This is my hearth Altar in honour of Hestia, the Goddess of the household, although a few other Gods and Goddesses sneak in from time to time (especially Ganesha who sneaks in everywhere...Jai Ganesh!!)
I think its really important to have altars, especially a hearth altar to bless and offer nurture to the heart of the house. I have been feeling the darkness of winter lately,(I have a fluey cold..:() so I have put some lovely hyacinths on here to encourage and call the light back, and I.m burning some lovely incense that I made just now, with herbs and flowers I grew last summer. There is the antler of a Fallow deer at the back, my parents found it on holiday last year, and diligently bought it home for me (Im an antlerholic..) so that speaks of spring too. The rug hanging on the wall at the back is one of my prized posessions, its glorious, and was hard won over a few days of bargaining in Morocco a few years back.
I have many different altars in the house, I will do a series of pics of them over the next few days..
I was experimenting with little bits of flash so you could see everything more clearly, but threw it out in the end, sacrificing clarity for atmosphere..
I have a rather eclectic approach to religion and don't claim to be a member of any one.. but take elements from Paganism, Ritual magick, Hinduism, Buddhism, Taoism to form my own spiritual path..Ganesha is my favorite though.