Creating an Altar – Everything you need to know
Why would you want to create an altar?
There are many reasons why you might want to create an altar. Personally, I love having a special place to display my sacred items. There is no limit to what, where or how you can create your altar. It’s a great way to let yourself be creative. Here are a few reasons to build one (or more than one):
- It helps to focus our intention on what we are trying to create
- It helps to connect and maintain our relationships with our guides & helping spirits
- It helps us to remember significant moments on our spiritual journey
- To thank and acknowledge the elements that support and protect us
- To celebrate the different holidays and cycles of nature
- It holds the space for us to connect, center, and gather ourselves to
- To beautify a space. The soul loves beauty and art.
What could you put on your altar?
There is no limit to what can be displayed on an altar. You can ask yourself what is your intention in having an altar and chose items accordingly. Or it can be theme related (see below for theme ideas). You can make an altar entirely around one subject or it can be a mix. Here are some elements that are usually found on an altar:
- Items representing the cardinal directions: East, West, North, South
- Articles representing the elements of nature: Fire, Air, Earth, Water
- Trinkets representing your guides & guardians: animal helps, angels, religious figures, guides, fairies, Goddesses, etc.
- Colors representing the different chakras and their meaning
- Crystals and gemstones: for protection, intuition, grounding, clarity, love, etc.
- Symbols: pyramid, hand of Fatima, music notes, heart, the all-seeing-eye, etc.
- Manifestation grid and mandalas
- Healing tools
Where should you place your altar
You can place your altar anywhere. However, the placement might differ depending on your intention with the altar. If it’s an altar to beautify your home, anywhere may do. If the intention is to pray and meditate at your altar, you will want to find a place that is quiet and secluded.
You could also have an outdoor altar.
If you are using an altar to manifest certain aspects of your life, it could be helpful to place the altar where the energy would be the most appropriate. You can look into Feng Shui principles. You can also use a Feng Shui Bagua map to guide you.
Stand in the front door, facing in:
- the area by the front of the house is related to career and life path
- diagonally to the left, is the area of skills, knowledge, and wisdom
- diagonally to the right, is the area of helpful people, spirituality, and travel
- to the left of the house, is the area of family and health
- to the right of the house, is the area of creativity and children
- diagonally to the back left, is the area of prosperity and abundance
- diagonally to the back right, is the area of relationship, love, and marriage
- to the back of the house, is the area of fame and reputation
- the center of the house is about balance and well-being
Cleansing and charging your altar
It’s good to keep your altar energetically clean and to charge it regularly. How can you do that?
- Sage or burn incense over and around the altar with the intention to cleanse it
- Cleanse the stones and crystal by:
- submerging them in sea salt
- putting them outside under the full moon
- with cold running water (be careful, not all crystals or gemstones can be cleaned with water)
- Pray and/or meditate at your altar
- Charge your stones and crystals outside under the full moon
- Chant mantras at your altar
Here are a few ideas you could build an altar around:
- To increase:
- For healing as well as opening and balancing some or all chakras
- Gratitude altar
- Religious or spiritual altar
- Shamanic altar —> to maintain connection with spirit helpers, guides, and tools you acquire during your meditations
- Nature altar
For more altar ideas, you can visit my Pinterest board : https://www.pinterest.com/liberateself/spiritual-manifestation-altars/