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Are you looking for a new statue to put on your pagan altar? An animal statue may be just the thing you need. You can tap into the spiritual energy of an animal with a statue, and any deities that may be represented by that animal will be pleased as well.
Whether you are Wiccan, eclectic, or any other kind of pagan, these statues can bring new energies into your home and altar space.
If you’re just learning how to make a pagan altar, here are my tips:
- Choose decor that speaks to you. Never add something just because you believe you should. Your altar space should reflect your personal spirituality and beliefs.
- Visit your altar often. Use it as a space to center and ground yourself, so that it can be a safe haven during trying times.
- Put your altar in an area where it is unlikely to be disturbed.
- If you don’t want others to look at your altar for any reason, a simple silk scarf or light blanket can be put over it to protect the energy and sanctity of that space.
- Your altar is a living space that wants to be touched, explored, and changed. If you feel it’s time to move a crystal or change incense, then follow that intuitive thought.
- Honor your deities and whatever other energies you are tied to at your altar with incense, herbs, crystals, statues, art, and whatever else you think is appropriate.
- Make more than one altar if you think a new energy or deity may conflict with the ones established at your current altar.
What is a pagan altar? It’s any space where you can tap into your spirituality, commune with the gods or your ancestors, and perform rituals and spells. As for what goes on a pagan altar, that really depends on your needs and beliefs. Same for what direction a pagan altar should face: Choose north if you’re more tied to the earth, south if you’re tied to fire, east for air, and west for water.
Now that you know the basics of pagan altars, here are three animal statues and why you may want to include them on your altar:
Meditating Cat Statue
I love these meditating cat statues, they’re really calming and cute. Cats are a popular familiar for modern witches since they’re also widely accepted house pets. This has made them very popular in witch art and designs.
Cats are very meditative creatures so this statue is appropriate! If you don’t place this statue on your altar, another great place for it is wherever you meditate.
What do cats symbolize?
Cats symbolize many things. Patience, independence, adventure, courage, deep relaxation, healing, curiosity. All of these things are inherent in cats, in how they behave. They may also symbolize astral projection, because they are nocturnal animals that are most active at night. For this reason, statues and talismans in the shape of cats may be spiritually protective. Placing a cat statue near your bed may protect you from nightmares.
What deities are represented by cats?
There are many egyptian cat deities, including Bastet, Sekmet, Mafdet and Tefnut. Freyja is drawn in a chariot pulled by two giant gray cats. Ai-Apaec, a Peruvian god, was depicted as an old man with long fangs and cat-like whiskers. Li Shou, a Chinese cat god, appeared in the Chinese Book of Rites and was thought to protect the crops from being eaten by rats and mice. Hecate assumed the form of a cat to escape Typhon. And Ceridwen, a Welsh goddess of wisdom, had white cats that carried out her orders on Earth.
Here is a spell to ask Bastet to bless your cats.
Meditating Frog Statue
Frogs have been associated with witchcraft (and potion making) for quite a long time. Frogs are cute little creatures that really entertain both kids and adults with how they hop around and catch their meals.
This meditating frog is calming and spiritual, and it’s a great call to slow down and enjoy what you love.
What do frogs symbolize?
Frogs are water creatures, and symbolize transition. Frogs remind us that though things may be lost when we change, there are always new opportunities and abilities to be gained. As the frog goes from egg to tadpole, it loses the safety of the egg. When it transitions from tadpole to frog, it loses some of its mobility in water, but gains legs and the ability to explore the land.
What deities are represented by frogs?
One frog deity in Egyptian mythology was Heqet, who represented fertility. The Ogdoad of Hermepolis was a group of eight gods that had the heads of frogs and serpents. The Greeks and Romans associated Aphrodite with frogs because of their fertility and harmony.
Meditating Elephant Statue
This blank-faced meditative elephant (an abstract Ganesha statue according to the seller) is a great option on minimalist pagan altars! I love the smooth lines and the way the whole form seems to blend together.
What do elephants symbolize?
Elephants hold significant meaning in so many cultures! They can symbolize strength, power, wisdom, loyalty, patience, and understanding.
What deities are represented by elephants?
Airavata is the elephant ridden by the Hindu god Indra. Ganesh is the elephant-headed Hindu deity. Apedemak was a war god whose sacred animals included the elephant.