My altars reassembled themselves yesterday. My next Spiritual Nomad task was to put three important things back onto my altar. Since I had so many of them, I decided to put three things back onto each one of them. That started a chain reaction I was unable to really stop. As I placed the deities back where I needed them to go, the other things that needed to go with them became undoubtedly apparent, so I went ahead and placed items that shouted “I need to go here!” I should also add that this process was kicked into motion by the arrival of our Hekate statue.
She’s even prettier than I thought she’d be! I set her on a bureau to await the process of altar placement. There was a mirror behind her, which enabled me to see both sides of her at once. It was a magical moment and started the ball rolling.
So I spent about an hour setting the altars back up, first with their deities, then the other items. After a while, I discovered I was standing over the table of Things, and nothing was speaking to me any more. I realized it was because I had had too much stuff on my altars before I disassembled them. What’s there now is exactly what needs to be there, with the possible exception of the family altar, which is on a good table, but in a bad place. So I need to figure that out.
The energy of each altar is so much cleaner and clearer now without all of the extra stuff, and also because they focused themselves in the process of reassembly. Previously, the altars were kind of muddled, with a bit of this and a bit of that thrown in, spiritually speaking. Buddha had a place on nearly every one of them, and Lakshmi and Ganesha were also frequent altar attendees throughout the house. This time, there are very clear energies associated with each one. There’s the main shrine in the yoga room which still holds Buddha, Kali, and Shiva, but they’re arranged completely differently. There’s one source of fire, not five. I picked a different Buddha, the one made of clear lucite (also my first and oldest Buddha), and placed it in front of my Himalayan salt lamp. It’s beautiful. On the other side, Kali stands with Shiva before her. Again, it’s really beautiful.
Lakshmi and Ganesha live on the family altar that still needs complete reassembly. Buddha also lives on the dining room table along with a small singing bowl. Hekate has her own place. Quan-Yin in the form of an incense burner and Buddha in the form of a candle holder live on the kitchen windowsill along with a potted bamboo: this is the only altar that automatically has all four elements and needs nothing else. It represents home and hearth, being in the kitchen. I still have Buddha and Ganesha on my small computer altar. Removing obstacles and staying calm are both good things when I’m on a computer. I can’t seem to get away from having Buddha in multiple places around the house, but that’s okay. He’s where he wants to be. And I gave Erzulie her own space. In the bedroom, of course, being a love goddess. My divination tools also live there. Her space needs further arrangement, but it’s definitely hers.
There’s a small luck altar on the top of a small drawer unit next to Hekate’s altar: it’s made almost entirely of Ho-Teis (the laughing or lucky Buddha for the rest of you: rub his belly!), of which I had six! I also made a giant space for the hubbie to make an altar, something that he has not had since 1996, for a variety of reasons. I went through the box of miscellaneous altar and other stuff and separated the wheat from the chaff, so to speak, and then separated his stuff from mine and put it all in a box for him. Hopefully he’ll be able to re-establish his own sacred space, although I know for a fact that one of the reasons he’s never reassembled his altar is because I’ve imbued the house with so much spiritual energy and positive chi: it was almost superfluous for him to have his own. Not that I tried to take over the house or anything. 🙂
Last but not least: the protection altar by the front door consisting of Bast and my dragon, which holds a protective energy I imbued into it a long time ago. Cats were long regarded by the Egyptians as guardians of the house, and of children in particular. I like having her by the front door, just as one of my own cats might greet me when I return home (they’re more like dogs than cats sometimes).
This is what’s left post-altar reassembly:
It’s made of candle holders, incense holders and burners, boxes, jars, bottles, and a few other miscellaneous items. A few still need placing on an altar, since I really want to have the four elements represented somehow on each one, and incense has the benefit of being both Fire and Air. Earth and Water are a little trickier, though I do have quite a collection of really nice rocks and rock slices. Having all of this stuff together, I can tell which things are going to Goodwill (or a friend’s house) and which ones are staying. Few of these things have any spiritual significance: they were just extra things that wound up on the altars because it’s hard for me to get rid of my pretty tchotchkes and the altars were the only places to put them. I think what I’ll have to do now, if I want to keep the good stuff from the pile above, is make a box for the garage and then rotate items out from the house when I get bored with them. It’s kind of a nice problem to have, having too many pretty things. 🙂
I think what has been the most wonderful things about tearing the altars down and then rebuilding them, is that I can hear God again. Her voice is right there, in different tones for each altar or energy I’ve established. And yes, God is a She to me, because I’m a naturalist and I think of the Earth as being female (which is not to disparage very necessary male energy in the world: I just choose to associate with the more feminine aspect, which is no less powerful than the masculine). Her voice was very clear as I tore them down and placed things together, and even clearer when it was time to put things back. It’s very nice to hear that voice and feel that energy again, and reminds me of my favorite spiritual experiences in the past. There’s been a lot of flashbacking as I’ve handled each item and cleared it of stale energy. And of course, there was a lot of that as I recalled when I got each item and who gave it to me, if pertinent.
In any case, if the goal of the exercise was to make the voice of God a bit clearer, mission accomplished! And that voice gets a little clearer with each exercise I do. Right now I’m working on a spiritual journal, which will be filled with images and quotes that remind me to stay connected to my own spiritual energy. It’s already one quarter filled! Once I got started, it was hard to stop. It’s such a fun activity! I’ll take anything that puts me in touch with that comforting energy again, which has been so long absent. Welcome back, Dear.