Altars and Sacred Spaces


#1

Many modern pagans like their altars, and much like now, back then altar tables, niches and other forms of sacred spaces were varied too. What do you do for yours (if any)?


#2

I don’t use altars, but I do have a number of niches for the various deities as well as some shelf space.

Home for my primary goddess…

A couple of goddesses I’ve had a long time…

Some of my others…

And some recent acquisitions…


#3

I have three main altar areas. Two formal, in my bedroom where I can get peace from my cat, and one informal, in the living room next to my computer but in a cabinet so the cat doesn’t knock over and chew everything.

My first formal shrine, for the Kemetic Orthodox ritual of Senut.

My other formal shrine, which I use for an increasingly priest analogous ritual. My statue is not open yet and I am unlikely to open it until I’ve been consistent in my ritual for say, a year or so, or until I am made a priest in KO (whichever Wepwawet leads my to believe is the right option). If I do keep up my ritual practice I’m looking at replacing the cabinet with a proper wood one, possibly commissioned from a butsudan maker if he’s willing to do the size that I need.

My informal living room shrine. I wanted my deities moved somewhere where they’d be kept on my mind more (I am a bit flakey with 0 attention span).

I also have a bunch of dedicated shelves in my bedrooms, where I have Wepwawet’s informal shrine, as well as any other spaces such as Akhu shrines, shrines to non-Kemetic Gods, Netjeri spaces, and spaces for Gods I don’t currently interact with but who I don’t have the heart to decommission their statues.


#4

Cupboards are good. My niche ones are DVD cases which are narrow and of good height. Such things make to keep the clutter out of the way.

OOO and I see a Selket statue! :wink: I got mine on my honey moon in Lyon, just caught sight of it out of the corner of my eye in a shop and just had to get it much to the bemusement of my wife :wink:


#5

My main altar is in my room, away from visitors. It is dedicated to my favourites- Sekhmet Bast and Anubis although somehow Hathor has crept in there lately.

There are special spaces in bookshelves, of course

And my favourite one is in the sitting room, my Akhu shrine. I really have to thank KO for teaching me this. It is a work in progress still.


#6

Have to say, your book shelves are neater than mine! I have mine completely stuffed tight with books and other junk. I should really get a larger book shelf I suppose :slight_smile:


#7

I bought the large bookshelf especially to house my egyptian books, because the larger ones with the best photos don’t fit on normal shelves.
But now I need more large books to fill up the bottom shelf…


#8

Bookshelves are a bane. I’ve a number of them scattered around the house and always thinking that should do it, but no, so now the reading pile by the bed is growing - not quite dangerously yet :wink:

Any excuse to buy books though! I think I put my book list on here somewhere if that helps in the shopping :slight_smile:


#9

You did indeed. I will add my book recommendations when i get a chance, just reading one of your books in kindle for now and designing a logo for selling my crafts online. When it is all sorted, i will show everyone on facebbok but it will take a little while as i want the website and instagram to all launch together .


#10

Good luck with that endeavor!


#11

I’ve been jazzing up the inside of my main Wepwawet shrine since I posted my pictures. I painted the whole inside of his space with gold paint, laid white linen beneath him, and a starry sky based on tomb ceilings above him. I also made some linen bandlets and a great cloak for him so that I could increase the ritual that I do for him (I’ve been doing a lot of work on that ritual but I think I’m nearly finished, at least until such time as I ever want to open him).


#12

I do like that cloth for the sky. Not thought of that before. I sort of left the insides of mine black. Might have to rethink it… Might have some gold paint in the attic :slight_smile:

Love that statue too. Enjoy!


#13

My pre-move shrine for Wepwawet. I’ll necessarily need to change it up once all my stuff catches up with me, but probably not too much at the heart of it (essentially what’s shown being the heart of the shrine.) I just won’t be crammed into a walk-in closet. On one hand I did actually really like the enclosed closet, but on the other, I’ll now have a whole room to use instead. :stuck_out_tongue:


#14

Love it! I have even less room even though I do have in fact a whole room to play with, but it has to share with other things. Of course enclosed shrines were the thing back then for the temples. We’re perhaps a bit luckier, but homes though things seem to have been more free form. Its whatever works for you as always! :slight_smile: