This morning, I finally got around to setting up my altar again, after more than two months. A house move and a new baby have certainly taken a lot of my time and energy. Still, the last few days I've been trying to make more time for the spiritual side. One night I chanted to the Goddess while walking my son to try to burp and calm him in the early hours. I regularly chant to Tara while breast feeding. And this morning, while baby slept, I finished unpacking my altar supplies, and set it up.
My altar is dedicated to the mothering aspect of the Goddess, with Isis from the Goddess Oracle (Marashinsky and Janto), Yemaya from the Oracle of the Mermaids (Cavendish and Fenech), and a nurturing angel from Doreen Virtue's Archangel Oracle cards. I chose an orange scarf for the warm, Beltane energy of this time. In the centre is a little pewter container with an offering of milk. And for the elements: a feather tucked into my Bast incense burner for air; a candle for fire; a couple of shells for water; and a green stone egg for earth. Four Goddess figurines, and a little Ganesh, so as not to forgot male energy :)
Air and Fire
Unpacking, I also decided to institute a new system for my altar supplies, which before were all piled, higgledy-piggledy, in two cupboard shelves. Now, I thought to divide my supplies up by elements, and by purely decorative elements. So, scarves and pictures in one drawer, air and fire supplies in another, and earth and water in a third. Except that, unpacking, I realised that about the only "water" things I have are constantly on my altar, because there are so few of them.
My sleeping angel
So, I am going to go surfing for some more watery supplies. I'm thinking a mini-cauldron and some sea shells… Any other suggestions?
And as a last little image, my baby, sleeping like an angel :)