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« Reply #135: August 12, 2007, 05:45:22 pm »

My altar/working area is at the end of my bed, a table I bought from a second hand store. About 1/2 m wide and 1.5 m long - but then again I am going by sight approximation Tongue

I have a green cloth on it - basically to brighten up my room.
A bunch load of candles on it, some wooden boxes packed with herbs, oil burner, incense holder, other little nick nax of boxes. A morter and pestle, 2 crystal balls and a scarab beetle ornament.
I used to have a statue of Bast that my brother bought for me one birthday (i just LOVE cats ^^).

Oh and on my altar is also my kitty's water bowl lol. It was originally a bowl I found in this witchy store that caught my eye - ment to be a scrying bowl. I could have made my own but the outside details were gorgeous. Around the edges it has some knotwork and images of the maiden, mother and crone.
I brought it home and thought Id try it out - put water in it and straight away my kitty took to it and drinks from there. She refuses to drink from her normal water bowl and only drinks from the one on my altar. Call it devine intervention or whatever but the gods werent working for my benifit that day - I was a tool to get my kitty her expensive water bowl lol.


Are you sure you arent making an offering to Bast? LOL

I mean you once had a statue of Bast there, I notice you mentioned a scarab beetle on there, and your cat drinks from the bowl....

Sounds Egyptian Wink

Of course I could be way off....

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« Reply #136: August 12, 2007, 10:56:32 pm »

Are you sure you arent making an offering to Bast? LOL

I mean you once had a statue of Bast there, I notice you mentioned a scarab beetle on there, and your cat drinks from the bowl....

Sounds Egyptian Wink

Of course I could be way off....

Gina

I was think the same thing, but then looked and say Celtic.  But, to each his own.
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« Reply #137: August 12, 2007, 11:49:10 pm »

I just put items that mean something to me on my working space... my altar doesnt have a theme.
Bast statue was significant to me considering my brother bought it for me and the scarab beetle reminds me of my last visit to see my father.

I see my altar as a place that reflects who I am not who I worship.
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« Reply #138: August 13, 2007, 07:07:12 am »

I just put items that mean something to me on my working space... my altar doesnt have a theme.
Bast statue was significant to me considering my brother bought it for me and the scarab beetle reminds me of my last visit to see my father.

I see my altar as a place that reflects who I am not who I worship.

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« Reply #139: August 13, 2007, 11:32:39 am »

I just put items that mean something to me on my working space... my altar doesnt have a theme.
Bast statue was significant to me considering my brother bought it for me and the scarab beetle reminds me of my last visit to see my father.

I see my altar as a place that reflects who I am not who I worship.

Ah, I see my altar as a place that reflects me and my background, a place to reflect who and what I worship, and the world/environment/milleu that I am currently in.  Mixed together, it's pretty balanced.
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« Reply #140: August 13, 2007, 02:53:09 pm »

I love to hear about other Witches' altars!  Tell me about yours.  Smiley

Well, since my last post in this topic my alter has begun to change quite a lot. I am heading of to college in about a week and I am altering my altar to deal with being in dorm accommodation and with the presence of a room mate. At the moment the new altar consists of a fossil shell, a piece of tiger's eye, a small dream catcher with a feather on it and a piece of molten copper; each representing one of the elements. I also have 3 statues, one of Tara, one of Avalokiteshvara and one of Kwan Yin's lions. The final part of my alter is a carved soapstone egg that my parents got me in Kashmir. All of this sits on a plain white alter cloth.

At home I still have my whole shelving unit of old books, photos, drawings, candles, incense and various spiritual artifacts. But I am trying to downsize for college and find something less likely to make my room mate uncomfortable. I am still a little worried that she will not be comfortable with the new set up and I guess I will just have to wait until we meet and start moving in. I am also buying a bunch of herbs to go on the window sill that can be my visible dedication if my altar turns out to provoke too much discomfort.
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« Reply #141: August 30, 2007, 04:17:14 am »

I try to bring a couple of things to make mini altars if I'm going to be away from home overnight, as well.  It just makes me feel more comfortable in a strange place. 

         Before I moved here to Japan I studied at a the same university as my sister, so we shared a home.  When I packed to move here, I found myself strangely reluctant to take any large portion of my altar with me.  Truth be told, my guardian left the distinct impression that it should stay as it was.  It was a bizarre experience, especially since I've never moved anywhere and left any part of my altar behind!

         So when I moved here, the only thing I came with were a deck of tarot cards, my working journals, and my amulet.  Talk about starting from scratch!  But sometimes I think that's half the fun.  Now I have a small altar set up in my closet, (Japanese closets are set up with a shelf partition in the middle to hold blankets and futon matresses), and its a mainly elemental one, though my deities are hard at my heels on finishing their paintings.  Fortunately I have no shortage of herbs, and offerings.

