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Tiny Altars Part 1: Soap Dishes and Jewelry Boxes

I have a thing for pretty soap dishes. And I don't use a single one for actually holding soap.

I have a soap dish in the bathroom to collect my hair ties and bobby pins. A second soap dish in the bathroom catches all of the nails and screws that come out of Andy's pockets (hey, it happens when you're married to a farmer).

A soap dish in the kitchen serves as a pretty little pedestal for my dish sponge.

I've also used soap dishes to collect my rings and necklaces. Yes, I realize they make actual jewelry dishes for this sort of thing, but soap dishes are often more interesting, bigger, and on sale at TJ Maxx.

A soap dish on my altar politely holds the jewelry I like to keep there.

Which recently gave me the idea to take that soap dish and make it into its own little altar.

An altar for DIVINA and the Divine Feminine-- La Negrita, always, water, chocolate, black tourmaline for protection, a seashell-- a symbol of the Divine Feminine, a pendulum for divination, rose quartz for self-love and feminine love and dried Santa Lucia-- a flower Costa Ricans believe to bring luck and prosperity when it is given to you at the New Year.

An ancestor and writing altar on my desk. La Negrita, one of my maternal grandmother's pocket knives to cut through distractions and writer's block, my paternal grandparent's wedding rings, an opal ring because blue is the color of clear communication, a battery-operated candle (when I turn it on I am communicating that I'm showing up to work), and the Archangel Gabriel card from Doreen Virtue's Angel Tarot deck. Gabriel is the archangel of dreams and writing. My kind of archangel.

I'm very pleased with the results.

This would work well for anyone who is tight on space, needs to keep their altar quiet or, like me, has children and needs to be able to quickly pick it up and put it out of reach.

My new little soap dish altar is lovely on my desk and is indeed easy to put on top of the bookshelf or inside a drawer when little hands become too curious. I already have plans to collect a few more pretty soap dishes (any excuse, really) to use for themed altars: an altar for a specific dream I'm trying to incubate, an inspiration altar for writing and an altar for divination, to name a few ideas.

A silver-plated antique salt dish works great as a smaller soap dish alternative.

I usually use this salt dish in the kitchen to hold my rings while I do dishes but I'm loving this tiny offering!

You can go even smaller and more discrete than a soap dish and use a jewelry or ring box-- which would also be ideal for traveling!

A small pocket-sized version of the DIVINA/Divine Feminine altar above. Now you see it . . .

A small pocket-sized version of the DIVINA/Divine Feminine altar above. Now you see it . . .

Now you don't! Perfect for travel and discretion-- just empty the cap of water before traveling!

Now you don't! Perfect for travel and discretion-- just empty the cap of water before traveling!

Do you have any tiny altars? I'd love to see them!