The altar is one of the Tantric practitioner’s most important tools. It is a place upon which to focus your energy and intentions and invoke the Divine Feminine or the divine masculine energies. Merely placing items important to you upon an altar empowers them with sacred energy.
The first altar recorded in the Hebrew Bible was an altar erected by Noah. In the Japanese Shinto faith, altars are known as shrines. Altars occupy a prominent place in many modern day houses of worship and are used as a sacred tool in their worship practices.
Almost everyone creates altars, whether or not they realize it. An altar can be as simple as a gathering of photographs of loved ones upon the family piano or in your office cubicle, or they can be as elaborate as a collection of statues, incense, and sacred objects from the far corners of the globe placed upon an ornately carved wooden table.
Altars can also be created on a small table, beside a rushing stream, or even with the pictures on your computer. You can combine your altar with a ritual and chanting or invocation to honor your body, cleanse your soul, and free your spirit. It is a place for your divine and sacred objects. You may place ornate cloth, candles, incense, flowers, pictures of yourself or loved ones, drawings, invocations, stones, or any other item that has a special meaning to you. After placing items on your altar, you can meditate, worship, pray, and even celebrate the treasures you have offered to the sanctity of the altar.
Each altar is as unique as you are. We are all individual reflections of the universal presence of the Divine Feminine and masculine energies of the universe. Honor that connection with your own altar.