My first altar of the new year honours Lakshmi, Goddess of Abundance. She confers wealth and all the good things of life -- everything that money can and cannot buy. The way to honour Lakshmi is to display gratitude and thankfulness for what She has already given us, not to complain about or focus on what we lack.
Her sacred colours of red and gold are reflected in the red satin altar cloth, the white candles wrapped with gold ribbon and the gold (chocolate) coins which surround her. Two tarot cards complete the altar, each one being the Nine of Pentacles, often called the "Plenty Card." The left card is from the Morgan-Greer deck and the right is from the Triumph of Life deck.
A friend gave me this lovely statue of Lakshmi about 12 years ago. She had bought it at an auction, thinking she was buying only one statue but then discovered she had, in fact, bought a case lot of twelve! Talk about abundance! So she had a lot of them to give away, LOL! I wrote a poem about it which you can read here, if you want.
May Lakshmi shower us all with abundance this year and every year!
But don't worry, She is firmly opposed to any spread of Covid-19 abundance, because it is most certainly NOT a good thing of life.
[Photo of Lakshmi Altar © Debra She Who Seeks, January 2021]