(see Carcass, Church, Holy Ground, Monastery, Te?nple)
The meeting of two worlds: religious and mundane. This is the place where traditionally the gods are honored, offerings get made, and many rituals take place. So, look beyond the altar to see what appears on it, and what occurs around it, for more insight.
If a sacrifice appears before you, ask yourself what things need to be left behind so that you can get a fresh start. Alternatively, consider if you’ve been giving too much of yourself, and sacrificing personal needs in the process.
Approaching ail altar: Acknowledging an urgent need for outside assistance of some sort. We often go to our image of the Divine when we want answers to, or help with, particularly perplexing problems.
If you have hesitated to seek that help from friends or the Universe, now is the time for action.
Improved insight or visional*)’ capacity developing. In ancient Greece, a tripodal altar was used in many divinatory efforts (see Divination).... The Language of Dreams
An altar, a sacred place for worship and prayer, may express concerns about your spiritual life. It may also indicate the need to sacrifice your desires in favor of a personal quest for spiritual enlightenment.... Ariadne's Book of Dream
Depth Psychology: Dreaming about an altar: a project will turn out well. Lighted candles on the altar: certain plans will work out. Kneeling in front of an altar means you will receive help from “above,” or a secret wish will be granted. It also suggests that humility might help in resolving a specific problem.
An altar decorated with colorful flowers means a wedding is near. White lilies on the altar: death or burial of an acquaintance.
If you are decorating an altar, it means fun and good luck!
Depth Psychology: Dreaming about kneeling in front of an altar is a symbol for your respectful and reverent ethics and the ability to sacrifice small desires on the “altar of your ideals.” True, prayerful faith can make your desires and hopes come true. See Praying.... Dreamers Dictionary
In most religions the altar signifies a sacred space where we commune with the divine in the presence of the divine, we can give thanks and be at one. Spiritually an altar signifies both the barrier and the link between the physical realms and the spiritual.... Dream Meanings of Versatile
Psychological / emotional perspective: The act of sacrifice, or rather of making our lives sacred, needs to be acknowledged and can be done through ceremony.
An altar is an appropriate place to carry out such ceremonies, so in dreams it signifies a special place of great meaning. What is placed on the altar is significant and can be interpreted in the light of your religious belief or lack of such belief. Psychologically, it is worthwhile considering what is being sacrificed or given up, either willingly or unwillingly, in everyday life.... Dream Meanings of Versatile
Material aspects: An altar in a dream represents the means or need to give ourselves up to something that is more important than the immediate situation. It can also represent the centre of your world, the starting point for a new life, or the giving up of an old one.... Dream Meanings of Versatile
Gives gender - specific: Within the framework of the differences between men’s and women’s dreams, working at an altar can highlight the difference between the archetype of the sorcerer, who tends to use power dispassionately, and the priestess, whose caring is more intuitive and in tune with what is needed.... Dream Meanings of Versatile
(1) An altar, besides being a place of sacrifice, may represent both death and resurrection. What happens at the altar in your dream may give you the clue to its meaning.
If you or someone else is being sacrificed on the altar, ask yourself what part of you must ‘die’ if new life - fuller, happier, more satisfactory life - is to be made possible. See also Sacrifice.
(2) The altar may symbolize a wedding. Possibly the wedding may be a psychic one: a (needed) union of opposites, of conscious and unconscious, to compensate for a one-sided development of personality. See also Marriage.... A Dictionary of Dream Symbols
An altar could suggest acknowledgement, adoration, or exaltation for the most religious people. Altars also predict forthcoming weddings, although if they are ruined it is a reflection of grief and loss of moral values. From a religious standpoint the altar has different meanings.
It is a place of sacrifice, so this dream could refer to a sacrifice you need to make or something that you have sacrificed for a good cause.
It is not always related to something material. Sometimes it is necessary to sacrifice your own ego and to express your own real feelings some more. An altar is also a symbol of a marriage between the conscious and the unconscious. The union of this opposing elements favors the creation of a unique and strong personality.
Dreaming that you are in a church is a bad omen because it represents mistakes and signs of repentment.
If there is a priest by the altar, it warns against disputes and domestic or professional problems. However, if you look at this church from the outside, blessing and fortune are coming soon.... The Big Dictionary of Dreams
The meaning of an altar depends on certain other specific contents of the dream, as well as on individual associations. Clearly, an altar has a more complex range of meanings for a priest than for someone who has never attended a religious service. When an altar does not relate to worship or to specific associations with one’s church, it often connotes sacrifice (e.g., letting go of something, symbolically letting go of parts of oneself ), dedication (e.g., entering into a marriage), or new beginnings (renewal).... Dream Symbols in The Dream Encyclopedia