I have been away from home for nearly five full days. This isn’t that unusual. My work takes me away rather often. But, this is the first time I’ve traveled at all since I began my work on the Dedicant Path.
The trip I’m on now, which still has another 3 days yet, has been a kind of trial run in maintaining my spiritual discipline on the road. As the year goes on I will likely have cause to travel for 2, perhaps 3 weeks at a time, and keeping up with my work – specifically my daily devotionals – is very important to me.
I trust that the academic side of the DP work may be put on pause during long trips. One can only carry so many books at a time, and – alas – most Druid-relevant titles haven’t made their way to a digital format….which, I might add, strikes me as a little strange. You’d think, as Nature Worshippers, we’d be on the forefront of non-tree based media. Why aren’t our titles on the iTunes or Amazon bookstore?
I’m OK with taking a pause from academia. But, worship? Worship goes with.
Enter, the travel altar.
This little Altoid box contains all I need to set up the Hallows and create a sacred space for my morning devotional. Items I brought with me:
1. A tea-light candle
3. A dram of the water from my home-altar chalice
4. An itsy-bitsy offering dish
5. A photo of an Oak tree (just like the one here on Bishop in the Grove)
On this trip I had the pleasure of visiting a great, nearly 200 year old Fig tree, and I picked up this small piece of broken branch from the ground beside it. I’ve been using it for my Sacred Tree (but the photo worked just fine before then).
Having this portable altar has brought my daily tradition with me, and as a result this trip has been imbued with a new spirit and an invigorating energy. There has been a sense of continuity and integration. I’m still the same Druid-y Teo I was back home. I didn’t shed that as soon as I stepped on the plane.
Blessings to Rev. Michael J Dangler for sharing this idea with me. If you find yourself in a situation where you might need to travel, or if you would simply like to have the ability to ritually connect with the Kindred wherever you are, I highly recommend fashioning for yourself a little kit like this.
6 responses to “My Portable Altar”
I love, love, love this! Too bad I rarely travel these days. 🙂
Thanks! It may still be worth making… never know when you might need it!
I have a little travel altar too. I sometimes find it hard to use simply because I tend to crash in peoples' homes and they stay up very late or have issues with candles. Next time I might just visualize a flame. lol
I find the photo of the tree worked well for me. Perhaps an image of fire would work for you. 🙂
[…] it had at any moment prior — and pushed me off-balance! The water rushed up towards my tiny, portable altar and consumed it, putting out my little candle and filling my tin with sand. I laughed out loud, […]
You like to sew right? You can make teeny tiny altar cloths. It’s a great project because you get to whip out all the really fancy stitches and feel like you are making something grand but in miniature so you finish in a nice evening or two.