It totally depends on what you do/believe! Many traditions don’t have altars or shrines. For me it’s more of a convenient way to keep my things in a similar location and to make offerings/feed spirits. As altars are often a religious thing (which have been adopted into a magical thing in Western tradition) I’ll cover some basics of religious pagan altars:
The most obvious and for a long time wide-spread form of altar in Europe (which is unfortunately most of what I know) would be a Greco-Roman style altar. These would be erected to individual deities, in places that correspond to the role of that deity – such as altars to Hermes at the ingress/egress point of the house, Hecate at the three-path crossroads made by the walkway of the home, Agathos Daimon in the courtyard for example. These often included a representation of the deity such as a statuette or symbol, with a dish or other vessel such as a KǼRNOS for offerings of food, place for votive offerings and flowers, a Spondeion from which to pour libations into either a receptacle on the altar (Phiáli Mæsómphalos bowl with a raised center), a pyre on the altar, or the ground. Of course the form of the offerings changes with the deity. The altar itself was made of stone.
For other forms of paganism that we know a little more about (mostly those that lasted longer into the period of the Roman Occupation of Europe) we have fewer options, but for example the pagans of Lithuania construct their altars on a sacred pile of stones, on which fires are ceremoniously ignited. Before worshiping at these aukuras the participants cleanse themselves with water, then sing ritual songs as the fire is lit. They string a wreath of flowers about the stones and offer libations and food into the fire, singing traditional songs. Of course, these altars are often outdoors.
From what I’ve been able to gather about Slavic pagan altars, is that they are often concentrated around a large wooden post carved with the likeness of the deity. I believe pyres could also be built to these deities, but that votives and other offerings could also be left at the base of the statue.
In the tradition of Palo the altar, or Nganga, is a central part of the Palero’s practice. Particular dirt, sticks, and human bones are placed inside the cauldron-like vessel dedicated to a specific Nkisi spirit, inhabited by a muerto or spirit of the dead. It is not precisely ancestor worship, but more akin to a dead familiar or famulus. Feathers, weapons, or other symbols of the spirit may also decorate the vessel. It is often onto the skull in the vessel that offerings are made.
These are just a couple examples. My altar is less of a pagan and more of a witchcraft altar. But it’s what works for me, as you should do what works for you!
I feel like very few, or at least not many of the people of tumblr are aware of what is going on in my home country Hong Kong right now.
You guys gave alot of coverage and support when Scotland was voting for its independance, so I’m hoping you’ll all support the people of Hong Kong as well.
Right now, many of us are in a mass demonstration of pro-democracy against China. But wait a sec, isn’t Hong Kong China? This is a big misconception amongst foreigners, but please, we are far from being similar to China at all.
A little history class: Hong Kong used to be colonized by the British, and before you white-knights begin going all “them damn white racist ppl taking over another asian country” please don’t. We are thankful Britain took us under its wing and instilled in us values that I feel made us what we are today; that is, a democratic people with respect for free speech, amongst many things.
On the other hand, China is communist, with government controlled media and news. Google, instagram, facebook and many tv shows are blocked in China. It really is just a few steps from North Korea imo.
So what’s the problem here? Britain unfortunately had to hand back Hong Kong to China, but one of the requirements is that Hong Kong be allowed to operate as ‘one country two systems’, meaning Hong Kong should be able to have its own democratic government. But China has broken its promise. A while back, China tried to put a mandatory ‘national education’ curriculum in all our primary schools. We all know what that is; a communist brainwashing regime. And now, they have announced that in 2017 Hong Kong will be able to vote for its president; BUT only from 3 candidates hand picked by its PRO-BEIJING legislation.
As you can see, China is trying to takeover completely and turn us into another communist state.
Of course, we have taken to the streets. In a mirror if the Tiananmen protests, students have also stepped up to fight for our rights and our future, albeit in a peaceful protest of course. But the police force who have always been a friend of the people, are now responding with force, something that had never been done before in Hong Kong.
First it was pepperspray, then teargas. Then, armed forces came in qith rubber bullets. They warn they will come out with live ammunition soon if we do not get off the streets but the people continue to sit tight, disrupting businesses China so strive to takeover and make use of. It’s been 2 days now, but the people plan to continue at least till 1st October or even beyond. The significance is that October 1st is China’s National day, not ours, Hong Kong has not been granted it’s own National day.
Please spread the news. This is a country we’re talking about. These are my people.
You can join this event to wear yellow in support of my people on October 1st.
I had no idea :(
I literally just saw this one the news but they werent too big on explaining why people are protesting, just talking about how big the protests were and stuff..
Again, worth it to reblog even though it’s not relevant to my blog.
Hey there! I have a few answers to that question under this tag for beginners, and if you want some good books to start reading I also have a book list. I recorded some lectures on the subject if you want to get a few lessons, which you can listen to here, and of course some spells you can try here besides the beginners spells in the first link. If you want more advice feel free to ask, just try to be specific. Good luck :)
My thoughts are try to stop seeing gender as a polarized binary, and stop worrying about the gender of who you believe in and worship. Think more on if your connection and relationship with them is as strong as you want, and if you feel honest and right believing in who you believe in. Deities aren’t clothes you try on because you’re more of a winter complexion, they’re what you believe makes the world work, the stars sail, and the fields flourish.
Femininity, masculinity, it’s all subjective, it’s all culture, more than half of it’s bullshit. Just be you, do what you want, and get to know the world how it makes sense to you.
Temporary altar setup in the new house, with the much cooler host mother. This place is wayyyy way better. Loving the room, even if I’m moving to one upstairs in a month. Kinda pulling an HP under the stairs rn.
I busted my lip last night…of course a photo-shoot ensued. Definitely wearing the right clothes to be covered in blood…
Whew. Been cleaning and rearranging my workroom all morning. Hard work but I’m happy with how it turned out.
Yeah there are quite a few, but remember don’t be going around casting killing curses on people. If you wouldn’t actually kill the person mundanely, don’t try to kill them magically. I’m pretty sure that’s illegal anywhere. I am not going to post a spell in response to this, but if you email me privately we can discuss the situation.
Do you have anything of theirs? Like clothes or shoes? (not likely) but if you do you can try pinning them in those instead. I don’t know if they would fall apart the same way though :/ in terms of this situation, I would actually recommend using a different spell. For example, if they live together, you could make the cursed dish in the spell directly under that one, and mail it to them as a gift for their home or something. It all depends, but you can get creative with it.