I have a few candid pictures for all of my wonderful readers! Not to mention some personal, UPG references. :)
Okay, so for the last few weeks Apollon has been all over me about extending His space further into the house. His main shrine, which He shares with Aphrodite, is in my living room, and is pretty big, but I don’t spend a whole lot of time in there on a day-to-day basis. So, basically, He asked me to make ready a new space for Him, in the kitchen. So, I did, and here are my results! I just thought I’d share, because doing this has made me so happy. <3
This is a very special altar. Every part of it holds meaning for me, from the number of legs on the little table (three legs– it is a tripod), to each individual object placed upon it. It is a Working altar, and it is designed to cultivate certain Delphic concepts, to evoke in me that connection, for divination and other spiritual purposes.
This is the space wherein which all of my divination will take place, from now on, and indeed was where I conducted my first open session, which was posted to this blog.
In the above picture, you will first note the round stone sitting atop the pedestal dish (which is really a large candle holder). It represents to me, the Omphalos of Delphi, upon which daily offerings were given, long ago. I am called to pay homage to that tradition, in this small way. When I pour oil over the stone, it flows over it and gathers neatly at the bottom of the dish.
Beside the Omphalos representation, is the dish of purified water which I keep filled to quench the thirst of those who have served Apollon in antiquity, who are represented here by the very small, stone cobra figurine that is being hugged slightly by the green snake (representing Apollon Himself). I chose a cobra (specifically, the spitting variety) to represent the Pythias and the Priests, because they “spat” forth the word of the god, for all who would come to hear it.
Now, the snake, which I think is obviously representing Apollon, so I won’t go into to much detail here. However, I bet you’re wondering what those pretty good sized clay, komodo dragon-looking figures (hand-moulded by me) are about, aren’t you? Well, I’ll tell you! :)
They are there to represent the two spirit Beings that were given into my care from Apollon, last year. They are my dragons, and they have an important and prominent place upon Apollon’s new altar. I shall paint the figures their proper colors when I can afford it, so they are a bit unfinished, but the Beings have settled into them, nicely.
I think the final items of note, are my Tarot Cards, which are kept wrapped in white cloth, behind the Omphalos representation, and the red pouch containing my Limyran Oracle tiles, hand painted by me. There is also a candle snuffer back there, along with a small vial of bay leaf oil, and a branch of Mesquite wood (you can’t really see it) that I use as a delicious smelling incense. Burning Mesquite wood has such a wonderful aroma.
And, that’s it! Our Lord Apollon receives much love from me in His new sacred space. I hope you’ve enjoyed seeing the pictures, and please do enjoy the rest of your day! <3
Hail Apollon, Lord of Delphi, the All-seeing One, my Beloved!