angel shrines

Oak-corns and Apple-thorns

February, 2013

Angel Shrines and Dividing Lines

One recent study showed that more Americans believe in angels than in Climate Change.  Another showed that two thirds of Canadians believe in angels.  Although Britons are more skeptical than Americans and Canadians, I found strong poll numbers in Europe, New Zealand, and South Africa.  Another study showed that over 90% of sub-Saharan Muslims believe in angels.  Angels seems to poll rather well regardless of country, culture, or religious affiliation.  I even found one study showing that 8% of atheists believe in angels.

They say that to avoid conflict you shouldn’t discuss religion or politics around the hors d’oeuvres.  But guess what — it just may be okay to talk about angels.

Don’t have much experience with angels?  Make yourself a shrine and get started.

To make my shrine I started with a wooden wine crate.  I gave it a coat of paint — blue on the outside and gold on the inside — and a then selected some decorations from what I had around the house.  I found a greeting card with an attractive angel image and used that for the centerpiece (Witchy tip: Save greeting cards with pretty images.  They come in handy for arts and crafts, can be used in spell casting, as a connection to loved ones after they’ve passed, as focal points for meditation, etc etc.).  We had a bag of glass and plastic gemstones in the craft box left over from a project a few years back, and those I hot-glued around the image.  About ten years ago my daughter broke a mirror, and had put the shards in a mason jar in the windowsill to reflect light and chase away evil spirits (there’s another witchy tip for you).  I hot-glued the pieces of mirror around the walls and top to enhance the effect of the light inside.  As I come across flat, shiny objects I’ll be continuing to adorn.

When your shrine is complete, give it a spiritual cleansing and consecrate it with some sacred words, bless it with oil, smoke, water, and salt, and get work.  If you make one like mine, you’ll find that it’s easily portable.  Carry it outside for a garden prayer session, take it with you to a group meeting or to a sick friend’s house to work a healing, or just move it around the house for the sake of convenience.

There are thousands of angels, maybe even one for each person, perhaps even an infinite number.  Start with a popular angel, the angel associated with your birthstone, the patron saint of your occupation, or pick one from a book, myth, story, or tale that touches you.  Use your shrine to make an offering to the angel of your choice.  Get to know a one or two.

Just remember that no mater which angel you choose, somebody somewhere is doing the same thing.  They may be next door or half a world away, in a hidden grotto or a mighty cathedral’s pew, on a ratty mattress in a blood-soaked city or in a suburban rancher’s lacy bedchamber; they may be asking for health or safety, peace or vengeance, energy or calm.  Just remember you’re not alone.