Many people have a space in their home where they display pictures, cards, trophies, religious items and other mementos of love, reverence and pride. Think about how people use mantels and decorate them for the holidays and throughout the year. I don’t have a mantel, so I use my bookcases, but the idea is the same.
This is, effectively, a sacred space; a space of honor. You may not think of it as an altar but it many ways, it is similar. Some people who celebrate the October observance of Samhain construct altars in their homes that are a tribute to the season of fall and the cycle of death and rebirth — decorating them with leaves, flowers, fruit, candles, crystals, bones or symbolic objects. In Mexico, families create home ofrendas to honor their departed loved ones during the Dias de los Muertos. They decorate these elaborate altars with photos of their departed family members, memorabilia, marigold flowers and offerings of food and drink for visiting spirits.
Your home sacred space or altar can be anything you like. It can be small and simple or elaborate. Decorate a mantel, sideboard, table, dresser top or bookcase. Some items you might like to include
- Photos of loved ones, living and departed
- Seasonal decor, such as real or imitation pumpkins or jack o’lanterns
- Natural items you find on walks: leaves, acorns, dandelions, etc.
- Tea lights, prayer candles or candles in fall scents or orange and black
- Seasonal fairy lights or garlands
- A vase of real, dried or imitation flowers, some mums or marigolds
- Herbs and plants associated with home, family, protection and prosperity. such as rosemary sprigs, lavender, cedar twigs, cinnamon sticks or star anise, apples or pomegrantes
- Crystals in warm, seasonal hues
- Art work/crafts by you or your children
- Special or seasonal books
- Seasonal or Halloween cards you have received
- Items of religious or cultural significance
Do you have a sacred space in your home? What did you put there?