We were asked to think of something creative we love doing, and so I would like to share with you a quick video showing my new altar set-up. The creativity of filming and editing these videos, as well as choosing the cards and other decorations and offerings for my altars for the season, continues to delight me. And this time round, the music is also my creation, courtesy of Garage Band, a chant to the sun as source of enlightenment: the Gayatri Mantra.
Creating sacred space is, for me, a mix of rationality and intuition. Both of these came into play in choosing my deities at this time: Dhanvantari, Surya (Gods and Goddesses Oracle, Mandala Publishing) and Tara (Goddess Oracle, Marashinsky & Janto, 2006), for healing, giving thanks to the sun, and compassion. I also chose cards from the Wild Wisdom of the Faery Oracle (Blue Angel, 2005) to represent each of the elements on my faery altar. And I am keeping the Archangel Gabriel (Archangel Oracle, Hay House, 2004) as a focus for sending energy to my son. There are also a couple of cards from the Tarot of the Sidhe (Schiffer, 2011) which are from my new moon reading a couple of weeks ago...
With the longest day, and the sun high in the sky, the colours for this time are warm and fiery - yellows, reds and oranges. And in choosing crystals for my altars, I was guided by Christine Jette's suggestions in Tarot for All Seasons (Llewellyn, 2001). So, there is citrine, amber, red jasper, and tiger's eye, amongst others.
I’d love to hear how you create sacred space, and invite you to hop on over to Joanne's ever-inventive blog for more creative inspiration.