How to make a witchcraft altar

If you’re just starting out or contemplating how to make a witchcraft altar, then I do rather hope this post offers you a touch of insight 😊

In this post, I chat about how to make a witchcraft altar, some suggestions of items to include in your witchcraft altar, how to arrange a witchcraft altar, how often you should refresh or update your witchcraft altar, and my own journey to creating a witchcraft altar.

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As always keep in mind that you are the most important element of your magick!

Now, without further ado, let’s begin!

How to Make a Witchcraft Altar

The most important thing when it comes to approaching the creation of your own witchcraft altar is to connect with your intuition and spirit. These are what matters most when choosing your tools, and how you would like to lay them out.

I’ve listed a few suggestions on different tools you may wish to incorporate on your altar, but by no means do you need to go out and buy all or any of them. Spirit should always be your guide, sacred space can be created wherever you are no matter what material items you have.

Items For a Witchcraft Altar:

  • Scarves (for altar cloths)
  • Crystals
  • Leaves
  • Driftwood
  • Stones
  • Herbs
  • Cauldron
  • Wand
  • Athame
  • Mementoes
  • Broom (a mini broom might fit best 😊)
  • Pendulum
  • Tarot or Oracle Deck
  • Incense
  • Candles (always place on a safe surface)
  • Crystal Ball
  • Art
  • Mortar and Pestel
  • Offering Dish or Bowl
  • Chalice
  • Symbolism
  • Runes

And the list goes on! The sky is the limit when it comes to creating your altar! 🌌

How to Arrange a Witchcraft Altar

The arrangement of your witchcraft altar is completely up to you! I know that isn’t particularly specific, but unless you’re following a particular crystal grid pattern or a Wiccan altar layout it really is up to you. Personally, I’ve never worked with any specific sort of ‘textbook’ altar arrangement. I let intuition be my guide as to which crystals or tools I’d like to use and how I arrange them. Whenever I update or refresh my altar it takes on a new life, and often a fairly different arrangement of my crystals.

That being said if you’re looking for inspiration for your altar, there are plenty of stunning altar arrangements out there. I myself have a playlist of my witchy altar tours on Youtube but if they don’t jive with you there are countless other amazing magickal peeps out there. All you need to do is a quick Insta, YT, or Pinterest search for witchcraft altars. Just remember not to get judgy about your own altar. It is way to easy to play the comparison game, so keep in mind that your altar is perfect magickal just the way you arrange it 💚

How Often Should You Update or Refresh a Witchcraft Altar?

This depends entirely on your intuition as well! Some witches update their altar every sabbat, or in alignment with the lunar cycle. Some simply recharge their altar without changing its arrangement. While other’s (like me) sort of just allow the natural ebb and flow of spirit to guide them on the best time to update it. Meaning that they don’t update it on a specific magickal schedule but simply whenever they feel called to (which may very well happen to fall on a sabbat or esbat). It’s all very unique to your own path. So don’t sweat it 😉

My Journey With Creating a Witchcraft Altar

When I first started down the path of witchcraft, I wasn’t at all sure I’d ever want to make an altar of my own. I’d seen a few layouts of how to make them in different beginner Wicca books, but I didn’t feel myself called to create a similar one. As my path diverged away from Wicca and towards a more traditional approach to witchcraft, I still didn’t feel called to create an altar. It was a bit of a conundrum to me honestly.

As time went on, and I continued to journey along my path, I began to collect more witchy pieces and tools, like crystals, leaves, and herbs. I think it was this, more than anything that took me on an altar building journey. I even fondly referred to one of my first altars in a YT vid, as a ‘non-altar, altar’, it makes me smile thinking of that now.

Perhaps, the word altar didn’t resonate with me at first because of the spiritual move I had taken away from Christianity to paganism. During my childhood, an altar was a place where the Eucharist was blessed, where priests said mass, and where I altar-served. This undoubtedly had something to do with my early reluctance to use the word altar to describe the area where I had begun to collect, and arrange my witchy tools as spirit called me to.

As I became more comfortable with my chosen spiritual path, and discussing it with others the word altar ceased to bother me. Instead it became a natural word to describe this sacred space where my tools and I could recharge our magick. Since then, I’ve almost always had an altar set up in my home, even if it was just a candle and 2 or 3 crystals, due to packing stuff away while moving.

The focus of my altars has also changed over time. As I work with different deities the symbolism on my altar ebbs and flows like a spiritual tide. Right now, I don’t have any representation of specific pagan deities on my altar. It is centred more around crystals I am presently working with, elements of nature like bits of driftwood, and leaves, and one of my paintings of nature. In the future, it may again include representations of deities, but either way I’m okay with it. I’m perfectly happy to let it unfold in time as my spiritual path winds and turns. 🌳

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