Creating an altar is a sacred way to call spiritual energies into your home. It reinforces your intention to invite more peace, serenity, and love into your space.
It can be used for prayer, meditation, chanting, or just a place of sheer beauty and connection to the Divine.
3 tips for creating an altar in your home:
1. Clear the space.
Select a prominent space in your home, one that you will see regularly, to remind you to take time to meditate or pray. Clear the dedicated altar space with incense or a sage stick. Make choosing and cleansing the physical and energetic area a ceremony. In this way you are sending a message that you are committed to holding space for Spirit.
2. Select sacred items.
Choose items that you feel connected to. You may feel close to the elemental properties of nature or Hindu, Buddhist, or Christian deities. My personal altar holds a Buddha, Ganesha, Shiva Nataraj, Goddess Tara, Saraswati, a picture of Lakshmi, Jesus, Krishna & Radha, a Guadalupe candle, rose quartz and amethyst crystals, shells and feathers from around the world, and lots of candles and incense. Your altar should be full of items that you feel connected to. Be creative and play.
The way I like to arrange my altar is to sit in front of the space and pick up each item that intuitively calls me, hold it in my hand and say a short prayer of intention to a deeper spiritual connection, and place it on the altar. There is no right or wrong way. You can also follow feng shui, chakra alignment, or directional design based on the elements. Light candles and place fresh flowers and fruit as treats for the Gods. Keep the space clean and fresh. Follow your heart.
Every morning, I light a candle and a stick of incense to clear and invoke the light of the adornments and treasures. I meditate, stretch, chant & play my harmonium, and write near my altar. My dog is even drawn to lay near the sacred space.
Once you create your altar, make a daily ritual to meditate or pray near it. Use the sacred energy you've created to remind you of your highest spiritual intentions as you start and end your day.