December 28, 2011 in Altars
Haven’t had an altar submission in a while but I wanted to run this one for you all.
My husband and I are due to have our first child in February of 2012 and we were looking for ways for our family to incorporate our spirituality into everyday life so that we can start the baby off with traditions honoring the earth. We had never done an altar before, but loved the idea of symbolically representing our fears, hopes, and dreams, and allowing good spirits into our home.
This photo is a close up of the objects around the feet of my Ksitigarbha figure, the guardian of children. The oil burner burns a combination of sandalwood for protection, harmony, and psychic awareness and ginger oil for success and health. A yellow candle burns in the center of the alter. To the right is my cedar smudge stick and a shell dish that I found on a family vacation 3 years ago. The smudge will be used at my intimate Mother Blessing in January (intimate in that my husband and I are celebrating together, alone). To the left of the candle is a small hippo totem, asking for protection for our growing family. The small white square bowl holds jasmine flowers for healing me during my pregnancy, nuts for wealth and success, and a small velvet pouch that holds the pearl necklace that I knotted and wore at my wedding as another representative of my husband’s and my feelings of financial inadequacy before for the birth of our son. We are hoping to receive relief from these worries. The runes were made by my husband in his youth. The cards under the runes depict 3 herbs (that I didn’t want to leave out for fear that my kitties would chew on them). They represent various ailments that I hope to be corrected. The valerian is for my pregnancy related insomnia, the red raspberry asks for strength and health within my womb, and the nutmeg, well, that’s just for luck.
Hope you like it! I am in love with it and enjoy looking at it and meditating on each object within.
Today’s altar is brought to us by our reader, Joanie. Thanks for sharing!