Al·ter
· to make different in some particular, as size, style, course, or the like; modify.
· to change; become different or modified.

Al·tar·piece
·A piece of artwork, such as a painting or carving, that is placed above and behind an altar.

These ‘Alter-Pieces’ are intended to be lived with and absorbed slowly over time. They strive to offer a transcendent effect. Each one is titled with an affirmation that has been encoded into a sigil or symbol that forms the nexus of the image. Borrowing from esoteric symbolism and historic iconography, each one encourages transitional moments along a path of inquiry – inviting us to cross the threshold from where we we’ve been toward where we want to get to.

Protective sigils are created through a variety of methods, and result in a unique symbol or character, charged with specific intent by the creator and user. This sigil painting has been created with specific purpose in mind, and has been cleansed and consecrated to be charged with your energy and perform this function. To activate the sigil, you will need to perform the three ‘C’s – cleansing, consecrating and charging your object – in a way that is meaningful to you and your purposes. Below are suggestions for how to do this:

Cleansing: To cleanse an object you are not cleaning it on a physical level, you are ‘cleansing’ it on a spiritual level, on an energy level. Cleansing disassociates items with their past vibrations. You want to wipe the vibrational slate clean to attune it with your own energies, or those conducive to your goal.

There are several ways to cleanse an object:

  • Burn a cleansing incense like sage, and run the object through the smoke.
  • Bury it in the earth for a while, or in a bowl of salt/dirt/cornmeal.
  • Soak it in salt water, or sprinkle/spray it.
  • Hold it for a while under running water.
  • Wave it over a candle flame, or actually put it into the fire.

Consecrating: Consecrating an object means to render it sacred through some act of blessing. You can consecrate anything—you can consecrate your jewelry, your tools, even the ground on which you live, but do remember this: once consecrated, the item is sacred, and should be treated as such.

Some ways to consecrate an item include:

  • Simply saying a prayer over it, dedicating the use of the object to it’s intended purpose.
  • If you keep oils that are cleansed, charged and consecrated, you can anoint an object with those oils and blessing symbols.
  • If you work a lot with the four elements you may wish to consecrate it by Air, Earth, Fire and Water in ritual: run it through incense smoke, sprinkle some salt on it, pass it over a fire flame and sprinkle some water on it.

Charging: Charging something is empowering it with energy. You might just imbue it with positive energy, or charge it so its energies are aligned with a specific purpose. Charging requires raising a bit of energy and then directing it into the object. Once again, the method you choose can largely depend on your preferences and on the item you’re charging.

There are many ways to charge an object:

  • Dance, chant, meditate, etc. to raise power then pour that energy in to the object.
  • Perform a small ritual to raise energy and intent to invest in the sigil.
  • Perform a visualization, transferring your energy and intent to the ward, and releasing it to perform it’s function.
  • Create something entirely your own, that accomplishes this aim in the best way for you!