- 003. The Thrifty Witch
Once upon a time we were all baby witches and wanted all the bells and whistles. Until we found out how much $$$ it would cost us.
At this point, we put on our Harry Potter thinking cap and decided the best way to acquire what we needed, not necessarily what we wanted. So we start with the basics. You don’t have to break the bank to set up a simple altar. Anything is acceptable.
An altar cloth
A pretty napkin as an altar cloth or a pretty piece of fabric will protect your table from wax and can be easily replaced. When you can afford a better altar cloth, then get it.
Pentagram – you can carve it in clay, or draw it with pen and paper to make it by twisting hay. I have a cobalt star that I found somewhere.
You can get circular wooden coins at any hobby store. Paint them with the elemental symbol you wish to represent. If you find a smallish branch fallen from a tree, make wood slices as an elemental representation.
You can buy expensive candles, or pick some up at the dollar store. I like birthday candles, they don’t burn as long and are economical. I have a tiny candelabra that holds birthday candles. Oh, and candles can be remelted and made into new candles.
Bowls, dishes, salt pot… or symbols
You might consider buying a little girl’s tea set for salt, holy water, etc
Your altar is unique to you and nobody else should be telling you what is right or wrong about it. Those cheap little bottles at the dollar store work well for storing your potions, like Florida water, holy water, etc
Beads, stones, flowers. Symbols
You can use any symbols depicting your beliefs. What you can see becomes real and precious, but the mind, being a most wonderous organ receives messages from the eye and it (the brain) then translates it into the image it ‘thinks’ you see. As for findings from the earth? Old beads, pretty pebbles, a flower or two.
Even sigils make great symbols for your altar.
I have to remind myself to keep it simple or I’d have an altar to rival the Pope LOL!
Just bear in mind that this is your most sacred workspace, devoted to Deity.
Other than that? Have fun!