Sunday, January 25, 2009

Where the magic happens


My altar. An eclectic assortment of discombobulated tchotchkes that come together in a way that makes me content.

Granted, the various symbols featured here may not be universally compatible with contemporary NeoPagan tastes. But this is where I pray to my Gods. On some level, I feel like They and I have worked together to turn a small area of my home into a space that's sacred to everyone (and Everyone) involved.

25 comments:

Le Cornichon said...

An evolved hybrid altar- excellent! It's the perfect way to "speed the plow" in our historic quest! 'Atta witch!
I have four altars in each house I live in, all pretty much conglomerates of all of my chosen paths...

Evn said...

Bonus points if you can name all the saints represented.

Le Cornichon said...

Oh, my . and me on my second bottle of Rioja... - lets see- St. Jude- St. Peter, (I might guess St. Michael, but the Rooster and the keys.. although there is that myth about St. Michael and the Rooster...) Ummm, Actaeon (aka Aristaeus and Autonoe in Boeotia) the famous Theban hero trained by the centaur Cheiron- who suffered the fatal wrath of Artemis, or maybe the stag is a symbol of Artemis/Diana Herself- not sure about the female saint in dark robes, she is certainly a martyr according to her palm frond- next is Isis maybe? hard to tell. a definate Mother/Goddess figure- then theres St. Anne - and the candle is I THINK the Virgin giving Saint Catherine Labouré the Miraculous Medal, but like St. Anne all interpritation depends on your personal perception and Pantheon- one mans Voodoo is another mans Wicca... The horned figure could be anything from Cernunnos to Marduk "the bull of Utu" or Shiva's steed Nandi, then of course there is the Bull of Heaven in the Sumerian Epic of Gilgamesh, Gugalana, husband of Ereshkigal, or Apis, the embodiment of Ptah and later of Osiris... I don't think it is the Minotaur... ouch, my head hurts. how did I do?

Le Cornichon said...

excuse me, that was Actaeon, a celebrated huntsman, THE SON Of Aristaeus and Autonoe... glug, glug, glug...naughty Cornichon...

Evn said...

Oh my Gawds but you did well. Only missed one:

not sure about the female saint in dark robes

Catherine of Alexandria. Oh, and the bull's head is a friend's interpretation of a design found on a Late Minoan jar. But other than that... damn, dude, good job.

Jack said...

So I have Luke O'Donnell of the North Queensland Cowboys on my alter. (rugby team in Australia). *big grin*

Le Cornichon said...

Oh Jack, Oh, wicked, bad, naughty Zoot! She has been setting alight to our beacon, which, I have just remembered, is grail-shaped- anyway, Damn- I didn't see a wheel.... so close...I was just reading about how she apparently was all chatty with St. Joan of Arc, I should have quessed! BTW you need to rent The Passion of Joan of Arc with Maria Falconetti from 1928, an amazing film - especially as a reminder of the burning times...un film étonnant

Le Cornichon said...

Yes, yes and I have a figure of Aretha Franklin as Isis holding the baby Michael Jackson as Horus...

Evn said...

BTW you need to rent The Passion of Joan of Arc with Maria Falconetti from 1928

I'll definitely check it out. And I simply must find my own Aretha Franklin goddess statue.

Pax said...

So Evn,

I am curious what those Saints represent for you... themselves... themselves plus others ala Voudoun or Santeria?.... what is going on on the lovely little spot of sacredness?

Peace,
Pax

Red Delicious said...

I freakin' love that 1928 Joan of Arc movie!

There's this part where a trio of Frenchmen are begging Joan to recant so she can be saved, but because the movie is silent, I pretend it's Rockapella.

Evn said...

Pax, for me, the specific saints here don't represent themselves as much as their symbols are associative of the deities I venerate.

So, yeah, a bit like Voudoun. ;)

Siobhan said...

Yours is so much saintlier than mine!

I have a crater of salt on my altar that has tiny dips in it where my cats have "sanctified" it.

Siobhan said...

oh, and by "sanctified" I meant "ate the salt" not "piddled in the salt."

Pax said...

"Pax, for me, the specific saints here don't represent themselves as much as their symbols are associative of the deities I venerate.

So, yeah, a bit like Voudoun. ;)"

You know ~ I had wondered, in part, because I have on occasion been drawn to certain types of nominally Christian tsochke's like the angelic fellow on the wall with the Keys... I know it's not supposed to be but that reminds me of Hecate... just paint the robes golden... hrmmm new ideas for my altar...

Peace,
Pax

Evn said...

I had wondered, in part, because I have on occasion been drawn to certain types of nominally Christian tsochke's like the angelic fellow on the wall with the Keys... I know it's not supposed to be but that reminds me of Hecate...

LOL That's actually St. Peter. While looking for a decent image of Janus, I discovered that His symbols (the cock and the key) were transferred to Peter shortly after the advent of Roman Catholicism. And then I found that plaque. So up it went. :)

Evn said...

oh, and by "sanctified" I meant "ate the salt" not "piddled in the salt."

Heh. I figured.

You can't tell from the picture, but the altar has a shelf and a cabinet. Most of my ritual tools are thusly cat-proof. (And it helps that my salt dish has a lid.)

knottybynature said...

Interesting. I like it though. Not overdone, and if someone unwittingly walks in, they just see an interesting collection of stuff.

I have to say my favorite one was a altar set up at a Thai/Cambodian and Bakery place....so they had this red altar, a Buddha, burning incense, and a stack of chocolate covered doughnuts.

So my friend drags me out cackling because he is too embarrassed to wait around any longer than what it takes to pay the bill.

knottybynature said...

Oh...I thought that the water isn't completely purified and consecrated unless the cat drinks of it.

Siobhan said...

I thought that the water isn't completely purified and consecrated unless the cat drinks of it.

And what's good for the water MUST be good for the salt and oil, too!

Although my cats also drink out of the toilet.

My WVW is treati. As in "I think my cat treati-ed himself to the sacred salt"

Pax said...

"LOL That's actually St. Peter."

Well, I had that one figured... keys of heaven and all, of course that's why I am reminded of Hecate...


"While looking for a decent image of Janus, I discovered that His symbols (the cock and the key)"

The cock, really I would have thought Antinous or Dionysus for that one...

Anne Johnson said...

We at "The Gods Are Bored" approve this altar!

Evn said...

Anne, please let the Bored Gods know they're welcome to visit at their leisure.

Angela said...

I love altars, I love noseying at what others have done and "pinching" ideas for my own!

I love how yours is small (as I often struggle for space) and yet perfect just the way it is! :)

Thanks for sharing!

Angela :)

Evn said...

You're very welcome! I hope you find a thing or two to "pinch."

;)