Sacred Altars, Antiquity Reimagined
What is an altar?
As I write this explanation I'm hoping that you travel through time, pass by a few ancient religious sites, encounter a few Ethiopians at the church of Lalibela, have a cup of Chibuku shake shake in Zambia with an elder and fast forward, quantum leap back to present day 2018.
Grounded in antiquity is the art of sacred altar building. For as long as human beings have experienced the Holy spirit of a Goddess/God energy the act of communion has been apart of everyday life.
As we evolved and culture's developed, the one thing most of us have in common is the act of ritual. Our religious beliefs might differ, but each of us are rooted in ritual.
In a mountainous region in the heart of Ethiopia, some 645 km from Addis Ababa, eleven medieval monolithic churches were carved out of rock. These building's are attributed to King Lalibella who set out to construct them in the 12th century, a 'New Jerusalem', after Muslim conquests halted Christian pilgrimages to the holy Land. (Wiki)
The altars are said to be so holy that unexplained healing happens just by approaching, kneeling or getting close to one of the holy altars.
Antiquity reimagined gives us the benefits of an ancient practice in our modern times into which we can discover the parts that most resonates with us.
Let me go further. Explain a tad bit deeper.
As we travel the past and search the religious centers across the globe we will find that almost all religious centers have a holy place and or space within the physical structure.
The altar is the holiest part of the interior structure and in ancient times was used for spiritual communion, divination in some faiths and sacrifice in others.
Today, we can see the altar evolve in most faiths. The altar today in Christianity is used to lay down your burdens. Not physically, but in the spirit. Still maintaining the understanding as our ancestors had, that the altar is the holiest place in the church.
From an ancient Khemetic (Egyptian) perspective powerful women were known the world over not just for their shrines, but also for their worship and spiritual centers. Queen Hatshepsut was said to keep a jar filled with cedar resin on her altar.
From a deeper African perspective Queen Iyoba Idia of benin was said to have a power liken to 100 warriors, her cleverness and strength was said to be linked to her spiritual work, she did not deviate from her practice and was sure to be at her altar with all of her medicines and herbs before defeating her enemies. Tradition tells us that her entire body was covered with altar tools and amulets that she adorned her body with before battle. Battles she had no trouble winning.
If we are honest with ourselves we will find that the worlds most powerful women had ritual of some sort at the forefront of their lives.
If we are to maintain our spirit in today's busy times we must first slow down and build an altar.
First we build the altar in our minds, we prepare to go deep by cleansing our thoughts and becoming disciplined in our actions.
Then we become the altar and cleanse our bodies and last we build it physically in our home.
It is of my opinion that every home must have a holy space, an altar for healing, spiritual healing, communion with the most high, and or to have a sacred place for prayer.
5 things to adorn your altar for spiritual reverence:
A garment that is extremely important to your family
Today you go to your altar before you engage with the world, in your mind you become the altar. Tomorrow your legacy will proceed you.