Luna is now gently waxing through Sagittarius, the sign ruled by expansive and all-encompassing Jupiter.
This planet oversees the parts of our lives concerned by religion, beliefs and faiths, their people, texts, paraphernalia and the order and structure that these can all bring into our lives. So under this Moon, and whilst Luna is still dark and introspective, we have an opportunity to look closely at the ways we include some of these concepts and materials in our lives on a very personal level.
One small thing we can do today to make use of this energy, is to create, improve or freshen up a personal altar for use within our own spiritual practice.
There are so many different types of altar, and as many different reasons that people have them, from being a simple point of focus and contemplation, being ‘power’ points which can be used to raise energy and charge spells, crystals or other power objects, to being devotional spaces for honouring particular deities or ancestors.
If you don’t have an altar at home, think about whether creating one may help you to add a more sacred element to your day. You don’t need to be spell-casting, praying, or spending hours in devotion each day, but having somewhere specific to pause, with the intent of connecting with the divine in a disciplined way can create really enormous shifts. Its worth considering!
If you do have an altar set up already, think about whether it is still serving its purpose for you, and whether the objects it holds still retain their potency and significance for you. Is each one still earning its keep?
And are you consciously interacting with your altar each day?
If not, why not?
It can be so simple to create an altar, you just need to begin with a base and some beautiful, meaningful objects.
- A small wooden stool, shelf or table would be traditional, but you could use an upturned box, a chair, a big smooth stone or even a stack of books.
- Examples of objects you may like to use are:
- Fresh flowers, fruit or a plant
- Feathers or bones
- Art, photographs or jewellery
First clean your base, and place your objects onto it, with an clear intent for the purpose of your altar (daily connection with the Goddess, for example) and arrange them in such a way that the feel right to you. Add or remove objects as you want to.
It doesn’t need to be any more complicated than this!
If you do go on to use your altar for other significant purpose, then its contents and design can change accordingly. Using it and interacting with it daily will really help to guide you into this process.
Have fun with this!