I was re-reading “Invoking Your Celestial Guardians“, by Solara Antara Amaa-Ra, and was struck by the simplicity and importance or the short chapter on “Altars“.
Having moved house several times in the last few years, unfortunately many of my non-essentials have found themselves in storage.
Most of my spiritual statues, trinkets and pictures have been boxed and jammed in the corner of my Dad’s garage.
But the chapter included below made me think on how I practice spirituality – and inspired me to change.
(Yes, I’ve been digging through boxes looking for lost connections.)
Using a Spiritual Altar
Altars can form an integral part in spiritual practice.
They do not have to be big and fancy; they can be so subtle that even the people you live with can be unaware of their existence.
The purpose of an altar is an area of focus. Here is a small area within your home which serves as your outward spiritual focus. It reminds us that there is far more to life than the everyday striving for survival and success. It is a place where the small objects that are sacred and meaningful to us can be gathered together and treated with respect.
Altars can be placed anywhere, on top of a dresser, a window sill or small table. Simply create an empty space and slowly, carefully, place upon it the items which are special to you. Maybe a crystal, a cloth of inspiring color, flowers, a white candle, or whatever feels appropriate.
Now you have created your own personal sacred space. When you light your candle and gaze upon your altar, it will help you to remember who you are and why we are here. Altars serve us as a great source of strength and focus for the Light.”
Invoking Your Celestial Guardians was first published in 1986 by Star-Borne Unlimited. I found it for a few dollars in a second hand bookshop and it’s a book I cherish and highly recommend.
Do you have a dedicated spiritual altar in your home - either on purpose or by accident (a collection of important things)?
You are welcome to share below how an altar fits into your spiritual practice.
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