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). On the small 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. Under the shelf, I chosen to keep the God and Goddess plaques/statues as I feel they are still representative of The Dagda and Danu. In the center, I have a Wheel of the Year plaque representing the eight high days that I can turn over the seasons.
Here is my new way of displaying the Druidic Hallows (Naomh):
- The Fire Hallow (Teine) represents the Sky and its connection with the Deities. I place it at the far side of the home shrine. It’s an elevated candle holder that I made myself, shaped as a red Triquetra symbol. On the holder, I have a triple flame constituted by three tealight candles.
- The Three Hallow (Bíle) represents the Land and its connection with the Nature Spirits. I place it at the very center of the altar, as it acts as a grounded pillar connecting the three realms together. It is a tree made by myself, made from wood, mashed paper and clay, painted in brown and green.
- The Well Hallow (Tobar) represents the Sea and its connection with the Ancestors. It is water contained in a black bowl made from ceramic.
As for the other tools, I’m using a beautiful cup with the Tree of Life art from Lisa Parker for the blessing ceremony. I also keep selected crystals, specifically based on the high day or the ritual performed. My omen tool stays on the altar, and is interchanged between Irish Ogham, Futhark Runes or a Tarot deck. My cauldron is mainly used to burn incense on charcoal discs during ritual, and to burn specific offerings. The other offerings are placed in the wooden bowl or the glasses on the right side of the altar, before being given back to the land after my rituals. I have my Druidic wand (Slat) standing on the right, a tool that I like using when inviting of thanking the Kindreds.
Aesthetically, the look of the home shrine change through the High Days, often decorated with elements representing the seasons or the festivals. In the future, I want to improve and craft a new Tree Hallow. I want it bigger, and to be able to hold crystals.
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