harp, Her instrument, Her tool -- and a harp does not need a lot of trappings.    Tools don't need tools.

I need to simpify my altar and get it in order, and I think it's a metaphor for needing to simplify and get my life in order -- at least in regard to my path.  I've been feeling torn in so many directions lately.  There's so much to learn and I want to learn it all NOW.

So, I think I'm going to simpify my altar, as a exercise that I can then apply to my spiritual life.

Anyone in a similar situation?  Thoughts?

Thanks.
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« Reply #1: July 22, 2007, 12:59:40 am »

Anyone in a similar situation?  Thoughts?

I'm a de-cluttering fiend, so YMMV, but personally I'd remove everything but one object (in Brighid, I'd suggest a candle and maybe a its holder).  Make every new addition a very, very conscious one.  I'm guessing if you really think long and hard, you'll find you don't need most of it.

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« Reply #2: July 22, 2007, 01:13:20 am »

So, I think I'm going to simpify my altar, as a exercise that I can then apply to my spiritual life.

The Celt's formal Brighid-dedicated space is a particular holder for an oil lamp (he used to keep a candle burning in it) and whatever is burning there.
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