Making A Portable Altar


There is a part of me that will forever want to be walking under autumn leaves, carrying a briefcase containing the works of Shakespeare and Yeats and a portable chess set. I will pass an old tree under which once on a summer night I lay on the grass with a fragrant young woman and we quoted e.e. cummings back and forth.

~ Roger Ebert


Hey, Lovelies.

I wanted to share the simple altar I have made to support me as I participate in the Find Your Flow Challenge that I am offering free here on the blog. (It’s not too late to join. Go here to catch up on the first post.)

Normally I would make something more elaborate, but I knew I would be on the move this month. So, let me explain my altar – how I put it together and what it means to me. I’ve gone for small items this month, because I need to be able to take this with me in my handbag or suitcase as I move from space to space and place to place.

A portable altar is simply a group of objects with personal meaning that you can place out on a flat surface AND that is able to be moved from place to place. This is different to an altar you might make on a board or tray that can be moved around. My altar can be broken down, put into a bag, shifted to another place, taken out of the bag and get set up again somewhere new.

I started with a large heavy square scarf. This is a cloth I have used for over 35 years. It belonged to the mother of a friend, and she gave it to me during a visit to Sydney, when she told me I would need it for ‘when I started reading tarot’. Of course I thought that was ridiculous. Hmmmm. Look at me now…

I folded this scarf down into a small square and placed it on the table.

Next came a dragon and a fairy. Why? This month I intend to write. A lot. In fact the last two weeks of September I will be on a writers retreat. These little statues remind me of a promise to myself, and of the plot of my Pirates and Fairies series.

Next I chose three oracle cards to guide me for the month ahead. Try not to fall down laughing at Number Three.

Of course I also chose some crystals (Lapis Lazuli, Tibetan Quartz and Aragonite) to accompany the cards, and I programmed a small triple phantom Tibetan Quartz crystal I have had for ages and that often accompanies me on these big rituals.

I used six Tasmanian Lemurian Singing Quartz to make a grid for my altar, and added my Nurture Mala for some extra love. Then I added in my Labradorite, a gift to me from Elder Friends back when I was in my twenties. It’s a treasured meditation stone, and one I use daily.

I placed all the items, added a small Chevron Amethyst and Herkimer Diamond pendulum I made for a retreat many years ago, and then dedicated my altar and set my intentions for the month ahead.

If I take my altar down and put it back up again, I simply recharge it with white light. Easy! So far it has been to the beach and the forest with me. Late next week I will take it on my writing trip. Portable is awesome.

While it is up I can add a fresh flower or leaf to it, or anything else that’s meaningful. I can take objects out and use them, placing them back when I have finished. And it serves to keep me tethered to my sacred vows and intentions for the month ahead.

I hope you found that useful! Much love, Nicole xx

Hi! I'm Nicole Cody. I am a writer, psychic, metaphysical teacher and organic farmer. I love to read, cook, walk on the beach, dance in the rain and grow things. Sometimes, to entertain my cows, I dance in my gumboots. Gumboot dancing is very under-rated.
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5 thoughts on “Making A Portable Altar

  1. My portable altar is actually a necklace that I wear, especially when I travel. I can look at it or touch it any time. The necklace has a jaguar Jade figure, Minoan snake goddess, the evil eye, an amethyst and a hag stone. I guess you could say it is an amulet necklace but it is also very sacred to me like an altar.

  2. Thank you Nicole. The penny has dropped about the tethering nature of an alter! I was not going to set one up as I sort of have one set up already. But now I see that it needs a refresh and could be helping me so much more if I dedicate some time and space for it. 🙏

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