My Lararium Tour

We moved in July, and I have been absolutely hideous about getting things unpacked.  Plus it seems to me that we’ve just recently really been thinking about our living space beyond “OMG, we live here now!!!”

Today I set up my Lararium.  For those of you not familiar with Religio Romana, allow me to explain that this is an altar to the Lares.  Specifically the Lares Familiares, who are the guardians of the family, and Lares Domestici, who are the guardians of the home.  This also serves as a point for the Penates (ancestor/gods/guardians), Hecate (my matron), and a general launch pad of daily worship (offerings, prayers, etc).  I live in a small space; Vesta has a shrine in my kitchen space that I’m working on, and Apollon…  Well, he and I haven’t decided where his shrine is going.

This probably isn’t quite what most practicing Religio do, but I’m still wrapping my brain around the fact that I may very well be practicing Relgio on my own terms.  Honoring my ancestors has always been a large part of my practice.

When I was little, my grandfather built each of the granddaughters a hutch to house our toy china collections.  To this day I marvel over the details.  He went so far as to put notches in to hold up plates.  We moved it into the house thinking we’d store my heirloom stemware in it, but it proved too small.  So it returned to my plan of building a Lararium with it.  It sits in our dining space.

You can also see my first broom.  Amusingly enough, I’ve had it since I was about five.  My mother will tell you that I have always had a “thing” for brooms.  Much like black cats.

Hecate sits among my orchids.  When I finally settle on an idol of Apollon, he will likely go here, too.  What this picture isn’t showing are my printed plate of Kali (also honored in our house) and a large painted leaf with Helios (Sol) and Eos (Aurora) on his chariot with his winged horses.

The main surface space is for my offerings.

Behind the glass doors rest various relics to those who have passed: My grandfather’s pipe and the collars of two pets we said good-bye to.  Also sitting inside is a statue of a deer, which is my spirit animal.  To be included are other pieces that are still tucked away in a box in my studio some where – For instance, my great-grandmother’s crochet hook and another grandfather’s high school class ring.  My photos of them will have to be scanned and made smaller to fit inside.  It’s pretty bare right now, but given time this entire space will be packed, I’m sure, as I include rocks and other pretty things for their enjoyment.

The drawer will hold working tools.  Right now my old ritual blade is housed there along with a bunch of feathers.  Said feathers are being used in my wedding, but I figured they could use a little spiritual bath of sorts.

Underneath I have storage space for extra dishes, candles, herbs, and religious what-have-yous.  Which leads me to believe that I may have the perfect space set up for what I do.

Do you have a picture or blog post about your worshiping space?  I’d love to see it!

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4 thoughts on “My Lararium Tour

  1. Beautiful! I think you are a practicing Religio 😉 http://tpoaic.blogspot.com/2010/06/thadds-special-space-to-poseidon.htmlThadd is a post about Thadd's "special space" to Poseidon. Thadd doesn't like altars too much (wonder where he gets that, hmm? lol) but he wanted something for his God.It's grown since then: it's on a bigger table, there's pictures of Poseidon and a Homeric Hymn. The biggest change is that the space has grown to house Hephaestus too…so there's a line of Lego creations and a drawing of a robot of sorts.

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  2. Thank you!I think I may be practicing it too, but I'm in denial for some reason. 😉 It possibly has to do with classes I took on it quite a few years back and a very hard-line teacher.I love Thadd's space for Poseidon! I can only imagine how neat it looks with the Legos and drawings to Hephaestus, too. I just absolutely love seeing how children build places of honor to the gods. It warms my heart. 🙂

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  3. Pretty broom! And your figure of Hecate is beautiful.And my work space? Um, yeah, it's spread out all over my apartment right now. I consider it to my homage to Eris, the Greek goddess of chaos. 😛

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  4. Thank you! I've had the broom for almost 25 years now. My grandparents bought it for me, and I still have a very strong memory of picking it out. I actually have a small collection of handmade brooms. There's a certain artistry that I've loved about them since I was little.And lol! I'm sure Eris thanks you. 😉

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