A spiritual altar (sometimes called a personal altar) is a place of focus for spiritual awakening and inner transformation. It’s where you can set intentions, express gratitude, meditate, reflect, and call on your spirit guides for help. A spiritual altar will help you to raise your vibration and deepen your connection with spirit.
In this article, I will show you how to make a spiritual altar and how to use it.
Why Make a Spiritual Altar?
Spiritual awareness helps us to live more harmoniously. Life is ultimately a spiritual journey. We are all interconnected and our planet is a sacred and divine place. The more we can cultivate this awareness, the more we can overcome the destructive thinking and global issues that threaten our world. Even though your personal spiritual awareness may seem insignificant in the scheme of things, whatever work you do to awaken, heal and transform will ultimately help to shift energy and raise consciousness at the collective level, too.
Designing a Spiritual Altar
There is no right or wrong way to make a spiritual altar. As long as it is meaningful to you, it can be big or small, fancy or casual, busy or simple.
Some of the items you can make your spiritual altar with are:
Crystals, incense, candles, salt lamps, statues, paintings, shells, flowers, pine cones, feathers, photographs, trinkets, pictures, tarot and oracle cards, runes, shamanic tools, and gifts from loved ones.
You can use the following questions to get ideas for your spiritual altar. Make a list and collect the items. You can make a basic spiritual altar today and add to it over time.
What aspects of your life would you like to honour? What objects could symbolise those aspects?
Which areas of spiritual seeking currently resonate with you? What can you find to symbolise those areas?
What is your purpose or soul task? What objects could symbolise this?
Which people have played an important role in your spiritual journey so far? Have they given you any meaningful gifts? Is there an object that could symbolise what you’ve learnt from them?
Are there any deities you’re drawn to at the moment?
What other items would you like to include?
How to Make a Spiritual Altar
1. Pick a Good Spot.
Find a location in your home that you can dedicate solely to your spiritual altar. Pick somewhere like a bookshelf, windowsill, mantlepiece or table. I’ve had altars in all sorts of places in different houses over the years.
2. Set up the Space.
Find a nice scarf or a piece of material and lay it across your designated space.
3. Decorate Away!
Put something special in the middle of your spiritual altar, such as a statue, a large crystal, an object or a photograph. Then, decorate around it with the rest of your sacred objects. There’s no right or wrong way to arrange your spiritual altar. Have fun and go with the flow!
How to Use a Spiritual Altar
Spend a few minutes each morning at your spiritual altar. Call on your spirit guides and set an intention for your day.
In the evenings, light some candles on your altar and reflect on three positive things you achieved or experienced during the day. This practice is very powerful and will help you to raise your vibration.
Use your spiritual altar as a focal point for meditation.
Pick a tarot card and stand it in the middle of your spiritual altar for a few days. During this time, reflect on the meaning, how this energy is manifesting, and what possible learnings there might be.
Place objects on your spiritual altar that symbolise your goals. This will help you to manifest your goals more easily, because you’ll be sending more energy and focus to them.
At different times throughout the year, find seasonal objects (pine cones, fresh flowers, berries etc) and place them on your spiritual altar to honour the changing of the seasons and your connection with the Earth/Gaia.
Cleaning a Spiritual Altar
Just as it is important to get your own energy healing and rebalancing every so often, it is important to clean your spiritual altar and the objects on it from time to time, too. This symbolises letting go of the past and allowing new energies to come into your life.
Every three months or so is a good timeframe. If you have crystals, cleanse them in salt water. Change or wash your altar cloth and give your items a good dust. Remove anything that no longer holds meaning and place new items on your spiritual altar instead.
We’re always morphing and transforming, being and becoming…use your spiritual altar to symbolise new phases of your journey of spiritual awakening and inner transformation.
Please email me a photo of your spiritual altar when you’ve made it. I’d love to see it!