Okay, so maybe we missed the boat on Spring Cleaning... but it's always a good time to refresh your altar! We spent some time pre-Solstice in the Treasure Palace re-building our sacred spaces around the shop, and given the intense social and cosmic climate we thought it might be nice to share some tips and truths with our digital coven about constructing witchy workbenches.
Shrine on, altars up!
No but really, what goes on an altar?Some witches like to represent all five elements in their spellwork: Earth, Air, Water, Fire, and Spirit. It's a way of aligning yourself with the forces of nature, and acknowledging the space you occupy. Some ideas for sacred objects to represent the elements: Earth: Crystals, sand, dirt, herbs, salt Air: Incense, feathers, pictures of butterflies/birds, a bubble machine Water: Well... water. Also seashells, liquor, pictures of marine life, a souvenir cup from Disney on Ice Fire: Candles (battery-operated counts), pennies, Carnelian, Citrine, a lava lamp, a picture of the Sun or a campfire Spirit: This is the REALLY fun one because Spirit can be... anything. Pictures of ancestors, statues, lucky charms, childhood toys, heirlooms, weird stuff you found at yard sales. Spirit is like, the battery of the altar. It jumpstarts your intuition so you can focus your intentions. You can also represent the senses on your altar to help pull yourself into the moment, mind and body. This is especially great for meditating or achieving a trance state in your sacred space. Some ideas for sacred objects to represent the senses: Taste: Food, drink... edible lube, if that's what you're up to Touch: Sand, rough crystals, smooth crystals, something very cold, something very hot, a Beanie Baby Sound: Music, nature sounds, ASMR videos Sight: Candles, pictures, Tarot cards, statues, the view out your window Intuition: See "Spirit" above
Now you do magic! Easy! In all seriousness, it's up to you, boo. If you wanna dance in front of it, hell yeah. If you wanna sit quietly and just let the magic of your space hold you, sounds great. If you want to focus on each object in turn and speak an intention aloud, well that would be cool too. You can cast a big protection bubble around your shrine and imagine it extending out to cover your whole house, your whole neighborhood, the whole world. You can call on Spirits or faeries by name and ask for messages or thank them for their blessings. You can write emails to your representatives or fill out a new job application. There's also this amazing ritual for creating an altar for the Protection of Black People which you keep up and running for a whole week. Whatever you decide to do at your altar, know that it's yours alone unless you want to share it. Don't feel pressured to post it on social media, but also don't feel ashamed for showing off your sacred space. Your practice is what you make it.
Okay so now what do I *do* at my altar?
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