Altars

West Altar 1998 © Patty Davis

Copyright © Richard Man
Copyright © Richard Man

At the Spiral Dance, we build elaborate and beautiful altars.   Altars provide a way of showing honor and respect for the elements , spirits and deities,  to remember and acknowledge our beloved dead, to pray for healing and transformation.  Our altar building tradition is heavily influenced by the Latino Dia de los Muertos traditions of building home altars for our friends and relations who have passed.   Here in this section we offer space for altar builders to share pictures and descriptions of altars from previous years and intentions for this year.

Copyright © Richard Man

Copyright © Richard Man

  • 2014 Intention


    With the help of Ancestors, Descendants, and the great powers of Nature, we weave Magic and Action to save our Home!

  • Admission

    This ritual is Bay Area Reclaiming’s largest fundraiser for the year, and supports many of our other activities, courses, ritual, and resources.

    Early Bird tickets now available! Sliding scale $20 to $125+. Elders (60+)/Disabled/Youth (12 to 17) $15+. Click here: BrownPaperTickets

    You may also obtain Early Bird tickets through Paypal to ReclaimingSpiralDance@gmail.com or just click the Donate button below and indicate the amount and for how many tickets you are getting.

    For Online tickets:You should have received an email response to confirm the purchase and number of tickets. Be assured! Your tickets will be held at Will Call under your name.

  • When and where

    755 Stanyan Street
    Here's a map

    Doors open at 6 PM for Altar viewing, Prelude music, and Listening Meditation of the Reading of the Names of the Beloved Dead.
    Ritual begins at 7:30 PM


  • Photography on this site

    Clicking on photographs will bring up a larger version. Please do not use the images you find on this site without permission. We are grateful to the amazing photographers who have allowed us to use their work here, please visit them online at:

    Richard Man, ImageCraft

    Michael Rauner Photography

    Michael Starkman Photography