Dealing in the Divine 💖 Witchy Catch-Up

I missed this challenge, and since working with the divine is very important to me, I decided to focus on this challenge first.

I’ve kept an altar for Brighid for a while now…

but it always seems to end up a cluttered mess. I don’t really have a working witchcraft altar because of space restrictions, but the top of my dresser has been reserved for Her for at least a year now. An altar for a deity is a bit different than a working altar for witchcraft or an ancestor altar. My altar for Brighid looks very plain, but that’s the way I like it. Everything has a purpose and reason for being there and nothing extra is taking up space.

When my altar gets messy, so does my mind…

and I find this connection actually has a foundation in psychology. There have been a few studies done that link clutter and mental health, and that doesn’t even begin to surprise me.

The findings add to a growing body of evidence that clutter can negatively impact mental well-being, particularly among women. Clutter can also induce a physiological response, including increased levels of cortisol, a stress hormone. (source)

I know that when my room is cluttered I have trouble focusing on work – I work from home and my desk is in my room, so if my room is a mess so is my mind. The same goes for my altar. If my altar space is messy, then I can’t even begin to focus on my devotion and daily practices. There’s also the issue of it being out of site, out of mind…because my dresser is in my closet…but that’s a different topic :laughing:

Today, I decided to clean it up a bit…

and it still needs to be cleansed, but at least right now it isn’t cluttered. I’ve got some pictures to show you of the before and after (please don’t judge the mess…) and I like to keep everything real. My altar isn’t fancy. It isn’t some Instagram-worthy photo that will go viral. It is real. It is raw. And it is mine.

Before…the mess

Since it’s in the closet, a lot of things get piled on it, moved around, and just generally put there because there isn’t a lot of space anywhere else. I want to get some more shelves for my room, but I have a cat and she likes to climb and I’m afraid of what would happen if I had shelves with candles on them :black_cat:

The cleanup…


I felt much better after cleaning up my altar and lighting some candles. The most important things on this altar for me and my honor of Brighid are candles of any kind (although I’ve found she tends to like either soft scents like vanilla or warm scents like cinnamon apple) and the crystal bowl. This crystal bowl gets filled with filtered water as an offering regularly. She would prefer whisky, but we’ve got that worked out because I can’t leave whisky out in the open like that.

The red fairy is on my altar as a representation of the Othercrowd. I know that’s not what they look like, but They get a representation because it is said that the Tuatha de Danaan are also sidhe, but that’s not generally agreed upon.

I also have my wooden pentacle I keep on my altar. This was a gift for my birthday a few years ago and it stays either on my altar or hanging on the wall above my altar. I want to get a triquetra one day, but I just haven’t. I also have my mini crystal ball (that I have yet to learn how to use) and my oil diffuser.

I have some crystals put away in a box and I keep my cauldron and mortar and pestle out, too.

Everything on this altar has a purpose and is practical, and that’s also a connection with Brighid. As a Goddess of the Forge, Healing Wells, and Poetry, I find that She is all things practical. If it serves no purpose, there’s no point in keeping it around and taking up space.

I’m glad I encountered the catch-up week when I did because it’s inspiring me to find a new place for my altar – or some things on my altar – that are not hidden away in a closet. This will make it easier for daily worship, devotion, and meditation.

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Hi @MeganB, I work with Brigid also and have a statue and a shelf dedicated to her next to my altar, which also happens to be the top of my dresser. When I do spell work I say the Brigid Invocation and then thank & release her at the very end.

I think you did a great job with the cleanup! It looks amazing!

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Thank you :heart: She is an amazing Goddess to work with and She has helped me through so much. She has me working through a lot of shadow work which I’ve found is a pretty common theme for Her.

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I have been working on some shadow work when I can, I have to get back to it. I have the worksheet, so I am going to start there and then work out from there. I love Brigid and working with her.

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Gorgeous altar @MeganB :heart::heart::heart:

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@MeganB, the altar looks amazing! Great job!

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You have a wonderful connection with Brigid, it is also so heartening to read about, @MeganB :smiling_face_with_three_hearts: And look at the gorgeous altar! Well done with the clean up, it really looks amazing now :candle:

A wonderful entry to the Catch-Up Challenge, Megan- thank you so much for sharing! :heart:

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It’s funny because I’m actually writing a book about shadow work with journal prompts and some meditations but it looks like the first person to benefit and need the book is actually me :black_heart:

Thank you :heart:

Thanks!

I appreciate that :hugs: I always love to read others’ experiences with the Gods they honor and I know my experiences can help others, too. Plus I love writing about Her :fire:

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I think at some point today I am going to work with Brigid and do some work in my book of mirrors. I had already started but yesterday I finished one and started another. I may work with my pendulum or tarot cards. I have a deck that gives you the light seers meaning and the shadow seer meaning, I really enjoy this deck.

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Oh, what deck is that? It sounds interesting :sparkles:

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The name of the deck is, “The Light Seers Tarot”, it is a 78 card deck with a book on the meanings of each card through the light seer and the shadow seer. I have connected with it really well and I love the artwork on them.

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Thanks for sharing, Megan!! That fairy statue and the pentacle are beautiful!

That was a great explanation of your offerings and views of the other crowd. What about the skull? Is it real?

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Oh I totally forgot to mention the skull! :skull: It’s actually a black candle that I’ve had for several years now that I’m too apprehensive to burn. It was a gift and I’ve never been able to find one like it so I’ve never burned it.

Awesome, thanks! :crescent_moon: I’ll have to check into it!

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I hope you find it is amazing like I have. I have really connected with it well since I bought it. I got it on Amazon, so you should be able to find it pretty easily. I hope you have a great Samhain!

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I’m adding it to my wishlist :crescent_moon: Maybe I’ll be able to convince someone to get it for me for my birthday :rofl:

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The best time! I hope your birthday is soon!!

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It is! It’s on November 8th :maple_leaf:

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Mine is the 7th! Yay!!!

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Megan looks good I love the fairy candle!
Jeannie

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