1- An altar in a dream represents the means or need to give oneself up to something that is more important than the immediate situation. Usually an altar represents religious belief of some sort. It is the table of communion togetherness but also it often suggests the division between the physical and the spiritual.
2- Psychologically, this depicts being sacrificed either willingly or unwillingly.
The act of sacrifice, or of making sacred, needs to be made in public so that it can be properly acknowledged (See Sacrifice).
3- In the presence of the Divine, we can give thanks, and be at one.
(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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.