Its been a long while since I cleaned and rearranged any of my altars, so I decided it was time to do something about the last night.
Part of the reason my poor altars have been so neglected is because I haven't been able to figure out how to cat-proof them. The cats love to eat feathers, play with tarot bag drawstrings and knock crystals on the floor and break them. *sigh*
Here is the solution I've been working on for my main altar-- almost everything is contained! The bell jar has a robin's nest filled with found feathers (for air), one of the jars has polished and unpolished stones/crystals (for earth) and the other has seashells (water). I'm still a bit worried about the open flames on the candles, but I'd hate to resort to battery operated votives. The altar doesn't feel alive without fire. I supposed I could do jar candles as well, but I love using the banded onyx holders I found for the Lady and Lord. Although I'm sure they'd rather I use jar candles than set a feline afire!
This is my devotions altar-- hopefully everything is safe from the cats. Since this table is smaller and not near a window, the cats tend to leave it alone. This is just a nice, simple altar where I can ground and center or sit nearby and think. I have my pagan prayer books & devotionals, plus my Tarot Affirmations deck here. I love my little Japanese rin (gong), its ring is perfect for creating a meditative state.
I'm glad I did spring cleaning and rearranging of at least a couple of my altars. It feels like I've welcomed spirit back into my room and it makes such an amazing difference in the atmosphere!
15 hours ago