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How to Construct a Personal Altar

Updated on October 8, 2013
A personal altar, like the one seen here, can help you dedicate a special space in your home or office for the practice of your spirituality.
A personal altar, like the one seen here, can help you dedicate a special space in your home or office for the practice of your spirituality. | Source

What is a Personal Altar?

Simply stated, a personal altar is a special place in your home, office, place of worship, or other meaningful location that you have dedicated to the pursuit of your spiritual and inner-most needs. An altar can be in any location you want...a small end table, a coffee table, a glass really is up to you. The most important thing is that your personal altar is in a space that has personal significance to you.

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Getting Started With Your Personal Altar

The first thing you will need is a special space of your own that you can set aside and call sacred. It does NOT have to be a grand space...a shelf, end table, or cabinet will do. Do your best to keep your personal altar out of the way of heavy traffic areas, as altars will collect negative energy in their presence by their very nature.

Once you have a space set aside, next you need to decide what form you want your personal altar to take. For many people in the New Age movement, a personal altar consists of objects which have a very significant and spiritual meaning to the person building the altar.

How to Select Objects for Your Personal Altar

Once you have space for your altar set aside, now is the time to fill the space with personal objects that have some sort of personal or spiritual significance to you. Only you can decide what is right to add to your altar. Many people include mementos from special people or events that have significant meaning in their lives.

Crystals are another item that you can definitely add to your personal altar to make it more personal. Crystals actually grow as they age and have a certain lifeforce to them. This makes them the perfect addition to any personal altar. Pick crystals that you are naturally drawn too...if a crystal stands out to you or makes you feel a particular way, be sure to add it to your altar.

The most important thing to remember is that your personal altar is all about YOU. There are no right or wrong answers. Add things to your altar that make you feel good and powerful, and leave out things that bring negative thoughts to mind.

Just by following these simple steps, you can have your very own personal altar and have a physical space in which to practice your spirituality.


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