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Travel Altar Part 2 1

Now for a look at what I keep in the up-cycled travel altar. I try to keep what I carry in it to a minimum so there is room to put in extra items I may find while out and about. Everything in there has a purpose and they are items I have collected over the years and like to have close by to remind me of my journey so far.

Travel Altar Part 2 2

In the first compartment I like to keep a small notebook, pen, matches and a felted dread given to me by a friend a couple of years ago.

The middle compartment holds a felted bag in which I keep a pentagram altar cloth for when I want and need a larger space set up, a mini besom, wand (and felt holder for the wand) a pebble I painted with a pentagram flower design and small bag to keep it in along with a couple of biodegradable, herbal offering stones.

The third compartment has a couple more bags of stuff; a black velvet pentagram bag where I keep a small glass offering bowl, tealight, fox statue I made out of clay, a small jar of herb infused salt and a vial of anointing oil. I also keep a mojo bag that I made a while back with my mala beads, quartz point, citrine and the first hagstone I ever found (and have had for around 15 years). When I’m travelling or taking the altar out I also add in any extra crystals I feel I might need from my collection along with a cage pendant so I can wear them.

 

I hope you all enjoyed the look into this project and what I keep in my travel altar. I would love to see what you keep in yours if you have one so feel free to comment with a link to yours if you would like to share!

 

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Having moved a large amount of furniture around of late, created a new studio space and spiritual den and rearranged the look, feel and surface used for my main altar space I found that I wanted and needed a small travel altar that I could move easily and set up around the house, take with me when travelling and use on the go.

While I love the idea of having something very small I knew that for what I needed for use at home and away I would need something larger but still relatively compact and light weight. During my sort out I found a stationary set that I barely used but had purchased a couple of years ago on our family trip to Disneyland Paris. Needless to say, inspiration struck:

Altar Project 1

I thought this pencil case and set was super cute when I brought it; I love the Nightmare Before Christmas, the design and colours are very me and it ties in with the bookmark I use in my Midori Traveller’s Notebook on a day to day planner. Once I had decided to use it I knew just what I wanted to do. The first thing was to open it up and remove the cardboard parts that had all the elastics on for holding the pens, pencils and stationary in the three compartments:

The problem with this was that it took away a lot of the stiff structure to the case, though with my plans for it that wasn’t too much of an issue. I used the dark purple insert as a template to cut out pretty cardstock from this Wild Flower, 200gsm cardstock I found and loved a few months ago:

Having picked out three of my favourite sheets and making sure they were different so that I would have different patterned surfaced to work with according to my mood I cut out the replacement inserts and glued them into the case:

Altar Project 7

Using the 200gsm cardstock had an added advantage to the structure of the finished case in that I could open any compartment and stand it upright to use the coloured surfaces as working altars. This was enhanced once I had added my tools, crystals and items to weigh the areas down though even without the added weight, as you can see below, it held itself open very securely so that wherever I am the altar space is easy to set up and very sturdy. Here you can see the three designs I chose for the compartments that I can use as backdrops for my travel altar:

I’m really happy with how this project turned out and have found myself using the space a lot, particularly in my studio on my desk. Which paper design is your favourite?

I have been so inspired, in fact, that I am working on using these papers to create small travel altars for sale out of match boxes (both large and small) which I will post about once I have finished them.

Coming Up In Part 2:

See what tools and items I have in my travel altar for witchy goings on out and about, how I set the travel altar up and how it has been working for me so far.

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triangle flower mandalaI am not a triangle fan. They’re too pointy and pokey for my liking. I, however, did not decide on the starting shape for this mandala. I let my daughter choose and she picked a triangle. I suppose it didn’t turn out too badly considering. I daresay I could have done a better job of evening it out as well so the middle is less disjointed feeling to me and yet it is what it is.

That middle cluster of triangles is like the muddle in my mind most days, having it’s effect on the outer whole of the flower around it. It has a certain amount of beauty to it, however, and if you look close enough even the muddle is it’s own form of organised chaos.

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flower doodle 2Another ink doodle created in sessions over the course of a few days. It began as a small, five petalled flower as pictured on my instagram feed and grew outwards into this design. I can’t help but feel it would have been better without the black leaf addition towards to bottom of the drawing so why did I include that?

I like to think that these meditational doodles are more about insight than actually producing a ‘finished’ piece, at least they are for me and I think the fact that this dark leaf showed up says a lot about where I have been mentally and emotionally lately. Since doing this drawing the dark leaf has been growing. It is most definitely time for it to be pruned.

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It took me a while to get back on track but continuing on from my Oracle Card project started earlier in the year I have finished all of the earth cards now. The second one is MOUNTAIN.

Oracle Card Mountain

Keywords: Challenge, secrets, reward, difficulty, personal discovery, appreciation.

Thoughts: The MOUNTAIN stands tall and proud, connecting the rich earth and moving sky while keeping it’s own secrets close and hidden to share only with those who prove themselves worthy. To climb the MOUNTAIN or conquer the depths of it’s bowels is no easy task but MOUNTAIN grants great reward to those willing to try. There will be challenges but the view at the end and the payoff of self discovery will be worth it.

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The first of the oracle cards, intuitively painted in watercolour and ink from meditating on and connecting with one of the backgrounds was TREE; one of the earth cards.145mggz

Keywords: Strength, security, grounded, protection, gateway, watchful, guardian, truth, knowledge.

Thoughts: Deep within the bowels of the tree, beneath layers of bark and wood lies a path to the hidden self and wisdom of the Universe. TREE is both the guardian and the gateway to self discovery. Know that any steps of exploration that are taken through the hidden doorway in the trunk are taken with support, protection and under the watchful eye of TREE’s spirit. No harm will come to you on this journey and only truth will answer your questions.

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The backgrounds for the spirit suit of my oracle cards project:

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