Creating a nature altar based on the current season, is a way to align our mind, body and spirit, and bring us to the here and now. Nature itself is full of abundance, creation, and blessings, and our altar will help remind us of the abundance, creativity and blessings in our own lives.
There’s no way to create a nature altar wrong. Focus less on how the altar looks, and more on how it feels for you. Think about how you’d like to feel during this holiday season.
If you have any crystals or stones on hand, lay them out and choose one that you feel connected to for this ritual. If you have sage or palo santo, you can use this to cleanse yourself and your crystal first. Then place the chosen crystal in your hands and take a few deep breaths, connecting to the crystal’s energy.
This crystal will be your guide as you go out and into nature, helping you be aware of the beauty of the current season. Make sure and bundle up for this intentional nature walk to collect a few things for your altar.
As you walk around outside, pick up any items that you’re drawn to. This could be just a couple things, or it could be a bunch! Let your body and crystal lead the way, honing in on your intuition.
Some examples of what you might find include:
- Pine Cones
- Pine Needles
- Seeds or Nuts
When you return home, you might feel drawn to include some other seasonal items such as:
- Seasonal Herbs, like Cinnamon, Cedar or Cloves
- Seasonal Fruits or Veggies, like Pomegranate, Apple or Squashes
Other items you might include in your altar:
- Other Crystals
- An Oracle Card you want to draw
- Any other items that give you a feeling of the sacredness of the season
Before you get your creative juices flowing in the making of your altar, take a moment and set an intention for the nature altar itself. This could be:
- To stay mindful of the blessings of the season each day
- Letting go of something to fully embrace this new season
- In relation to a new project you are starting during this time
Take a deep breath and let an intention rise up in you. Once you’ve set your intention, spend some time creating your seasonal nature altar in a way that feels good.
You can set your altar space up on a tabletop, fireplace mantle, a corner of your kitchen, on a bookshelf, or wherever feels the best in your space.
This year in my home, we decided to get a mini Christmas tree instead of a big one. I have the baby tree set on a table in my living room, and the table has a shelf underneath. I created my nature altar on the bottom shelf, as this will remind me of how blessed and abundant I am every time I see it.
You can cover your altar surface with a cloth if you’d like, and start by placing your crystal in the center.
Next, arrange the other items you’ve collected around the crystal however you’d like. Again, let your intuition show you where the items would like to be placed.
Take a step back and admire the beauty of your new Seasonal Nature Altar!
Spend a few moments each day with your altar to remind yourself of the beauty of the holidays and the intention you set forth.
I hope you enjoy this sacred ritual, and perhaps it will become a new holiday tradition! Let me know how this goes for you and tag me on Instagram with any photos you post @thespiritualtravelagent.