Many years ago, I noticed that my altar was overfilled with stuff — everything on the altar was important to me, but I was out of room, so I packed away about half of my things. I have semi-precious gemstones, several decks of cards, (including a set of Goddess cards,) statues, some incense and oil burners, and who knows what else. All of these things are very important to me and my spiritual grounding, but they have sat in that box for a few years, without me even looking at them.
The time has come to change that; I have freed up a small bookcase to hold everything that doesn’t go on the altar itself. This way, I can see any of my things, whenever I want. I have a lovely rock salt lamp, a gift from sister S., for which I have a new bulb, and a spot on the desk. I have a fountain, a gift from my sister DB, which I ran for a month or two before I turned it off. Running water is so important for me to have on my altar — I don’t know why I ever stopped using the fountain.
A few of the items for my space don’t look at all sacred, but each represents some important moment in my life. S. gave me an acrylic paperweight, with a leopard ray formed within it. One day, at Bahia Honda, in the Florida Keys,
I couldn’t move in the water without stepping on some leopard ray. I never got over the shock — I wish I had. The water was teal and aqua and gorgeous, and we spent such a nice day there.
I have a lovely golden hippo statue from Egypt, which I bought after I saw the hippos underwater in a National Geographic documentary.
This link is not from that documentary, but is a short example, similar to the first. And here are some others; the first is particularly interesting to me, as it shows these big and ungainly creatures moving like dancers through the water.
These are all examples of the treasures I have on my altar. I have a box with a cover, about 3 inches square, done in the same mosaic and with the same stones as the Taj Mahal. At the back is a twelve-inch brass statue of Venus de Milo, who has been with our family since Turkey, in 1969. I have incense, my Tibetan Singing Bowl, and so many others. I have a very large collection of semi-precious stones and crystals. All in all, everything there is something I love so much, the time has come to put them all out.
So that is part of my larger goal in Dream Team this time. I’m going to rejuvenate my altar and re-invent my morning rituals, in an effort to clarify my spiritual discipline. Tomorrow is the day — and I can’t wait!