Persephone is one of those deities that can help us process emotions and situations that are hard to handle alone. I love how deities can be so much helpful in our everyday life and in our craft, but also in exploring our inner realm, our true selves, and the person we want to become.
Today I want to share with you some tips and tricks on creating an altar for Persephone and why it is so great for your overall personal growth! Let’s begin!
Why should I create an altar for Persephone?
Persephone is the queen of the underworld. You should create an altar for Persephone to honor the dead, connect with spirits and embrace death as part of our life. She is also the goddess of agriculture and grains.
When should I create it?
You should create the altar on a night of the New moon when darkness is at its peak. If you want to do it on a specific day of the week, I’d recommend a Monday when the lunar energy is stronger than usual.
Otherwise, you can create the altar right before saying a prayer for the departed, before casting a spell or performing a ritual. This altar can also be useful if you want to explore divination to connect with the spirits.
An altar can also be a great aid to you if you feel like you’ve been struggling to accept death, when mourning is clouding your vision of the future and when you feel lost. She can help you accept death and heal from the emotional wounds left by it.
How to create an altar for Persephone? A step-by-step guide
Find a place you like: this first step is the most important as you have to find a place that makes you feel relaxed and disconnected from the day-to-day grind.
This will become a sacred place where you spend time in calmness and where you focus to cast spells, perform rituals, and chant prayers, so make sure it is a relaxing place for you. A place where you feel cozy and protected.
Try to place the altar near a window where the moonlight can get to the altar and, in this way, the energy of the moon can become part of this sacred space.
Bring some special elements connected with her.
Down below you will find a list of a few interesting items you can use to customize your altar and make it perfect for Persephone. Those are not fixed mandatory items but simple suggestions!
Picking other objects that remind you of her will work just as well and she will appreciate the special, heart-felt additions you’ve made.
Use incenses to make the place even more sacred and connected with Persephone. Cypress incense is the best incense for Persephone. She likes it so much!
Lighting a black candle is another great way to start creating your altar as black is the color of darkness and the underworld, both of which are dear to Persephone.
Main elements of the altar for Persephone
- A figure or a picture of Persephone: choose an image you like that makes you feel connected with Persephone!
- Honey, grains, and a glass of wine. She loves these foods and drinks and it can be a great way to welcome her to your altar.
- A picture of your loved ones who have passed away, to honor them and connect with them with the help of the queen of the Underworld.
What should I do next?
You should light the candle on the altar for Persephone every time you are going to chant a prayer for the departed, every time you are going to cast a spell, perform a ritual, and so on.
A great ritual for you to perform is a moon ritual to let any negative emotion disappear and make room for acceptance surrounding death.
How to store the elements when you’re done?
Most of the elements used for the altar are organic. The best way to store them is to store them in a few boxes or small glass jars. You can then thank the elements and use them as ingredients in meals, so long as you eat them mindfully if that sounds like something you’d like to do. If you want to get rid of them, you can bury those elements so their energy can get back to earth, their original source.
Inorganic elements like figures and pictures can be carried with you as talismans, or you can store them to reuse them at a later date, for other altars, or for another altar for Persephone if you ever make it again.