Altar

If I'm choosing to tap into spiritual energy when I create, why not strengthening that connection by dedicating the space I create in to the sacred? 

As such, my desk is my most meaningful possession.  Why not make it a talisman, invoking a lifeline to spirit? 

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I bought this desk at a Habitat for Humanity Restore for $25.  It folds out in nifty ways. It can hold my sewing machine.  Its ancient.  It fits in my prius.  I'm in love with it.  

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When my heart opened to the idea of it as an altar, a place where I come to give thanks, to offer up and invite, I felt the perfection of it.  

I saw myself for years to come, carrying it with me wherever I live; my own personal interface with the spirit.  

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As a pretty transient individual for the past four years, seeing myself doing or keeping anything for longer than a year is a big deal.  

The pull to weave this tool more deeply into my spiritual-creative practice was strong.  

I had to make it so. 

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I wanted to make an altar that would allow for flexibility of use.  Whether to call in the directions, work with a duality, the seasons, the zodiac, single dedications, or the new and full moon, it needed to be accomodating. 

I wanted enough openness that it could be used in a variety of ways, but still feel like an item would have an intentional location during ritual once its placement was named.

 I came up with a design that I felt held this balance of open and specific. 

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I was sensitive to the call to create sacred space while I was making this object of power for myself.  

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Whether that meant lighting a candle, listening to certain music, speaking affirmations, or asking for guidance,  I endeavored to invite this this energy in during each step of creation. 

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I completed  the design with words that are powerful to me in my own symbol alphabet.

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Once the design was done, I procrastinated for a few days.  I was scared to pour in the resin coating that I had planned to seal it with.  I had never done it before, and an altar seemed like the least appropriate place for a guinea pig project.  

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In the end I lit candles. I called upon energies to help me seal in the significance of this space and the power I could access there.  I gave this last step up to trust that it would work.  

I would trust that I would mix the resin right, that I would catch all the bubbles, that it would settle evenly without sticky spots, and that the energy I intended for this space would find home there.

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Then I  gave thanks, covered the resin to protect it from dust, and let it harden for 72 hours. 

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The resin dried beautifully.  I love its reflective quality.  

I'm feeling grateful and excited to formally awaken my finished altar for the first time on tomorrow's full moon.  

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