Using Statues in Shrines and on Altars

Cult Statue of Zeus Hypsistos

Zeus Hypsistos (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Do you use statues to represent deities on shrines and altars, and if so, what benefit do they have for you? Do you care for them as temple idols that literally contain the spirit of the deities, or are they more of a visual focal point for prayers?

Personally, I feel like I’m pulling away from using statues to represent deities in my own practice. I’ve collected quite a few, but I don’t feel like they really enhanced my practice that much, especially in relation to how expensive they tend to be. A candle of an appropriate colour and a symbol from nature can be just as effective.

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