          The altar's current incarnation has a brightly woven green scarf with threads of different colors throughout as the the altar cloth.  On top of that are small pieces of fun pottery in the appropriate elemental colors for the offerings.  In the center is a cosmetics mirror that I've woven all the elemental colored threads around to honor them.  And selection of herbs line the back of the wall in a series of teacups.  Once the paintings are done they will hang over the altar, but for now everyone seems pleased with my efforts, even me.  Although when my Japanese friends come to visit they're never quite sure what to make of this colorful setup in my closet of all places!  *laughs*
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« Reply #142: October 13, 2007, 02:41:36 pm »


I thought this thread was very interesting! (still haven't read all the posts). Orthodox Christians don't have home "altars" in the strictest sense of how we mean the word "altar"...but we do have what we call an icon or prayer corner in our homes. Some families will have more than one....a family icon corner in the main living area, and private ones in bedrooms or other areas. I have just one......it consists of a corner shelf I got at a home supply store, and 2 icons, one of Christ and one of my patron, Saint Thomas. I keep meaning get more icons, but never seem to get around to doing so. On the shelf I have a votive candle, with 100% beeswax candles, a censor, and palms....different times of year it might also have flowers, water from the great blessing of the waters, and for me that's pretty much it. Mine isn't very elaborate, and space and money is an issue so mine is pretty sparse.....but people who have been Orthodox for many years, or especially Greeks who've been Christian for many, many centuries, wll have icons and worship items passed down from generation to generation. I just have a small votive candle holder, but some people use hanging oil lamps as well as candles, and some will keep the flame burning perpetually if they've acquired the flame from the church's eternal flame which sits on the church Altar.

Again this isn't really altar in the strictest sense, but it is a "home altar" which is meant to be a focus point of prayer and meditation. Of course one can pray anywhere one wishes, but the icon corner is there to help.






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« Reply #143: October 22, 2007, 06:33:59 am »

I have a few... My favorite is my 'family altar'- there is a picture of each of my children, a family picture with the four of us, a large bear statue (me being the mama bear that I am LOL) and a few assorted odds and ends.

I also love my bathroom altar- my bathroom is my oasis- I have all of my pampering supplies set up along with candles, oils, and a statue of Venus Smiley

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« Reply #144: October 26, 2007, 10:49:29 pm »

I have on altar in my college dorm. I have it in my closet on top of a sturdy wire shelf that I place all my books and some other items. I used a water bottle box to make the surface flat, and I made the center piece of my altar a small wooden box with decorations such as flowers, seashells, a rock, and a small spiral goddess pendant hanging from the top. I have it so I can place small pieces of paper on the box as prayers and what not. Underneath of the box, I have a blue box that holds all of my gemstones. In my box I have a small Kwan Yin statue. Beside the altar box, I have a large Buddha. In front of that is a flat stone my girlfriend started painting but hasn't finished yet. In front of my altar box and on top of the blue box I have 5 small cat statues ( I love them) and a really pretty rose candle. I have a piece of quartz, hematite and a smooth round stone on there as well. And since I can't have candles, I have two small battery operated tealite candles.
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« Reply #145: October 29, 2007, 10:39:21 am »

I love to hear about other Witches' altars!  Tell me about yours.  Smiley

I'll go first.  I have two altars:
 
1.) THE ALTAR IN MY HOUSE (actually it's in my office).  My patron Goddess is Bast, the Egyptian cat goddess.  I don't have a lot of room in my office for an altar, so mine sits on top of a table full of file boxes.  I made it a portable altar in case I need to lift it up and get to the box of files underneath it.  It is made from a box of 500 #10 envelopes, and I attached the lid against the back of it so I could decorate the inside with pictures of Bast I have collected from different places as a backdrop.  The floor of the altar is covered with a bright pink bandana blessed with holy water.  The centerpiece of this altar is a fabulous 8 inch wood statue of Bast that I bought at Dragoncon last year in Atlanta.  Next to that sits a smaller statue plaster of Bast a friend gave me a few years ago.  Crystals and blessed objects of different kinds surround these statues.  My life is full of ritual, most of which I perform in my office.  I have a morning ritual I do every day before I start my day that includes this altar, so you could say it is very important to me.  I also have an evening ritual I do before I go to bed each night with the altar.
 
2.) THE ALTAR IN MY CAR.  There is another altar to Bast in my car in that 5 inch x 5 inch cubbyhole space behind the gear shift.  I have a lovely brass statue of Bast in there as well as different rune sigils for protection, health, and prosperity.  Every day when I get in my car to run errands for my book publishing business I say hello to that statue of Bast and run my fingers along her beautiful brass body in welcome.  I also the touch each rune spirit through their sigils and speak to all of them before I start my car.  Believe it or not, I got the idea for an altar for my car from one of my novels.  Yup, no kidding.  One of my characters kept a staute of her patron goddess in the glove compartment of her car and set it on the passenger seat every day to accompnay her home from work.  Since I had a tiny brass statue of Bast I thought it would be a neat idea to make a permanent altar in my car.  I guess you can tell how real the characters in my novels are to me.  Smiley 
 
Look forward to hearing from others about their altars!

