For the longest time, I have entertained the fantasy of having a kendo at home, with tatami floor coverings, noren hanging in the doorway, art scrolls adorning the walls and a butsudan at one end. Reality dictates that this remains in the realm of fantasy for the foreseeable future, since we live in a small home with lots of people in it.
Since the zendo is not happening any time soon, my next best is to install a small shrine somewhere. I have a corner void next to my desk that is collecting dust, dog hair, and “stuff” right now, but with a little ingenuity I could turn it into a personal shrine, either on a small square table or on some shelving installed on the wall. I’m going to go with the shelving idea, I think. But do I want one or more stacked long shelves or do I want a couple of stacked corner shelves? Both have their appeal, so more thinking (and spousal approval) is needed.
But then what to put on it? I have my blue Buddha tea light holder (whom I chose to see as Medicine Buddha) and the singing bowl that I was gifted with a couple of years ago. I also have my ensō incense bowl. I think I have Zen covered, but what to add for Druidry?
I’m thinking a miniature mortar and pestle that I have, symbolizing herb craft, and a couple of offering dishes to include earth (salt) and water. I thik I might need one of these (or these, or one of these… Not sure which would serve me best), for Hecate, whom I will be working with for a while. Why? I’m not sure yet, but I’m decidedly Chthonic in attitude, and not ready to declare that I might actually be polytheist. I’ve got a lot of spirit to recover before I can even think about that. (another long story. Maybe I’ll tell it, not sure yet)
I know for sure that I want a 7-day candle burning on my shrine, but I’m not sure what the rest of the family will think about that. I also know that I do not want it to look like a coven of “Charmed” fans threw up on it. Clean, simple, direct.
But corner shelves or long shelves?