Altar Set-Up for Beginners and Wiccans on a Budget
My Wiccan Altar Set Up - "Before" Pics
Starting a Fresh Wiccan Altar Set Up
Eye of newt. Bone of chicken. And a Dead man's toe. To be successful in witchcraft, that's all you'll need to know...just kidding! If you're looking to find black magic tips, you've come to the wrong place! This hub was written so that I can share my "coming back home" to Wicca process with other Beginner Wiccans and Wiccans on a budget. The Wiccan Altar Set Up advice that I give here is specifically for beginners and those who don't have a lot of money or space in order to practice Wicca exactly the way they imagined...but take heart! Where there's a will (and a Wiccan), there's a way! (By the way, no lizard parts, poultry skeletons, or pieces of corpse are required! If you weren't aware of that, scroll down to the links and read "How to Become a Wiccan", because you are apparently confused on the subject.)
After recently coming back home to Wicca and re-dedicating myself, I'm in the process of collecting a new set of Wiccan tools and starting a fresh Wiccan altar set up. Unfortunately the house that we're living in is limited on space, so I don't even really have a corner where I could set up a new table for my Wiccan altar set up; however, I do have a beautiful, dark wood nightstand with an open bottom compartment that I figured I could utilize for my new Wiccan altar set up and Wiccan tool storage.
The first thing I did was stock the bottom shelf with my Wiccan and Pagan books and Books of Shadows that I've had from years ago. I also had a pretty floral box and a wooden picnic style basket to use for storage purposes (I have a three-and-a-half-year-old who will play with things carelessly if I don't hide them). A couple other items I already had were a collection of gemstones and minerals, a little fairy moon figurine, a set of Celtic ogham wisdom sticks, an incense burner (a.k.a. censer), a beautiful green Celtic Knot altar cloth, and a few other items. These are all Wiccan items that I have collected or were given to me over the years. You may be able to find items such as these in your home right now, without having to go out and buy or find these Wiccan tools recommended for a complete Wiccan Altar Set Up.
Items You Can Find In Nature by Element
Wiccan Altar Set Up - Wiccan Tools
Wiccan Altar Set Up - Finding Tools and Wiccan Supplies Without Spending a fortune
There is a certain list of "tools" that Wiccans use in their magical rites and rituals specifically for their Wiccan altar set up, some of which I already had and some of which I had to go out recently and find or purchase on my own accord. The Wiccan altar set up tools that I wanted to find (that I didn't already have) included a wand, a cauldron, a censer, a mortar and pestle, a symbol of the goddess, a symbol of the god, an athame, and a chalice (or cup).
I decided to go to the local thrift store near my office and guess what I found? A three-legged, black cauldron of sorts. It is made out of glass, porcelain to be exact, which means that it is not a totally heat-proof dish; however, if I fill it with some salt then I should be able to burn candles or incense within it during Esbats or Sabbats. The paint on the bottom of the three legs seemed to be worn off, so I added a fresh coat of black paint to them (I had the paint in my closet already) and let it dry for about 8 hours and VOILA! The cauldron looked fabulous and more than usable for my Wiccan rituals on my Wiccan altar set up. And I only spent $1.25 on it!
The second item I found at my local thrift store was something that I've always wanted in my Wiccan tool collection and Wiccan Alter Set Up - a mortar and pestle! I had no idea that I would've found a black three-legged cauldron and a mortar & pestle at the thrift store, but there they were...sitting there, ready for me to snag them and take them home to use for my Wiccan rituals and Wiccan altar set up. Though the mortar and pestle is small, with small pestles, it should work just fine for my beginner Wiccan alter set up and tools...not to mention that it was only $2.00! So, along with my cauldron and mortar & pestle set, I left the thrift store with spending less than $4 total. Keep in mind, thrift stores are also wonderful places to find bottles and jars for herbs and incense, fairy figurines, buddhist figurines, baskets, containers, etc. that could all be connected to your spirituality and be a beautiful part of your beginner Wiccan Alter Set Up or Wiccan Alter Set Up on a budget.
