Fire, water, and flowers are the basic components of all offerings; additional items are given according to one’s profession and wealth, and the season in which they’re made. No matter what the offering, it must be of the finest ingredients and ritually cleansed before being placed. If you go to the traditional market you will see a lady who sells colorful flowers for offerings
Red Oak Leaf Fire Star by Richard Shilling. He makes these little creations out of natural materials and then leaves them for people to find. They're beautiful and that sounds fun! I wanna do something like this.
The practice of creating mandalas as a sacred art and spiritual science originated many thousands of years ago in India. Mandala in Sanskrit means sacred circle. The original purpose of creating mandalas was as a meditation device to awaken to one's true immortal self, by directing creative energy inwards and upwards through the spine to the "mandala of light", otherwise known as the spiritual eye.