Saturday, February 18, 2012

More altar pictures

Now that the altar is truly a family altar, I redesigned it to reflect our current relationship with the Norse gods.  Zach had some items that he wanted to put on it and I had some things set aside that found their way to the new altar as well.  The dragon oil burner is Zach's and really sets the theme for the altar, I think.

I found the brass goblet years ago in a thrift store.  The bowl is another thrift store find.  The letter opener has become a ceremonial knife of sorts and the reindeer bell is from a few Christmases ago.  I'm knitting a Tree of Life afghan in a dusky blue to go under the altar cloth.  I'll probably come up with another altar cloth by the time it's done.  I like bandanas because they're washable and cheap and I can change them out easily.  But you never know...I might find something that really fits the theme of the altar better.  Zach has some dragon fabric but it's too "busy" for the altar.

These are some beautiful cards I got from the lovely Tana that grace the wall above my altar.  I did buy the moon card but the three goddesses and the campfire revelry are from Tana.  She also sent a beautiful Yule tree card that goes up in December.  And I've got another card from my sister-in-law of the northern lights over a beautiful lake with a lit Christmas tree beside it.  That will go up this Yule.

This is the altar for the threshold as it's the first thing you see when you walk in the door.  The picture above is now the Starry Night print by Van Gogh that I had on the previous family altar.  That's barley in the bowl and the eagle is still one of my totems so he stays.  In the foreground is a zen garden I got from the Dollar Store for...well...a dollar.

This is the hearth altar, dedicated to Frigga.  Since she is known for her spinning skills, my spinning wheel tchotchke fits nicely there.  The picture without the flash was too dark and this is too bright but you can see more details with the flash so I picked this one.  The picture is another gift from Tana.  It says "Magickal things are crafted in this kitchen."

I ordered some books on Norse Paganism that didn't seem very reconstructionist.  The first is Our Troth: Living the Troth.  If it's recon, it's not rabidly so.  If I like it I might order the second volume later.  The other book I ordered is True Hearth...again not overtly recon.  Or at least according to the reviews it didn't seem so. The recons pretty much ruined the Greeks for me because there always seemed the burden that put pressure on me to "do it right."  I'm steering clear of the Norse recons so I don't have that same problem.  So far I've found some lovely Norse blogs that don't adhere to the reconstructionist paradigm.  I also ordered Zach a Valknut pendant because he feels a very strong connection to Odin.  For myself I ordered Thor's Hammer because I feel it is a more general representation of Norse Paganism.  And as the Raven is associated with Odin, my Raven pentacle is also another piece of jewelry I can wear to reflect my beliefs.

I'm tempering my enthusiasm because I have been excited about a new path before.  There was a need for the Greeks in my life although there was always something that was not a great fit about it although I tried very hard to ignore that.  One thing that bothered me was the similarity to Christianity in many ways.  Not that the Greeks stole from them, mind you.  But still, formal worship isn't my thing anymore.  And while the Norse may not be a good fit either, the more I read about them, the more I am finding a level of comfort that I haven't found before...not even with Druidry.  I also like that they are a part of my ancestry, along with Zach's (although his is more embedded in his DNA than mine, him having German/Scandinavian/Polish ancestors and adding mine, which is Anglo-Saxon/Celt/Apache.)  It's nice to have an ancestral connection with your spiritual path.  Not essential, but a bonus.

My new books won't be here for a couple of weeks so we're winging it for now.  I consecrated the altars to the Norse gods without naming names aside from Odin and Fregga, but incorporating both the Aesir and Vanir.  The two candles representing them both.  Initially I only felt a fuzzy, tentative connection and haven't really bonded with Frigga yet, although I really, really like her.  But last night during ritual and prayer I felt a supremely powerful connection with Odin at the family altar.  Time will tell but the honeymoon period with the Norse gods seems to be going very well so far.

Now I think I'm ready for another nap.  I must be under the weather or something because I'm sleeping a lot lately.  Gods know I really need it though.


  1. Beautiful altars! Thanks for sharing photos of them.

  2. Thanks, Debra!! I'll probably do some tweeking as I find things to add or subtract from the altars though. Especially as I learn more about the Norse.

  3. I love your altars, they are so beautiful and arranged with love.

    1. Awwww...thanks, Hippy. I do try to put myself into my altars because they mean so much to me.

  4. lol I don't know if you follow my photo blog but I was just talking about how I love to see photos of other people's altars! :) Very nice.

    ~hugs~ good luck with this new route!

    1. I didn't know you had a photo blog. Where do I find it because I would love to follow it. :)

      Thanks, Cin. I have to admit I'm getting tired of dating around. I would like to settle down but I do have commitment issues because I'm afraid I'll end up with the wrong spiritual path, like I did for over 50 years.

    2. Its over here..

      :) Sometimes energies and Gods come and go from our life when we are done our lessons with them. Sometimes someone stays and others go, Don't feel discouraged :) ~hugs~

    3. Thanks! Looks great! I love your pictures.

      I suppose you're right and it's good that we don't become trapped in relationships with anyone, especially gods, who have overstayed their welcome. Still...something long-lasting would be nice for a while.

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    1. Me, too. I've been known to google them just to see what other people do for their altars. :)