SACRED SPACE

It was my first experience with tea ceremony that introduced me to creating truly sacred space in ones home. I had always love creating beautiful spaces wherever I lived but it hadn't occurred to me that the home was really the best place to create sacred space. 

When I cross the threshold from the outside world into to my home I want there to be a noticeable shift in energy, I want my family to feel it as well as my guests. My home is our santuary and the intention of making it a sacred space has lead me to create objects that can be used for that purpose.

ALTARS

Adding a beautiful altar to your home provides the opportunity to create sacred space. It’s an opening to stillness, a point of focus, which invites the Universe to direct her energy your way.

 

May you be happy and at peace.

Altar No. 9

Snake Goddess

Handmade papier mâché altar with gold leaf 

The serpent, or snake, is one of the oldest and most widespread mythological symbols. Before it was demonized by patriarchal religions the snake was a revered symbol representing fertilityor a creative life force. 

 

As snakes shed their skin through sloughing, they are symbols of rebirth, transformation, immortality, and healing. 

Altar No. 7

Bird Goddess

Handmade papier mâché altar with gold leaf

  

This altar was inspired by the groundbreaking archeological work of Marija Gimbutas, who uncovered a culture in which the Bird Goddess and the Snake Goddess, sometimes depicted individually but often together, were supreme. She is the Divine embodied in the feminine.

 

Birds soaring high above the earth reaching for the heavens have long inspired humans as links to the divine realm. Birds fulfill various functions in world cultures and religions – from playing a central role in creation, to birth, to healing, to death; from messenger to trickster to oracle. Some birds are associated with shape shifting and transformation.

 

In the very ancient days, when humans had first learned how to sow, how to reap, and how to herd, the Bird Goddess was worshiped. 

 

It is my intention to bring attention to our ancient Goddess lineage in her many forms. 

Altar No. 6

Homage to the Goddess Demeter

Handmade papier mâché altar 

 

I originally created this altar as an homage to the Goddess Demeter. Demeter is often described simply as the goddess of the harvest, but she also presided over the sacred law, and the cycle of life and death. She and her daughter Persephone were the central figures of the Eleusinian Mysteries and I do love anything to do with the Mysteries. However, as I was working on the final steps I was feeling deeply moved by Inanna, an ancient Goddess that was likely the Great Mother of our Paleolithic ancestors. I feel called to her, so there is an ancient poem to Inanna, almost hidden, written on the inside panel.

Altar No. 5

Triple Goddess /Flower of Life

Handmade papier mâché altar with silver leaf

 

Triple Goddess - Maiden, mother, crone, represented by the New Moon, Full Moon and waning crescent Moon. This is a powerful image embodying all stages of life. I believe that these archetypes exist in all of us and that the three stages of the Moon speak to our ancient lineage that remembers the Great Cosmic Mother. I was inspired to draw the flower of life, one of the oldest sacred symbols known to human kind, on the Full Moon. The Great Cosmic Mother is the flower of life.

Altar No. 1

Sacred Earth Sycamore Series

Handmade papier mâché altar with Sycamore wood closure

 

Everything I create is with intention and symbolism in mind. This little altar feels like Sacred Earth to me. With doors open I invite in energy, closed my vision is gestating in stillness. 

 

The wood closure is from a Sycamore branch collected while hiking in the Santa Monica Mountains. The Sycamore tree symbolizes protection, divinity, eternity, and strength. They have a long history in folklore dating back to Egyptian times where the Holy Sycamore is said to connect the worlds between the dead and the living. This great tree stands at the eastern gate of heaven which releases the sun to rise each morning.

Altar No. 13

Beltane Altar

Handmade papier mâché altar with gold leaf 

 

This altar was created while in Sedona at an artist residency. It began without a plan in mind, I let it unfold intuitively. During the finishing process, it came to remind me of the Mists of Avalon, and the sacred Beltane union between the stag and the priestess of Avalon. The perfect balance of feminine and masculine energy. 

 

This altar is an expression of hope for the return to balance.

I love building!  All of my altars are built using totally OG construction; found cardboard, masking tape, wire, newspaper and of course my secret formula of papier mâché paste.

These images show the progress of the Beltane altar. It's pure magic watching them come to life

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