5 Ways To Use A Summertime Altar To Call In Love, Prosperity, & More
Creating an altar is a beautiful way to mark life transitions, acknowledge the seasons, name intentions, or make a prayerful offering. It's like a mini sanctuary, adding warmth and protection to your home. When you connect to it regularly, the energy swells with more potency and helps to anchor your connection to Spirit.
With the summer solstice just behind us (it was on June 21 this year!), it's a perfect time to create a fresh altar. Building an altar is an intuitive ritual that can be created anywhere in your home. My altar is a place where I can pause and return to trust and clarity. As life continues to move, sitting still with my altar becomes a ritual that I can lean into daily. I light my candle, burn some smudge, set a timer, and enter a mindful meditation and prayer practice. I also use this sacred space for journaling, working with oracle cards, and sometimes I even work here when my focus needs a nourishing boost.
Because an altar holds your intentions and prayers, it's important to make it personal and current. Allow your intuition to guide you, and consider these questions: What core intention is most alive inside of you right now? What is it that you are calling in or expanding into? What support does your spirit long for?
Then, take a moment to sit with this intention and allow any images, insights, and inspirations to arise. Here are some ideas for themes to work with this summer season. Keep it simple by using what you have and adding your own touch:
1. An altar for: calling in love.
Make sure this altar has everything in pairs. Since you're calling in love and partnership, it's important that there are no single items on your altar. Get two fresh candles, place them in the center, and build intuitively around them. Add images or symbols that deeply represent love to you, two rose quartz stones or hearts, and fresh flowers. Write out a thoughtful love letter, fold it up, and tuck it away on your altar. Sit with it daily, feeling true love and presence within yourself so that you begin to emanate this energy inwardly regardless of your relationship status. This will nurture your intention and boost your self-love, which is key for a healthy partnership.
2. An altar for: empowering yourself.
This is an opportunity to claim sacred space for yourself as you honor your path. Creating and then sitting with this altar offers a healing and empowering boost to your self-worth and self-love. With a fresh candle at the center, add a photo of yourself as a child to honor where you've come from and a current photo to embrace who you are now. You can also add your favorite flowers, mantras, oils, and special crystals or talismans that attune you to your magic. Keep a gratitude jar and little sheets of paper and a pen on or near your altar so that you can fill the jar with one to three written reasons to be grateful daily for the next 30 days straight.
3. An altar for: prosperity and success.
Although success and prosperity require focus and action out in the world, creating an altar filled with your vision of abundance anchors the power of what you are calling in. Take a moment to truly feel into what this theme means to you. Then, on a piece of paper, intuitively draw a symbol that represents prosperity and success. Using a green and/or gold cloth as the base, place your candle and your symbol on top and begin to build around it. You can add cash and coins, a check written out to yourself with the amount you are calling in, your own business card, an image or statue of Lakshmi, and a dish of soil or salt to represent the fertile earth element. You can also add magnetic lodestones, citrine, or pyrite. Be open to receive.
4. An altar for: letting go.
Sometimes we have to focus on letting go before we can truly move forward and receive all that wants to come in. This altar may be more temporary, allowing you to dedicate at least 30 days to healing and release. Use the element of water for this altar, which represents release and flow. Fill a vessel with water and place it on the west side of your altar. Then intuitively place other items around that represent water: shells, images of the ocean/rivers/waterfalls, driftwood, seaweed, blue and clear crystals, and feminine symbols. Keep a new journal with this altar so you can pour your heart into it, emptying everything out that you are ready to forgive, let go of, and move on from. You can burn, bury, or throw away (outside of your home) the pages when done.
5. An altar for: honoring your ancestors.
If you think about it, a fireplace mantel that many have in their home acts as an ancestor altar. It carries photos, objects, and memories of loved ones. For this altar, you have an opportunity to consciously and creatively dedicate a space to someone you want to honor in the afterlife. This can be a secondary altar as opposed to your primary altar that you sit with daily, placing it wherever it feels right to you. Think of your loved one and how you can best honor them: Add your favorite photos, objects that still carry their energy, fresh flowers, and a small candle. Optionally, offer a dish of fresh food or their favorite treat that you know they would love. Be sure to refresh the food and flowers, just as you would like for yourself.
A note on how to create your altar.
Now that you have some ideas to work with, it's time to gather your altarpieces and choose a spot to build it. Do you prefer your altar to be out in the open, in your bedroom, or tucked away? There is no right way to build your altar; use your intuition when choosing a location. You may even decide to have your main altar in one area where you can sit with it daily and smaller altars throughout, such as on your desk, in your garden, or in your entryway to help create more beauty and flow throughout your home.
Keep in mind that it's important to replenish the flowers, candles, and anything else that is perishable or needs a refill. This helps to consistently "feed" your altar and, therefore, your intentions and prayers. Keep it clean, dust it off, clear the ashes from your smudge dish, and rotate things around when you're ready to express a new theme.
Sit with it daily as you focus on your intentions, even if you have only a few minutes a day, and watch the magic unfold.
Aarona Lea Pichinson is a certified yoga instructor and wellness advisor. Movement, holistic health, and the arts have been at the forefront of her healing journey, and she's deeply inspired to share her growth and tools with others. Pichinson has 24 years of yoga study, 14 years as a yoga teacher and wellness adviser, a BFA in photography and mixed media arts from the University of Hartford, and a holistic health counseling certification from the Institute for Integrative Nutrition.
Pichinson is the author and co-creator of The Moon Deck, teaches yoga classes and retreats internationally, leads empowering women's workshops, mentors new yoga teachers, offers private coaching, and created the music modules for the Kula Yoga and Wanderlust teacher training programs. She has been featured in the Free People BLDG25 Blog, New York Times, Self magazine, National Geographic Traveler UK, Teach.Yoga, the Weather Channel, Wall Street Journal, and more!