How to Set Up Your Altar

How to Set Up Your Altar

Deciding how to set up your altar is an incredibly personal thing. Choosing what tools you need/want to include is 100% up to you, though if you’re dedicating yourself to a specific practice, there may be particular tools that are emphasized within each.

Since I am a practicing Wicca, I will be focusing on those tools, but you are free to look up particular tools for all the varieties of paganism out there whether it’s Druidism, Celt, Norse, etc. Each will be different and focus on different tools, though many are very similar and the basic tools are all pretty much the same, with minor differences here and there.

What You Need:

  • Athame or Wand
  • Candles – either pillars, tapers or votives
  • Candle Holders or Candle Plates
  • Book of Shadows Journal
  • Bowls for Water and Earth (salt) element
  • Salt
  • Offering Bowls
  • Incense
  • Incense Censer/Burner and/or Cauldron
  • Smudge Sticks and/or Palo Santo to cleanse the space

Optional Items:

  • Mortar and Pestle
  • Herbs for Rituals and Spells (you will need to look them up to see what you need or what’s most commonly used for your chosen path. Many shops sell herb starter kits!)
  • Boline or cutting knife for cutting herbs and other ingredients or inscribing candles for spells and rituals
  • Altar Table
  • Altar Cloth
  • Green Man Plaque
  • Wheel of the Year Plaque
  • Journal for your daily thoughts
  • Pentacle or Pentagram alter plaques or jewelry
  • Gemstones
  • Garden seeds
  • Runes, Tarot Cards, or Other Scrying Tools

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