I love altars. For real. I love an excuse to build new ones. I love maintaining the ones that I have. I’m not perfect, of course. I probably could clean them and freshen them up more than I do, but having altars in my living space makes me happy and I am hoping I can pass a little bit of that joy onto you by giving you ideas for altar spaces in your own homes!
So, to start if you don’t already have at least one permanent altar in your living space let’s talk a little bit about what I hope will become your “main” altar. What should you include on your “main” altar? Short answer: include things that bring you JOY that you feel are a representation of you as a person. Maybe that’s a rock you found at the river that you just absolutely love or a twisty stick that you have been hanging on to but hadn’t figured out what you should do with it. Perhaps it’s an heirloom photo or pocket watch your grandfather gave you that you’ve always valued. These are a great place to start.
If you are exploring witchcraft and wanting to use your altar as a place for doing spells and ritual, your first, main altar should be a place where you keep the altar tools that you use the most frequently. Often that includes a wand or athame (ritual dagger), a cauldron, elemental representations, a bell or chime, a representation of deity (whatever god[s] and/or goddess[es] that you typically work with) and of course, whatever other items you find yourself frequently reaching for in ritual. Every witchcraft tradition has its own ideas about how you should arrange those items. As a generalization, usually the LEFT side of your altar is dedicated to the “feminine” items and the RIGHT side of the altar is dedicated to the “masculine”.
Fairy Altar – Do you like working with the Fair Folk? This is a great place for making offerings to them!
Ancestor Altar – This is perfect for people in traditions or who, in their personal practice work with ancestor energy a lot. It’s the perfect place for heirloom items that you’ve inherited that come attached with fond memories of those loved ones who have passed before us.
Do you have a main altar or other altars in addition to a main altar? I’d love to hear about the altars that you keep! If you follow me on Instagram or are a part of my Ecstatic Earth Seekers Facebook Group, I’d love to see photos if you’re willing to share! (Although some folks aren’t comfortable sharing altar photos… I’d love to hear your text comments in the section below!