I love the idea that my home is sublime, sacred. I have set up altars throughout to recognize this. The ancient Greeks placed altars in homes, marketplaces, public buildings, and sacred groves. I have altars outside in the gardens also, but I am not going outside today.
At the entrance, or front door, there is a small patio that is screened in. I have a few items here that show my respect to the seasons, the elements, and the Earth and Heavens. In this little spot, I also put together a meditation for the season. I place this on the altar. Well, it really is an old wooden table given to me when the neighbor moved. So, by now, you have the idea of the type of altar I have created: humble.
This Autumn, I have been enamored with the idea of Echoes of ancestors, of voices of the past. This altar piece has bones collected on a walk. They represent, of course, the bones of those who have gone this way before us. The feathers carry their words, their ideas on flight. The pieces of wood, willow, ignite passion and thought, and again, ideas. This piece upon my entrance way altar shows my welcome of the Echoes.
I have in my craft room another altar. I use it to meditate upon more personal matters. These days I find the need to meditate upon being free and what that means.
I recently have left my job, the “work week.” I now have time to engage myself in my art and my Etsy shop. I also love my connection with being “the keeper of the keys,” the housewife. Really.
This altar changes. But for now I meditate upon the concept of being free, Rumi’s love, the violet light and putting all of these together in my craft.
By the way, that is one of my I Ching dolls, Earth. She is almost done; I need only to adorn her with her symbol and attach her I Ching hexagram card. I have two other dolls, Deep Water and Earth/Mountain that will be on Etsy soon.
|gem tree from heronsmoon on Etsy|