Setting up your Spirit Altar
Continuing with the idea of the sacred, approach all aspects of setting up your altar with this sense of importance.
The goal in however you set this up is for all aspects of the altar, from its placement to the adding of items to the engagement of it on a daily basis (or however it may be), to contribute to the feeling of creating a space and moment that honors your beloved and is separate from your regular, scheduled, busy life.
Here are some general guidelines for creating your altar space:
Locating the Altar:
A location that is in the flow of energy where you and others can experience it frequently throughout the day- perhaps a counter space in the living room or a drawer top.
Or perhaps a more private location that is not so public so that engaging the altar is reserved for select moments, such as the bedroom or side room.
Or perhaps this will exist outside at a location that was special to your beloved such as a tree or pond or particular viewing spot.
Space considerations- You can work with virtually any space, however:
A smaller space means that the items added to it must be on the smaller side
A larger space offers room for larger items and space to grow
Of course, an altar can be relocated if more space is needed as deemed appropriate
Preparing the space:
Clear the space of clutter and debris and clean the surface of dust.
Consider laying down a fabric upon which the items will rest.
Maintaining your Altar:
Periodically dust the items and remove spiderwebs
Perhaps the fabric needs washing
Your mental space:
when you engage the altar, consider doing so as though you are entering a temple
Some like to use incense or burning sage or a ringing bell to signify a transition from the daily world into the spiritual realm
Take a couple of breaths to quiet the chatter of the brain so that you can be present with whatever you might be doing
Continue to 'Selecting Items to Your Altar'