Like many practitioners of the Craft, I prefer to have an outside altar whenever possible; a mossy tree stump, a clearing of earth amongst the trees or a beautiful meadow (all of which I am most fortunate to have at hand locally) For me, performing Magick and ritual outside is as natural as breathing, but there are times when it is not always possible to do so and an indoor altar is called for. I have many altars in my home and garden, ranging from small to elaborate and they change frequently according to the seasons and my own personal taste.
My altars are where I cast my spells, they are where I work with herbs and resins, they are a place to inscribe candles, to converse with Deity, to divine and to send healing, but most of all, they are a reflection of me……of my Magick, of my path and the work that I do. The most permanent altar in my home is above my wood burning stove and to visitors in my home it most likely looks to them, nothing more than a few ornaments and candles on a fire place. In reality the tree shaped triple candle holder honours deity……the Maiden, Mother and Crone and the Boy, the Father and Sage and in being a tree shape it represents the Earth. I have a hand carved wooden apple infused with magickal herbs, a pewter faery, an onyx egg, a storm lantern, silver candle snuffer and a divination mirror that hangs above adorned with various protective talismans, amulets and bells.
While I honour the traditions of the craft, and understand and teach to others the need for ritual and tradition, I truly believe that your own intuition should and must be called upon and what simpler way to test this out, than starting with an intuitive altar.
Give it a whirl……your efforts may truly surprise you.
Love and blessings.