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Yeah go for it!! and good luck with getting back to Ireland

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Yeah go for it!! and good luck with getting back to Ireland

 

 

Thanks! The goal is to actually live there. That's how much we loved it! Lots of faeries there, and you better believe I will have an awesome faerie garden when we get there!

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Thought I'd share one of my sacred spaces.

 

This is an altar I've made to honor my ancestors, and various animal/nature spirits that I've got strong relationships with. My ties to my ancestral lines are very connected to the natural world, so it made sense for me to honor them in one place.

 

A lot of the animal figures were gifts from family members. I've also included items like my grandfather's fedora, my great-great-grandmother's knitting needles, and a small box my grandmother gave me from Norway. It's mostly a permanent fixture in my living room, though some items change seasonally. The thing I love about it is that family, friends and coworkers that visit don't even realize it's an altar.

 

I have a working altar also, and a circle outside where I do workings.

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What a beautiful, well thought out space! Thank you so much for sharing RapunzelGnome. 

 

Selkie- I just wanted to make a quick suggestion. I have noticed that all of the in person shops tend to sell fairy garden items at a very steep price. You can usually get great items on amazon and other online stores for WAY cheaper. 

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What a beautiful, well thought out space! Thank you so much for sharing RapunzelGnome.

 

 

Selkie- I just wanted to make a quick suggestion. I have noticed that all of the in person shops tend to sell fairy garden items at a very steep price. You can usually get great items on amazon and other online stores for WAY cheaper.

 

Yes, thank you for sharing RG - I'm always fascinated with how others arrange their spaces - sacred or otherwise...

 

As for the fairy items, yes, there's no need to even buy things at all: you could create a lot of little fairy accessories with toothpicks or painted popsicle sticks (when I was little, I didn't like playing with dolls, but I LOVED making little houses (or one room cabins, really) and crafting all of the details like a bed out of toothpicks with scraps of different kinds of cloth for the blankets and "sheepskin" rug next to it, a little pot bellied stove out of tin foil, etc (back when it was thicker stuff than now). I never played with anything in those houses, I just liked making them and imagining little people in them so perhaps I was making them for other beings without realizing it ;) )

 

Anyway, my point is, when it comes to outdoor miniature things, there are so many scraps you can find laying around or in the rubbish that can be repurposed for something like this, there's no need to spend any money! Plus, I'm guessing you might be able to ask at your local garden center or thrift shop if they have any broken pots...

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RapunzelGnome that is just lovely, thank you for sharing.

 

On my last trip to the Dollar Tree they had so miniature furniture items and I have seen miniature porcelain tea sets there in the past.

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Right now, I really don't have the funds to move to a place where I have the room and privacy to set up an alter or shrine, but I would really like two have a few set up one day. If I can manage it, I'll get a shrine up to the deities and spirits I work with, primarily to honor them but also to mark out a space where I can communicate with them safely while still communicating as intimately as I do. I'd also like a small something in my kitchen (if I ever have one of my own), that acts more as a "designated work space" for magic involving consumables or ingredients that need preparation than anything specific to spirits. I'd also like to have another one or two designated as other work spaces; one for spiritual workings and spells that may have backlash that could contaminate the space and one for other, more benign workings. That way, I always have a space that doesn't get too "infected" by negative energy and I can wall off a space with protection and frequent cleansing for when I'm doing something a little more dangerous.

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IslandBruja and Kalinia, those are all great tips! I guess I have no excuse now :P

 

Odalibuc, I made a mini travel altar out of an Altoids tin. I did not invent this, I got the idea from someone else. Anyway, small candy or cookie (or biscuit) tins work great for portable or easily hidden altars. I glued in pictures, ribbon flowers, chants or poems, and keep a tea light candle and some incense matches in mine. If you want to get fancy, you can decorate the outside with fimo clay or whatever else. That way you can bring your altar wherever, set it up quickly by opening it, and then take it away with you. 

 

Hmm, I could make one of those for the faeries! 

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RapunzelGnome, your ancestor shrine is vibrant. I can practically smell tobacco, and I especially like the homey bird nest in the branch. Thanks for sharing.

 

Re. Fairie shrines: I went through a fairy house phase using stuff id collected from the woods and beach. And as a kid my doll house was a shoebox furnished with magazine and catalog cut outs. My doll was a red-headed pug-faced troll. Remember those? My current "kitchen witch" is also a troll, with pointy hat and broom. Let the good times roll.

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RapunzelGnome, your ancestor shrine is vibrant. I can practically smell tobacco, and I especially like the homey bird nest in the branch. Thanks for sharing.

Re. Fairie shrines: I went through a fairy house phase using stuff id collected from the woods and beach. And as a kid my doll house was a shoebox furnished with magazine and catalog cut outs. My doll was a red-headed pug-faced troll. Remember those? My current "kitchen witch" is also a troll, with pointy hat and broom. Let the good times roll.

Yes, RG's ancestor shrine is very masculine! It's an interesting mental juxtaposition with her avatar's representation of herself...

