The whys and hows of creating a home altar

When I perform a space clearing at a client’s home or office I always set up a temporary altar as part of the ceremony. I often get asked questions about the altar, so I thought I would provide some details here on why an altar is so important and how you can set up one in your own home.

An altar is wonderful to have in your home for several reasons. It grounds and stabilizes the energy in your space. This is especially important during a clearing when energy is being stirred up. But it’s also good anytime because it gives substance and focus to your intentions.

An altar can be religious or spiritual, but it doesn’t have to be. It can be fun or serious. It can be very simple or highly elaborate. The most important thing is that it’s meaningful to you. What you put on your altar should reflect what you would like to bring into your life.

It begins with the altar cloth. The color of your cloth depends on what you would like to manifest. For example, you might choose a green cloth for better health and vitality, pink for loving relationships, soft blue for peace and tranquility.

The items you place on your altar also symbolize what you want more of in your life. Flowers or greenery can represent growth or new beginnings. A bowl of rice can mean greater abundance or fertility. Candles are wonderful to bring light into the metaphorical darkness. I also love to include small photos of the things I want to manifest. You can find beautiful images of everything on the Internet..

Something else I always include on altars are crystals. Every crystal has an energetic vibration that corresponds to a particular physical or emotional need. Rose quartz is wonderful for love. Amethyst is great for calming or connecting to a higher power. Black tourmaline is perfect for grounding. There are many resources available on the Internet to provide you with more details on what crystals to use for any situation.

The arrangement of items on your altar is personal to you. There are no set formulas; just place them wherever you feel they should go. Your intuition is your best guide.

You do not have to go out and buy things for your altar. Use objects that you already have in your home. Placemats, fabric napkins, or scarves make great altar cloths. Print pictures off the Internet. And bring in elements from nature to place on your altar. Intention is the most important thing. You set the meaning for each item you use.

This is just a brief introduction to altars. If you have additional questions, please ask in the comments below and I will be happy to answer them. And, of course, Google and YouTube are wonderful resources.