After a lot of thought about the benefits of having an indoor altar as well as my outdoor Inari altar, I finally decided to set one up in our living room. And here it is! It’s on the top shelf of our large wall-shelves (surrounded by DVDs!). The “permanent” features include:
- My re-painted Hina Matsuri dolls as representatives of the God and Goddess at the centre, on a large shelf mirror (mimicking the Shinto tradition of the sacred mirror), with my pentagram tied with handfasting cords above.
- My collection of Pagan and folklore-related books on the left side, and Shinto/Japanese spiritual books on the right
- My book of shadows
- Two tea-light holders
- A pentacle dish (that’s also an incense stick holder) with a crystal ball on top, representing Earth.
- A lovely chalice I found at a charity shop (that I haven’t consecrated yet) representing Water
- My athame, representing Fire
- My wand, representing Air
- A bell, for summoning the spirits and snuffing candles
The skulls, tombstone angel statue, and Fukurokuju wood carving are just there for Samhain, representing Death and old age.
I’m quite pleased with the result! I look forward to using it in rituals and improving it over time.