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« Reply #30: August 29, 2007, 09:27:44 am »

  If you have pictures of your altar(s) and would not mind sharing them here, please do. 

This thread is great, it's really amazing how creative and beautiful your altars all are!

So here comes mine (sorry for the partly bad quality, didn't find better pics at the moment).

Altar pic 1

Altar pic 2

Altar pic 3

There's a shrine for Athena but otherwise it's just an assortment of things like stones or feathers I've found, a bowl of sand I brought from Austin, Postcards, etc...
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« Reply #31: August 29, 2007, 05:14:18 pm »

There is another thread in Pagan Religions 101 where people are describing the altars they have at home.

Here is my personal altar to Aphrodite: http://www.cauldronfarm.com/josh/aphroditebox.jpg

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« Reply #32: August 29, 2007, 05:46:02 pm »

Here is my personal altar to Aphrodite:

I don't think I've seen a box used as an altar like that before. It striking me as a very interesting idea.
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« Reply #33: September 01, 2007, 01:27:22 pm »

I loved this idea of showing off pictures of the altars... They are so beautifull.. mine is much smaller (it's in the top of a bureau... I wish I had more things and a better place to put everything...

But I loved your pics!!!
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« Reply #34: September 01, 2007, 11:58:14 pm »

I don't think I've seen a box used as an altar like that before. It striking me as a very interesting idea.

I agree, Randall.  It has the same effect a frame has on a picture: providing depth, focus, and order.
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« Reply #35: September 02, 2007, 12:02:29 am »

I agree, Randall.  It has the same effect a frame has on a picture: providing depth, focus, and order.

And could be done very easily and inexpensively with milk crates or something similar.  Also, easy to store away in a closet or under a bed if necessary.
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« Reply #36: September 02, 2007, 02:35:08 am »

And could be done very easily and inexpensively with milk crates or something similar.  Also, easy to store away in a closet or under a bed if necessary.

That is just a roughly knocked together wooden box with scrap fabric stapled to it. We do have two in milk crates, and two others in heavy cardboard boxes draped in fabric. I can hardly count how many altars we have in the house... around twenty five? Aside from the seasonal altar in the kitchen, they are each to a specific deity. Most of them are on bookshelves, but just about anything that you can stick some knick-knacks on is in danger of eventually becoming an altar.

The Aphrodite box is the only one that is actually mine though, which is why I have a picture of it.

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« Reply #37: September 16, 2007, 10:53:56 pm »

 Hey i don't have an actual altar at home i have a mental sanctuary i go to before sleep comes to me. It helps me avoid nightmares and connect to my gods. Does that count at all?
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« Reply #38: September 16, 2007, 11:16:45 pm »

There is another thread in Pagan Religions 101 where people are describing the altars they have at home.  I enjoyed reading these descriptions, but pictures would be even better.  If you have pictures of your altar(s) and would not mind sharing them here, please do.

Sorry about the long wait for pictures, here they are. Inside the box are all my things for the Major Olympians, as well as a small cherub statue to Eros. My cat was carrying it off so it got put in there, now that it's up higher I just haven't taken it out. Sitting on the end of the tie is my cameo, my best crystal, and a laurel leaf. I've been meaning to move the candles back to my chest (A big version of the one on my altar; Daddio got them for me on his last tofd over in Iraq), but I've also been meaning to do everything under the sun. My room is still unorganized... Ah well.. At least the altar's pretty.

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« Reply #39: September 17, 2007, 01:44:22 am »

Thanks for the thread, I love pictures. It is so fun to see what other folks have done! Hunny Bunny (my husband) loves to take pictures of the altars I set up so we've got several on hand. I put a page on my website with them;

http://www.secondcityarts.com/altars.htm

Now, I have 7 planets in Cancer, love pictures and am one of those awful people who will instantly show strangers pictures of my grandkids. So be forewarned, I have pictures of the main Altar and permanent Elemental Altars, special temporary spell altars, holiday altars........


Those are absolutely gorgeous :-D

I love the awesome iconography that has been present in so many of the pictures :-D


I don't have anything set up atm but hopefully when my bf and I move to our own place I will be able to make space for at least a small shrine.
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« Reply #40: September 17, 2007, 08:47:10 am »

My room is still unorganized... Ah well.. At least the altar's pretty.

VERY nice, IMHO.
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« Reply #41: September 17, 2007, 10:17:00 am »

VERY nice, IMHO.

Thank You! My favorite thing is probably Apollo's tie; I bought it at Wally World, because it has instruments all over it, then realized it was supposed to be religious. Thankfully it doesn't mention G-O-D, though it does say "How great thou are." which has always tickled me.
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« Reply #42: September 17, 2007, 12:15:37 pm »

Those are absolutely gorgeous :-D

Thank you! I know everyone would love to see a picture of your shrine when you get the space.
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« Reply #43: January 20, 2010, 07:09:20 pm »

Here is my description from the "All about altars and shrines" thread:

It's on top of my dresser. My Odin idol sits towards the back or off to the side, until I'm inspired to bring him out to the middle at times. I've got a neat gold and stone dish thing that holds a votive candle perfectly. That's in the middle. Off to the right are extra candles. On the left is a red embroidered box that has extra incense and trinkets in it (stones I bought of collected, shells, an old pendulum). There's a wood carved box in front of that with my never-used tarot cards in it. lol. And on top of that is a small, simple, black, three-footed dish/plate that I bring to the middle to burn incense on or put offerings on, depending on the size. It holds a clementine perfectly! Smiley Finally, I have a rune amulet I made hanging from one of the dresser drawer pulls.

I also have a picture and a Vermeer print on top of my dresser. They don't hold specific religious value, but I happened to put them there, the meaning behind them actually coordinates, and I have nowhere else for them at the moment!

It's strictly devotional. The candle in the middle gets lit every morning as I get dressed, and then I spend as much time as I can spare in front of it before I leave. I greet the gods, often thank the land wights for the weather, and say hey to the ancestors. Etc. I might meditate on the candle flame for a moment or two. I see lighting the candle every morning as a sort of sacrifice or offering. And then whenever I'm inspired I'll put an offering on there. We got clementines over the holidays and I put one up for a few days; I feel that went over well! I put up green apple vodka before that, and it sort of made my room smell like I was an alcoholic. lol. I don't always have an offering up there, though.

I'm not too much into the whole altar trappings. A candle and idol or two, plus any pretty stuff I find or offerings I want to put up, and I'm pretty good. It would be neat to have an outside altar, though, to leave food stuff specifically. Right now I try to pour liquids underneath the oak in our front yard, but it's kind of a hassle. I'd like a little space right outside the back door. lol.
I should also mention the dresser my altar is on belonged to my great-grandmother, which I think pretty apt! Smiley

Here are some pictures of my totally-not-impressive altar!
- A long shot. You can see the rune pendant and the dresser. And I also have a book called 365 Tao which I sometimes (although not lately) read from in the mornings.
- A closer shot. The orange juice is for Thor, as I bloted to him to ask for inspiration as I embark on an exercise plan. Tongue The shells on top of the wood box have been there for a while... I should probably switch them out with something else.
- A shot of the pin oak in our front yard I usually pour liquid offerings under. Not really an altar, but I love it. It's right outside my bedroom window. Isn't it great!?
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« Reply #44: January 21, 2010, 07:36:13 pm »

Here is my description from the "All about altars and shrines" thread:
I should also mention the dresser my altar is on belonged to my great-grandmother, which I think pretty apt! Smiley

I like your altar! It is simple and yet has that sacred vibe. I also like the tree.. very nice. =)
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