Above is an altar cloth I made many years ago for the first series of chakra intensive workshops I lead at a local herbal apothecary. Nineteen years seems both a long and short while ago. As you can see the cloth's constructed very simply to yield squares within squares. This suggests that even something as straight forward and pragmatic as a square can be amplified to further suggest layers of stability.
Today I put the cloth on the coffee table workspace here in my studio. It seemed like a good day to clear the table entirely and re-build something new to keep me grounded in the face of ongoing mental duress and emotional/psychic wear and tear. Once I put the cloth down and appreciated it for a few moments I started where I always start - with a simple True Thing.
I wandered around looking at the what I've gathered in other little sacred spaces throughout the room. From them I selected this stone containing gorgeously luminous rosettes of white apophyllite. It was a very overcast day so it's hard to appreciate how much this lovely stone sparkles in the hand. Apophyllite awakens spiritual joy and strengthens our sense of loving universal connection & illumination.
I placed it in the middle of the central red square. Note the stylistic reindeer. They remind me of cave and rock paintings so I chose them to represent the first chakra wheelhouse of Ancestral roots and connections. Taking joy in those connections. Daring to imagine at some point in time taking joy in being an American citizen again. AGAIN.
Gradually throughout the day I re-positioned various tools and small baskets of meaningful stones & shells. Every time I made a choice I took the extra time to re-appreciate the items and occasionally use a few.
These are tender delicate times.
find something vibrantly red and create a modest self-regulated stronghold for representations of things you value and know to be true.
give yourself time to hold yourself steady in contemplation.
tune out the noise until you're able to start remembering what that feels like:
authentic inner silence.
our world may have started with a bang but the universe is a place of immeasurable silence.
Today I'm bringing back a light and shadow kitty guardian.