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Friday, August 14th, 2009
6:50 am
2 shrines

Spring shrine, August 2009 - Includes Muse & Bastet statues, sun candle holder representing the return of light & longer days, a faery head, a Wade hedgehog figurine representing the end of hibernation, 2 eggs & a glass phallus representing fertility, the first Spring bluebells & blossoms I found, plus various crystals & other natural items.
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Current Mood: calm
Wednesday, March 25th, 2009
7:58 am
altar request: Genocide Prevention altars
Hi.  I was directed over to this community from pimp_my_altar.  I have a kind of challenge or request for all you creative folks.  ;-)

April is Genocide Prevention Month, and it struck me as a powerful opportunity to raise awareness by creating altars on this theme.  I'm especially curious about what deities or spirits people choose to associate with this cause.  Any culture or faith tradition is welcome.  So, I would like to request pics of genocide prevention altars!

Polytheist Charity is organizing a Genocide Prevention Ritual, consisting of numerous rituals held by individuals and groups worldwide throughout the month of April.  These altars can be in conjunction with or independent of a Genocide Prevention Ritual, should you choose to participate.  Please check out the web site for more information.  Thanks!
Friday, August 22nd, 2008
11:38 pm
Inspiration & Gratitude Altar, 22/8/08.

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I said a prayer of thanks for all I have received and for the wonderful people in my life, asked for guidance and for openness to change, then spent some time in meditation.

Current Mood: accomplished
Friday, July 20th, 2007
12:33 am
Hope no one minds.
I feel like a journal hog lately.  Sorry, blame it on my enthusiasm for this community.  Anway, you've all inspired me.  Here's what I want to do:

So, I have an idea.  I have decided to build a Healing Circle altar (because of this community:  http://community.livejournal.com/circleofhealing/).  It will take me awhile to complete it (and I'll be working on it forever, I suspect) but, in the meantime, you can request to be added into the altar.  By being added you are accepting my healing intentions for you.  I will meditate on the altar when I have the time and energy.  I will focus healing energy on the healing requests that I collect there.

If you are interested in being added to the healing altar, then I need  you to comment here with your name (fake or otherwise) and whatever else you'd like to add.  If you prefer to send me something with a little more of You in it--like your name written in your own hand--just email me at genielorene at gmail dot com and I'll send you my PO box number.  You can mail me a slip of paper with your name (full, not full, whatever) and it will go into the circle.  No return addresses are necessary and I vow that your information and anything you send me will remain absolutely private.  I will find a special box or container of some sort for the healing requests I collect.  All names/requests will go into that box which will be placed on the altar.  

Pictures of the altar will be posted as soon as I get enough of it put together.  Healing requests will be accepted indefinitely, and you can send more than one.  Send all you need, but do try to keep the slips of paper somewhat small.  No letters please.  These all have to fit in a box on the altar and I won't have room for pages and pages of healing requests.  Besides, I don't need to know what's wrong, all I need is a name that is associated with you so that the healing energy can be directed at you.  Photos are MOST welcome, even preferred.  If I run out of room in the box, I'll get a bigger box or I will bury older requests outside in my yard where I have a Sacred Circle (sounds much fancier than it looks).  Healing requests that are posted here, I'm sure, will be small enough.

Since this idea is just a baby, I'm open to comments, suggestions, and critiques of my plan.  Cross-posting everywhere.  If this post is inappropriate here, I will happily remove it.

Love and light to you all.
Tuesday, July 10th, 2007
9:53 am
Altar Supply List
What's your basic supply list for your altars, minus the crystals, figurines, statues, and such.  I mean, what do you have to buy frequently so that you can always throw together an altar no matter how simple?

For me it's:

Tea lights for mini and mega altars
7-Day candles in various colors (no saints, please), just wish the color choices here were more varied
Various dried herbs... whatever I can get.  I don't buy anything special, just what's available
A steady supply of pre-rune stamped slips of paper for my mini-altars
Cool paper for writing my intentions to place on my altar
A special lighter or special matches that I only use for my altars or magic
Ink for my stamps (I need a new ink pad)

I think that's it, but would like to know what other must-haves you consider important.  I may want to add them to my "grocery list."
Sunday, July 1st, 2007
6:02 pm
Woo hoo!  I'm so glad someone created this community, I was about to do it myself when I thought, "Hmmm, better check first."  I love building tiny little, simple altars or more elaborate ones.  I had one that worked TOO well for me recently--that's the last time I pray for an enemy.  To me, altars are a form of prayer.  I think of the words as fairly interchangeable.  One is spoken or written, the other is designed and tactile.  What's the difference, really?  

