As we rush and move through life, negotiating between work and family, our need for sacred space, calm, reflection and being connected often get's lost. Until!! We feel the stress wearing us down. We start feeling exhausted, bad temperate, less patience, less joyful. Trying to make time to re-connect, to remember what we love, to find what nourishes us demands often some effort. We have to find the time, move things around, push hard to make space and establish boundaries. Making this effort in a time when we are already exhausted often only happens when all the alarm bells go off!
Sometimes it is easier to go through extremes. We wait until life forces us to act. Finding a healthy balance often is more difficult. But ultimately so much more rewarding.
Know that tending a sacred space is a commitment like a very important relationship. It takes time and effort, in return you receive love and support.
Why create an altar space ?
Tending a sacred space brings magic into your life.
Where is the right space for an altar?
Depending on traditions you will find all sorts of dos and don’ts regarding an altar space.
If you are feeling worried or anxious about what is right or wrong, you are no longer following a heart inspired creative process.
However, some basic points should be followed.
Avoid clutter, clean it regularly, make sure it is safe (candles or incense)
When you create an altar in nature make sure you do not pollute the environment (use only natural sustainable items which either come from nature or can decompose naturally); make sure your set up does not pose harm to the animals (make sure they cannot get caught up in your set up. Anything you leave behind as offerings which animals are likely to eat should be safe)
Keep it simple
Keep it meaningful
Keep it relevant
How to tend my sacred space
Examples from my experience:
I started with a meditation area and a small altar. Pictures and elements on my altar where much inspired by the teaching of the linage from which I learned my meditation practise.
Over time I removed and added elements to finally create a space which reflects my character and practise. Deeply spiritual but very relevant to me.
I have created different sacred spaces:
A personal meditation space which I keep very private.
An ancestor altar space dedicated for a very specific practise of ancestor healing and connection.
An outdoor earth goddess nature space in my garden, dedicated to the spirits of nature and the spirits of the location.
A more pagan altar space dedicated to other spirits which connect me to my lineage and community circle work.
I create temporary sacred spaces for different activities. Some are in support for short prayers or sharing circles. Others are offering to the nature spirits created from flowers, leaves and other elements which I collect in nature which once created I leave behind.
Others stay active for a period of time, when praying for a particular time period, or preparation time for a ritual or ceremony.
Some are dedicated to the period of a season and will be dismantled when the period or season is over. I will choose time of installation and dissolution and create a little ritual for both, placing a clear intention and giving thanks.
My personal altar spaces I keep very private. Below I share with you temporary spaces which I created at different times and some items for this purpose.
If you feel inspired, check out the seasonal ritual subscription boxes for Solstices and Equinox (available by March 2021) and other altar items.....
Gita Nicola Schneider