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« Topic Start: May 01, 2011, 07:00:38 pm »

I think setting up my first altar was probably the funnest thing I did when I first started studying witchcraft. I love how individualized you can make it and how open it is to creativity. I've seen witches with disco balls on their altars, and some with their favorite stars, artists, musicans, and fashion designers on them (a lot of my friends are "glamor" witches.)

I have two altars. One is hidden under my bed, it's a lid to a cardboard box. I have a hound's tooth cover for it that I use to use as a scarf...before hound's tooth scarfs became obsolete. I have all sorts of candles to represent the Elements and the Lord and Lady, and couple gigantic, grand candle sticks for lighting (when I use my bigger altar, usually the coffee table when my parents aren't home.) As a little Bohemian, cutsie touch, I have a little hippie bus candle stick for small candles that I usually stick near the south east side of my altar.

For my tiny altar, I use a dish in the shape of a flower for my cauldron/holy water. On my bigger alter, I use a large, carved wood bowl. I also have a tiny wooden broom that's been on my fridge for years and years.  For my earth side of the altar, I have two stones, a Jasper and a clear Quartz. My offering bowls are made of wood, and I keep most of my materials in an old Poke ball I've had for years (a little touch of my childhood. Tongue)

For the east side, I have a bell with my grandmother's birthday on it. I was extremely close to my grandmother before she died when I was 12. I always try to channel or connect with her when doing spell work. And of course an insense holder, usually burning Nag Champa or Jasmin.

In the center, I have a little tiny statue of the Virgin Mary holding baby Jesus, but I use it to represent the Mother, and I am the child. My pentegram is a mirror which I drew the pentegram on, because I want my energies reflected.

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So that's mine. What's yours? =P
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« Reply #1: May 09, 2011, 01:49:51 am »

I think setting up my first altar was probably the funnest thing I did when I first started studying witchcraft. I love how individualized you can make it and how open it is to creativity. I've seen witches with disco balls on their altars, and some with their favorite stars, artists, musicians, and fashion designers on them (a lot of my friends are "glamor" witches.)

I have two altars. One is hidden under my bed, it's a lid to a cardboard box. I have a hound's tooth cover for it that I use to use as a scarf...before hound's tooth scarfs became obsolete. I have all sorts of candles to represent the Elements and the Lord and Lady, and couple gigantic, grand candle sticks for lighting (when I use my bigger altar, usually the coffee table when my parents aren't home.) As a little Bohemian, cutsie touch, I have a little hippie bus candle stick for small candles that I usually stick near the south east side of my altar.

For my tiny altar, I use a dish in the shape of a flower for my cauldron/holy water. On my bigger alter, I use a large, carved wood bowl. I also have a tiny wooden broom that's been on my fridge for years and years.  For my earth side of the altar, I have two stones, a Jasper and a clear Quartz. My offering bowls are made of wood, and I keep most of my materials in an old Poke ball I've had for years (a little touch of my childhood. Tongue)

For the east side, I have a bell with my grandmother's birthday on it. I was extremely close to my grandmother before she died when I was 12. I always try to channel or connect with her when doing spell work. And of course an insense holder, usually burning Nag Champa or Jasmin.

In the center, I have a little tiny statue of the Virgin Mary holding baby Jesus, but I use it to represent the Mother, and I am the child. My pentegram is a mirror which I drew the pentegram on, because I want my energies reflected.

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So that's mine. What's yours? =P

I don't use my altar anymore, but I still have the materials. Candles, and bronze statues of Artemis and Zeus.

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« Reply #2: May 09, 2011, 10:34:46 am »

I don't use my altar anymore, but I still have the materials. Candles, and bronze statues of Artemis and Zeus.

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Hurray, someone finally replied! I thought this thread was going to disappear. Any cool candles or decorations that you used?
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« Reply #3: May 09, 2011, 11:56:48 am »

So that's mine. What's yours? =P

Since I live with people who are hostile towards my beliefs, I have a temporary altar.  It gets set up for major ritual only, which is about once a week, depending on who's around.  

