9 Instagram Posts That Will Change How You Think About Altars

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The fall equinox, or the Pagan sabbat known as Mabon, is fast-approaching, and people whose spirituality is grounded in nature are already assembling their altars to pay tribute to the season. For those who don't use personal altars, that term can summon up some pretty elaborate images, but creating one is actually a pretty simple process.
The most basic altar usually incorporates candles, plants, or other pieces of nature; a spiritual text; and maybe a healing crystal or wand. Some people will include items that are personally significant to them, like small religious relics or trinkets acquired from traveling, while others may stick strictly to magickal tools they intend to use in spell work or sabbat rituals.
Whatever you use to make your altar, it's important that each piece serves you spiritually. Maybe you have a book of poetry that comforts you when you're upset — that can have a place on your altar. A vial of soothing essential oils or a relaxing aromatherapy candle certainly belongs, too, especially if you're preparing for a grounding ceremony.
Of course, the modern witches of Instagram go one step further with their altars and make them good to look at, too. Ahead, we've rounded up some of our favorite Insta-altars, from the very simple to the high-key aesthetic. Read on for some seriously magical inspiration for your own home shrine.
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A clean altar that incorporates plenty of plant life will help you feel grounded in nature, even from the comfort of your bedroom.
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Who said an altar needed to be on a table or shelf? Constructing a temporary altar on the floor is a smart move if you're planning a group ritual or party.
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Photo via @_theopaque_.
Don't let anyone tell you altars aren't travel-friendly: With little more than a tarot card, crystal, and a few symbols from nature, this user can keep a small reminder of the seasons with her at all times.
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Setting up a tribute to an upcoming celestial event will help you feel more focused and prepared to receive any changes that that full moon, new moon, or eclipse may bring. (No sword required.)
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Keep your altar feeling new and different by drawing and displaying a new tarot card or two every day.
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With the right intentions, an altar doesn't need more than a few candles to be special.
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This setup is a perfect example of a seasonal altar, incorporating plants, symbols, and colors associated with this time of year. (Scroll to the right to see this altar's floor-to-ceiling features.)
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Altars can serve a very specific purpose (in this case, honoring Saint Marta Dominadora) and still remain relatively simple. Yes, that's a cup of coffee on the left.
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Adding a few herbs with healing properties is another way to keep your altar up to date with the seasons, without having to change too much about it.