Hail, Sweet Home: Altar Space Reimagined

Hosting an altar is a wonderful way to incorporate Satanism into our daily lives. An altar is a constant reminder of my path that I see daily, and is comforting to me. I enjoy seeing the values I hold reflected in the various baubles and object d’art displayed on my altar, and I feel refreshed on my path when I put out a newly designed altar space.

Satanists, Pagans, Witches, and more folx following alternative religious and non-religious paths host altar spaces for myriad reasons. Yours can be a sacred space that you only enter during mediations, for clarity, or in devotion. An altar can be designed for a specific holiday or with pinpoint ritualistic intent. It can display items that you feel are related to growth on your path. Go wild, and do you! There are numerous ways to host an altar space in your home.

Open Space Altar

Sweeping table layouts accompanied by wall art, a plant or statuette on the floor, a dedicated circle space in front of the altar, and undisrupted home space are the more common elements we see in an Open Space Altar.

Various swords on the wall above a table filled with witchy baubles like crystals and feathers
This altar space boasts a sweeping range, with wall, floor, and table space incorporated. Altar by Shay Fleming
Upclose of previous altar. Rounded minerals held in a golden carrier, various flowers and other crystals as well as sticks.
Upclose of Shay Flemings altar space.
Tapestry of grape vines above  table with god and goddess statuettes and candles and pinecones and wine.
Baron Cains altar is able to include the wall and area around it, with tapestry and statuettes.

Small Space Altar

Don’t have a whole space you can dedicate to an altar? Well you’re still in luck! You can create an altar space inside a bookshelf by dedicating one or two shelves to altar materials.

Altar hosted in built in bookshelf, consisting of skeletons, cauldron, books, and candles.
Utilizing an already built-in bookshelf is a way to save space when creating your altar. Altar hosted by @breforvendetta on IG.

You can use a small end table, or a bedside table, and create a space there while also maintaining the functionality of the table (include a table lamp that’s decorated in a meaningful way for form and functionality).

Altar on end table with tarot cards, small stones, sage smudge stick, books, and a mosaic lamp.
Hosted by Deidre Rodriguez, this altar is an example of form and functionality by the clever use of incorporating a meaning and functional object.

If your home has any built-in nooks, or even a mantle like my home does, building an altar space on there is a great way to utilize the space you have available. Caution: If using a mantel please be sure all flammables are kept away from the fireplace.

Altar on mantel in front of whitewashed brick, consisting of flowers, goddess statue, Baphomet statue, and various plants
Personal altar of The Satanic HouseWife. What is on this altar changes with each season, holiday, or new intent.

Private Altars

While we practice acceptance within our communities it is an unfortunate reality that those attitudes of compassion do not always extend beyond our immediate circles. If you are living with parents or roommates who do not accept your path, or perhaps you are not ready to be “out” yet, you can still hold sacred space.

A closet altar is a great way to have your altar free from judgment. You can build a space on the floor, repurpose the shelving, or even put a small table or bookcase inside to host your altar. Another “closeted” option without a literal closet is to create your space privately inside a hutch, curio cabinet, or leftover tv armoire.

White cabinet with closed doors
A seemingly regular cabinet can be a great way to host an altar in a space where you cannot fully embrace your path
Inside of the white cabinet, with various candles, crystals, books, stones, and more.
Inside the cabinet a delightful altar is found. Altar created by Z.

Suitcase Altar

For the practitioner constantly on the go (or for the follower who desires to keep their path a bit secret), a suitcase altar is the perfect solution to hosting an altar in a multitude of places. When closed this is an inconspicuous suitcase, but inside you have everything needed for an altar-on-the-go. Pop that sucker open, some assembly required, and you are on your way to having a sacred altar space in any place.

Inside of a suitcase with a pentacle, candles, various stones, a mason jar and a card.
A traveling altar is useful for those who are often not at home. This altar is created by Nate King.

Outdoor Take-Down Altar

I enjoy the portability of an outdoor altar. I can gather a cute tapestry, throw my statuettes and flowers and crystals into it, wrap it up and go. You can take an outdoor altar wherever the mood strikes you, and when you are done be sure to leave no trace and take everything home with you!

For holidays celebrations and rituals that you would like to incorporate a bit more Nature, these outdoor take-down altars are great.

Celtic knotwork tapestry on grass, with carious tarot cards, candles, and stone on top of it
Outdoor altars are great for when you need a quiet space to be, or want to include more Nature in your altar. This altar space created by Emily H.

You don’t need a grand entryway filled with alchemy tables covered in assorted dark arts objects to have a valuable altar space (but can you imagine how aesthetically gorgeous that would be?). If you desire to have an altar it can be done. If you currently have an altar space or if you create one with the tips from this article, drop a photo of it, we’d love to see what you are working with!

Gypsy Snow writes as The Satanic HouseWife. She is an environmentalist, a feminist voice, and a gatherer of knowledge and growth. Gypsy is also a mother who supports traditional homemaking that simultaneously bursts the bubble of societal gender roles. She follows a Satanic path that is reflected in her morals, values, and every day actions.

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