After heading to the thrift store, I decided that it wouldn't do any harm to swing by a local new age/Wiccan/magic shop. It's located in the same area as my office building and I had been wanting a chance to visit for many months, so this gave me a reason to visit. I walked in and was immediately comforted by the relaxing atmosphere, complete with "God and Goddess" music, a wafting aroma of incense and herbs, and three ladies with wonderful auras greeting me as I roamed about. I did end up spending a little more than planned, about $45 to be exact; however, I found some wonderful Wiccan Alter Set Up tools and supplies.
I grabbed a small bundle of white sage ($7) for cleansing, which I plan on using to cleanse my sacred space in my bedroom and also the rest of the house. A small abalone shell ($4.50) for smudging, which I will use in future smudging rites, etc. Two stones - a butterscotch jasper (I couldn't get over the beauty of the carmelized color, $1) and a serpentine sphere (I'd never even heard of this stone and I was drawn to it immediately, $6). A green pendulum (which I tested in the car and it was swinging in a very happy clockwise motion within the first five seconds of using it, $8) and last but not least - a small Goddess (I think it might be Gaia) chime-candle figurine for $23. The Goddess figurine was truly calling out to me. I had walked by it, admired its beauty and energy for a moment, and walked out of that section of the store...and then I had to go back and get it. I simply couldn't leave it there. The lady who checked me out said, "Oh, I'm so glad she's finally going to a good home. She has a wonderful energy, doesn't she?" And of course, I agreed. What beautiful items to find for my personal Wiccan altar set up.
Over the next few days, I didn't spend any more money on my Wiccan altar set up and Wiccan tools, but I spent a lot of time outside going for walks with my daughter. I opened myself up to nature and what she had to say to me and in me being so opened to the message, she talked! In peaceful quiet ways, and then in the form of a roaring wind, but she talked and I listened. On one particular walk, a feather presented itself to me, as well as a triple-leafed twig (or what I took to represent the triple-goddess). We also found a beautiful elephant ear plant growing all around a ravine, which I picked a leaf off of but quietly thanked the plant for giving of itself to me. Perfect items for my Wiccan altar set up and they were totally free. All I had to do was honor the goddess and open myself up to nature. You can do the same thing. Go for more walks or sit out in your yard and just listen to what the wind has to tell you, or maybe what a tree or bee is singing to you, and you will be given gifts for your Wiccan altar set up, too.
Wiccan Altar Set Up - "After" Pics
Wrapping Up - New Wiccan Altar Set Up & Tools
For my first ritual, I performed a very short prayer to the God and the Goddess. Unfortunately my daughter woke up earlier than expected so I had to make it short; however, it was short and to the point and I got to use my new Wiccan altar set up and Wiccan tools. It turned out to be a very simple Wiccan altar set up, as many of the tools that I collected really had no use for this particular Wiccan ritual.
As you can see, I laid out my Celtic green altar cloth first. Then I placed a mirror and two pieces of coral in the West, representative of the element water. The triple-goddess leaves and stones were positioned in the North to represent Earth, the fairy figurine and feather in the East to represent Air, and a candle to the South to represent Fire, of course. In the middle, I placed my new Goddess figurine, as well as a gold pin to represent the God. Unfortunately, I don't have anything to represent the God just yet, though I've been waiting to come across an acorn or some sort of golden candle or deer candle to represent the God. It'll come to me in time. I chose the gold pin, as it is made of gold which is representative of the Sun, which in turn is the God's domain.
A simple prayer was said, and I can tell you that I feel great. My Wiccan altar set up wasn't hard to do, and the Wiccan tools weren't hard to find or cost me hundreds of dollars. Though I would still like to have a few things such as a God statue or representation, a chalice, and an athame, they are not fully necessary to talk to the God and Goddess, and Wiccans know this. The Wiccan altar set up itself isn't necessary to communicate with the God and Goddess, but it is a wonderful sacred space in which to do so.
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