Here is a view of the entire set up. The broom on the left is a corn broom that’s not for actual cleaning but for stirring up stale energy (something I read about in the Green Witch book). The main surface, with the two dark purple drawers, is just from Target. It’s one of those cube organizers they sell. We actually have three in our home so far – this one (the altar), one used as a bookshelf in our home’s main living area & one in the dressing room for drawers/keeping purses.
I made the pentagram hanging to the right of it. The little dream catcher to the left was purchased on a very treasured vacation we took to the Southwestern USA a few summers back with our pups. I feel so at home in a desert landscape. I’ve never lived in one, it’s just the landscape I feel like my best self in. The agate slab wind chime is from a local shop here in Alabama.
We aren’t going to go into the basement of it (the drawers) in this post.
Some things I’ve acquired recently for my altar/practice:
I got this oracle deck because my spiritual mentor, Claire, told me she prefers oracle decks to tarot decks because the oracle cards provide you with more guidance than the tarot cards do. The Wild Unknown hasn’t released their oracle deck yet, so I went with this one made up of literary women because I am a voracious reader & a (woman) writer myself. I got this little tree made from gold wire & green aventurine – I didn’t pick the stone for any particular magical properties, I just liked how it looked & have always felt a connection to mama earth’s tree children. The third & final thing I’ve recently acquired is this (rather massive) selenite tower with a light inside. I love the way they look, both lit up or unlit, so I eventually just purchased one for myself.
Here is the main surface of my altar. For a cloth, I’ve been using this colorful one I purchased from Lush a long time ago. The sky blue candle is for my dad – we’ll get to him in a moment – because when I spoke to him through Claire & asked him what color candle he wanted me to light for him he said, “Light blue because I have found peace & I want you to, as well.” As you can see, I have The Wild Unknown tarot deck (it’s gorgeous), a singing bowl for meditation, some dried flowers in a vase, a jar with stones in it, many smaller jars which I normally store dried flowers/herbs in & a feather (both because it is beautiful & to help with blowing smoke into nooks & crannies when burning sage).
On this shelf I have a crystal (quartz), tea lights, a bowl of protective salts, a card with a photograph of my dad on it from his memorial service (he died back on June 18th – a little over 3 months ago now) because I miss him fuck tons, like to see his face & because I feel like he is one of my spiritual guides now that he’s passed. I have a bottle of lavender essential oil, a bunch of lavender buds spread around the area & two little tinctures a fellow witchy friend mailed to me.
On this shelf I have my crystal ball (I have yet to try gazing but it looks pretty cool up there), a white tea light, a crystal, some leftover lichen bark from the making of the pentagram & my moon goddess statue with dried lavender buds in her basket as a sort of everyday offering to the universe/mama earth/the goddess(es)/whoever it is who answers my silent prayers when I really need help.
Crystals & carved stone figurines of wolves I got on the previously mentioned Southwest trip. And a tea light because altars can never have too many candles.
A potted plant I am trying to bring back to life – it’s a philodendron whose leaves feel like velvet. Also a little dish that used to hold a succulent that I’ll find a purpose for, a stick of palo santo & a candle.
Next to it all I am keeping a lavender plant because my father, through Claire, told me “thank you for the lavender,” after I had planted some lavender seeds in a container on the altar (Claire had no way of knowing this) & the seeds failed to grow but I got this lavender plant for him / also because the smell is very soothing when you pluck a leaf off, rub it between your fingers & breathe it in.
That’s all for now. I’ll keep you posted on how the oracle card readings come. Claire is now officially my spiritual mentor – before I just liked to call her that lol – she’s giving me assignments/exercises to do daily & we are going to have a phone session once a month to see how things are coming along. My goal is to be able to communicate with my father’s spirit on my own. I possess some psychic ability, or so I’ve been told. They’ve just not been developed yet. It would be a great comfort to me to be able to talk to him again. I miss my phone calls with him so much (he lived in my home city in Pennsylvania, where I haven’t lived in a long time so we mostly communicated via phone calls – I didn’t/don’t visit PA too often). It has been so comforting & delightful when I’ve communicated with him through Claire on a handful of occasions since his death.