It is composed of a bronze Turkish serving tray held up by a wood folding frame.  It is very low to the ground.  It's contents change according to deity, but usually they consist of: an incense holder/censor, offering bowl, figurines of sacred animals, natural (found) objects that are symbolic of the deity (such as shells or feathers), a votive candle holder, a picture/or statuette of the god being worshiped, and a vase filled with picked flowers, depending on the time of year.
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« Reply #4: May 09, 2011, 12:33:54 pm »

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So that's mine. What's yours? =P

I have a shrine cabinet with double doors on the front and drawers below.  Within the double doors I keep representations of my Gods.  On top, I have an AeroGarden with living plants, two offering bowls with feet (thanks, Erin!) and a lavender plant.

I keep my regular supplies in the drawers, and bring them out to use as needed.
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« Reply #5: May 09, 2011, 02:07:31 pm »

 
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So that's mine. What's yours? =P

There's a good photo thread on what's on folks' altars around here somewhere, if you do a good search.
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« Reply #6: May 09, 2011, 02:49:00 pm »

I have a shrine cabinet with double doors on the front and drawers below.  Within the double doors I keep representations of my Gods.  On top, I have an AeroGarden with living plants, two offering bowls with feet (thanks, Erin!) and a lavender plant.

I keep my regular supplies in the drawers, and bring them out to use as needed.

That sounds really cool! I like the idea of a little altar you can keep in a cabinet
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« Reply #7: May 09, 2011, 03:50:15 pm »

Hurray, someone finally replied! I thought this thread was going to disappear. Any cool candles or decorations that you used?

Candles are regular ones you could purchase at walmart. Decorations...Well I do have a small brown (not sure what he's made of) bear that is on the goddess side, and a wooden carved wolf for the god side.
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« Reply #8: May 09, 2011, 05:35:43 pm »


I just redid my altar a few days ago.  I have three white candles and one green candle that symbolize my faith, a seashell for the ocean, a cauldron for water, an oak leaf, and a raven feather.  It's rather simple, but I love it and it suits me.
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« Reply #9: May 09, 2011, 08:30:29 pm »

There's a good photo thread on what's on folks' altars around here somewhere, if you do a good search.

http://www.ecauldron.net/forum/index.php?topic=588.0

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an item each to represent air, fire, water and earth as well as the current phase of the moon and current season of the year. what these items are changes.
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« Reply #11: May 17, 2011, 10:03:59 pm »

i feel really spoilt when people say they have to hid their altar, i have a big circular glass table with a carved wooden base as my altar, and my entire study is filled with various pagan/witchcraft books and tools.

my altar changes constanatly depending on whats going on in my life, i always try to have fresh flowers and interesting candles (my current ones are foot high one various shade of blue the other of green) to be my god/dess symbols, and the usual elemental symbols. the coolest thing on my altar at the moment is a bunch of masks from my last esbat and a huge chunk of clear quartz with a big swirl of what i think is rose quarts in it
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« Reply #13: May 18, 2011, 03:28:29 am »

i feel really spoilt when people say they have to hid their altar, i have a big circular glass table with a carved wooden base as my altar, and my entire study is filled with various pagan/witchcraft books and tools.

my altar changes constanatly depending on whats going on in my life, i always try to have fresh flowers and interesting candles (my current ones are foot high one various shade of blue the other of green) to be my god/dess symbols, and the usual elemental symbols. the coolest thing on my altar at the moment is a bunch of masks from my last esbat and a huge chunk of clear quartz with a big swirl of what i think is rose quarts in it

This sounds absolutely fabulous, though. Anything nifty that you use for your wand or athame? Or maybe a cauldron?
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« Reply #14: May 18, 2011, 09:46:34 am »

This sounds absolutely fabulous, though. Anything nifty that you use for your wand or athame? Or maybe a cauldron?


i have never really been a big fan of the wand, maks me feel way to harry potterish, my athame is a carved flint dagger with heiroglyphs that tell the story of horus (not that im a big fan of egyptian gods but the dagger just caught my eye while travelling) and i have yet to find a cauldron that doesnt make me have flashbacks to macbeth, which is a pity cause i love brewing potions


(sorry i forgot to do the quotey thing, i started writing a reply to another post then must have accidently deleted the whole thing)
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