My Spice Cabinet Altar

 

About 70% of the tools I use in my practice are found at thrift stores or garage sales. It’s a thrill finding just the perfect thing without even knowing you were looking for it. My significant other and I go on bi-weekly trips to our local Salvation Army, and on one of these visits we stumbled across this cool spice cabinet. Knowing it would be perfect for my kitchen craft and because he loves the aesthetic, my SO bought it for me.

When we got home I cleaned it, cleansed it, and began transforming it into my kitchen altar. The altar sits inside a tall, skinny cabinet in the corner of my kitchen. I color code all of my ingredients so my family and I can quickly identify if something is edible or not. The symbol on the inside of the right door is my personal sigil which came to me in a mediation. The other symbol (not the pentacle) is a sigil I made for protecting anything from all forms of harm.

On top I keep a strip of green cloth to represent earth, a quartz crystal I use for casting circles,  a walnut for protect, a birch branch to represent Frigg, and two pieces of fossilized wood.

 

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Silver Circle Coven Litha Altar

This altar is one my coven created during our Litha meet up and ritual. Every one brought objects of significance to them. One of the women just began work with Hecate, which is the photo, and several others brought their wands. Another member made us all small besoms, which can be seen in the second picture, to keep in our home or on our door for protection.

 

Calling on the Power of Leslie Knope!

Pop culture is a powerful and evolving force that everybody helps shape in their own unique way. The most popular books, movies, TV, etc. speak to us on a fundamental level making them popular. These stories enthrall the population because we connect with the archetypes present in them.

The term archetype in the context means  in Jungian psychology  “a collectively inherited unconscious idea, pattern of thought, image, etc, universally present in individual psyches.” Pantheons of all ages are made up of these ideas. Its why so many people connect with Harry, Ron, and Hermione from the Harry Potter series or the characters in Star Trek.

This brings me to the idea of Pop Pantheons. These take on the same roll as older pantheons like the Norse or Egyptian, which are also based on stories and myths. Calling on the energy of your favorite character to help you in a certain task can be very effective because they are fresh in your mind and you have constant access to them for inspiration.

One of my all time favorite TV shows is Parks and Recreation. The heartfelt and funny stories, as well as, the character growth from the first through last season ensures I will always be coming back for more. Leslie Knope is an inspiration and I often feel the need to be more like her when working on projects near and dear to my heart.

I decided to make an invocation candle for Knope so I can easily access her energy whenever in need. The background is blue wallpaper for enhancing communication, and the other images and text I found in old magazines saved specifically for this purpose. The photo of Leslie I found off of google images and wasn’t able to find the original source. The glass pillar candle I attached it to was a cheap dollar one from Dollar Tree.

Check out this video on Pop Pantheons:

 

Leslie Knope Candle