Gallery of Altars

Pictures of PaganPath Members' altars, and altar setup examples from the Academy course lessons provide a wide variety of creative ideas for setting up your own altar.  These are some beautiful devotional and functional altars!

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"My altar... is nothing special but it works for me and that's what matters the most right?"

Aniera Marie's Altar

"My altar... is nothing special but it works for me and that's what matters the most right?"

This is an older picture. The basics remain the same, but the little details change from season to season (both seasons of the year and seasons of my life) This is an older picture. The basics remain the same, but the little details change from season to season (both seasons of the year and seasons of my life) Zanna's Altar 1

This is an older picture. The basics remain the same, but the little details change from season to season (both seasons of the year and seasons of my life)

Zanna's Altar 2

This is an older picture. The basics remain the same, but the little details change from season to season (both seasons of the year and seasons of my life)

This is a shameful photo of my altar, just put it down to a shaky crone's hand, bad lighting and a cheap camera. Around the altar paten, I have the corresponding crystals to each day of the week, and my paten is always loaded with crystals as well, unless I'm performing magick. My totem animals are the cat and the owl and my daughter, when in school had made me a cat figurine which I keep on the Goddess side, I still have not found an owl I like. Funnily enough, I have just rearranged my entire altar area this week but have no photos as of yet, but will post later as I'm quite proud of how it came out since I live in such a small flat.

Ahladita's Altar

This is a shameful photo of my altar, just put it down to a shaky crone's hand, bad lighting and a cheap camera. Around the altar paten, I have the corresponding crystals to each day of the week, and my paten is always loaded with crystals as well, unless I'm performing magick. My totem animals are the cat and the owl and my daughter, when in school had made me a cat figurine which I keep on the Goddess side, I still have not found an owl I like. Funnily enough, I have just rearranged my entire altar area this week but have no photos as of yet, but will post later as I'm quite proud of how it came out since I live in such a small flat.  

The second photo is my "faery altar" sort-of. My garden is a bit shambolic at the moment but I dedicate the area to the fae.Ahladita's Outdoor Altar

"The second photo is my "faery altar" sort-of. My garden is a bit shambolic at the moment but I dedicate the area to the fae."

 

A formal altar belonging to a Wiccan

A Wiccan Altar

Details about this altar can be found in the Polarity 3 lesson of the Members' Witchcraft course in the PaganPath Academy

 A natural altar with earthy tools and symbolsA Natural Altar

Details about this altar can be found in the Polarity 3 lesson of the Members' Witchcraft course in the PaganPath Academy.

An altar dedicated a triple Goddess in her three phases of maiden mother crone

Triple Goddess Altar

The stone on the black cushion is a double geode that forms the shape of a round Goddess.  Like Her, the geode contains a mystery within as it has never been "cracked".  See Polarity 4 lesson in the Witchcraft course in the Academy for more details.

 

Friday's Altar for Herbalism and essential oils

Herbalism Altar

Details about this altar can be found in the Polarity 3 lesson of the Members' Witchcraft course in the PaganPath Academy.

Minimalistic Altars can be a simple arrangement of traditional magickal tools

 Minimalist Altar

Details about this altar can be found in the Polarity 4 lesson of the Members' Witchcraft course in the PaganPath Academy.

 

Brenna's Altar

Brenna's Altar

Enigma's Altar

Enigma Mystic's Altar 

An altar representing the elements.

Elemental Altar

Representing the four elements with altar tools and a tarot deck.

Found Colorado AltarOutdoor Altar

Altars are sometimes made with objects found nearby. This altar and ritual area was found by Friday near a stream in a remote area of the Colorado mountains circa 1994.

I have some red dirt from the Garden of the Gods (Colorado) that I put in my little earth holder.  I will be returning it to the Garden this June! -BlackCatt

BlackCatt's Altar

"I have some red dirt from the Garden of the Gods (Colorado) that I put in my little earth holder. I will be returning it to the Garden this June!"

Friday's Altar

This is where I do psychic readings. The pentacle is a piece of marble left from a sculptor who used to live on a commune I belonged to. It was being used as a stepping stone and I had it cut, polished, and engraved. The chalice is ceramic and has acorns and oak leaf cut outs on the stem. The sand timer/hour glass is what I use to time my readings. To the left of the pentacle is a dish of water, to the right a dish of salt. On this particular day, the representation of Goddess is a crystal quartz sphere on the left. The representation of the God is the quartz crystal cluster on the right.

In the back you can see my wand, it is just a lighly sanded stick I found in Colorado the same day I discovered the altar in the "Alternative Altars" article. The pine cones are still attached to it in a very traditional and phallic manner. The athame on the right has been retired since this picture was taken.

The small round sphere next to the candle holder is a round box patterned after medieval herb boxes. There is a small silver spoon just in front of it, barely visible. The box holds resin incense for the charcoal in the cauldron. I don't know why the charcoal appears blue in the photo. In the lower right hand corner are a few candles I use for various purposes, green, yellow, red, blue and purple. In the lower left hand corner are my two standard tarot decks, the Hanson Roberts, and the Hudes. I consider this my "linear" altar because it is where I work.

My more intuitive and creative altars are usually in the garden and are made from terra cotta pots or rocks. This altar table is quarter sawn oak from around 1800 which I refinised. It used to be nearly black! On the curved legs of the table (not visible) are carved quills which I think are appropriate for the writing I do here.

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Friday
Author: FridayWebsite: http://PaganPath.comEmail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Author & Academy Instructor
Friday is devoted to writing books and articles on a variety of Pagan subjects, and is the instructor of the online PaganPath Academy. She has studied and practiced the Craft since 1987, and worked as a professional tarot reader and vice president of a national psychic network for several decades. Currently, she is now a practicing herbalist and ordained minister. As a Master Gardener with a deep interest in permaculture, she is developing the PaganPath Sanctuary with her partner. This long term community project is an edible landscape demonstration, orchard and educational facility for future generations.

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