I have had a few conversations with people recently about altar spaces in the home. Mostly their questions were around the ‘how-to’ aspect – which then inspired me to write this post.
Those who know me, know that I am passionate about infusing magic into the home and shifting the vibration and energy of a space through intention, ritual and space clearing.
Creating altars in the home is a really powerful way to infuse intention and honour ancestors. It also creates a sense of ritual and magic as you take the time to set it up, to rearrange it and keep it fresh.
There is no right or wrong way to have an altar. The main element needed is your own personal intention. You don’t need to spend money on fancy altar pieces or follow a step-by-step guide to make sure you have ‘done it right’.
I say this, because each person is unique and is drawn to, and attracted to different things. What sparks deep joy in my heart, may not for someone else. So, it is important to surround yourself with the things that light you up.
If you have been to my home, you may not have even noticed any altars. That’s because I don’t decorate, I infuse – I infuse the space with love and thought, so it looks like part of the ‘decorating’. But it is so much more than that.
Your altar doesn’t need to be anything grand or big – it just needs to be meaningful, thoughtful and infused with your good intention.
Below are some of the things that I personally find work for me when it comes to setting up an altar. I have come to this place after years of working with my own energy, space and learning what works for me.
HOW I ALTAR…
I choose altar items that spark a sense of happiness in my heart. By incorporating meaningful items into my altar, I can’t help but feel good vibes when I look at it.
Before I create the altar, I make sure I am clear on my intention for the reason I am wanting to create it. Once I am clear on the purpose, I then carefully arrange the space. Each item is smoke-cleansed or sprayed with an energy clearing spray and then placed on the altar. Once completed, I then say the intention of this altar and thank it for its energy.
Keep it fresh
I clean and rearrange the altar each week. Keeping the space clean, fresh and cared for, I feel creates an energy that I am nurturing my space and nurturing my intention.
I feel it’s important energetically to keep flowers fresh and remove them when they begin to wilt.
If you are looking for somewhere to start, the below may spark some inspiration…
I like to have an acknowledgement of family ancestors that I know are with me and guide me. I have a tiny frame with their photos in it, a white feather to symbolise a sign that they are around, and a flower to symbolise life that keeps blooming.
Weekly Soul Altar
Each week when I pull a card for myself and a card for the collective (in the Weekly Card reading) I place it in the centre of my mantelpiece, surrounded by my crystal ball, my favourite crystals, a candle, personal mantra and a feather to represent Spirit. This is my anchor point for the week, and throughout the week I am reminded of the message and it grounds me to my purpose.
New Moon Altar
During my Soul Circle (New Moon Workshop) we use my artworks as oracle cards and whatever card we each pull is then the card we infuse our New Moon intention into. It is a visual reminder of the things we are wanting to attract into our lives. We also write a personal mantra for the month on a separate piece of paper.
After each New Moon, my mantra and art card go on my altar for that month and serve as a reminder of the things I am wanting to shift, improve and attract.
The golden number two. If you are ready to attract love into your life, you might like to create an altar that has things in pairs (which is what you are trying to attract). It could be two candles, two roses and two crystals that amplify love - like rose quartz. Every time you see the altar you will be reminded of the love you are ready to attract into your life.
Altars are lovely anchor points to have throughout the home. I am sitting at my table looking at my altar on my mantlepiece and it makes me happy every time I look at it. This, to me, is what it’s all about. Joy.
All the best with your altar! If you have created one and would like to share, please tag me on Instagram @state.of.megan - I would love to see it.
All photos used are from my home. Please credit if you repost. xx