Sometimes I really wonder if some people know how to build a personal relationship with our Gods and Goddesses, our heroes,and our ancestors? The building of a shrine or altar is a very personal expression of how you feel about the one's you are honoring. You should put your heart and soul into the items and images that you place upon these shrines. They should be about your love and your feelings for the Gods and ancestors, not someone elses expression. And what is this nonsense about lighting a virtual candle?! We light real candles with real matches because fire is one of the most important of the elements ! Remember it was when the heat of Muspellheim, mixed with the cold of Ginungagap that creation started ! Our ancestors depended on this elemental force throughout their history. Sorry, but a virtual candle just doesn't do it !
What's next ? Drive - thru shrines ? "Yeah, let me honor my ancestors and give me a side of honoring my Gods." "Oh, and can I have a burger with that !" Our religion is about our love for our Gods and Goddesses. It is about the care and love we show them when honoring them. It is about years of learning, listening, and reading about our Gods and Goddesses, our ancestors, and our heroes, and practicing our rituals. I see none of this in on - line shrines. Just the same old, " I don't have time so I'll just do a half ass job of it !" And let me tell you, the Gods and Goddesses will see right thru it ! Love isn't quick and convenient, it is a long and laborious thing, but when you get it right it is wonderful !
Go with Odin's wisdom, Freyja's love and Thor's protection !