Of great importance for Wicca practitioners, the altar represents your personal space.
This altar is needed not only to deposit your tools, but to also create an intimate space that is magickal and connected to your energy. This altar should be something you like very much, that represents you as a person and that expresses your desires and inner feelings. Every object from your altar should be special and it should make you think positive and be enthusiastic. You can go for making an altar that you put away after you are done with magick, or one that is always displayed.
In order to make an altar you don’t need anything fancy or expensive. Indeed, there are many pretty accessories for making an altar on the market, but you don’t really need them.
You can of course purchase them and use them without any problems. Take a night stand, a coffee table or anything alike that is big enough for your purpose. In addition, pick a piece of dark-colored cloth to put it over the table. This has a protection role for the table that could get dirty from candles and other fluids that you might use. Theoretically there are no rules for making an altar, but you’ll have to combine its decorative side with its practical side. Here are some examples of classical altars:
Some Wiccans dedicate the left part of their altars to the Goddess and the right part to the God. The left side usually includes a white or silver candle that represents the Goddess, a statue that depicts the same entity, water bowl, cups, stones and crystals.
The right side might comprise a yellow or golden candle that represents the God, a wand, a bowl with salt, a blunt knife (athame), a cutting knife (Bolin) and lighter or matches.
Other Wiccans place objects on their altars based on the elements. More specifically, whatever represents air stays in that side of the altar. The same goes with all the other elements. The central part of the altar is dedicated to the God and the Goddess and it could also include the Book of Shadows.
These examples are only meant to guide you. You shouldn’t try to copy anyone’s altar, but make your own personal one. If you decide to organize it depending on the elements, that’s fine. However, keep in mind that it is not mandatory.
Get creative and make it as unique as possible while maintaining a balance between practical and decorative. Feel free to change your altar’s theme when seasons change or when your mood changes.