Our offering table at the start of Parentalia. More heirloom bowls and crystal have already been added as we make our offerings to the Lares, our ancestors.
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!