My sacred life includes many altars that I have sprinkled about the nooks of my old house. A few years ago while staying at Liz's house, I was so taken with all her areas filled with candles, shells and tiny little pictures of days she didn't want to forget. I just loved it. I spent Much time looking over each one and knew when I got home I would be adding some new sacred bits to my own home. One of my very favorite altars is the one pictured above. It is a little brass "sacred heart" box. I found her at a simple little shop on the main drag of Gearhart, Oregon. Liz and I stayed an extra day after the Your Story retreat and spent time being lazy, shopping and hanging at the bakery. I bought the heart for many reasons, but what i loved most is that I could use it as a travel altar. She is filled with shells, a sand dollar from the gearhart beach, a little feather if found and I keep a votive candle in there too. So when I travel, all I have to do is gently close her up and pop her in my suitcase!
You might be asking yourself....how could i make a travel altar???? And then i would say, simple. Find a tiny box (even a large match box), add a couple of little elements like little rocks or shells, a votive candle anything that hold meaning. I have even been known to save moocards that are pretty and use them on altars. Place them in your box and you are ready to go.
This is my ocean altar. She holds storys of my trips to the Pacific Northwest. When I am not traveling, she stays close by on the mantle and nights when I want to find the ground, I turn on the twinkle lights above, light the votive and breathe. Sometimes I even hear the ocean telling me stories.