A new change I have been making to my life is to start to worship more. Sounds super religious and cult-y right? But don’t be scared, it doesn’t have to be anything you don’t want it to be.
A few months ago I asked a beautiful and talented illustrator colleague to draw me 5 illustrations that represented each one of the five elements. At the time, I was just doing this for me to use for my branding, to incorporate into my everyday life as a reminder to evoke the energy of the goddesses in the illustrations in times I needed to.
Upon receiving my beauties, I instantly felt I needed to embrace the energy of the air element. I needed help to clear my mind, clean up my thoughts and bring some clarity to my blog and business ventures.
I printed her out, framed her and placed her on my desk, but as much as she was beautiful and enough on her own, I felt drawn to dress up her space so she felt a bit more ‘special’; a bit more at home.
So, I bought her some beautiful little flowers, burnt a candle and some incense beside her, and hit up my crystal collection for a few that connected with the heart chakra – which is linked to the air element. Anyway… It did the trick, without having much previous experience with setting up sacred spaces, altars or worship spaces – I had essentially done just that intuitively. She really came alive. Within 24 hours, I was buzzing with clear thoughts and direction for my
Business. I distinctively recall sitting at my desk, for hours, on a rampage for more knowledge… I read, I discovered, I brain stormed, I wrote a million notes. I had asked
the Airess to guide me, and she did.
Needless to say, I’m converted. I now have a permanent altar space in my
Office (which I will change as I need to) and have the other illustrations
placed around the house for aesthetics and gentle subconscious nudging.
What exactly is an altar?
In my understanding, coming from a not-very-religious background – It’s a sacred space dedicated to worship. There are many cultures, all over the world that embrace the power of an altar – it’s a way of connecting with yourself, on a level you don’t easily do in your everyday life.
Many religions from Christianity, Buddhism, Islam, Hinduism and Judaism all embrace worship at altar spaces, as do the pagans and many new ageists. Worship at an altar gives you a chance to Stop. Listen. Feel. Reflect. Ask. It’s kind of like visual meditation. You look at the sacred items on your altar; you feel their presence, their sense of wisdom, their message to you. You just take the time to reflect and be in that moment, with you and your god, your spirit, your guides. Yourself.
So I thought it might be cute to share with you how to set one up, and give you some inspiration on where to begin with using this type of space to your advantage.
I have focused on element altars because I feel like I need specific things at specific times, and the elements are really good at getting you those. To brush up on your knowledge of the elements, and the goddess illustrations meanings – click here.
These are merely suggestions, you can do as many of these things, or as little. Or you can completely ditch the suggestions and make up your own!
Focus: thoughts & mind
Intention: set an intention for the space, ask the airess to bring you more positive thoughts, more information, more clarity with studies etc.
Placement: office space, living space – somewhere you need a clear mind and positive thoughts.
Items: Airess illustration, a tarot card from the sword house, fallen feathers, crystals that bring mind clarity or are coloured in yellow, green or pink. Something that smells beautiful or has a cleansing properly- a candle, incense, essential oil burner, flowers etc., any ornaments that you have a connection too – a bird/owl ornament etc. plants and flowers – you can display a live plant with yellow or pink flowers, or flowers which look like lavender – have small, hardy flowers and long stems.
Focus: Motivation and movement
Chakra: Solar Plexus chakra (stomach)
Intention: Ask the Firess to bring your thoughts into action, to bring more motivation and drive. Strength, stamina and all things powerful.
Placement: High movement areas – kitchen, home gym, living space, or even office of you need to get things happening.
Items: Firess illustration, tarot card with the Wands suit, burning candle or glowing salt lamp, ornaments of reptiles or horses, warming scents in oil burner, crystals coloured in reds and oranges, large flowers in warm, rich colours; herbs like or chilli plant.
Focus: Emotions & relationships
Chakra: Sacral Chakra (reproductive organs)
Intention: Ask the Wateress to bring inner reflection; clearer communication with loved ones, to help honour and knowledge true feelings or to bring harmony to your life and environment.
Placement: Bathroom, living space, bedroom or somewhere calm, reflective. Mediation space.
Items: The Wateress, a tarot card from The cups suit, a vase with water and water growing plants or large leaved fresh flowers, succulents, blue/aqua coloured crystals, shells, ornaments of sea creatures or a fish bowl, candle with calming scents etc.
Focus: Grounding, environment & prosperity
Chakra: Root chakra (genitals)
Intention: Ask Earthess to bring physical, mental & spiritual grounding, growth and prosperity. Great for anyone looking to move, travel, change relationships or manifest a new job or opportunity.
Placement: Best in a working environment, a creative space or somewhere you want to bring connection and change.
Items: Earthess Illustration, tarot card from pentacle house, money/coins, gold, gemstones and crystals of earthy tones of brown, red and dark green. Pot plants with big root systems, drift wood or beautiful wooden ornaments, candles, incense of sandalwood etc.
Focus: Spiritual growth, communication & consciousness
Chakra: Throat chakra
Intention: Ask the Spiritess for help with building upon your consciousness, helping to awaken you inner most desires. This alter will help you connect with yourself, with your true nature. Communicate with your guides, your angels and ask them for help.
Placement: Somewhere you have time out – bedroom, living space, bathroom.
Items: Spiritess Illustration, any tarot or oracle card, purple, clear or white crystals, lotus flowers or any beautiful flowers for that matter, incense, candles, mandalas, special jewellery – this might be a good chance to put a bit of your own flair on and put a picture or a word of something you wish to focus on.
There is no right or wrong way to do it! There might be in certain cultures and religions, but because this is a personal tool, trust your intuition and use whatever you want that will help. You don’t need to go out and buy new things, be thrifty and find special things you have laying around the house that you kept for some reason… This is the reason! If you only have 2 or 3 things – that is great, and will still do the job.
The main focus is to always remember to use it. Go to your altar when you need some ‘me time’. Sit around it, look at it and just be with it. You don’t have to sit at its feet and pray (you can do this too, though!) just find your style, start your own little ritual. Once you ask for help at your altar, always be aware of what it is you have asked for, and help it to happen. Conscious thought will bring the outcome. That is the main objective here.
Happy altar-ing! Please, if you do make one please send me a photo or put it up on your social media page and tag me in it so I can check it out! And if you have any great stories of the things you managed to manifest with it, I would love to hear those too!
Love, light & worship