Mini Portable Altars and Shrines

I love portable altars. Horn and Hearth provides a glimpse into her own personal portable shrines here. They’re lovely and I really think we need more of this! I saw an ancient Roman portable shrine (or really a picture thereof) that got me thinking again about how spiritually invaluable these small things are.

Horn and Hearth

I saw a post on Twitter from a friend saying we needed to see more portable and small altars. These are important for various reasons but for me, they were a life line when I didn’t have my own place to live and/or lived with people who were oppressive of my beliefs. I thought I would share a few of mine and how I made them to inspire those of you who need or want one.

Frigga mini box altar disassembled for cleaning purposes.

This inspiration came at a good time. I needed to take down my altars in my kitchen for cleaning. The one above is for Frigga, the All-Mother. I created it from a $1 gift box, prayer cards, a bit of crochet I made inspired by the Othala rune, prayer beads, a necklace featuring Frigga and Baldr, a little crochet mat to place offerings on, a…

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About ganglerisgrove

Galina Krasskova has been a Heathen priest since 1995. She holds a Masters in Religious Studies (2009), a Masters in Medieval Studies (2019), has done extensive graduate work in Classics including teaching Latin, Roman History, and Greek and Roman Literature for the better part of a decade, and is currently pursuing a PhD in Theology. She is the managing editor of Walking the Worlds journal and has written over thirty books on Heathenry and Polytheism including "A Modern Guide to Heathenry" and "He is Frenzy: Collected Writings about Odin." In addition to her religious work, she is an accomplished artist who has shown all over the world and she currently runs a prayer card project available at wyrdcuriosities.etsy.com.

Posted on November 24, 2021, in Uncategorized. Bookmark the permalink. 4 Comments.

  1. Greetings from the Texas Gulf Coast. What wonderful ripples the Prayer Card Project has set up. Something so simple has such an impact. Thank you, Galina.

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  2. While a bit less pocket size, but still portable, Rare Earth WoodWorks has a bunch of book size portable shrines and altars. https://www.etsy.com/shop/RareEarthWoodworks?section_id=20746341

    TrueCraftWorks has these card boxes that could be used to carry items in too. https://www.etsy.com/shop/TrueCraftworks

    I’ve also seen a number of mini shrines in tin containers like this: https://www.amazon.com/Hulless-Container-Portable-Storage-4-5×3-3×0-9/dp/B087Q8P74M
    The larger size is definitely big enough for a prayer card, with a little room to spare.

    And of course we have coins too that can travel with you. Like Dver’s recent Hermes coin, or just the old US minted Mercury Dimes, or other official coins from various countries that have our Gods on them, or the craft made coins like from vendors like ShirePostMint (Skadi, Ullr), etc.

    In the college dorm days because space was at such a premium my ancestral altar was a little mini basket about half the size of a typical 12 OZ soda can, that I kept a few ancestral pieces of jewelry in a little bag, and on top of it I had more offerings, tobacco, hershey kisses, etc.

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