How to Create Your Own Pagan God or Goddess Altar
Creating your own God/Goddess altar is quite simple, and an excellent way to add your own personality to your worshiping space. Here are a few ideas and guidelines for creating your altar, as well as a list of working tools that you may place upon your God or Goddess altar.
Your altar itself can be made from anything you desire. There are however a few things that you should consider, when choosing your altar. You should avoid having metal that is conductible in your table (more on this later). This can negatively effect directing or storing energies . Brass however is exceptable, as it does not conduct energy. Wood tables work well, and an exceptional altar can be made using a piece of a tree trunk. The shape of your altar is again up to you, though most practitioners prefer to have circular shaped altars, as they are more esthetically pleasing inside their circles.
The tools that you choose to place on your God/Goddess altar also depend upon your own personal preferences, however there are some tools that most practitioners prefer to use. A representation of your God/Goddess should be placed upon the altar. These can be in the forms of statues, pictures, or even something that is simply a representation of your diety to you, such as a flower for the Goddess and a rock for the God.
Other items that may be included upon your God or Goddess altar include, candles (colors dependent upon what you are working on), dishes for salt, water or libations, small cauldrons, incense burners and goblets. These items are of course, solely dependent on your own desires, and how you choose to practice. Items can be as plain or as elaborate as you desire as well. Just because you grab a few items from around your home, does not mean that they have any less power as items bought from specialty stores. Whatever items you choose to use, just make sure they are properly cleansed and consecrated before use.
If you choose to work with a Witches wand, sword or knife, these can be included on your God/Goddess altar as well. These items should be the only tools you have that are made from a conductive metal (such as iron or steel) as they are used for directing and storing energies. This is why it is so important that your altar not be made from conductive metals, as it can interfere with your conductive tools, causing them to work improperly. Other non-conductive metals that may be used in your altar, or as objects on your altar are gold, silver and brass.
Your God or Goddess altar should be viewed as an extension of yourself. Using your own desires and personality to create your God/Goddess altar, will make your work more powerful, and will be much more pleasing to you as well. There are very few rules to follow when creating your working altar. Be creative and have fun with it, and you will certainly be pleased with the results!