Creating an Altar
An altar is a special place you create to hold the objects you use in your magic practice. Your altar could be a simple shelf, table, trunk, or cabinet, or it might be something more elegant and elaborate. It can be a permanent fixture or a portable one you can easily move when necessary. You can locate your altar inside your home or outdoors. Choose a spot that feels right for you, where you'll be able to enjoy peace and privacy. If you wish, dowse to find a place that resonates with positive vibrations.
This place is yours. You can display whatever you want on your altar: fresh flowers, incense, candles, statues, figurines, crystals, or whatever else pleases you. You might like to drape your altar with a decorative cloth and hang meaningful artwork above it. This is a good place to store your grimoire, tarot cards, runes, pendulums, gemstones, botanicals, and other ingredients you will use in spells. Depending on how large your altar is and how much room you have, you could even house ritual clothing and jewelry there.
Some people like to place their ritual tools on their altars; others store them inside. Don't just leave one or two implements out on your altar, however. Lay out all four principal tools (wand, pentagram, chalice, and athame) to establish a balance of elemental energies.
At different times of the year, you might enjoy decorating your altar for special ceremonies and sabbats. Don't feel that once you've created an altar it must remain the same way forever. In fact, it's a good idea to move things around periodically and to make changes that reflect the changes taking place in your life.