The Home Shrine is a personal place of worship, usually found in the home, or in the land connected to the home.
My Home Altar/Shrine consists of three parts: a Main altar, an Ancestor Altar, and a Nature Spirit Altar.
|Close Up of the Main Altar
My Main Altar consists of an antique wash stand that has been in my family for several generations. It also has an Ash branch taken from an Ash tree that used to grow outside my bedroom window as my representation for the Tree, I have a glass bowl with a silver dollar I inherited from my grandmother for my well, and I have a triple wick candle I made for my fire. Because my fire representation is just a candle, I also have a terracotta bowl I made in college to hold offerings for the fire until I can offer them properly. Also on my altar is an electric “eternal” candle that I light for Brigit who is the patron of our grove. There are two silver goblets and two ceramic goblets that I use to hold offerings until they are used, there is a candle each for both of my patrons, a stick of mesquite with the Ogham for Wisdom burned on it, a knife to ward against the Outdwellers, a bell for opening the gates and two taper candles for illumination. The only plans for improvement I have for it at this point is to find a better place to put it other than a small corner of my bedroom.
My Ancestor Altar consists of pictures of my Ancestors Beyond the Veil, as well as the family farm in Ohio, and an American Flag to symbolize the service many family members pictured and un-pictured have given to my country. In the future, I intend to add the Ancestors of my Heart (people who are not blood relatives, but have been important to me) and Ancestors of my Hearth (kindred spirits who have inspired me) to my Ancestral Altar area.
My Nature Spirits Altar consists of a miniature rose and a “Christmas” cactus with a candle. Someday, I would like to have a full on garden of flowers, herbs and vegetables as my altar to the nature spirits.
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