|Homework: When you are satisfied (and remember that you can always work on it later!), grab a camera and snap a photo. Write down what is on the altar, how it looks, and why you chose the things you did. Think about how you would like to make it better, and brainstorm some suggestions. Keep these ideas in the back of your mind for later improvements to the shrine.|
My personal home shrine is made from a two-drawer bedroom chest and is permanent in my apartment’s study room. I upgraded the original furniture with wooden planks to enlarge the surface (32″ width x 22.5″ lengths). I added a small wall (5″ high) and a shelf on top of it dedicated to my matron Goddess, The Morrígan. On the small wall, I chosen to keep the God/Goddess plaques as I feel they are still representative of the Shining Ones. In the center, I have a Wheel of the Year plaque representing the eight high days that I can turn over the seasons.
Between my practice of Druidry in 2013-2014 and now, I practiced Celtic Wicca and my altar is still very Wicca in appearance. I know that I need to progress through major changes to reflect the ADF ideologies, more than the Wiccans ones. I need to add a Tree Hollow as I only have a Fire Hollow and a Well Hallow at the moment. The Tree Hollow is represented by my Wand right now. I also need to get rid of the Pentacle which is not needed in Druidic ritual, along with the Athame.
I’m using a beautiful cup with the Tree of Life art from Lisa Parker. Finally, on the shelf dedicated to ma matron Goddess, The Morrígan, I have a raven-shaped black candle holder, two raven made from onyx, a real magpie skull, a clear quartz with red coloration carved as a crow skull shape, and another incense stick holder for extra offerings to The Morrígan.
My altar will change considerably in the next days. To be continued!