I've been wanting to do a series for awhile about doing Paganism less expensively, because let's face it: Paganism, especially in the beginner 101 books so many start with, tends to be pretty commercialized. You don't need much but a bible to start out as a Christian, but pick up a beginner Pagan book and there's all kinds of lists of things you might need - wands, different colored candles, divination tools, deity representations, and on and on. A lot of that stuff is actually really helpful to your practice, especially a person like me who is both very tactile and visual. But Pagan and New Age stores tend to be expensive, sometimes prohibitively so if you're a Pagan on a small budget, or a Pagan with children who aren't the best at looking but not touching. Trust me, it is hellish trying to do a ritual with small children when you're terrified at every second that someone is going to break an expensive something. This is also helpful for those Pagans who honor obscure enough deities that finding a decent representation is next to impossible.
|Try not to leave your receipt on the counter when taking pics!|
|But if you do, just add a cute heart - no one will notice.|
So there you have it! It's probably not the best representation of Ogma that ever sat on an altar, but the fact that I made it for less than $1 makes me love it a lot more. Even if you're a broke Pagan or worshiping Slavic deities for whom no statues have been made, you can have an altar that works for your spirituality.