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I thought I’d share these projects with you…altars happen to spring up all over the place!

First, an altar to Frigga.  I decided to set this one up in the dining room on the buffet.

Altar to Frigga

Altar to Frigga

There is a covered offering bowl for liquids; a plate to burn incense; blue tea-light candle holders; a piece of blue lace agate, a piece of unakitemoonstone pendant and a small quartz crystal ball – these just felt right.  Also, a Glade glass candle holder as an offering bowl – I just really liked the spirals etched in the metal – reminds me of spinning and wyrd.  I plan to add other items later to include flowers, keys, maybe some representation of ducks or geese (my pair of pink quartz Mandarin ducks now that I think about it…) and a small distaff and/or a small replica of a spinning wheel.  I’m also waiting on a hand-crafted Frigga soy blót candle I had ordered several weeks ago adorned with a Perthro rune hung on handspun Blue Moon baby camel and merino yarn.  I’d also like to incorporate 12 small white tea-light candles around Her to symbolize Her 12 handmaidens.

Next up is an altar to Odin.

Altar to Odin

Altar to Odin

I had originally thought to set this up above my computer desk upstairs as that is where I spend a lot time seeking knowledge.  When I set Odin’s statue up on the window sill, I had a rock knickknack/paper weight there that said: “Do not go where the path may lead, go instead where there is no path and leave a trail.” – totally reminded me of Odin.  So, I went back downstairs and set Odin’s altar up above my Ancestor altar.  There is also a wood carved raven; a smokey quartz; a piece of black obsidian, and a blue optic crystal ball – totally reminded me of the eye he sacrificed at Mimir’s Well for a single drink of enchanted water that granted him wisdom and fore-sight.  Also, an offering plate and a cup in back with depictions of  pinecones and evergreens on it.  I am also waiting on a hand-crafted dark blue soy candle charged with Baltic Amber and 9 sacred herbs of Northern Tradition shamanism including Mugwort, Plantain, Nettle, Fennel, Chamomile, Sweet Cicely, Watercress, Crabapple Wood and Viper’s Bugloss adorned with a raven charm.  

Altar to Odin

Knife unsheathed

So yeah, some neat things in the works 🙂

So, this week, I’ve begun Module 2.  In this module, we are able to start putting items back on our altars, but only three.  This was very intriguing because I had a dream several nights ago that I had started setting my altar back up.  I was told by some anonymous authority that I could only put the bare essentials on it.  In my dream, I placed my little well that holds a little container of water from the well at Kildare, Ireland; my Brighid statue and a candle holder on it.  So, when I read Module 2, I got a little chuckle and a chill…Was there any doubt then what three items that I would place back on my altar?

I was going to place my ceramic cream colored domed tealight candle holder back on it, but opted to go with my incense holder instead because it could double as a tealight holder and a incense holder. Interestingly enough, tonight is also my shift for flamekeeping with the Tuatha de Brighid, so my “day” flamekeeping candle is on there as well until my shift is over tomorrow night.

I’ve been thinking long and hard about who to place on my “Guru Board”.  I believe that it is pretty much complete at this point.  I’ve listed a lot of people; but all of these people have an influence on my outlook on life and the development of my spiritual life.

Click here to visit my “Guru Board” on Pinterest.

So, here we are on Module 3 and I haven’t even completed Module 1 yet.  When one of my friends sent me a link to this course, I knew deep down in my soul that this was something that I needed to participate in.  I am so very thankful that it’s at your own pace as opposed to having deadlines, which is a little stressful for me at the present moment as I am helping my husband with his college classes, participating in the Pagan Blog Project while trying to manage our home and 2 toddlers.  I also chose to really start this tonight, as this is the Dark Moon with the New Moon tomorrow night.  See, there is a method to the maddness 😉

So, I’ve mapped my life…damn, I need a bigger sheet of paper…or, I have to cut some stuff out of the map; but all the events I listed feel significant to me…Oh, what’s a perfectionistic Virgo such as myself to do? LoL!! 😀  Anyways, I will transfer it onto a bigger sheet of paper within the week.  At least it’s done.  The next step was to strip my altar naked.  As I read these words, my heart skipped a beat.  I LOVE MY ALTAR!!!  It is an altar to my Goddess, Brighid.  As I took each piece down, I remembered how it came into my possession, the work that went into the pieces, the memories associated with each…So, here it is – my poor naked altar…

I left my candle in water that I use for my overnight flamekeeping duties with the Tuatha de Brighid Druid group up (it’s battery operated – safer than my “day” candle that I use when I’m home so as not to burn my house down), as Dianne said we could keep a candle up.  Now, I do get the point of this exercise; to strip down everything in order to meditate and  to start fresh.  But I do so miss looking at my Brighid statue and all my little trinkets I keep on my altar when I walk by.  It looks so empty…for now…

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