That said, she basically goes over a question that a lot of people ask, especially newbies... what makes an altar and altar and a shrine a shrine? Simple answer, if it's holding the tools and being used in ritual work, it's an altar, if it's being used for simple devotion, to enhance/create sacred space and/or is setup for long term, not just ritual/magick work, it's a shrine.
We should all know what an altar is. It's a table of some sort that we lay out tools on, say knife, pentacle, censer, chalice and whatever else, cast a circle around and use as a center or cornerstone in magick and/or ritual. But what is a shrine? A shrine is a table that we lay out magickal, spirital and/or personally/area signifigant items, maybe stones and flowers, statues, acorns, shells, leaves, branches, etc. We use this as many things, here are a few:
- Something to make us stop and reflect when we see it
- Something to focus on when we meditate
- A center to create or enhance sacred space
- A focus for changing the energy in an area
Well, that's my two cents for the moment. What are all of your thoughts?