@paintmeagalaxy Before I had to pack up most of my altar to put it on storage I used a crushed velvet curtain valance as the main altar cloth and I am currently at a stage where I swap out different color bandanas and scarves and have even went as far as to use one of my daughters baby blankets I’ve saved for her once just because it was the ONLY thing I had that fit into the color scheme of the sabbat I was honoring and just a couple of days ago I used 2 cloth thanksgiving napkins because they fit the harvest theme of lammas. I’ve seen my husband take the shirt off his back and lay it down to work on even (though that’s a little much for my liking). Your altar only has to make sense to you. You are the one who has to feel comfortable and invited into your space. It doesn’t have to meet everyone elses standard if you are comfortable in it because their path is not your path. When I’m not preparing to move and practicing from my travel altar my altar takes up an entire wall in my room and some might say it’s too big and it’s cluttered chaos
This is my lammas altar from a few days ago. True to form even though it is SIGNIFICANTLY smaller, still kinda cluttered when compared to some of the others like @Francisco
(I hope you don’t mind me putting that little detail out there like that. If you do I am sooooo sorry). But his path isn’t mine nor mine his. So at the end of the day the only “Rule” you should apply to your altar is not using anything that doesn’t give you the warm and fuzzies and that you aren’t drawn to. magic, to me and someone please correct me if I’m wrong, is about stepping out of the “normal” rules that apply to every day life to make our dreams come true. If the whole point is to step out of the box of rules to accomplish great things then why are we all worried about all these tiny little rules like what goes where in our spaces? Rules take all the fun out of magic. They turn it into a second job pretty much.
That’s my two cents. I’m sorry it’s super long I’ll step down from my soap box now.