What Do Your Actually Need On Your Altar?
I have so many people email me about the fact they think they cannot practice wicca/paganism/witchcraft or ritual because they can’t afford the list of 30 things a book says they need!! There are some things which of course are necessary on an altar but most are inexpensive and over time you will find you gather many treasures you find and think ‘that would look great on my altar’. Below is a list of things you really need from the start:
- Candles (you can choose colours to honour the God and Goddess generally or specific colours matching the sabbat)
- A representation of both the God and Goddess (this can be a statue, art card, something you have made, printed from online etc)
- Something to represent each element (eg earth – gemstone, fire – candle, air – a fairy, butterfly or incense, water – shell, water in a vase of flower)
- Altar Bowl
- A selection of altar oils, incenses, herb mixes, gemstones and candles for spell work. Again you dont need them all, i have created emergency spell craft on the go before with nothing but a white tea light. It takes more practice and a lot more energy as you are not layering with the vibrations of herbs, essential oils, earth etc but can be done. Budget should not stop anyone practicing their craft! Grow your witch cabinet slowly if funds are tight!
Items you will need but can take your time to gather if you don’t already have them and their substitutes:
- Athame (i do know people that have used a blunt dinner knife without problem!)
- Wand (you can use your finger!)
- Pentagram (you can draw one, you can draw one in the air with a finger, you can make one out of flowers, herbs or twigs!)
Personal items chosen by you such as:
- Candles holders
- Post cards
- Spring/Well or Blessed Waters
- Twigs and Woods
- Nuts, Seeds, Acorns
- Dried Forages Herbs or Flowers you have collected
- Fallen Feathers, naturally shed whiskers or furr from a brush of pets (my personal path does not involve working with anything from animals that area dead naturally or otherwise however this is personal choice)
You can use absolutely use anything on your altar as long as it means something to you spiritually, emotionally or magickally. Your imagination is your only limitation.