 

 

As for the trolls - YES. I forgot I had a little family of those figurines I played with... I think I had an orange haired "mom" and a pink-haired "baby" (it was a mini one that went on the end of a pencil (you'd jam the eraser into the hole between its legs. Ahem.) And I LOVED twisting their hair into hilarious configurations... Anyway, sorry for the random amble down troll memory lane :)

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Fast question off the cuff, how many of you have a deity or spirit represented on your working alters? And why did you choose them? Are there more than one etc...

I’m having trouble deciding.

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I am planning on setting up an ancestral altar, because lately I have felt a very strong presence of my ancestors (or one specific ancestor, I should say). As for workings, I typically do them wherever it is most practical, but as has been mentioned above, with items and findings that are very specific to my purpose. 

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I've never had an ancestral altar. I only know of maybe 3 people I could put on it, and I've only known one personally. I have a small family. 

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I have an ancestor altar but it's not what I want. It's a small house so it's smaller than I want. I have pics of am many of my passed family as I have but a deer skull for those I don't know who would have been animist. I also have Hela on my family altar. Since most of my dead would not have been dying in battle.

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Since this post has come up I have a question for everyone/ anyone who might offer advice. So I have two houses right now. One we lived in years ago and moved out of and our house right now. Without boring details the old home is finally going to be out of my possession. I have really hated leaving it to the point I have not really bonded with the new house. I offered my wights at the old one to come to the new one and I am positive at least one did. I view my outside and inside wight as different. So I have been doing outside offerings to my land wights but realized I might have been overtly neglecting my house wight. 

 

So I guess the question is: Do you make all your wight offerings together inside or out?

If I wanted to set up a space in the house for just the house wight do you think a bird house or something of that nature would work? 

Do you offer to your wights on your ancestor altar because I feel like this isn't something I should do? 

 

Thanks for any advice. I feel silly asking since I have a well established ritual/offerings with my outdoor space. The show in Netflix called Tidying Up is what helped me see I might be outwardly ignoring my home spirits.  

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I have one main Altar set up it contains Candles, plants and some crystals. I have a Dragon and a cat sculpture and my Antlers.

Outside a fairy garden, that also has a Dragon. Oh! I see a theme happening.

No Ancestor Shrine, when I want to talk to the relatives I just talk to their photos. Mum always answers.

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So I guess the question is: Do you make all your wight offerings together inside or out?

If I wanted to set up a space in the house for just the house wight do you think a bird house or something of that nature would work? 

Do you offer to your wights on your ancestor altar because I feel like this isn't something I should do?

 

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I keep the offerings for the house spirit separate from the others. The house spirit offerings happen inside the house, and the other land spirits receive their offerings outside, more or less together.

 

For the second question, I don't see why not, as long as the wight seems fine with it. In my tradition house spirits are said to pick their living spaces for themselves, often choosing places that are warm and comfortable, or somewhat hidden. Of course I can't speak for the spirits around your place, but offering them some options shouldn't hurt at least. If they don't like the idea, or the placement of the bird house, or they've already picked a place they like more, I doubt they'll get angry about having extra choices offered to them.

 

As for the last question, no, I don't. In part because I don't have an ancestral altar, but I wouldn't even if I did have one. My house spirit isn't my ancestor, so I keep these separate. I do know that in some cultures (including my own) it's believed that ancestors can become house spirits to look after their family, and in such a case it would definitely make sense to give them offerings on the same altar, but unless that's the case, I wouldn't. Others might choose differently, of course.

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I keep the offerings for the house spirit separate from the others. The house spirit offerings happen inside the house, and the other land spirits receive their offerings outside, more or less together.

 

For the second question, I don't see why not, as long as the wight seems fine with it. In my tradition house spirits are said to pick their living spaces for themselves, often choosing places that are warm and comfortable, or somewhat hidden. Of course I can't speak for the spirits around your place, but offering them some options shouldn't hurt at least. If they don't like the idea, or the placement of the bird house, or they've already picked a place they like more, I doubt they'll get angry about having extra choices offered to them.

 

As for the last question, no, I don't. In part because I don't have an ancestral altar, but I wouldn't even if I did have one. My house spirit isn't my ancestor, so I keep these separate. I do know that in some cultures (including my own) it's believed that ancestors can become house spirits to look after their family, and in such a case it would definitely make sense to give them offerings on the same altar, but unless that's the case, I wouldn't. Others might choose differently, of course.

 

 

Thanks. 

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I've seen mention of travel altars on here, but do any of you use "portable" altars at home? As others have mentioned, I don't have much space or privacy to set up a permanent space (I'm living with family at the moment) but I'm feeling a strong pull to create something. I generally like to tuck things that have special meaning to me away from prying eyes, so I thought having a box dedicated to this, where I could pull the objects out when needed, would work best. Would this be considered disrespectful? 

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One candle can make an Altar. It dos'ent have to be fancy, it is the intent that makes everything happen. One flower in a bowl can be an offering. A prayer from the heart can mean the world.

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One candle can make an Altar. It dos'ent have to be fancy, it is the intent that makes everything happen. One flower in a bowl can be an offering. A prayer from the heart can mean the world.

That’s exactly what I needed to hear, thank you

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