So i wanted to do another post on altars but with more details on how to set them up, I also be going over my altars.
Okay so common things you will find on an altar are;
Altar Cloth. So this could be anything, it could have symbols of your faith, or just be a really nice piece of fabric you like. Note you don’t have to have one but it helps keep whatever you’re using for an altar clean and protected physically and spiritually.
Candles. Candles. They can be used to represent fire as well as set the mood/aesthetic and light up your altar.
Ritual Tools. So not all witches like to have their tools on their altar but for those who do, I’m talking about your athame, broom, bell, wand, chalice, cauldrons or book of shadows. Athames can be used to represent fire, the chalice can be used for water, the wand, broom and bells for air and a symbol of your faith of some kind (most common being the pentacle tile) to represent earth. I’ve also seen various people use their book of shadows to represent the element of spirit eg you.
Other things to represent the elements. Again you don’t have to represent the elements, but you can use things like rocks, twigs, or dirt for earth. Feathers or incense for air. Candles, wood, ash, or burnt wood for fire and cups, literal water or sea shells for water.
Things that you resonate with or that represent you. These could be things you’ve had all your life, like family heirlooms or just things that are special to you. If it feels right, chuck it up there.
Supplies. Some people keep herbs, crystals or oils on their altar, if you want to do that then go for it.
Something to represent your faith if you have one. If that’s statues of gods, or symbols, flowers etc whatever go for it. You want to connect to this space.
Spells, specifically spell jars, you can keep them on your altar, or even use them to represent deities, spirits, elements or other things.
Divination. Divination tools you use, they can be your pendulum, runes, tarot decks etc. Whatever you see fit.
Offering bowl. If you don’t have altars for your deities/ spirits then you can incorporate things for them in your altar and even have an offering dish if you do offerings often.
Books. alongside your book of shadows/grimoires you can also keep other craft based books you reference on, above/below or near your altar.
Things that feel right. Seriously this is your craft and your space. Do whatever feels right to you. Please remember this is just a list of ideas, feel to do as you please.
For my Altars
I have three set up at the moment. I have my ancestor altar, my seasonal (main) altar and my altar for Lady Lilith (my deity). So here goes.
[3 images. A man standing in a kitchen. A man and a woman taking a selfie. A close up of a sign. Captions: An altar is like an airport where spirits take off and land we are all strangers / bound by the same spirits Not all heroes die in armor.]
Kenaz. Meaning"torch". It is associated with creativity, inspiration, and the ability to put ideas into action. It is associated with cleansing, shamanic journeys, and the eternal flame of the spirit. It’s a complex rune, one I also a rune I associate with Loki. Perhaps I’ll discuss Kenaz more in another post.
I kept the pendant pictured on my altar for a few months, for the most part because I just felt it needed to be there. But this morning seemed like the right time to start wearing again. The time just seemed right. In a way, it’s resuming it’s place on another altar. The body is an altar as well. That too is for another post.
October 2019 // photos from my monster men poetry project. The altar I built to inspire me and call down my muses, and the notebook I decorated for the project. So glad that I’ve started working on this again.