One of my favorite ways to welcome and harness the energy of each season, is to create a small dedicated space to honor the seasonal shift.
The act of creating a physical shrine or altar in alignment with nature’s seasons can act as a reminder of the lesson’s we learned in the previous season, it can assist us to release what no longer serves, and finally it helps us to welcome in the fresh and new. If you are unsure of what exactly an altar is, I wrote a blog about it here.
The season of Summer is warm and inviting. It is the growth and blooming of the seeds that were planted in Spring. It is the celebration of the light. The generous glow of the sun warms our hearts, minds, and souls. It is lazy summer evenings, fantastic sunsets, socializing with friends, and soaking up the nostalgia of it all. It is the tending to of the dreams and visions that first came to us in Spring. Summer is the season where it all converges, crystallizes, and takes shape. It is where we truly begin to see the intangible made tangible. It is the element of Fire as it brings in creativity, inspiration, and abundance. It’s the sensation of the warm sun on our skin as we relish in the sensual full bloom of the summer flowers. They hold deep symbolism of our own blossoming. The pure pleasure we gain from sharing the gifts of our heart.
Summer is my favorite season as my most treasured memories relate to summer. I spent countless summers with my grandparents at the family cabin. Passing the hours with my sister as we searched for glittering seashells in the sand, foraging for wild strawberries, feeding sunflower seeds to squirrels, aall while chewing watermelon Hubba Bubba gum.
As I grew older, warm summer nights were spent socializing with friends. We rode our bikes, listened to music, and eventually partied late into the night in gravel pits. To me, summer represents coming of age. The space in which we can’t wait to be an adult but are completely naive in our desire for what we think our futures hold. It is where our dreams begin crystallizing but we don’t quite have a grasp on how it will all look. We are filled with hope, optimism, and the allure of endless opportunities that lie ahead waiting for us.
Summer and the element of fire beckons us to connect with our inner child. To forge ahead with wonder, curiosity, and possibility. This is the season of playfulness and sensuality!
The first step in creating an altar is to gather the items you want to arrange. For summer, I recommend collecting items that speak of warmth and joy. Items that remind you of the rituals that may have been markers for you throughout your life, ones that bring up fond memories, like those summer memories I touched upon . Collect pieces that make you feel happy, childlike, and enthusiastic.
For my altar I included:
a platter to arrange my items on. I picked this one up at Winner’s years ago and use it for my seasonal altars :)
a new fire candle and mist
joyful bunch of yellow daisies
one of my favorite tarot decks, The Tarot of Cat People
some crystals including citrine, smoky citrine, fire opal, tiger eye, and my favorite pyrite skull named Pete from Veil and Velvet
my incense and embers perfume from Gather Perfume
a beautiful piece of art my son made at school this year
a small pewter dish, to remind me to keep my hands open to receiving. It will hold a few crystals that represent manifestation and abundance .
a lucky Chinese coin
Once I have collected my items, I simply begin the therapeutic process of arranging them on the platter in a way that is aesthetically pleasing to me. This process isn’t meant to be fussy, altars are meant to be dynamic. Personally, I like to add things along the way and shift things around throughout the season. I will often add different stones. I always place my intentions and any cards or ritual items I want to use on the altar to charge.
Charging items on an altar infuses items with the intentions we held when we created the altar. For this altar, my intentions were to honor the beauty and joy of summer, while also harnessing the power of the fire element. Fire represents joy, abundance, inspiration, and creativity. Any items that I place on the altar, will then soak up all that good energy and act as a potent reminder of the wisdom of this season of summer.
Once autumn arrives, I will clear it all off and start anew.
I love breathing new life into items I already own and displaying them in a way that brings me joy. It’s also important to incorporate something fresh and new. I always include a new candle and mist each time I create a seasonal altar. Fresh florals are also one of my staples, I most often pickup a small bouquet when grocery shopping.
If you are wanting to embrace playfulness and joy, have a go at creating a small corner that’s just for you.
For honoring the season of summer, I recommend any of the Fire element products to assist you with developing more inspiration, joy, and abundance. Hop over to the online boutique and take a wander through.