Creating an altar is a sacred way to call spiritual energies into your home. It reinforces your intention to invite more peace, serenity, and love into your space. Your altar can be used for prayer, meditation, chanting, or as a place of connection to the Divine.
Step 1: Choose and clear your space
Select a prominent space in your home, one that you will regularly see, to remind you to take time to meditate or pray. Clear the dedicated altar space by smudging the area. Then you can add your spiritual altar items to your space.
When designing your sacred space, consider all your senses: what helps you feel calm, comforted, and at peace? Before you begin a therapeutic session in your sacred space or spiritual center, perform a quick cleansing ritual to clear and refresh the room's energy.
You should first consider which side of the room you want to set up your altar. Each direction represents a different element and purpose:
- North represents earth; the purpose is material gain, prosperity, and grounding
- South represents fire; the purpose is for conflict resolution and inspiration
- East represents air; the purpose is communication
- West represents water; the purpose is dreaming and imagination
Step 2: Choose sacred items
Choose items that you feel connected to. You may feel close to the elemental properties of nature or religious deities. Your altar should be full of items that you feel most connected to.
Step 3: Arrange your Altar
Many like to arrange their altar by sitting in front of the space, picking up each item that intuitively calls them, holding it in their hand, saying a short prayer of intention for a deeper spiritual connection, and then returning it to the altar. There is no right or wrong way. You can also use feng shui, chakra alignment, or directional design based on the elements. Light candles and place fresh flowers and fruit as treats for the Gods. Keep the space clean and fresh. Follow your heart.
You may decide to light a candle or a stick of incense to clear your energy and set your intentions for the day. Try to meditate, stretch, chant & pray near your altar. Your animals may even be drawn to lay near the sacred space. Once you create your altar, make a daily ritual of meditating or praying near it. Use the sacred energy you've created to remind you of your highest spiritual intentions as you start and end your day.