4: Home Shrine
My home shrine is ever changing. I feel compelled to rearrange elements for each High Day and have maintained that regular practice now for over 2 years now. Some elements stay permanent fixtures and others change as the wheel of the year does.
Permanent fixtures on my shrine at this time include:
*A deep copper bowl for a well to the Ancestors
*A stone bowl for burning loose incense to the Gods and Goddesses.
*A living Syngonium plant (named Sigmund) atop a pedestal as my World Tree to the Land Spirits and a leaf shaped bowl in front of the World tree for offerings of birdseed
*My Divination method changes depending on the High Day but is generally always an Oracle or Tarot deck and I have recently taken to drawing one of the 9 ADF druidic virtues (on wooden tablets) for each High Day for specific focus/meditation until the next High Day.
*I have a deep relationship with Spiders and always have a carved marble spider statue on my shrine.
*There is a wooden pocket-sized token to Brigid permanently
*There is a Crow Shaped taper candleholder in which I always place a black candle for The Morrigan.
At Imbolc, I add milk, candles embedded in earth and Brigid's crosses, at Spring Equinox I add colored eggs, and flowers, at Beltane I add a Maypole that I have constructed, at Midsummer I add elements of the sun, and bright stones of Amber, at Lughnasadh I add weapons of a warrior, at Fall Equinox I add harvest fruits and the first changing autumn leaves, at Samhain I add various sacred animal bones, at Yule I add mistletoe and evergreen limbs,
In the future, I plan to add statues of Danu, The Morrigan, Brigid, Ainé, and Airmid, it is my hope to also create two devotional shrines in my home to Brigid and The Morrigan as I work with them daily in my practice and not just for ritual work. Another area I hope to improve is more handcrafted, High Day specific ritual items.