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Create a Portable Altar Kit

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The Super Mini-Portable Altar Kit
Create a Portable Altar Kit

Use a film canister to make an altar kit small enough to carry in your pocket.

Image © Patti Wigington 2008

Years ago I had a friend who had to fly a lot due to his job. Typically, he had one small carry-on bag as luggage, and that was it. He basically had no room at all to pack a fully portable altar kit. He came up with a great idea for an altar he could literally put in his pocket. Here's what you'll need:

  • A canister from a 35mm roll of film
  • A penny
  • A small twig
  • A match
  • A small thimble
  • A 4" square of fabric
  • A ribbon or string

Use the penny to represent earth -- draw a pentacle on it with a Sharpie if you like. The twig is your wand, symbolizing air. The match (which you don't have to light) is associated with fire, and the thimble is a cup, for the element of water. Pack these four items in the film canister, and there's your Super Mini-Portable Altar Kit. Put the canister in the center of your fabric square, pull the sides up, and tie it with the string/ribbon. You can carry this in your pocket or wear around your neck.

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