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Creating sacred space or an altar is necessary and spiritually beneficial.  If you choose you can create an altar or shrine by using a small table, a dresser top, or a corner on the floor, for the spirit of the ancestors and/or the spirit guides.  This is particularly helpful for anyone interested in ancestral veneration (ancestor worship).

Although sacred space in general doesn’t have to be an altar --- it can be a state of mind or spiritual attitude --- an altar not only focuses your energies but attracts the attention of your Saints, your Guardian Angels, and your ancestors.  

When setting your altar/shrine,  include pictures of your deceased relatives or items that belong to the ancestor spirits. (Do not mix pictures of your deceased relatives with your living relatives). You can also add inspirational items for your guardian angel spirit or spirit guides and teachers.  Your altar/shrine can be fancy, moderate, or as simple as you would like it to be.  Wherever you choose to keep your altar, it should be in a quiet pleasant place – a sacred place.  A place where you are sure no one will bother it.  The altar or shrine is the focal point or rendezvous place where you maintain a relationship with God, Jesus, the saints and angels, and those who have departed.

Your essential altar should have at least one large glass of water, a candle (preferably white), flowers (preferably white), a symbol that is sacred to you like the Cross, Star of David, a Bible, the Qur’an, a prayer book or writings of inspiration.  One of the reasons for using white and setting your altar with these particular items is to set the mood for a very pleasant and uplifting environment that will attract intelligent, good, and superior spirits.  Remember, the color white is very cool and calming and the vibration of the color signifies purity and truth.  Other colors can throw off the mood and will attract other energies that you may not be ready to handle.  There are many variations on how altars are created depending on the individual, the personal taste of the person, or the culture that the person was raised with.

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