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Create a God/Goddess Altar

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Symbols of the Divine
Create a God/Goddess Altar

Candles and statuary can be used to represent deities on your altar.

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Need some tips for ways to honor the various gods on your altar? Take a look at this list for some ideas:

Bast

Use cat symbols to honor this Egyptian deity of fertility. Catnip plants, feline statues, even a bowl of milk are perfect ways to make offerings to Bast.

Brighid

This Celtic goddess of hearth and home is often associated with both fire and fertility. Eggs and milk are great offerings to make for Brighid, and you can decorate your altar with a corn doll, a Brighid's cross, or other symbols of the Imbolc season. Add a brazier or a green candle for some fiery aspects.

Cernunnos

This wild god of the forest features prominently in Celtic legend, and is often represented by the stag. Add a set of antler sheds or horns to your altar, as well as phallic symbols such as the wand and staff, or forest greenery such as ferns, vines, and branches.

Freya

Freya is a Norse goddess associated with childbirth and fertility. Use cups and chalices on your altar, candles in the color gold, and feathers.

Isis

This Egyptian mother goddess can be represented by the ankh, the scarab beetle, the lotus, and the colors gold and red. She is sometimes portrayed with great wings, so feel free to add feathers in her honor as well.

Juno

Juno is a Roman goddess of marriage and fecundity, and is often represented by peacock feathers, seashells, and flowers - particularly the lily and the lotus.

Odin

Odin was the mighty king of the Norse gods, and can be honored with runes, ash tree branches and leaves, as well as drinking horns. Use symbols of power when honoring Odin.

Poseidon

This Greek god of the sea was also known as a mover of the earth - honor him with shells and bowls of sea water, a trident or other three-pronged tool, horse symbols, or even a pile of dirt to honor his role as a causer of earthquakes.

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