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Kitchen Shrine/Altar


I'm working on getting witchy in the kitchen again. I have an area that I would say is my "working" altar. It's where I do things like make incense, deal with any herbs (whether healing, cooking or whatever) and have the current cookbooks/recipes that I plan on using in the coming week. It's a separate from the rest of the kitchen counters - it's a wooden topped drawer unit. I'll get a picture soon...

So I'm trying to keep it free of the clutter that typically collects there (unsorted mail, etc) and make it MORE significant to kitchen witchery. I'm entirely lacking in inspiration though.

It's a big surface - 2 feet deep by maybe 4 feet long. I have a marble pastry board (1.5 feet by 1.5 feet) on one side, two mortar and pestles and a few other jars of random things (right now some ground spices). There's a windowsill right above it with an african violet, a piece of black colombian pottery and some other knick knacks that I want to clear off.

I've read through my books on kitchen shrines/altars. They all seem [sign in to see URL] don't [sign in to see URL]? Or just impersonal. I want to come up with things that mean something to ME. But I'm drawing a blank. So I thought I would ask you guys.

What would you put on a kitchen shrine/altar? What things have meaning to you for this activity and why?

Perhaps hearing from others will spark some imagination in me!
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First of all: a candle! emoticon

I don't really have altars, but I have spaces where I have put representatives of the four elements in shapes that are pleasing and special for me.

At work, it's a small block of rose quartz, a dolphin cut from a brown stone, a magpie feather I found somewhere, and a shell with a penny in it. All of that is below the monitor. I keep a candle safely on the stone window sill, but rarely light it. Safety people don't like that.

At home, I have another collection on my window sill next to the computer: A stone age replica pot with sand from our beaches in it, where I keep incense sticks, a candle, a rock with a fossil that I found on the beach, a cut quartz I found at a busstop, and a bunch of special feathers I stick into the hole this quartz has (it held a rotten leather band when I found it). There's a small peacock feather, a parrot feather I took home from Australia and a very soft feather from some small songbird. A candle on a lovely glas candle holder I inherited from Stephan's [sign in to see URL], and I have a little bronze age horsie there and a miniature orchid.

All of these things are special to me, many I have found or were given. I still wouldn't call those altars, although the collections come close to what I have seen described in books. I don't own a wand or an athame, and I don't think I want to.

Maybe this could help to inspire you?

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I don't have any alters [sign in to see URL] special 'things' I put together when I need them.
Sorry, I'm not much help emoticon .

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Candles! How could I forget that? Sheesh.

I've been trying to set back up my elemental shrines (taken down for remodel). I think the window sill above the workspace would be a good place for the fire element (it's also a south facing window which is the Wiccan direction of fire).

Ok, thanks for the thoughts! I'll probably work on it sometime this week and post some pictures!
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Texas, the windowsill would be good for anything you wished to put there. Maybe even a good place to run some kind of natural string/twine from one side to the other, to use as a drying area for some of your herbs. If not [sign in to see URL] one leg of your island to another. I used to tie bunches of herbs with some cotton string, then I had more of the same from one side of the living room mantle to the other, and I'd tie the herbs to it to dry.

An altar is really nothing more than a place that hosts things that are important to you. So many people put way too much emphasis on what an altar should have on it. You don't need an athame or wand for it to be an altar. If you have a special knife that you use only to cut your herbs or other garden things, and use that same knife when chopping those things [sign in to see URL] could be considered a ritual knife. You could keep that on or near your [sign in to see URL] from Willa's little fingers, of course. Even could make a small wooden knife block to house that one knife and carve some neat designs on [sign in to see URL] paint it with something that appeals to you. For that matter, you could do designs on the table itself if you wanted. Doesn't have to be Pagan in [sign in to see URL] something that is appealing to [sign in to see URL] means something to you.
An altar becomes an altar when the items on it mean something to [sign in to see URL], Firle, you could technically say that your spaces are, indeed, altars. [sign in to see URL] for you!

Just because it doesn't have a special cloth, or special candles or a pentigram/pentacle, or a sword and athame, or a dish of salt or a spurgelous(herbs, flowers, [sign in to see URL] together to use to sprinkle water or fan incense toward someone)...that's what is on a Wiccan [sign in to see URL] are not necessary for a kitchen [sign in to see URL] even an altar with Pagan influence.

Right now, I have no altar. When we moved things around, I have to move a lot of my things off my Witch's cabinet and just have not put them back. My cabinet houses books dealing with dreams, Wicca, the Pagan path, animal spirit guides, etc. It also houses my own incense blends, store incense, altar clothes, my Tarot cards, my BoS, candles and holders, healing books, my salt dish, and other things. On top, at one time I had a Goddess statue, a candelabra, my drum, a tambourine, stones, Pentacle made of wood, incense holder (also of wood) as well as my Censer, which is an ornate covered container that has sand in [sign in to see URL] you put a piece of incense charcoal on the sand then top a hot charcoal with crushed incense. I never kept my athame on my [sign in to see URL] wasn't a have to thing. That was only if we had set up a working altar. A daily altar is different than a working [sign in to see URL] if the same space is [sign in to see URL] different set-up and items.

Another item you may want to add, more for fun than anything else, is a Kitchen Witch Doll [sign in to see URL]

You can make one out of corn husks, use moss for hair, cotton for her [sign in to see URL].
I had a Kitchen Angel that someone made for me a LONG time [sign in to see URL] finally had to trash [sign in to see URL] the person used just a white man's handkerchief. Stuff the middle with [sign in to see URL] use wadded up cloth, a large wood bead, etc. Then tie the hanky around that center part. Leave the rest just handing. Add some braided ribbon for arms, moss for hair, make a hat or a flower wreath for her head, and place a basket with flowers or fake veggies in it, in her 'hands'. Hang her in the window above the 'altar'. You can paint a face on if you wish, or just leave it with [sign in to see URL] depends on your preference.

I wish I had room for something like this in my kitchen. I have a tiny kitchen. Not even enough room for a table in there! Have fun with this!

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Thanks for all the information Saijen! That's just the sort of thing I was looking for. I've read all (or most of that) before but it means so much more and sticks so much better when someone I know says it!

I have plenty of ideas now. I need to get to work!
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Glad I could help. You know, if you decide to paint or carve anything... since recycling is something important to [sign in to see URL] could do a recycle symbol. That would be an appropriate thing for your [sign in to see URL] it's important to you. If there is an animal that you feel may be an animal guide, you could draw/carve/paint that animal [sign in to see URL] place a small statue of that animal on the windowsill.
One way to determine which animal is your [sign in to see URL] animal/creature, do you see the [sign in to see URL] dreams, in [sign in to see URL] one is most likely your animal [sign in to see URL] spirit animal. And you can have more than one. Mine are wolf and [sign in to see URL] I'm beginning to think caterpillar. [sign in to see URL] a few more ideas. I can't wait to see what you come up with.

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