As I've progressed further and further down my spiritual path, I find that I've gradually been pulled toward a more simplistic approach to it all. Though, granted, I still take part in more formal forms of religious expression with our coven, but my personal practice has become so much more subtle, yet all encompassing, aspect of my life, that I wonder if many would recognize the spiritual tones at first glance.
Perhaps the most obvious change that has taken place can be seen in the presence of altars in our home. Originally, I had a rather ornate permanent setup for myself, however it was used on a near daily basis. This, at one point, had spread to where we had several altars in the house (I believe there were three in one room...) The entire thing was completely excessive, but somehow seemed entirely necessary at the time. But, as time passed and situation dictated, the numbers certainly decreased, as did the number of shrines about the house. This was a needed change, though, for it's far more disrespectful to have a neglected shrine than no shrine at all (especially to a Deity/Spirit that either you don't acknowledge or that doesn't acknowledge you anymore.)
At present, I have no personal altar and no "set" sacred space. Rather, what I do have is one nicely maintained shrine in the kitchen (to which the entire family uses) and a home whose entirety has been rendered a sacred space due to the way we live our lives and the (albeit informal) ritual observations we go through on a daily basis. So, yes, aside from the few structured rituals with the coven, it's rare to see me before an altar, lighting candles and incense. However, it is more likely to see me holding hands with my children, dancing about and singing songs we wrote ourselves to our Gods. It's obvious which approach is more religious, but it's also obvious which approach is more spiritual fulfilling, and that is the true point of it all.
Throwing the Bones
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