Here's an altar I set up for a friend of mine who was about to have a rather NASTY surgery--they were going to take a rather huge chunk (I'm not embellishing) of flesh out from above and around her tailbone because of a painful cyst that had formed there.  The morning of her surgery the doctor looked her over, noticed the cyst and swelling were perfectly normal and told her, "Hmmm, this seems really good.  No surgery for you.  If it comes back, call me."  The surgery had been planned about a month ahead when her cyst was big, painful , and, because of her diabetes, needed to be removed lest it become even more infected than it already was.  Once she asked all her friends to start praying for her the cyst started shrinking, by the morning of the surgery it was a non-issue.  Awesome!  I blacked out her name (very messily) to protect her identity.


Most of my altars come out looking about like this, just different colored candles and different writing on the paper.  Maybe a slightly different selection of stones--I have a rather skimpy collection of stones.  When I disassemble an altar the words I have written are buried in the sacred circle I built in my front yard (no one knows it's there, the rocks are practically buried now) with a stick of incense over them, a few words, and a brief visualization of the person I am thinking about standing with me in the circle where they are safe and protected.

A friend emailed me not long ago, would I do some magick for his son who is having difficulty reading?  I printed up some photos of him, some photos of a similar loooking boy with his head in a book, some runic writing, some symbols that are significant to me, then I folded up these pieces of paper and I put them in various books in my house.  Every few weeks I move them into different books, each time inviting the boy's mind to explore further.  His dad says he's reading all kinds of stuff now.  I know his Dad though, I wasn't the only one working magic on the boy.  It was a group effort!
Friday, June 1st, 2007
1:08 pm
First Time Posting
Hi My name is Victoria-Rose. This is my 1st time posting here. I made a small altar for some work I was doing today so I thought I would post some pics.
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(xposted to my LJ, pimp_my_altar, and altars)

Current Mood: happy
Monday, May 1st, 2006
8:10 pm
Bedroom Altar
This is an altar by my boyfriend's and my bed. The figure on the left is Bast and the figure on the right is Anubis, I chose Bast because she is a goddess of sex, and Anubis because my boyfriend really respects death gods. These figures are carvings from Egypt. I was drawn to their dustiness and hand carved quality. The candle in the middle has two wicks, which for me represents my hope that he and I can connect and meld spiritually. The star is a sort of pentacle to protect us in our home. The incense just completes it, I am going to use a romantic or sexy incense in it.

I am trying to make a creativity altar for my art room. I really want to have a celtic goddess figure, but I haven't been able to find any celtic goddess figures in my local occult shops, let alone a specific creativity one. I might end up just making my own with clay. Any ideas?

Current Mood: content
Monday, May 23rd, 2005
5:08 pm
altar joy
At the beginning of last semester, I discovered a table. Understand that for years I've been looking for my altar table. It started out in high school as a horizontal slice from a tree stacked on top of a cinder block. When I came to college, it became a collection on top of a cheap end table from the thrift store. But seeing a friend's altar tucked in her closet, an old dresser full of little drawers and cabinets to hide things in, made me want a more complicated arrangement. So I found it, tucked in the back of a local antique store. I could not justify buying it at the time because I was getting furniture for my graduation show and, well, it was a little expensive for something that needs some wood repair.

Two days ago my friend Michael calls me.
"So I found a neat table," he says. "It's a short vanity table, like it's made for a child..."
"It's at the Vintage Shoppe and I want it as an altar."
"ME TOO!!"

So my Pagan greed and assurance on his part that he did not intend to buy it led me to go buy it for myself. With the money my brother sent me. So my strict Christian brother bought me my Pagan altar.

Saturday, March 15th, 2003
9:37 am
My Mini Shrine to Inanna

It's approximately 3.5 inches tall and is made from a little wooden craft box and sculpy. Much thanks to eveningstarr for the gift of the painted box last Yule, and to eclectic1az for leading our sculpey night at coven last week to create items for our little mini shrines.

On the inside is a gold star (sculpey) representing the morning and evening star. Inanna herself (sculpey) wears a necklace of beads meant to represent her garments of power. Near her feet is an offering bowl (sculpey) big enough for just a little offering (just the tip of your pinky - sized). In front is a small votive candle and an incense holder (sculpey) (pink sticks are incense).

I used this for the first time at my computer as I participated in an online ritual for peace this morning.
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