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cool set up. my altar changes a lot according to the rite, but basically it holds a ceramic statue of my matron deity Sharaye that I did about 13 years ago,  a god figure,wand athame, pentacle, candles and chalice. Then I add whatever other things like incenses, potpourri, shells etc the rite calls for. And sometimes I add Sharaye's friends like Bastet or the fairies
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« Reply #146: October 30, 2007, 08:28:07 am »

I love to hear about other Witches' altars!  Tell me about yours.  Smiley

I'll go first.  I have two altars:
 
1.) THE ALTAR IN MY HOUSE (actually it's in my office).  My patron Goddess is Bast, the Egyptian cat goddess.  I don't have a lot of room in my office for an altar, so mine sits on top of a table full of file boxes.  I made it a portable altar in case I need to lift it up and get to the box of files underneath it.  It is made from a box of 500 #10 envelopes, and I attached the lid against the back of it so I could decorate the inside with pictures of Bast I have collected from different places as a backdrop.  The floor of the altar is covered with a bright pink bandana blessed with holy water.  The centerpiece of this altar is a fabulous 8 inch wood statue of Bast that I bought at Dragoncon last year in Atlanta.  Next to that sits a smaller statue plaster of Bast a friend gave me a few years ago.  Crystals and blessed objects of different kinds surround these statues.  My life is full of ritual, most of which I perform in my office.  I have a morning ritual I do every day before I start my day that includes this altar, so you could say it is very important to me.  I also have an evening ritual I do before I go to bed each night with the altar.
 
2.) THE ALTAR IN MY CAR.  There is another altar to Bast in my car in that 5 inch x 5 inch cubbyhole space behind the gear shift.  I have a lovely brass statue of Bast in there as well as different rune sigils for protection, health, and prosperity.  Every day when I get in my car to run errands for my book publishing business I say hello to that statue of Bast and run my fingers along her beautiful brass body in welcome.  I also the touch each rune spirit through their sigils and speak to all of them before I start my car.  Believe it or not, I got the idea for an altar for my car from one of my novels.  Yup, no kidding.  One of my characters kept a staute of her patron goddess in the glove compartment of her car and set it on the passenger seat every day to accompnay her home from work.  Since I had a tiny brass statue of Bast I thought it would be a neat idea to make a permanent altar in my car.  I guess you can tell how real the characters in my novels are to me.  Smiley 
 
Look forward to hearing from others about their altars!

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Altars...oh where to start!

In my partners and my bedroom we have three altars. A couples altar, and we each have our own personal altar. On mine I have half a cut geode (yes, the other half is on his) a cauldron, tarot deck, a handcarved soapstone statue of Hanuman (my diety), Black and white candles, my athame inscribed with runes at the base, incense burner, altar tile and various stones. I also have assorted tree branches, flowers, pine cones around.

Our roommate has an altar devoted to Bast in her bedroom.

In the main living area, we have an altar devoted to Ganesh with a hand painted Ganesh direct from India, a 25 mL Erlenmeyer flask we use for offering flowers (he is the lord of arts and sciences!) a brass bell, and an elephant brass incense burner. We also have the household altar with a statue of each diety, which is right now themed for the harvest with hay, and pumpkins, a cornucopia and autumn leaves.

We never actually intended to set up so many altars...but flat surfaces just kind of become them.
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« Reply #147: October 30, 2007, 05:27:22 pm »

I love to hear about other Witches' altars!  Tell me about yours.  Smiley
Look forward to hearing from others about their altars!

I'm not a witch but I do have an altar. It clearly demonstrates where I am at the moment: exploring, seeking, eclectic. Smiley Here's a link to a picture of it; if you mouse over the picture you can see the notes about what everything is and why it's there. http://www.flickr.com/photos/pdxaarons/420520564/in/set-72157594524839179/
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« Reply #148: October 30, 2007, 06:55:59 pm »

...if you mouse over the picture you can see the notes about what everything is and why it's there. http://www.flickr.com/photos/pdxaarons/420520564/in/set-72157594524839179/

That is tres cool. Cool

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« Reply #149: November 11, 2007, 01:10:07 am »

My roommates Nathan and Aubrey and I have an altar, which is really the top of a coffee table, about three feet long and half a foot high.  It's covered in a red cloth (until we can find something more appropriate).  On the altar we have our white ritual candle, a black bowl, our incense burner, salt, and the panticle or altar paten, which has a pentacle interlaced with a crescent moon.  Then we have animal totems on it...Nathan has panthers, I have leopards, and Aubrey has dragons.
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