A shrine and an altar are two different things. An altar is more of an elaborate set-up for formal ritual and extended workings, whereas a shrine is more of a simple place to go regularly to honor a deity, spirit, ancestor or whatever you hold as sacred.
Even if you have an altar, a small shrine can be a good addition to your home somewhere because the use of them is much more focused. It gives you a quiet, uncluttered place to go and attune with deity.
When I was a young Wiccan, I read Scott Cunnhingham’s book Wicca and took his advice—about 25 years later and I still start my day with a visit to my shrine, a short prayer, an offering and a brief meditation. This routine has not only brought me a great deal of peace, but I feel it’s been the most powerful way to form a relationship with my Gods, more than any elaborate ritual.
My Tip for You Today:
Set up a shrine. It doesn’t have to be elaborate—even if it’s just a candle, a cone incense burner and a bowl.
I go more into setting up shrines here:
Here’s my shrine:
Do you have a shrine? Tell me about yours!